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February 6, 2024

Brazilian Football Player Vinícius Junior is named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.


Unesco Goodwill Ambassador


Unesco Goodwill Ambassador


Photos: UNESCO’s Director-General visited Real Madrid’s training center to officially present Vinícius Junior with his letter of appointment as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. Images provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Juan BARBOSA.


Paris, France, February 6, 2024 — Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, has appointed Brazilian footballer Vinícius Junior as Goodwill Ambassador for Education for All during a Real Madrid training center ceremony.

UNESCO’s Director-General visited Real Madrid’s training center to officially present Vinícius Junior with his letter of appointment as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.

“Vinícius Junior is not only an exceptional football player; he has also been a committed advocate for equal opportunity through education in Brazil. He is a role model for an entire generation, and UNESCO is honored to count him today among its Goodwill Ambassadors,” UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said.

“Being appointed as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador at just 23 years old is more than an honor. It’s an achievement and a responsibility I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life. Of course, I want to be recognized as a great player and a citizen who strives to make a difference. I have advocated for education since I was 19, and my Institute in Brazil is gradually growing. Thanks to the support of UNESCO, we will positively impact the world,” remarked Vinícius Junior, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.

The Brazil and Real Madrid prodigy has made a name for himself in recent years by promoting access to education for all young people. In 2021, he set up the Instituto Viní.Jr. to help Brazilian children and teenagers from underprivileged neighborhoods return to school. The Institute draws on the values of sport to inspire students from all backgrounds to learn and continue their education.

Vinícius Junior has been facing discrimination and prejudice, especially from fans, and has been fighting for inclusion. He has collaborated with FIFA and Brazil to raise awareness and promote the values of respect and dialogue. He has actively participated in the “Racism, don’t pretend you don’t see it” campaign. Vinícius Junior’s dedication to social justice was recognized and presented with the 2023 Socrates Award at the Ballon d’Or ceremony.

Audrey Azoulay has made promoting education her top priority in the roadmap she has entrusted to Vinicius Junior. Vinicius Junior will speak at UNESCO conferences to member states and the general public and support the Organization’s educational programs worldwide.

According to UNESCO, an estimated 250 million children and teenagers lack access to education today, an increase of 6 million since 2021. Additionally, seven out of ten children cannot read and comprehend an introductory text by age 10. Social inequality is one of the primary reasons behind the high dropout rates and the lack of academic progress.

Vinícius Junior is the second Brazilian football player appointed Goodwill Ambassador. The first was Edson Arantes do Nascimento, also called “Pele.”

Source: UNESCO

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February 5, 2024

2024 GRAMMYs: Taylor Swift makes GRAMMY History with Fourth Album of The Year Win For 'Midnights'


Grammys Taylor Swift


Grammy Miley Cyrus


Los Angeles, February 5, 2024 — Taylor Swift made history at the 2024 GRAMMYs by winning Album of the Year for her album ‘Midnights’ for the fourth time, making her the artist with the most wins in this Category at the Grammys. She surpassed legends like Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, and Paul Simon, who have each won the award three times.

During her acceptance speech, Swift expressed her shock and gratitude and thanked her producer, Jack Antonoff, and collaborator, Lana Del Rey, who was also nominated in the same Category. She called Antonoff “a once-in-a-generation producer” and Del Rey “a legacy artist, a legend in her prime right now.”

Swift also said that the award is the work and that she wants to keep making music. She added that she loves her job, which makes her very happy.

Swift had already won the Best Pop Vocal Album award earlier in the telecast, marking her 13th win at the Grammys. It was a big night for her, and she used her first win to announce her upcoming album, ‘The Tortured Poets Department,’ to be released on April 19.

Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus won The GRAMMY for Record of the Year for “Flowers.”

Source: Recording Academy / GRAMMYs

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February 3, 2024

UNESCO releases a report entitled "Enhancing Youth Participation in Urban Governance through City Youth Councils."


Unesco Youth Council Report


Paris, France, February 3, 2024 — UNESCO has released a report titled “Enhancing Youth Participation in Urban Governance through City Youth Councils.” The Report highlights the significance of city youth councils in policymaking, which enables young citizens to exercise their civic rights, promotes inclusion, and enhances youth agency in shaping their future.

The Report, the first of its kind, provides a global compilation of city youth councils’ history, compositions, typologies, and functions. It aims to identify the best practices of city youth councils and proposes ideas to foster collaboration, amplify youth voices, and present recommendations for creating inclusive communities.

Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences of UNESCO, emphasized the importance of evidence-based methodology in determining the impact and effectiveness of city youth councils.

The Report indicates that city youth councils provide a formalized arrangement for continuous engagement with policymakers. They have played a crucial role in nurturing the next generation of leaders, fostering youth participation in decision-making processes, and promoting social change and dialogue.

The survey by the International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities served as the basis for the Report’s recommendations.

One of UNESCO’s critical missions is to promote young people’s active and meaningful participation in decision-making processes. As such, it encourages local governments to create spaces where youth can engage in these processes and contribute their unique perspectives and ideas. By doing so, the local administrations can help build a more inclusive and representative society that values the voices of its young people.

Source: UNESCO

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January 30, 2024

The President of India nominates Shri Satnam Singh Sandhu as a member of the Rajya Sabha.


Satnam Sandhu, Rajya Sabha


Chandigarh University


New Delhi, January 30, 2024 —Today, the President of India nominated Shri Satnam Singh Sandhu to the Rajya Sabha.

Satnam Singh Sandhu, the son of a farmer, is an accomplished educationist in India. He faced difficulties in pursuing education himself, being from an agricultural background. Therefore, he made it his mission to establish a high-quality educational institution, starting with the Chandigarh Group of Colleges (CGC) at Landran in Mohali in 2001. He then went a step further and founded Chandigarh University in 2012. The university has been ranked in the QS World Rankings 2023 and is the top private university in Asia.

Chandigarh University Chancellor Sandhu is also a philanthropist who has financially assisted countless students to pursue quality education. He is actively involved in community efforts to improve health and wellness and promote communal harmony through his two NGOs, the Indian Minorities Foundation and the New India Development (NID) Foundation.

In addition to his work in India, he has made significant efforts for national integration and worked extensively with the diaspora abroad.

Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

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"Maratha Military Landscapes of India" will be India's nomination for recognition as UNESCO World Heritage List for the year 2024-25


Maratha Military Landscapes of India, developed between the 17th and 19th centuries, represent an extraordinary fortification and military system envisioned by the Maratha rulers.


Unesco Heritage


Photo: The Taj Mahal, Agra, India. The Taj Mahal was granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1983. Image Credit: Otis Yang. [File Photo]


New Delhi, January 29, 2024 — The “Maratha Military Landscapes of India” is India’s proposal for UNESCO World Heritage List recognition for 2024-25. The nomination consists of twelve parts, including Salher Fort, Shivneri Fort, Lohgad, Khanderi Fort, Raigad, Rajgad, Pratapgad, Suvarnadurg, Panhala Fort, Vijay Durg, Sindhudurg in Maharashtra, and Gingee Fort in Tamil Nadu. These parts, located in diverse geographic and physiographic areas, showcase the strategic military powers of Maratha rule.

There are 42 World Heritage sites in India, of which 34 are cultural sites, 7 are natural sites, and one is a mixed site. Maharashtra has six World Heritage Sites, including five cultural sites and one natural site: Ajanta Caves (1983), Ellora Caves (1983), Elephanta Caves (1987), Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) (2004), Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai (2018), and Western Ghats of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala (2012), which is a serial property in the natural category.

The Maratha Military Landscapes of India, included in the Tentative List of World Heritage sites in 2021, is the sixth cultural property proposed for inclusion in the World Heritage List from Maharashtra.

Source: Ministry of Culture

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January 29, 2024

The Beating Retreat Ceremony at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi, India, on January 29, 2024.


Beating Retreat, India


Beating Retreat, India


Beating Retreat, India


Beating Retreat, India


Beating Retreat, India


Beating Retreat, India


Photos: The Beating Retreat Ceremony at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi, India, on January 29, 2024.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India

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January 26, 2024

India celebrates its 75th Republic Day on January 26, 2024, with a Parade in New Delhi.


India Republic Day 2024


India Republic Day 2024


India Republic Day 2024


India Republic Day 2024


India Republic Day 2024


India Republic Day 2024


India Republic Day 2024


India Republic Day 2024


India Republic Day 2024


India Republic Day 2024


India Republic Day 2024


India Republic Day 2024


Photos: India celebrated its 75th Republic Day on January 26, 2024, with a Parade in New Delhi.


Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India

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January 23, 2024

Academy announces Oscars Nominations 2024


Oscars 2024


Oscars 2024


Photo: Salma Hayek arrives on the red carpet of the 95th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood on Sunday, March 12, 2023. Image provided by & copyright © Richard Harbaugh / A.M.P.A.S. [File Photo]


LOS ANGELES, CA, January 23, 2024 - Actors Zazie Beetz and Jack Quaid announced the 96th Oscars nominations from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater via a global live stream, an international satellite feed, and broadcast media.

Beetz and Quaid announced the nominees in 8 categories, followed by the remaining 15 at the live event attended by international media and industry guests.

The Academy members of each of the 18 branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories. It means that actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, and so on. However, the Academy selects nominees by a vote of multi-branch screening committees in the Animated Feature Film, International Feature Film, and Live live-action Short Film categories. All voting members are eligible to choose the Best Picture nominees. This year’s voting participation was at an all-time high, with members submitting ballots from 93 countries.


NOMINATIONS FOR THE 96th ACEDEMY AWARDS


• Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role


• Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role


• Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role


• Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role


• Best Animated Feature Film of the Year


• Achievement in Cinematography


• Achievement in Costume Design


• Achievement in Directing


• Best Documentary Feature Film


• Best Documentary Short Film


• Achievement in Film Editing


• Best International Feature Film of the Year


• Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling


• Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original score)


• Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original song)


• Best Motion Picture of the Year


• Achievement in Production Design


• Best Animated Short Film


• Best Live-action Short Film


• Achievement in Sound


• Achievement in Visual Effects


• Adapted Screenplay


• Original Screenplay


Active members of the Academy are eligible to vote for the winners in all 23 categories beginning Thursday, February 22, through Tuesday, February 27.

The 96th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide.


Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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January 22, 2024

Prime Minister Modi participates in the Pran Pratishtha ceremony of Shri Ramlalla in the newly built Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Mandir in Ayodhya.


• Representatives of the country’s major spiritual and religious sects attended the Pran Pratishtha ceremony.


Ram Mandir


Ram Mandir


Photos: Prime Minister Modi at the Pran Pratishtha ceremony of Shree Ram Janmaboomi Temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh on January 22, 2024.


Ram Mandir


Ram Mandir


Ram Mandir


Ram Mandir


Photos: Glimpses of Pran Pratishtha ceremony of Shree Ram Janmaboomi Temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh on January 22, 2024.


New Delhi, India, January 22, 2024 — On January 22, 2024, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the consecration ceremony (Pran Pratishtha) of Shri Ramlalla in the newly constructed Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Mandir located in Ayodhya. The Prime Minister had received an invitation from the Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Trust for the ceremony.

Representatives of the country’s major spiritual and religious sects attended the historic Pran Pratishtha ceremony. In addition, people from various tribal communities and all walks of life also participated in the event. The Prime Minister addressed this distinguished gathering on this significant occasion.

The Prime Minister interacted with the Shramjeevis, who were associated with the construction of the Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Mandir. He also visited the Kuber Tila, an ancient Mandir of Bhagwan Shiva, and performed Pooja and Darshan at this restored temple.

The magnificent Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Mandir is constructed in the traditional Nagara style. It has a length of 380 feet (east-west), a width of 250 feet, and a height of 161 feet. Three hundred ninety-two pillars and 44 doors support the temple. The pillars and walls of the temple showcase intricately sculpted depictions of Hindu deities, gods, and goddesses. The main sanctum sanctorum on the ground floor contains the idol of Shri Ramlalla, which depicts the childhood form of Bhagwan Shri Ram.

The main entrance to the Mandir is on the eastern side. To reach it, you must climb 32 stairs through the Singh Dwar. The Mandir has five halls known as Mandaps - Nritya Mandap, Rang Mandap, Sabha Mandap, Prathana Mandap, and Kirtan Mandap. There is also a historic well called Sita Koop located near the Mandir. This well dates back to the ancient era. In the southwestern part of the Mandir complex, you can find Kuber Tila, where the ancient Mandir of Bhagwan Shiv has been restored, along with the installation of a statue of Jatayu.

The foundation of the Mandir has been built using roller-compacted concrete (RCC) that is 14 meters thick, giving it the appearance of an artificial rock formation. The entire structure has been constructed without the use of iron. A 21-foot-high plinth has been built using granite to protect against ground moisture. The Mandir complex boasts a sewage treatment plant, water treatment plant, water supply for fire safety, and an independent power station. The construction of the Mandir was carried out using traditional and indigenous technology of the country.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office

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January 15, 2024

Deer. And Rabbits. And Owls. And Foxes.


U.S. Postal Service Issues Winter Woodland Animals Stamps.

U.S. Postal Service

USPS Animals Stamps


Photo: U.S. Postal Service Issues Winter Woodland Animals Stamps. Deer. And Rabbits. And Owls. And Foxes.


WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service commemorates four species that reside in North American woodlands with the release of the Winter Woodland Animals stamps. These species, including deer, rabbits, owls, and foxes, are some of the most recognizable wildlife found throughout America and remind us of the stunning natural environment surrounding us.

White-tailed deer are one of the most abundant species in North America and are admired for their beauty and agility. Rabbits often live near the edge of forests to easily find food from gardens, yards, and meadows. Foxes are tough and adaptable creatures that have learned to thrive in almost every environment. Owls are fascinating birds of prey that prefer to nest in tree cavities or abandoned nests of other birds.

The stamps feature whimsical, graphic illustrations of these creatures. Antonio Alcala, an art director for the Postal Service, designed the stamps with Katie Kirk, who illustrated them using geometric shapes of bold, solid color. Each animal appears with details of its habitat in winter, such as a full or crescent moon, snow-covered trees, holly branches with berries, and delicate snowflakes.

Source: U.S. Postal Service

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January 2, 2024

Prime Minister Modi addresses the 38th Convocation Ceremony of Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu.


Modi, University


Photo: Prime Minister Modi attends the 38th Convocation Ceremony of Bharathidasan University at Tiruchirappalli, in Tamil Nadu, on January 02, 2024.


New Delhi, January 02, 2024 — Shri Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, delivered a speech at the 38th Convocation Ceremony of Bharathidasan University in Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu. During the ceremony, he congratulated the graduating students, their teachers, and parents and awarded the meritorious students of the University.

The Prime Minister highlighted the event’s significance, as it was his first public interaction of 2024. He expressed his happiness in being present in the beautiful state of Tamil Nadu and among the youth. Additionally, he mentioned that it was an honor for him to be the first Prime Minister to grace the convocation ceremony at Bharathidasan University.

The Prime Minister stressed the importance of knowledge and education in Indian civilization, citing ancient universities such as Nalanda, Takshila, Kanchipuram, Gangaikonda Cholapuram, and Madurai. He also quoted Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, saying that education teaches us to live in harmony with all existence.

The Prime Minister urged the graduating students to ponder deeply about the purpose of education and how they can utilize it for societal benefit. He underlined the importance of giving back to society and working towards building a better country. He also acknowledged the role of the entire society in bringing the students to this day.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office

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January 1, 2024

Welcome 2024! Happy New Year!


Welcome 2024


Welcome 2024! Happy New Year!


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December 30, 2023

New York City Times Square is ready for New Year's Eve Celebrations.


New York Times Square


New York Times Square


New York Times Square


New York Times Square


New York Times Square


Photos: Times Square is testing the Confetti Release. December 29, 2023. At Midnight on New Year’s Eve, thousands of kilos of confetti will be released from the rooftops of buildings, creating a blizzard of colorful confetti and pyrotechnic effects. The hundreds of kilos of confetti include wishes from thousands of revelers worldwide. Images provided by & copyright © Times Square.


New York Times Square

Photo: The Numerals 2-0-2-4 are delivered to Times Square by Kia. Images provided by & copyright © Times Square.


New York Times Square


New York Times Square


Photos: Times Square Confetti Wishing Wall. People write their wishes on the confetti to be released on New Year’s Eve at Midnight. The hundreds of kilos of confetti include wishes from thousands of revelers worldwide. Images provided by & copyright © Times Square.


New York, December 30, 2023 — Times Square in New York City has been the center of attention on New Year’s Eve for over a century, with the rooftop celebrations that began in 1904. The ball-lowering tradition that started in 1907 has now become a symbol of welcoming the New Year.

The Times Square Alliance has unveiled the New Year’s Eve Wishing Wall for the forthcoming New Year’s Eve celebrations. This unique feature gives people from all over the world a personal opportunity to be part of the festivities by writing their wishes for the upcoming year on confetti that will be released at Midnight.

At Midnight, the New Year’s Eve Ball lights will be turned off as the New Year “2024” numerals burst to life, shining high above Times Square.

The famous confetti release occurs from the rooftops of buildings throughout Times Square, creating a blizzard of colorful confetti and pyrotechnic effects. The hundreds of kilos of confetti include wishes from thousands of revelers worldwide, hoping for peace, love, good health, and a better future in the new year.


NEW YEAR’S EVE IN TIMES SQUARE 2023 - 2024

SCHEDULE

THE EVENT

• 6:00 p.m. to 6:03 p.m.

• 6:04 p.m. to 6:05 p.m.

• 6:06 p.m. to 6:18 p.m.

• 6:30 p.m.

• 6:57 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

• 7:01 p.m. to 7:02 p.m.

• 7:05 p.m. to 7:17 p.m.

• 7:56 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

• 8:01 p.m. to 8:02 p.m.

• 8:03 p.m. to 8:08 p.m.

• 8:10 p.m. to 8:12 p.m.

• 8:30 p.m. to 8:35 p.m.

• 8:37 p.m. to 8:55 p.m.

• 8:57 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

• 9:02 p.m. to 9:05 p.m.

• 9:10 p.m. to 9:29 p.m.

• 9:37 p.m. to 9:43 p.m.

• 9:49 p.m. to 9:52 p.m.

• 9:57 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

• 10:01 p.m. to 10:02 p.m.

• 10:04 p.m. to 10:08 p.m.

• 10:09 p.m. to 10:12 p.m.

• 10:21 p.m. to 10:24 p.m.

• 10:34 p.m. to 10:40 p.m.

• 10:45 p.m. to 10:48 p.m.

• 10:57 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

• 11:02 p.m. to 11:07 p.m.

• 11:08 p.m. to 11:11 p.m.

• 11:12 p.m. to 11:14 p.m.

• 11:16 p.m. to 11:20 p.m.

• 11:38 p.m. to 11:46 p.m.

• 11:51 p.m. to 11:58 p.m.

• 11:59 p.m.

• Midnight (12:00 a.m.) — New Year’s Day

• 12:04 a.m. to 12:09 a.m.

• 12:15 a.m. - End of Show.


Source: Times Square

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About one million revelers, equivalent to the population of Chandigarh in India, gathered in Times Square to celebrate the arrival of 2024.





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December 28, 2023

Coca-Cola extends its partnership with the International Cricket Council (ICC) for Eight Years.


Coca-Cola Cricket


New Delhi, India, December 26, 2023 — Coca-Cola has extended its partnership with the International Cricket Council (ICC) for another eight years. This partnership will establish Coca-Cola as a long-standing partner of the ICC and amplify global cricket experiences. The official signing ceremony occurred at ICC Headquarters and marked a historic milestone for the partnership. It demonstrated Coca-Cola’s commitment to sports and confirmed the collaboration as one of the longest-ever associations formed by the ICC with a single brand, spanning 13 years (2019 - 2031).

The partnership will see Coca-Cola’s brands becoming exclusive non-alcoholic beverage partners for all men’s and women’s events at the pinnacle of the sport, including the ICC Cricket World Cups, ICC T20 World Cups, and ICC Champions Trophies until the end of 2031. During the partnership, there will be a prominent international men’s and women’s event every year and a World Test Championship Final every two years.

During the recent ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup India 2023, Thums Up and Limca Sportz were the exclusive beverage and sports drink partners, activating a host of online and offline fan engagement activations. Additionally, Sprite took center stage with its captivating ‘Thand rakh’ campaign, aimed at elevating and sustaining the enthusiasm of cricket fans throughout the biggest World Cup ever.

Coca-Cola has been globally committed to supporting local sporting events and organizations worldwide. The Coca-Cola Company has an eight-decade-long association with the Olympics. Moreover, for over four decades, it has been associated with the FIFA and T20 World Cup and using the power of sports to bring people together and transform lives.

The Coca-Cola Company is a leading beverage company in India that offers consumers a variety of high-quality and refreshing drink options. The Company’s vision is to provide “Beverages for life,” it has a broad portfolio of products, including hydration, sports, sparkling water, coffee, Tea, nutrition, juice, and dairy-based products.

The Coca-Cola Company employs over 700,000 people globally, including its bottling partners, contributing to economic opportunities in local communities worldwide.

Source: Coca-Cola

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December 27, 2023

Academy Snubs India's Official International Feature Film Entry "2018: Everyone is a Hero"; Announces 96th Oscars Shortlists in 10 Award Categories.


OSCARS


Oscars


Photo: American television news reporter, news anchor, and model Jennifer Lahmers arrives on the red carpet of the 95th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood on Sunday, March 12, 2023. Image provided by & copyright © Kyusung Gong / A.M.P.A.S. [File Photo]


Oscars


Photo: American actress and talk show host Kelly Ripa arrives on the red carpet of the 95th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood on Sunday, March 12, 2023. Image provided by & copyright © Michael Baker / A.M.P.A.S. [File Photo]


LOS ANGELES, CA - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 96th Academy Awards Shortlists in 10 categories: Documentary Feature Film, Documentary Short Film, International Feature Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound and Visual Effects.

India’s official entry in the international feature film category, “2018: Everyone is a Hero”, is out of the Oscars race. The film failed to make it to the shortlist of 15 films for the category.

The International Feature Film shortlist includes Amerikatsi (Armenia), The Monk and the Gun (Bhutan), Fallen Leaves (Finland), The Taste of Things (France), The Teachers’ Lounge (Germany), Godland (Iceland), Io Capitano (Italy), Perfect Days (Japan), Totem (Mexico), The Mother of All Lies (Morocco), Society of the Snow (Spain), Four Daughters (Tunisia), 20 Days in Mariupol (Ukraine), and The Zone of Interest (United Kingdom).

Films from 88 countries were eligible in the category. The shortlisted movies will advance to the next round of voting.


SHORTLISTS

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

Fifteen films will advance in the Documentary Feature Film category for the 96th Academy Awards. One hundred sixty-seven films were eligible in the category. Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:


DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

Fifteen films will advance in the Documentary Short Film category for the 96th Academy Awards. One hundred fourteen films qualified in the category. Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:


INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM

Fifteen films will advance to the next round of voting in the International Feature Film category for the 96th Academy Awards. Films from 88 countries and regions were eligible in the category.

The Academy invited members from all branches to participate in the preliminary round of voting. They must have met a minimum viewing requirement to be eligible to vote in the category.

In the nominations round, Academy members from all branches are invited to opt in to participate and must view all 15 shortlisted films to vote.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:


MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Ten films will advance in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 96th Academy Awards. All Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch members will be invited to view excerpts and interviews with the artists from each shortlisted film on Sunday, January 14, 2024. Branch members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:


MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

Fifteen scores will advance in the Original Score category for the 96th Academy Awards. One hundred forty-eight scores were eligible in the category. Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The scores, listed in alphabetical order by film title, are:


MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

Fifteen songs will advance in the Original Song category for the 96th Academy Awards. Ninety-four songs were eligible in the category. Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The original songs are listed below in alphabetical order by film title:


ANIMATED SHORT FILM

Fifteen films will advance in the Animated Short Film category for the 96th Academy Awards. Ninety-three films had qualified in the category. Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:


LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

Fifteen films will advance in the Live Action Short Film category for the 96th Academy Awards. One hundred eighty-seven films had qualified in the category. For the first time, the Academy invited its members from all branches to participate in the preliminary round of voting. They must have met a minimum viewing requirement to be eligible to vote in the category.

In the nominations round, Academy members from all branches are invited to opt in to participate and must view all 15 shortlisted films to vote.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:


SOUND

Ten films will advance in the Sound category for the 96th Academy Awards. All eligible members of the Sound Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees. Academy members will be invited to view excerpts from each shortlisted film beginning Thursday, January 11, 2024, in the San Francisco Bay area, followed by London, Los Angeles, and New York. Branch members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:


VISUAL EFFECTS

Ten films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 96th Academy Awards. The Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist. All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view excerpts and interviews with the artists from each shortlisted film on Saturday, January 13, 2024. Branch members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:


Nominations voting begins on Thursday, January 11, 2024, and concludes on Tuesday, January 16, 2024.

The Academy will announce the Nominations for the 96th Academy Awards on Tuesday, January 23, 2024.

The 96th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood and will be televised live on A.B.C. and in more than 200 territories worldwide.


Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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December 25, 2023

UNESCO Announces Winners of its Future Designer International Innovation Design Awards


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Photo: A speaker at the “(Re)thinking Common Good, Acting Together” high-level discussion at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Marie ETCHEGOYEN.


Paris, December 23, 2023 — Eighty-three teams of university students and their mentors from 19 countries are the first winners of the Future Designer International Innovation Design Awards at the Science for the Sustainable Development Goals Innovation Contest.

The winning designs range from an Air Ionizing-Humidifier with an Indoor Air Pollutant Detector to a solar-powered public bench, reusable LED bulbs and tubes with a replaceable cartridge, and sustainable fashion in the form of bags made from ‘green’ materials that are produced using a three-dimensional (3D) printer.

Ralph Benedict Capili developed the humidifier with his mentor, Evelyn Marinas, from the University of Doha for Science and Technology in the Philippines. SolSeatz, the solar-powered public bench, is the brainchild of Saber Aragh and his mentor, Hamid Naghd Bishi, from the Pars University of Architecture and Art in Iran. Shreya Chopra and her mentor Nanita Chopra from Amity University Noida in India won a silver award for GLED, the reusable LED bulbs and tubes. Eszter Borsodi and her mentor Tamasi Kinga from the University of Miskolc in Hungary produced the sustainable fashion.

Another team of five students from the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia in Spain designed a self-regulating nest for sea turtles.

About 30% (25) of the 83 teams won gold awards. Another 29 teams won silver and 29 bronze awards. Each winning team will receive a certificate.

The 83 winning teams come from the following 24 countries: Argentina, Austria, Belarus, China, Costa Rica, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Philippines, Japan, Rwanda, Spain, Sri Lanka, Russian Federation, Ghana, Kenya, Palestine, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine.

Unesco selected the winning teams from over 1,500 applications from 48 countries, with 228 entries advancing to the final evaluation stage.

The awards were open to undergraduate and postgraduate students worldwide. The aim was to solicit innovative, creative works from young people worldwide to raise awareness of the critical role that Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Source: UNESCO

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December 20, 2023

IMF Executive Board concludes its Annual Consultation with India


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Photo: During the 2022 Annual Meetings at the International Monetary Fund, a behind-the-scenes look at the first day. Washington, DC, United States. October 10, 2022. IMF Photo/STEPHEN VOSS. [File Photo]


Washington, DC, December 19, 2023 — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has concluded its yearly consultation with India. IMF noted that India’s economy has grown robust over the past year, with employment surpassing pre-pandemic levels, formalization progressing, and the financial sector remaining resilient. The current account deficit widened in 2023 as domestic demand and external shocks outweighed robust services exports and proactive diversification of critical oil imports. Despite this, growth is expected to remain strong, with real GDP projected to grow 6.3 percent in 2024 and 2025. However, risks to the outlook are balanced, with a sharp global growth slowdown and further global supply disruptions cited as potential challenges.

Executive Directors commended India’s authorities for their prudent macroeconomic policies and reforms that resulted in the country’s strong economic performance, resilience, and financial stability. They called for appropriate policies to sustain economic stability and further progress in critical structural reforms to unleash India’s significant potential.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) directors also praised the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) efforts to maintain economic stability through proactive monetary policy actions and a solid commitment to price stability. They agreed that the current neutral monetary policy stance, based on a data-dependent approach, is appropriate and should gradually help bring inflation back to its target level.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) annually conducts bilateral discussions with member countries to gather economic and financial information. During these discussions, officials discuss the country’s economic developments and policies. The IMF staff then prepares a report, which the Executive Board discusses. The Managing Director summarizes the views of the Executive Directors and transmits them to the member country’s authorities.

Source: IMF

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December 15, 2023

UNESCO and the U.S.A. deepen their Partnership on Environmental Protection


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Photo: Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, in Florida, USA. December 7, 2023. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO / Bryan Cereijo.


Florida, USA, December 11, 2023 — The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, participated in events related to the U.N. Decade for Ocean Sciences (2021-2030) in Florida, USA, from 6-8 December. UNESCO, the leading U.N. agency, organized the events.

During Audrey Azoulay’s visit to Florida, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announced their collaboration with UNESCO to enhance the Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS). A new environmental education project will also be developed in The Everglades, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve included on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

While she was present, NOAA and USGS announced their partnership with UNESCO to map and better understand marine biodiversity through the Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS).

The two American agencies will work in coordination with the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) and the U.S. Biosphere Network (USBN) to share scientific data on UNESCO-protected natural sites in the United States via the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS). As per the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science adopted at the end of 2021, the data will be available for the international scientific community to access and utilize for free.

The information gathered will be comparable to data collected from other global sites. It will be utilized in research to advance biodiversity knowledge and better understand climate change’s impact on all living species. The increased cooperation between American agencies and UNESCO was initiated by the United States rejoining the organization in July 2023.

Audrey Azoulay also visited The Everglades National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve listed as a site in danger by UNESCO. The park is a humid and tropical zone with a vast mangrove ecosystem, one of the largest in the Western Hemisphere. The ecosystem is home to hundreds of flora and fauna species, plays a significant role in carbon capture and storage, and supplies almost 9 million people drinking water.

On her visit, Audrey Azoulay underscored UNESCO’s commitment to supporting the site’s managers by contributing scientific expertise.

During the visit to Florida, the Director-General of UNESCO participated in several events at Art Basel Miami to strengthen the collaboration between scientists and artists to protect the marine environment.

Source: UNESCO

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December 11, 2023

Chandigarh Administration hosts the 7th International Standing Conference on Le Corbusier Works.


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Photo: The Open Hand Monument, designed by Le Corbusier, is a symbolic structure at Capitol Complex, Chandigarh, India. It is the emblem of the Chandigarh Administration and symbolizes “the hand to give and the hand to take; peace and prosperity, and the unity of mankind.” Image Credit & Copyright © Fernando Stankuns.


Chandigarh, India, December 10, 2023 — The Chandigarh Administration hosted the 7th International Standing Conference on Le Corbusier’s works at Chandigarh Secretariat, Sector 9, Chandigarh, India. Delegates from seven countries, France, Germany, Argentina, Belgium, Japan, Switzerland, and India attended the Conference. The meeting focused on Le Corbusier’s outstanding contribution to the modern architectural movement.

The Conference was attended in person by the delegates present: Brigitte Bouvier, Benedicte Gandini from Fondation Le Corbusier, Paris, Benoit Dubosson of Switzerland, De Graef Rudy from Belgium, and Kazuho Nakatani from Japan. The other state members were present online through video conference.

During the 40th World Heritage Committee meeting held in Istanbul in 2016, all concerned state parties gave presentations on Le Corbusier’s works. As part of the transnational serial property under “The Architectural Works of Le Corbusier,” the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh, India, was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Chandigarh boasts a marvelous example of Le Corbusier’s architecture, which includes the Capitol Complex.

In 2023, India assumed the Presidency, and the Fondation Le Corbusier Secretariat in Paris decided that the 7th International Standing Conference would be in Chandigarh. Since becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Conferences have been held from 2017 to 2022 under different state parties’ presidencies.

The Chief Engineer of UT Chandigarh gave a detailed presentation on the Conservation of the Capitol Complex, and the Chandigarh College of Architecture presented a detailed report on the Heritage Impact Assessment.

During the International Standing Conference, all the State parties exchanged their views regarding the instruments of restoration and preservation used by the State Parties.

Source: Chandigarh Administration

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