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August 15, 2022

Prime Minister of India addresses the Nation on its 76th Independence Day.

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Photo: Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, addressing the Nation on the occasion of 76th Independence Day from the ramparts of Red Fort in Delhi on August 15, 2022.

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August 13, 2022

Har Ghar Tiranga: Chandigarh University creates Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Human Image of a Waving National Flag

• UT Administrator Banwari Lal Purohit and Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi, among 25,000 people, gathered for the historic event at Chandigarh Cricket Stadium; 5885 students and dignitaries weaved the tricolor formation.

Chandigarh University

Photo: Chandigarh University creates Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Human Image of a Waving National Flag.

Chandigarh University

Photo: Chandigarh University creates Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Human Image of a Waving National Flag; GWR official handing over the certificate to Ms. Meenakshi Lekhi, Union Minister for Culture.

Chandigarh University

CHANDIGARH, India, August 13, 2022 — Chandigarh University on Saturday created the Guinness World Record to form ‘World’s Largest Human Image of a Waving National Flag.’ As many as 5885 students from Chandigarh University and other schools and colleges, volunteers of the NID Foundation, and other dignitaries gathered for the flag formation at Chandigarh Cricket Stadium. They created history in the heart of the City Beautiful.

More than 25,000 people, including youth and citizens of Chandigarh, filled the air with patriotism. The attendees included Punjab Governor and Chandigarh UT Administrator Shri Banwarilal Purohit, Union Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture Smt Meenakshi Lekhi, NID Chief Patron and Chandigarh University Chancellor S. Satnam Singh Sandhu, Dharam Pal, Adviser to the Administrator, Chandigarh UT; Vinay Pratap Singh, Deputy Commissioner Chandigarh; Sarabjit Kaur, Mayor Chandigarh; Parveer Ranjan, DGP Chandigarh UT, Prof Himani Sood, Founder NID Foundation and other top officials of the UT administration.

Swapnil Dangarikar, official Guinness World Records Adjudicator, who was present at the event, verified the record. “The previous world record for the largest human image of a waving national flag achieved by GEMS Education in Abu Dhabi, UAE, has been broken. Chandigarh University has created a new world record in today’s event,” he confirmed.

Mr. Dangarikar also handed over a copy of the GWR certificate to Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shri Banwarilal Purohit and S. Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chief Patron, NID Foundation, and Chancellor, Chandigarh University, and congratulated them.

Shri Banwarilal Purohit said that with the successful creation of the world record formed by Chandigarh University, Chandigarh had given a great message to the entire world on the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence Day.

S. Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chief Patron, NID Foundation, and Chancellor Chandigarh University, congratulated all the participants and said that the historical formation of the national flag aptly celebrates the spirit of India’s 75th Independence Day under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.

The joys and excitements of those in attendance knew no bounds as they breathed in patriotism. Sunil Sharma, a student of Chandigarh University, said that he was proud that his university organized such a significant event and made a world record. “I am proud that I am a part of this historic event, celebrating the independence of a land that has given us a unique identity and associated with proud heritage and values,” he said.

The event concluded with flag hoisting and singing the national anthem.

Source: Chandigarh University

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August 12, 2022

ProPublica, PBS/Frontline, and National Public Radio win National Press Club awards.

National Press Club Awards

WASHINGTON, August 11, 2022 — Jen Judson, President of the National Press Club, has announced the winners of the prestigious National Press Club Journalism Awards. The investigative powerhouse ProPublica won one award for consumer journalism and helped two other organizations win prizes in the National Press Club journalism contest.

PBS/Frontline won two awards - including an Arthur Rowse award for coverage of Filipino journalist Maria Ressa and her staff in the run-up to an election in the Philippines. In addition, PBS/Frontline won an Edwin M. Hood award in a joint effort with ProPublica called ‘Massacre in El Salvador.’

National Public Radio’s, All Things Considered won breaking news for its coverage of the January 6 riot at the Capitol.

The Miami Herald won consumer journalism newspapers in a partnership with ProPublica. ProPublica won for its investigation of the nation’s food safety system.

Several of the winners focused on issues related to the 2020 elections. J. Scott Applewhite of The Associated Press won for his dramatic photographs of the January 6 riot at the Capitol. Jen Wieczner of Fortune Media won the Lee Walczak award for ‘Dominion Voting: Big Lies vs. Big Lawsuits.’

A new category this year is the Nell Minow Award for Cultural Criticism, won by the Los Angeles Times for its close look at the Latino ‘cultural zeitgeist.’

National Press Club will hold the award dinner on Wednesday, August 31. The event will start at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31, starting with a reception in the Holeman Lounge, followed at 7 p.m. with dinner and a program in the ballroom.

The event will also honor the late Al Jazeera Correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh with the 2022 President’s Award. The President’s award is given at the discretion of the President of the National Press Club.


• Consumer Journalism-Newspapers

• Consumer Journalism-Periodicals

• Consumer Journalism-Broadcast

• Breaking News

• Edwin M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence-Print

• Edwin M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence-Broadcast

• Washington Regional Reporting

• National Press Club’s Arthur Rowse Award for Excellence in Examining the News Media-Print

• National Press Club’s Arthur Rowse Award for Excellence in Examining the News Media-Broadcast

• Newsletter Journalism

• Ann Cottrell Free Animal Reporting - Print

• Joan M. Friedenberg Online Journalism Award

• Angele Gingras Humor Award

• Sandy Hume Memorial Award for Excellence in Political Journalism

• Joseph D. Ryle Award for Excellence in Writing on the Problems of Geriatrics

• Michael A. Dornheim Award

• Lee Walczak Award for Political Analysis

• Nell Minow Award for Cultural Criticism

• News Photo Award

• Honorable Mentions:

• Consumer Journalism-Newspapers

• Consumer Journalism-Broadcast

• Edwin Hood Award-Print

• Washington Regional Reporting

• National Press Club’s Arthur Rowse Award for Excellence in Examining the News Media-Broadcast

• Newsletter Journalism

• Ann Cottrell Free Award - Print

• Joan M. Friedenberg Award

• Joseph D. Ryle Award for Excellence in Writing on the Problems of Geriatrics

• Michael A. Dornheim Award

• Lee Walczak Award for Political Analysis

• Nell Minow Award for Cultural Criticism

• News Photo Award

Source: National Press Club

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August 11, 2022

Global Citizen announces lineups for the 2022 Global Citizen Festival in New York City & Accra, Ghana, on September 24, 2022

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Photo: Global Citizen Ambassador Priyanka Chopra Jonas will host the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, New York City, on September 24, 2022.

NEW YORK, August 11, 2022 — International advocacy organization Global Citizen has announced the lineups for the 10th anniversary Global Citizen Festival. The festival will occur in New York City’s Central Park, presented by Citi and Cisco, and Black Star Square in Accra, Ghana, presented by Harith General Partners, on Saturday, September 24, 2022.

Since it lit up Central Park’s Great Lawn in 2012, the Global Citizen Festival has become the world’s longest-running global campaign calling for an end to extreme poverty. The event unites millions of voices, amplified by the world’s most prominent artists, demanding world leaders take action NOW.

Globally, the disproportionate impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed nearly 100 million more people into extreme poverty and is reversing recent trends of shrinking inequality, leading to the loss of at least three years of progress. Without urgent action, this backsliding will only worsen, the organization said. In addition, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has aggravated the situation further, with as many as 323 million people facing acute hunger and 1.2 billion people currently living in nations experiencing a perfect storm of food, energy, and financial crises. If we don’t take action now, as many as 200 million more people may be plunged into extreme poverty by November, Global Citizen warned.

The 2022 Global Citizen Festival will call on world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly and the G20 and COP27 to step up and invest $600 million. The investment will go into the future of women and girls, close the annual $10 billion climate financing shortfall, deliver $500 million to help African farmers respond to the global food crisis, and provide urgent relief from crushing debts to End Extreme Poverty.

With two stages in international cultural capitals, New York City and Accra, Ghana, the 2022 Global Citizen Festival will be broadcast and streamed on ABC, ABC News Live, FX, Hulu, iHeartRadio, TimesLIVE, Twitter, YouTube, and more. ABC News Live’s broadcast will air on Saturday, September 24, and a primetime special, Global Citizen Festival: Take Action NOW, will air on ABC on Sunday, September 25 at 7:00 pm ET / 6:00 pm CT. Different tune-in details to follow in the coming weeks.

Performers on the Central Park stage will include Metallica, Charlie Puth, Jonas Brothers, MÅNESKIN, Mariah Carey, Mickey Guyton, and Rosalía, with more to be announced. In addition, actor, producer, author, and Global Citizen Ambassador Priyanka Chopra Jonas will host the Global Citizen Festival in NYC.

Marking the 65th anniversary of Ghana’s independence and the 20th anniversary of the African Union, Accra’s iconic Black Star Square will see live performances from Usher, SZA, Stormzy, Gyakie, H.E.R., Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, and TEMS with more to be announced.

“Decades of systemic and political failures have led humanity into the midst of converging and rapidly deteriorating crises - climate, hunger, health, war, and conflict. We demand a secure future for girls everywhere. We demand governments keep their promises on climate funding. We demand relief from debts unjustly crashing economies. And we demand action NOW, while there’s still time to change our collective trajectory,” Hugh Evans, Co-Founder and CEO of Global Citizen, said.

Source: Global Citizen

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July 29, 2022

Prime Minister Modi laid the foundation of IFSCA headquarters and launched India's first International Bullion Exchange - IIBX at GIFT City in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India.

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Photo: Gathering at the foundation stone laying ceremony of ‘International Financial Services Centres Authority’ IFSCA headquarters and the inauguration of India’s first International Bullion Exchange - IIBX at GIFT City, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India on July 29, 2022. Prime Minister Modi was the Chief Guest.

Mr. Modi said this day is very significant for India’s growing economic and technological strength and the ever-increasing global confidence in the prowess of India. “Today, in GIFT City, the foundation stone of the International Financial Services Centers Authority - IFSCA headquarters building, has been laid. I believe, as grand as this building is in its architecture, it will also create unlimited opportunities to make India an economic superpower. IFSC would promote innovation and would be an enabler and catalyst for growth. The institutions and platforms, whose foundation has been laid today, will help 130 crores of Indians connect with the modern global economy. India is now entering the league of Countries like the USA, UK, and Singapore who are giving direction to global finance,” he remarked.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office

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July 28, 2022

Prime Minister Modi declares the 44th Chess Olympiad open.

India is hosting the Chess Olympiad for the first time.

Chess Olympiad, India

Photo: Prime Minister Modi addressed the gathering at the opening ceremony of the 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai on July 28, 2022.

Chess Olympiad, India

Photo: Gathering at the opening ceremony of the 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai on July 28, 2022.

Chennai, July 28, 2022 — The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, declared open the 44th Chess Olympiad at JLN Indoor Stadium, Chennai, today.

The Prime Minister welcomed all the players and chess lovers from all over the world to India. He noted the significance of the time of the event as it falls during the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.’ He added that the most prestigious tournament in chess has come to India, the home of chess.

The Prime Minister noted that the 44th Chess Olympiad had been a tournament of many firsts and records. It is the first time the Chess Olympiad is taking place at the origin of chess, India.

The Prime Minister said that sport is beautiful because it has the inherent power to unite. Sports bring people and societies closer. Sports nurture a spirit of teamwork.

The Prime Minister remarked that in sports, there are no losers. There are winners, and there are future winners. He wished all the teams and players success in the 44th Chess Olympiad.

Earlier, the Prime Minister had launched the first-ever Chess Olympiad Torch Relay at the Indira Gandhi National Stadium in New Delhi on June 19, 2022. The torch traveled to 75 iconic locations in the country for over 40 days, traversing close to 20,000 kilometers and culminating in Mahabalipuram, before heading to the FIDE Headquarters, Switzerland.

The 44th Chess Olympiad takes place in Chennai from July 28 to August 9, 2022. The prestigious competition, organized since 1927, is being hosted in India for the first time and in Asia after 30 years. With 187 countries participating, this will be the most extensive participation in any Chess Olympiad. India is also fielding its most significant contingent comprising 30 players across six teams in the competition.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office

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July 27, 2022

The United International Baseball League creates the first-ever professional baseball league to serve India, Pakistan, and the Middle East.

Team of global sports executives partners with Hall of Fame Baseball Icons Mariano Rivera and Barry Larkin to launch a league in Dubai.

Baseball, India

NEW YORK and DUBAI, UAE, July 25, 2022 — The United International Baseball League (UIBL) announced today its plan to bring professional baseball to India, Pakistan, and the Middle East, beginning with an Inaugural Showcase that will take place in Dubai in February 2023. In addition, the UIBL has partnered with Hall of Fame baseball legends Mariano Rivera and Barry Larkin to help build, develop and grow the league. They are two of the sport’s most iconic and decorated stars, with a combined six World Series Championships and 25 All-Star Game selections.

The Indian Subcontinent and the Middle East region are home to two billion people. More than 900 million people are fans of cricket - the world’s most popular bat and ball sport. Yet, while baseball exists in small pockets across South Asia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, there is an absence of professional leagues and a void of deep, grassroots player development expertise and infrastructure. The UIBL team is looking to change that.

“I’m very grateful to be a part of the UIBL’s exciting mission to inspire two billion new fans to fall in love with baseball,” said Rivera. He is a professional baseball’s career leader in saves and games finished and the only player ever unanimously elected to the Hall of Fame. “We believe there is an amazing opportunity to educate, inspire and entertain those cricket fans, and open their hearts to an exciting and culturally-relevant form of baseball.”

American baseball is a $13 billion business with nearly 100 million fans across the U.S. and Canada and a rabid following throughout Latin America. However, the game has yet to connect with South Asian and Middle Eastern sports fans, who collectively represent the world’s most extensive cricket fan base. For example, more than 167 million South Asia watched the International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 World Cup last year - 70 million more than the Super Bowl and over 150 million more than the World Series.

“We want to honor the game, and we want to change it,” said Kanwal S. Sra, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, of the UIBL. “We’re excited to help share the beauty and heritage of the game with a part of the world that has yet to embrace it fully. And we’re also excited to do some things differently, acting on years of data, decades of research, and centuries of cultural understanding. But, most importantly, we are passionate about helping unleash the next generation of Indian, Pakistani, and Emirati sports heroes that millions of fans will be able to connect with and relate to for years to come. There’s no better place to begin this journey than Dubai, one of the most iconic cities in the world. Exceptional leaders drive Dubai with a shared vision of growth through sports and entertainment, and we are honored to partner with them.”

The UIBL will introduce new rule changes, create original gameplay concepts, and bring a more immersive viewing experience for fans at the stadium and in their home. In addition to innovations in gameplay and entertainment, the UIBL will pioneer a multi-country league format that will include players from across the world and enable international competition. The league has already begun activating its international scouting and South Asia-focused development program, with a vision to partner with exceptional local organizations to build UIBL Baseball Academies across the region.

As part of its launch, the UIBL also introduced its brand logo and design, which artistically captures the most exciting moment in baseball - the home run. Each element of the brand helps educate the region on the game and inspires the imagination of younger fans.

“Not many moments in sports measure up to the energy and excitement of a home run,” said Kash Shaikh, President and Chief Marketing Officer of the UIBL. “The crack of the bat. The roar of the crowd. The rise in the stands meets the elevation of the ball. A home run can unite a stadium with a single swing. And it’s done just that for over a century. We wanted to capture that moment and share some of that magic with a new generation of fans in South Asia and the Middle East. I can’t wait for our Dubai fans to experience it for themselves.”

Source: United International Baseball League

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July 26, 2022

IMF (International Monetary Fund) publishes World Economic Outlook July 2022

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Washington, DC, July 26, 2022 — IMF today published its World Economic Outlook for July 2022. The outlook for global growth has grown “gloomy and more uncertain,” the IMF’s chief economist Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas warned.

Increasingly gloomy developments followed tentative recovery in 2021 in 2022 as risks began to materialize. Global output contracted in the second quarter of this year, owing to downturns in China and Russia, while US consumer spending undershot expectations. In addition, several shocks have hit a world economy already weakened by the pandemic: higher-than-expected inflation worldwide—especially in the United States and major European economies—triggering tighter financial conditions; a worse-than-anticipated slowdown in China, reflecting COVID- 19 outbreaks and lockdowns; and further negative spillovers from the war in Ukraine.

“The outlook has darkened significantly since April. The world may soon be teetering on the edge of a global recession, only two years after the last one. Multilateral cooperation will be key in many areas, from climate transition and pandemic preparedness to food security and debt distress. Amid great challenge and strife, strengthening cooperation remains the best way to improve economic prospects for all and mitigate the risk of geo-economic fragmentation,” Gourinchas said at the launch of the quarterly update of the IMF’s World Economic Outlook report.

The Fund is warning that elevated inflation, rising interest rates, a high US dollar valuation, the impact of the war in Ukraine, and a slowdown in Chinese growth are all factors leading to a downward revision in the forecast.

“In particular, a full shutdown of Russian gas flows to Europe or inflation pressures remaining more elevated than they’ve been in the past. And we’ve been repeatedly surprised by the persistence and the broadening of inflation in recent times and an increase in financial tightening around the world. And so if you put all these things together, we get a global economy, as I mentioned in my remarks, that gets close to 2% in 2023, where we think a lot of the vulnerabilities are where you have a lot of slowdown happening. And so 2% is a low number for the global economy. So that’s a sense in which we’re getting close, really close to a global recession,” he explained.

Persistent high inflation in the US and other big economies is leading central banks to hike interest rates. Meanwhile, there is a move to the safety of the US dollar, which means that emerging markets are especially hit with higher prices while also seeing the cost of servicing their debt increase. As a result, the temptation will be to push off reforms or to raise spending, but the Fund says that action now will head off more pain later.

“What is important here is that, in a sense, there is one overwhelming priority at this point: to bring back price stability in advanced economies and emerging markets. Many of them have seen elevated price pressure, whether we are in the baseline or whether we are in the alternative scenario. And in the alternative scenario, inflation pressures are pushing even higher, and there’s even more of a need for central banks and policymakers to address that issue. And this is critical because it’s necessary to plant the seed for future macroeconomic stability. So a stable macroeconomic environment requires that we bring down inflation in the coming year, year-and-a-half,” he answered.

Gourinchas also said there is still a path to a ‘soft landing’ in the US, meaning that the Federal Reserve can head off a recession through calibrated action.

“The current environment suggests that the likelihood that the US economy can avoid a recession is quite narrow. Under our current projections, for instance, for the US, the quarter… Q4 on Q4 growth rate in 2023 is only 0.6%. And 0.6%, that’s under our baseline. So you see, a small shock at this point could be enough to sort of knock off the US economy of a fairly low number and tilt it into recession. So it’s a very narrow, it’s a very narrow path at this point,” Gourinchas remarked.

Source: IMF (International Monetary Fund)


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July 25, 2022

Droupadi Murmu takes Oath as the 15th President of India; Becomes the Country's first Tribal President.

Droupadi Murmu

Photo: The Chief Justice of India, Shri Justice N.V. Ramana administering the Oath of the office of the President of India to Smt. Droupadi Murmu, at a swearing-in ceremony in the Central Hall of Parliament in New Delhi on July 25, 2022.

Droupadi Murmu

Photo: Droupadi Murmu signing in the register after taking the Oath of the office of the President of India at a swearing-in ceremony in the Central Hall of Parliament, in New Delhi, on July 25, 2022.

Droupadi Murmu becomes the country’s first tribal President. First, the Chief Justice of India, NV Ramana, administered the Oath. A 21-gun salute followed it. The President then addressed the nation. “It is a tribute to the power of our democracy that a daughter born in a poor house in a remote tribal area can reach the highest constitutional position in India,” she said in her speech.

Source: President’s Secretariat

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WIPO Director General Calls on WIPO Assembly Delegates to Transform IP into a Powerful Catalyst for Growth and Development.

- Hundreds of delegates from WIPO’s 193 Member States joined the July 14-22 WIPO Assemblies to negotiate the future of the global intellectual property (IP) ecosystem and WIPO’s activities in promoting the economic, social and cultural development of all countries.

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Photo: Snapshot taken during the Sixty-Third Series of Meetings of the Assemblies of the WIPO Member States, which took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from July 14-22, 2022. Image provided by & Copyright © WIPO. Photo: Pierre Albouy.

WIPO Assembly 2022

Photo: Delegates at the Opening of the WIPO Assemblies 2022. The Sixty-Third Series of Meetings of the Assemblies of WIPO Member States took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from July 14-22, 2022. Image provided by & Copyright © WIPO. Photo: Pierre Albouy.

Geneva, July 23, 2022: WIPO Director General Daren Tang opened the WIPO Assemblies with a call for delegates to keep working to transform intellectual property (IP) into a powerful catalyst for jobs, investments, business growth, and economic development.

Some 900 delegates from WIPO’s 193 Member States registered for in-person participation at the July 14-22, 2022, Meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO. It was the most significant number of registrants for a WIPO Assemblies meeting since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

“The invasion of Ukraine. Global inflation. Disruptions to food and energy supply chains. Our global situation remains extremely challenging. But despite these challenges, we cannot look back or stop our work of building the future of the global IP ecosystem,” said Director General Tang in welcoming the delegates.

“We as the global IP community must continue being fully committed to transforming IP from a technical vertical of interest only to specialists into a powerful catalyst for jobs, investments, and development that supports innovators and creators everywhere.”

Cabo Verde Prime Minister José Ulisses Correia e Silva and Colombia President Iván Duque joined Mr. Tang in welcoming delegates to the WIPO Assemblies.

Later, in the meetings, delegates considered the work of WIPO against the backdrop of solid growth in IP and innovation-related activities, as well as the increasing globalization of IP.

The Director General cited continued growth in IP filings, with international patent, trademark, and design applications filed via WIPO reaching record levels in 2021.

“IP continues to move from the periphery to the center, as businesses and economies use the crisis as an opportunity to reimagine, restructure and rebuild, using innovation and creativity as engines of growth,” Mr. Tang said.

Mr. Tang also noted WIPO’s strong financial position, with a surplus of nearly 245 million Swiss Francs for the 2020/21 biennium. “This puts us in a good position to invest these surpluses into capabilities, tools, and projects to continue supporting you strongly, even as the overall financial and macro-economic environment remains volatile and challenging,” he said.

On Tuesday, July 19, WIPO presented the first round of five winners of its new Global Awards program, recognizing exceptional enterprises and individuals using intellectual property to impact home and abroad positively.

A group of seven eminent jurors worldwide selected the winners from 272 submissions spanning 62 countries. The 2022 Global Awards focused on small and medium-sized enterprises, which constitute the backbone of the worldwide economy. The Global Awards program in subsequent years will vary and concentrate on different groups, including youth and women.

In his address, Mr. Tang gave delegates an overview of developments of the Organization’s new Medium-Term Strategic Plan 2022-26, which Member States had endorsed during the 2021 WIPO Assemblies.

“Our focus since then has been simple and single-minded - to translate them into concrete plans and actions to deliver the results and impact that you expect,” Mr. Tang told delegates.

He said that work had advanced in four key areas: Demystifying IP for people everywhere through new ways of engagement; bringing the global IP community together to share ideas, shape practices, and solve global challenges; providing services, data and knowledge to help business owners and policy-makers; and delivering impactful and concrete projects on the ground that allow innovators and creators to use IP for growth.

“Whatever our challenges and difficulties, the global IP community can and should draw on the dynamism, energy, and optimism of the innovators and creators that we support and continue on the transformation journey that we have started together,” Mr. Tang said in concluding his remarks.

Tatiana Molcean, Moldova’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, chaired the WIPO General Assembly.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the global forum for intellectual property policy, services, information, and cooperation. A specialized agency of the United Nations, WIPO assists its 193 member states in developing a balanced international IP legal framework to meet society’s evolving needs. It provides business services for obtaining IP rights in multiple countries and resolving disputes. It delivers capacity-building programs to help developing countries benefit from using IP. And it offers free access to unique knowledge banks of IP information.

Source: WIPO


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July 24, 2022

The World's Most Powerful Passports have the Least Travel Freedom.

Global Passport Index

Global Passport Index

LONDON, July 22, 2022 — Passport holders with the most extraordinary global access are currently the most restricted and reluctant to enjoy their travel freedom, according to the latest results from the Henley Passport Index. Japan holds the number one spot on the index. The index comprises the actual ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations they can access without a prior visa. Japan has a record-high visa-free or visa-on-arrival score of 193, while Singapore and South Korea come in joint-2nd place, with a score of 192.

But despite the record-breaking worldwide access afforded to citizens of these three nations over the index’s 17-year history, international passenger demand in the Asia-Pacific region has only reached 17% of pre-Covid levels, hovering below 10% for most of the past two years. This figure is far behind the global trend, where markets in Europe and North America have recovered to around 60% of pre-crisis travel mobility levels. However, Dr. Marie Owens Thomsen, Chief Economist at IATA (International Air Transport Association), says passenger numbers should reach 83% of pre-pandemic levels in 2022. “By next year, many markets should see traffic reach or exceed pre-pandemic levels, while we expect this to be the case for the industry in 2024.”

EU member states dominate the remaining top 10 ten spots on the latest ranking, with Germany and Spain in joint-3rd place, with access to 190 destinations visa-free. Finland, Italy, and Luxembourg follow closely behind in joint-4th place with 189 goals. Denmark, Netherlands, and Sweden share 5th place with their passport holders able to travel to 188 destinations worldwide without a visa. The UK and US have dropped down a rank to 6th and 7th place, respectively. Afghanistan remains at the bottom of the index, with its nationals only able to access 27 destinations worldwide visa-free. The global mobility gap between the world’s most and least powerful passports now sits at an unprecedented 166 destinations.

Russian passport holders are more cut off from the rest of the world than ever, as sanctions imposed ban travel and airspace closures limit Russian citizens from accessing all but a few destinations in Central Asia and the Middle East. The Russian passport currently sits at 50th place on the index, with a visa-free or visa-free on arrival score of 119. However, due to airspace closures in EU member nations, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, the US, and the UK, Russian citizens are effectively barred from traveling most of the world. Notable exceptions are Istanbul and Dubai, which have become focal transit points.

Conversely, the Ukrainian passport is in 35th place on the index, with holders able to access 144 destinations worldwide without needing a visa in advance.

• UAE is the clear pandemic winner.

Throughout the turmoil of the past two years, one thing has remained constant: the growing strength of the UAE passport, which now sits at 15th place on the ranking. It has a visa-free or visa-on-arrival score of 176.

• Peaceful countries have more powerful passports.

Unique research conducted by Henley & Partners comparing a country’s visa-free access with its Global Peace Index score shows a strong correlation between a nation’s passport power and peacefulness. Any country in the top ten of the Henley Passport Index is also in the top ten of the Global Peace Index. So is the case for the bottom-ranking nations.

Commenting on the results in the Henley Global Mobility Report 2022 Q3, Stephen Klimczuk-Massion, Quondam Fellow of Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, says: “Your passport is more than ever a calling card, which, depending on which passport you carry and where you are going, will have an impact on the kind of welcome you will receive, where you can go and how safe you will be when you get there. Now more than ever, it’s a mistake to think of a passport as merely a travel document that allows you to get from A to B. On the contrary, the relative strength or weakness of a particular national passport directly affects the quality of life of the passport holder.”

Source: Henley & Partners

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July 21, 2022

Chandigarh University enters the Top-30 League among all Universities in NIRF India.

Chandigarh University

Chandigarh University

Chandigarh University

Photos: Star cast of the film ‘Shamshera’ performed at Chandigarh University on July 20, 2022.

CHANDIGARH, India, July 21, 2022 — “Adding another jewel to its star-studded crown, Chandigarh University has secured 29th spot among all the public and private universities of the country in the NIRF Rankings 2022. Thus, it has become the youngest University to enter the top-30 league of Indian Universities,” said S. Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University.

“CU is not only the youngest but also the only University in the country to give consistently great performances in National and International rankings. These include QS World, QS Asia, NIRF, and NAAC. Moreover, it is improving its position yearly,” said Sandhu.

“Our institution has bagged the second position among all universities and first among private universities in Punjab and Tricity in the NIRF rankings,” Mr. Sandhu stated.

“This stellar performance of Chandigarh University in the NIRF rankings is a reflection of the Varsity’s academic excellence and industry-training prowess from all stakeholders including industry, government, and most importantly the students,” he added.

Presenting an analysis of the NIRF rankings, Sandhu informed that Chandigarh University had secured an overall 3rd position among all engineering institutions and 2nd position among all private engineering institutions in Punjab and Tricity, and the first spot amongst all private engineering institutions in Punjab. In addition, it has bagged the 45th spot among all engineering universities and colleges in the country.

“Even in Management, we have secured the 40th position among the country’s institutions while securing the second spot among all public and private institutions in Punjab and Tricity. In Architecture, we have bagged 19th position among all institutions of the country while securing the second spot among all public and private institutions in Punjab and Tricity,” he explained.

“We have filed 1816 patents so far and are the leading stand-alone institution to file the highest number of patents in the last three years, and we have academic tie-ups with 450 international universities in more than 80 countries,” Mr. Sandhu stated.

“With our excellent performance in many spheres, we have become the youngest University to debut into QS World University Rankings-2023 and have secured a place among the top 800 institutions worldwide. Among all Indian Universities, Chandigarh University has grabbed an incredible overall 21st position, an impressive third position among Private Universities, and the first spot in the Punjab-Chandigarh region,” the CU Chancellor elaborated

“We are also the youngest University in the country to get NAAC A+ grade, ranking amongst the Top 5% of the Higher Education Institutions of India. And we are the only private University in the country to have NAAC A+ and NBA accreditation for all its engineering and MBA programs,” Mr. Sandu remarked.

Source: Chandigarh University

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UNESCO names Strasbourg, France, as World Book Capital for 2024


Photo: Strasbourg, France, World Book Capital for 2024. Image Credit: Kelly Lenfest.


Photo: Strasbourg, France, World Book Capital for 2024. Image Credit: Billy Wilson.

Paris, July 20, 2022: Following the evaluation of the World Book Capital Advisory Committee, the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, has designated Strasbourg (France) as World Book Capital for 2024.

“In uncertain times, many turn to books as a refuge and a source of dreams. Indeed, books have the unique ability both to entertain and to teach. Therefore, we must ensure everyone can access knowledge and reflection through books and reading. Each year UNESCO designates a world book capital. After Guadalajara in 2022 and Accra in 2023, I am pleased to declare the designation of Strasbourg as World Book Capital for 2024,” UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay announced.

UNESCO and the World Book Capital Advisory Committee were impressed by Strasbourg’s strong focus on books to meet the challenges of social tensions and climate change, with programs like ‘Reading for the Planet.’ In addition, the city emphasizes books’ ability to encourage debate and discussion of environmental concerns and scientific knowledge, focusing on young people as change agents.

Strasbourg also got commended for its literary heritage and organized activities, highlighting many artistic disciplines, from music to theatre and illustration. In addition, the city has significant experience in organizing large-scale outward-looking events.

The celebrations will start on April 23, 2024, on World Book and Copyright Day.

• World Book Capitals

Cities designated as UNESCO World Book Capital undertake to promote books and reading for all ages and groups, within and across national borders, and to organize a program of activities for the year.

As the twenty-fourth city to bear the title since 2001, Strasbourg follows:

The UNESCO World Book Capital Advisory Committee comprises representatives of the European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF), International Authors Forum (IAF), International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), International Publishers Association (IPA), and UNESCO.

Source: UNESCO

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July 17, 2022

Pony Cars Power Onto Stamps

USPS, PonyCars

Photo: Pony Cars Power Onto Stamps.

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2022: The U.S. Postal Service will commemorate the heyday of the pony car era with five new stamps featuring some of the most famous examples of these youth-oriented vehicles.

The first-day-of-issue event for the Pony Cars Forever stamp will take place on August 25, 2022, at the Great American Stamp Show in partnership with the American Philatelic Society. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

In the 1960s, a new vehicle breed began appearing on U.S. roads. Over the past six decades, fast and fun pony cars have become a uniquely American obsession. Since their emergence, these performance coupes and convertibles have brought a youthful spirit to the automotive world.

In the mid-to-late 20th century, American automakers began catering to a segment of their customer base that was rapidly growing — younger drivers. These drivers craved sporty, affordable cars that looked and felt different from what was in their parents’ garages. Several manufacturers initially produced models that fit that description, but the pony car trend did not begin in earnest until 1964.

By the 1970s energy crisis, sales of the once ubiquitous pony cars had begun to decline. But by the end of the decade, the cars had a resurgence. In addition, pony cars were cultural icons; throughout the 1970s, they appeared in many television shows and movies.

Since then, the popularity of pony cars has ebbed and flowed. But over the past two decades, automakers have reintroduced many of the beloved models first launched in the genre’s heyday. So today, adventurous drivers enjoy the thrill of driving pony cars.

Source: U.S. Postal Service

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July 14, 2022

Longines welcomes South Korean award-winning actress and singer Suzy as its new Ambassador of Elegance.

Longines Suzi

Longines Suzi

Longines Suzi

Longines Suzi

Photos: Longines welcomes South Korean award-winning actress and singer Suzy as its new Ambassador of Elegance. Images provided by & copyright © Longines.

Suzy made her debut in 2010 with the K Pop group Miss A and has since had a significant impact on pop culture with her leading roles on the big screen and television, associations with high-end fashion houses, and stellar music career.

Equally enthusiastic about this new partnership, Suzy says: “It is my great pleasure to join Longines, a prestigious watch brand with 190 years of history. I look forward to all the elegant journeys, precious time together, and connections I will make as a Longines Ambassador of Elegance.”

Immediately after making her musical debut as a member of the girl group Miss A, Suzy’s star rose quickly. She began hosting various events and soon ventured into acting, for which she received many awards. Her solo music career began in 2017 with her prerelease single “Pretend” topping music charts. This year, she released her newest single, “Satellite,” to widespread acclaim.

Longines CEO Matthias Breschan welcomed Suzy to the Longines family, saying: “With her brilliant reputation and impeccably cultivated elegance, Suzy is a natural fit for Longines. We are excited to welcome her to our family of Ambassadors of Elegance and work with her on various projects. Fans of our brand and Suzy’s followers have so much to look forward to.”

Source: Longines

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July 10, 2022

Welspun India Designs Special Towels to Mark Wimbledon's 100 Years At Centre Court

Wimbledon Towel

Photo: Welspun India Designs Special Towels to Mark Wimbledon’s 100 Years At Centre Court.

MUMBAI, India, July 10, 2022 /— Welspun, alongside its heritage brand Christy, has been manufacturing towels for Wimbledon at its Terry Towel Facility in Gujarat, India, for over a decade. Thousands of employees give attention to the slightest of specifics for these premium towels.

This year’s unique towels have been designed using the original architectural drawings from over 100 years ago of the first center court complex (1922). Wimbledon completed 100 years at the famed Centre Court venue this year and has released a limited edition Centenary Towel as a part of the celebratory merchandise.

These premium towels contoured with old gold-colored threads are produced from the finest grade of cotton, which makes them highly soft and absorbent. Sustainably made, the Championships towels are Oeko-Tex MADE IN GREEN certified, signifying that they have been manufactured without using harmful chemicals and produced in factories that adhere to the ESG framework.

Welspun has been associated with Wimbledon since 2006, when it acquired Christy, a British towel brand. After 2010, the company shifted its manufacturing from Hyde, Greater Manchester, to Vapi in Gujarat, India. These rich, premium towels which carry the Christy brand are a considerable part of Wimbledon’s history. For 35 years, Christy has been supplying the Official Championship towels to the tennis elite to use on the world-famous courts at Wimbledon.

The iconic towels are prominent in Wimbledon’s legacy and are popular souvenirs amongst spectators. Due to its popularity, internationally celebrated players have taken these towels back with them for ages or thrown them at the spectators. As a result, these premium towels with the Wimbledon trademark are a prized possession, making them highly sought after around the globe.

Welspun India Ltd (WIL), part of the $2.7 Bn Welspun Group, is a global leader in Home Textiles with a distribution network in more than 50 countries and world-class manufacturing facilities in India.

Source: Welspun India Ltd

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July 9, 2022

UNESCO Creative Cities will reunite in Santos, Brazil, for their Annual Conference

UNESCO Creative Cities

Photo: Boat at Sunset in Brazil. Image credit: Celso Castro Júnior.

Paris, July 9, 2022 — UNESCO, in collaboration with Santos (Brazil), a Creative City of Film, will be holding the XIV UCCN (UNESCO Creative Cities Network) Annual Conference from 18 to July 22, 2022. Delegates from member cities will meet again for the most important event of the Network.

Hosted for the first time in Latin America, the Conference will offer a unique occasion to strengthen the ties between cities worldwide. Furthermore, it will serve as a platform to reflect on the Network’s strategic objectives, in line with UNESCO’s priorities, and the global context of the post-COVID-19 recovery.

Under the theme “Creativity, path to equality,” this year’s Conference will focus on the role of culture and creativity in reducing social and economic inequalities and revitalizing urban spaces, notably for marginalized urban groups.

The official kick-off of the Conference will be a collective clean-up of the famous Gonzaga beach to emphasize the importance of building sustainable and environmentally friendly urban environments. This awareness-raising event will invite Mayors and delegates to take concrete action towards positively impacting the local ecosystem and call on cities worldwide to act for environmental resilience.

During the 5-day Conference, participants will exchange and work with one another through different activities, ranging from plenary sessions to cluster meetings. There will also be a special Integration Session for the new members, offering an excellent opportunity to obtain a general understanding of the Network and interact with other member cities and stakeholders to exchange ideas and explore the collaborative potential. The Conference will give special attention to a series of Transversal Thematic Panels around six themes in line with UNESCO’s global priorities:

The Annual Conference will also feature the Mayor’s Forum, a primary platform for Mayors of the Creative Cities to showcase and share their cities’ vision, policies, actions, and good practices with their counterparts, city delegates, and other relevant stakeholders. This year, the Public Session will allow mayors to enrich Creative Cities’ joint reflection and convey a strong message about the role of culture and creativity in building sustainable and inclusive cities. In addition, the Private Session will provide participating mayors with an exclusive platform to exchange with UNESCO representatives on harnessing the full potential of culture and creativity to address urban challenges and opportunities.

In parallel to the Conference, an additional cultural program, including exhibitions, film screenings, culinary shows, master classes, and encounters with writers and film directors, will also be organized in the Creative Pavilions by the Host City of Santos. Focused on the seven creative fields of the Network, these Pavilions will be open to all Conference attendees and the general public for participation in cultural activities.

Source: UNESCO Creative Cities Network


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June 29, 2022

QS reveals the World's Best Cities for Students.

QS Best Student Cities

QS Best Student Cities

LONDON, June 29, 2022 — QS Quacquarelli Symonds, global higher education analysts, published today the 10th edition of the QS Best Student Cities rankings, which enable students to compare 140 premier educational destinations, including 30 new entries.

London retains its status as the world’s best student city for the fourth consecutive edition. Munich (2nd =) shares its silver medal with Seoul (2nd =). Zurich (4th) and Melbourne (5th) break into the top 5, while Edinburgh (10th) joins the top 10.

London’s leadership is supported by:



QS ranks cities with a population of at least 250,000 and at least two universities in the QS World University Rankings. The ranking offers a powerful lens into the sentiments of both prospective and former students, with over 98,000 survey responses contributing to the Desirability (prospective students) and Student View (former students) indexes.



  1. London, United Kingdom
  2. Munich, Germany
  3. Seoul, South Korea
  4. Zurich, Switzerland
  5. Melbourne, Australia
  6. Berlin, Germany
  7. Tokyo, Japan
  8. Paris, France
  9. Sydney, Australia
  10. Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  11. Boston, United States
  12. Hong Kong, SAR Hong Kong
  13. Singapore, Singapore
  14. Montreal, Canada
  15. Toronto, Canada
  16. Vienna, Austria
  17. Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe, Japan
  18. New York, United States
  19. Lausanne, Switzerland
  20. Vancouver, Canada
  21. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  22. Stockholm, Sweden
  23. Buenos Aires, Argentina
  24. Brisbane, Australia
  25. Glasgow, United Kingdom
  26. Manchester, United Kingdom
  27. San Francisco, United States
  28. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  29. Beijing, China (Mainland)
  30. Los Angeles, United States
  31. Adelaide, Australia
  32. Barcelona, Spain
  33. Taipei, Taiwan
  34. Perth, Australia
  35. Canberra, Australia
  36. Shanghai, China (Mainland)
  37. Auckland, New Zealand
  38. Dublin, Ireland
  39. Prague, Czech Republic
  40. Chicago, United States
  41. Coventry, United Kingdom
  42. Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
  43. Leuven, Belgium
  44. Madrid, Spain
  45. Birmingham, United Kingdom
  46. Lyon, France
  47. Copenhagen, Denmark
  48. Milan, Italy
  49. Bristol, United Kingdom
  50. Nottingham, United Kingdom
  51. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  52. Istanbul, Turkey
  53. Brussels, Belgium
  54. Gothenburg, Sweden
  55. Ottawa, Canada
  56. Leeds, United Kingdom
  57. Bangkok, Thailand
  58. Warsaw, Poland
  59. Liverpool, United Kingdom
  60. Santiago, Chile
  61. Sheffield, United Kingdom
  62. Brno, Czech Republic
  63. Atlanta, United States
  64. Philadelphia, United States
  65. Washington DC, United States
  66. Budapest, Hungary
  67. Helsinki, Finland
  68. Aberdeen, United Kingdom
  69. Mexico City, Mexico
  70. Lisbon, Portugal
  71. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  72. Daejeon, South Korea
  73. Pittsburgh, United States
  74. Rome, Italy
  75. Almaty, Kazakhstan
  76. Durham, United States
  77. Ankara, Turkey
  78. Cape Town, South Africa
  79. Toulouse, France
  80. San Diego, United States
  81. Brighton, United Kingdom
  82. Seattle, United States
  83. Graz, Austria
  84. Nanjing, China (Mainland)
  85. Christchurch, New Zealand
  86. Sao Paulo, Brazil
  87. Valencia, Spain
  88. Stuttgart, Germany
  89. Hsinchu, Taiwan
  90. Baltimore, United States
  91. Krakow, Poland
  92. Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
  93. Gold Coast, Australia
  94. Cairo, Egypt
  95. Leicester, United Kingdom
  96. Monterrey, Mexico
  97. Johannesburg, South Africa
  98. Wuhan, China (Mainland)
  99. Bogota, Colombia
  100. Miami, United States
  101. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  102. Houston, United States
  103. Mumbai, India
  104. Athens, Greece
  105. Beirut, Lebanon
  106. Quebec, Canada
  107. Nagoya, Japan
  108. Riga, Latvia
  109. Vilnius, Lithuania
  110. Guangzhou, China (Mainland)
  111. Manila, Philippines
  112. Lima, Peru
  113. Amman, Jordan
  114. Bangalore, India
  115. Tainan, Taiwan
  116. Dallas, United States
  117. Wroclaw, Poland
  118. Busan, South Korea
  119. Montpellier, France
  120. Bandung, Indonesia
  121. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  122. Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  123. Gwangju, South Korea
  124. Jakarta, Indonesia
  125. Chennai, India
  126. Baku, Azerbaijan
  127. Surabaya, Indonesia
  128. Kaunas, Lithuania
  129. Delhi, India
  130. Quito, Ecuador
  131. Timisoara, Romania
  132. Bucharest, Romania
  133. Taichung, Taiwan
  134. Albany, United States
  135. Montevideo, Uruguay
  136. Denver, United States
  137. Iasi, Romania
  138. Xi’an, China (Mainland)
  139. Irbid, Jordan
  140. Łódź, Poland

Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds

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June 23, 2022

Olympic Day 2022: Sport as a Bridge in a Divided World


Photo: IOC President Thomas Bach attends the Olympic Day celebration at a local school in Skopje. Image provided by & copyright © IOC/Greg Martin.

On Olympic Day, while the world is moving together for peace, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has reiterated the role sport can play in building bridges in our divided world and promoting global solidarity.

“The Olympic Games, which unite the entire world in peaceful competition, are a powerful symbol of peace,” said President Bach. “Our Olympic mission is not political. Our Olympic mission is humanitarian.”

Recently, global humanitarian issues have forced the world to reflect. Ongoing conflicts and the growing number of people displaced worldwide have reaffirmed an urgent need for solidarity and peace in our divided world.

On 23 June, as Olympic Day promotes this year’s message of “Together, for a Peaceful World,” the IOC President stressed that the need for solidarity and peace remains the guiding principle of the Olympic Movement and highlights the symbolic importance of the Olympic Games. “Without solidarity, there is no peace,” he said.

“In these divisive and contentious times, people worldwide are longing for a unifying force that brings humankind together. In this respect, the Olympic Movement has a lot to offer with our mission to unite the entire world in peaceful competition,” Bach continued.

Olympic Day 2022: #MoveForPeace

Celebrated every year on 23 June since 1948, Olympic Day provides a moment for everyone to come together and get active with purpose.

This year, as the world continues seeking togetherness, the IOC and the Olympic Movement highlight the power of sport to build a better world by bringing people together in peace. As part of this, people are encouraged to move together for peace today through various local physical and digital activities.

Over 135 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) have registered their commitment to Olympic Day by hosting activities such as Olympic Day runs, outdoor games for families, introductions to new sports, meetings with Olympians, and workshops on the Olympic values. In addition, IOC will organize Digital initiatives, such as virtual Olympic challenges, online workouts, virtual live chats with Olympians, online quizzes, and webinars on the Olympic values worldwide.

Everyone can join by sharing how they are moving on Olympic Day with #MoveForPeace and #OlympicDay, International Olympic Committee said.

Source: IOC


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June 19, 2022

Prime Minister Modi launches Historic Torch Relay for 44th Chess Olympiad.

• India to host Chess Olympiad for the first time.

Chess Olympiad Relay

Photo: Prime Minister Modi launches the torch relay for the 44th Chess Olympiad in New Delhi on June 19, 2022.

New Delhi, June 19, 2022 — Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India launched the historic torch relay for the 44th Chess Olympiad today at Indira Gandhi Stadium, New Delhi. FIDE (World Chess Federation) President Arkady Dvorkovich handed over the torch to the Prime Minister, who handed it over to Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand. This torch will visit 75 cities in 40 days before the final culmination at Mahabalipuram near Chennai. At every location, chess grandmasters of the state will receive the torch. Prime Minister Modi also made the Khelo Chess Ceremonial move, followed by Ms. Koneru Humpy making a move. Union Ministers Shri Anurag Singh Thakur and Shri Nisith Pramanik, Chess players and enthusiasts, Ambassadors, and Chess Officials were also present.

FIDE (World Chess Federation) President Arkady Dvorkovich thanked the Government of India for starting the new tradition of the torch relay, which will popularise and galvanize the game worldwide. “FIDE is grateful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his presence and honoring us,” he said. The FIDE President hoped that Chess would become part of all schools across India and worldwide. He said, “India is the fastest-growing Chess country today, and you have all grounds to be proud of that. We are grateful for your leadership for all the fantastic work you are doing in the interest of Chess.”

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said, “Today, the first torch relay for Chess Olympiad games is starting from India. India will host the Chess Olympiad games for the first time this year. We are proud that a sport, starting from its birthplace and leaving its mark worldwide, has become a passion for many countries.” He continued, “Centuries ago, the torch of this sport went to the whole world in the form of Chaturanga from India. Today the first Olympiad torch of Chess is also coming out of India. Today, when India is celebrating its 75th year of independence, Amrit Mahotsav, this Chess Olympiad torch will also go to 75 cities of the country.” He said, “FIDE has decided that the torch relay for each Chess Olympiad game will start from India itself. This honor is not only the honor of India but also the recognition of this glorious heritage of Chess. I congratulate FIDE and all its members for this”

The Prime Minister dwelled on the Indian heritage in Chess. He said, “our ancestors invented games like Chaturanga or Chess for analytical and problem-solving brains. Chess, via India, reached many countries and became very popular. Today, Chess is being used in schools as an educational tool for young people, for children.” He noted that India has consistently improved its Chess performance in recent years. India’s contingent in the Chess Olympiad is the biggest this year.

The Prime Minister talked about many lessons that Chess gives us in our lives. Underlining the need for the proper support for everyone irrespective of their place in life, the Prime Minister said, “Just like every piece of Chess has its unique strength and a unique ability. It becomes the most powerful if you make the right move with a piece and use its power properly. This specialty of Chessboard gives us a big message about life. If given the right support and environment, no goal is impossible even for the weakest.”

The Prime Minister highlighted another lesson from Chess: “Another great feature of the game of Chess is farsightedness. Chess tells us that real success comes from far-sighted rather than short-term success.”

The 44th Chess Olympiad will take place in Chennai from July 28 to August 10, 2022. The prestigious competition, organized since 1927, is hosted in India for the first time and in Asia after 30 years. With 189 countries participating, this will be the most extensive participation in any Chess Olympiad.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi

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