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September 5, 2021

World's First: Aeroplane flies through a tunnel at 245 kph to set World Records.

Italian pilot Dario Costa clears Turkey’s dual Çatalca Tunnels in under 44 seconds.

Red Bull, Dario Costa

Red Bull, Dario Costa

Red Bull, Dario Costa

Red Bull, Dario Costa

Red Bull, Dario Costa

Red Bull, Dario Costa

Red Bull, Dario Costa

Red Bull, Dario Costa

Photos: Dario Costa. Aerobatic Airshows. Location: Turkey. Saturday, September 04, 2021. Images provided by & copyright © Red Bull.

Just after dawn on Saturday, September 4, 2021, professional race and stunt pilot Dario Costa of Italy wrote a new chapter in aviation history. He flew a race plane through the narrow confines of two enclosed auto tunnels just outside Istanbul. In near-darkness and closely surrounded by the concrete arc of the walls, Costa executed a tricky takeoff inside the first tunnel, flashed through an open-air gap, and then continued his 245kph flight through the second tunnel, flying less than 1m from the asphalt.

Costa, 41, won the top category of the Italian Aerobatic Championship and became the first Italian pilot to join, and earn a race win in, the Red Bull Air Race Challenger Class. He has over two decades of flying experience and numerous aviation feats to his credit. He has flown more than 60 airplane models and logged over 5,000 hours in the air - more than half in high-performance aerobatics.

Tunnel Pass was by far Costa’s most demanding and complex undertaking yet, requiring a team of 40 people, specially developed training techniques, and more than a year of preparation. Throughout, the project was shrouded in secrecy to limit variables and distractions, allowing complete focus for a successful flight that was no more than a simple idea on paper 12 months ago.

Located outside Istanbul on Northern Marmara Highway and initially put into service in March 2020, the dual Çatalca tunnels are state-of-the-art; but were designed for automobile traffic, not the flight of an aircraft.

From takeoff to exiting the second tunnel, the flight lasted 43.44 seconds, covering a distance of 2,260m / 2.26km and reaching a top speed of 245kph.

Changes to airflow, combined with the highly sensitive steering of the aircraft, required pilot reaction times of less than 250 milliseconds and delicate hand movements of mere millimeters throughout the flight. One of the most critical moments came at the 360m gap between tunnels, which exposed the race plane to crosswinds as Costa prepared to thread it into the low, narrow opening of the second tunnel.

Costa described: “Everything seemed to be happening so fast, but when I got out of the first tunnel, the plane started to move to the right because of the crosswinds, and in my head, everything slowed down at that moment. I reacted and focused on getting the plane back on the right path to enter the other tunnel. Then in my mind, everything sped up all over again.”

When the race plane shot out of the other side, Costa pulled it into a celebratory loop before landing. The ecstatic pilot said: “I’d never flown in a tunnel in my life - nobody had ever done it .”

The achievement set a new Guinness World Record: Longest Tunnel Flown through with an Aeroplane (1,610 m). Four other notable records were:

  • First airplane flight through a tunnel.
  • Longest flight under a solid obstacle (1,610 m).
  • First airplane flight through two tunnels.
  • First airplane takeoff from a tunnel.

Péter Besenyei, 65, mentored Costa. Besenyei is a Hungarian aerobatic and racing pilot, an aviation legend renowned for his role in developing and competing in the Red Bull Air Race. Besenyei is also well known for feats such as flying upside down under the Chain Bridge in Budapest.

Besenyei said: “To fly in a tunnel is not a normal situation. The main point is the mindset. Because flying straight at one meter off the ground and following a centerline is technically not so difficult if you are over a runway. But in the tunnel, especially a dark tunnel, coming out of the tunnel into the light and then back into another dark tunnel is different. And also, some airwaves can affect the flight, and you should expect some bumps. So it’s difficult in your mind because you know that if you make a mistake, the wall is hard.”

Source: Red Bull

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September 3, 2021

Rashtrapati Bhavan invites Applications for Visitor's Awards 2021 from Faculty Members and Students of Central Universities of India.

Visitor Awards India, Rashtrapati Bhavan

Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, at the ‘At Home Reception,’ on the occasion of the 72nd Republic Day Celebrations, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on January 26, 2021. [File Photo]

Visitor Awards India, Rashtrapati Bhavan

Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, presenting the 5th Visitor’s Awards, 2019, at the Conference of Vice-Chancellors of Central Universities, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi, December 17, 2019. [File Photo]

Visitor Awards India, Rashtrapati Bhavan

Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, addressing the Conference of Vice-Chancellors of Central Universities, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi, December 17, 2019. [File Photo]

New Delhi, India, August 25, 2021 — Rashtrapati Bhavan has invited online applications from faculty members and students of Central Universities of India for the Visitor’s Awards 2021 in the following three categories:

  • Visitor’s Award for Innovation.

  • Visitor’s Award for Research in (a) Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, (b) Physical Sciences, and (c) Biological Sciences.

  • Visitor’s Award for Technology Development.

The last date for applying is October 31, 2021.

The Government of India instituted the Visitor’s Awards in 2014 to promote healthy competition amongst Central Universities and motivate them to adopt best practices from around the world in pursuit of excellence.

The President of India, in his capacity as the Visitor of Central Universities, presents the Awards.

The Rashtrapati Bhavan (Presidential Palace) is the official residence of the President of India in New Delhi.

Source: President’s Secretariat, New Delhi



September 3, 2021

• Education Minister of India meets Central Universities Vice-Chancellors •

New Delhi, September 3, 2021 — India’s Education Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, virtually met the Vice Chancellors of 45 Central Universities under the Ministry of Education on September 3, 2021. It is his first formal meeting with the Central Universities’ Vice-Chancellors in a group.

The items for discussion included:

  • Implementation of National Education Policy 2020
  • Academic Bank of Credit
  • Multiple Entry-Exit System
  • Open and Online Education
  • Glue Grant for Education Institutions
  • Start of Academic Session 2021-22

Source: Ministry of Education

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September 2, 2021

Times Higher Education (THE) announces World University Rankings 2022; The University of Oxford tops the List.

World University Rankings

World University Rankings

Photo: University of California, Berkeley. A view of the campus from far. Image Credit: Daniel Parks.

London, September 2, 2021 — The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022 include more than 1,600 universities across 99 countries and territories, making them the largest and most diverse university rankings to date.

The ranking table results from 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators that measure an institution’s performance across four areas: teaching, research, knowledge transfer, and international outlook.

Times Higher Education said this year’s ranking analyzed more than 108 million citations across over 14.4 million research publications and included survey responses from almost 22,000 scholars globally. “Overall, we collected over 430,000 data points from more than 2,100 institutions that submitted data,” THE added.

The University of Oxford tops the ranking for the sixth consecutive year. At the same time, mainland China has two institutions in the top 20 for the first time: Peking University and Tsinghua University share 16th place.

Institut Polytechnique de Paris is the highest new entry at 95th place, following a merger of five institutions.

The US is the most-represented country overall, with 183 institutions. It is also the most represented in the top 200 (57). However, its share of universities in this elite group is falling.

Mainland China now has the joint fifth-highest number of institutions in the top 200 (up from joint seventh last year), overtaking Canada and on a par with the Netherlands.

Six new countries feature in the table compared with last year: Azerbaijan, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Palestine, and Tanzania.

Harvard University tops the teaching pillar, while the University of Oxford is tops in research.

• Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022

TOP 100

  1. University of Oxford — United Kingdom
  2. California Institute of Technology — United States
  3. Harvard University — United States
  4. Stanford University — United States
  5. University of Cambridge — United Kingdom
  6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology — United States
  7. Princeton University — United States
  8. University of California, Berkeley — United States
  9. Yale University — United States
  10. The University of Chicago — United States
  11. Columbia University — United States
  12. Imperial College London — United Kingdom
  13. Johns Hopkins University — United States
  14. University of Pennsylvania — United States
  15. ETH Zurich — Switzerland
  16. Peking University — China
  17. Tsinghua University — China
  18. University of Toronto — Canada
  19. University College London — United Kingdom
  20. University of California, Los Angeles — United States
  21. National University of Singapore — Singapore
  22. Cornell University — United States
  23. Duke University — United States
  24. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor — United States
  25. Northwestern University — United States
  26. New York University — United States
  27. London School of Economics and Political Science — United Kingdom
  28. Carnegie Mellon University — United States
  29. University of Washington — United States
  30. University of Edinburgh — United Kingdom
  31. University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
  32. LMU Munich — Germany
  33. University of Melbourne — Australia
  34. University of California, San Diego — United States
  35. King’s College London — United Kingdom
  36. The University of Tokyo — Japan
  37. University of British Columbia — Canada
  38. Technical University of Munich — Germany
  39. Karolinska Institute — Sweden
  40. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne — Switzerland
  41. Paris Sciences et Lettres - PSL Research University Paris — France
  42. Heidelberg University — Germany
  43. KU Leuven — Belgium
  44. McGill University — Canada
  45. Georgia Institute of Technology — United States
  46. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore — Singapore
  47. The University of Texas at Austin — United States
  48. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — United States
  49. Chinese University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
  50. University of Manchester — United Kingdom
  51. Washington University in St Louis — United States
  52. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — United States
  53. Wageningen University & Research — Netherlands
  54. Australian National University — Australia
  55. The University of Queensland — Australia
  56. Seoul National University — South Korea
  57. Monash University — Australia
  58. University of Sydney — Australia
  59. University of Wisconsin-Madison — United States
  60. Fudan University — China
  61. Kyoto University — Japan
  62. Boston University — United States
  63. University of Southern California — United States
  64. Brown University — United States
  65. University of Amsterdam — Netherlands
  66. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology — Hong Kong
  67. University of California, Davis — United States
  68. University of California, Santa Barbara — United States
  69. Utrecht University — Netherlands
  70. UNSW Sydney — Australia
  71. Leiden University — Netherlands
  72. Erasmus University Rotterdam — Netherlands
  73. Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin — Germany
  74. Humboldt University of Berlin — Germany
  75. Delft University of Technology — Netherlands
  76. Zhejiang University — China
  77. University of Zurich — Switzerland
  78. University of Tübingen — Germany
  79. University of Warwick — United Kingdom
  80. University of Groningen — Netherlands
  81. McMaster University — Canada
  82. Emory University — United States
  83. Free University of Berlin — Germany
  84. Shanghai Jiao Tong University — China
  85. Ohio State University (Main campus) — United States
  86. University of Glasgow — United Kingdom
  87. University of Minnesota — United States
  88. University of Montreal — Canada
  89. University of Science and Technology of China — China
  90. Sorbonne University — France
  91. Hong Kong Polytechnic University — Hong Kong
  92. University of Bristol — United Kingdom
  93. University of Maryland, College Park — United States
  94. Michigan State University — United States
  95. Institut Polytechnique de Paris — France
  96. University of Copenhagen — Denmark
  97. Ghent University — Belgium
  98. University of California, Irvine — United States
  99. Dartmouth College — United States
  100. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) — South Korea

The University of Oxford remains at the top of the table, retaining the top spot for an impressive sixth consecutive year.

In a year dominated by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the rankings reflect the vital role of universities in understanding and managing the crisis. Many institutions worldwide saw significant boosts in their citation scores (a measure of a university’s research influence and impact in spreading new knowledge and ideas) from Covid-19 focused research.

Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, said: ‘My colleagues and I are delighted to have achieved the top ranking again. There are many excellent universities around the world, and we are proud to be in their company.

‘This past year has demonstrated to our public, governments, and even ourselves how much universities can contribute to society. For example, 170 countries are using the vaccine Oxford developed.’

Source: Times Higher Education


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September 1, 2021

Leading Afghanistan war correspondents to discuss the fall and future of Afghanistan at National Press Club, Washington DC

National Press Club, Washington,

National Press Club, Washington,

Photos: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken addresses the press on the U.S. government’s efforts to bring Americans home and support the broader evacuation from Afghanistan, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on August 25, 2021. State Department photos by Ron Przysucha. [File Photos]

WASHINGTON, September 1, 2021 — In the lead up to the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, a panel of leading Afghanistan war correspondents will discuss the collapse of Afghanistan and the impact of the U.S. military withdrawal during a virtual Headliners event at 11 a.m. on September 3, hosted by National Press Club President Lisa Matthews of the Associated Press (AP).

Panelists include Atia Abawi, formerly NBC/CNN, Tom Bowman of National Public Radio, Kathy Gannon of AP, and Saad Mohseni, CEO of MOBY Media Group.

The panel convenes three days after the Biden Administration’s August 31 withdrawal deadline and one week after the deadliest day for U.S. troops in a decade, the Kabul airport bombing that killed 13 American service members and more than 90 Afghans.

This one-hour Headliner event program will stream live on the Club’s website and YouTube Channel as part of the Club’s Virtual Headliner series and is accessible to both the press and the general public.

With years of combined experience covering what’s been called “the forever war,” the journalists will share insights on humanitarian, military, and political consequences of an Afghanistan now under Taliban control.

The panel will talk about the groups now targeting America’s Afghan allies, the plight of Afghan women, the future of the Afghan media and female journalists, and the fate of billions of dollars worth of U.S.-made weapons.

About the panelists:

  • Atia Abawi is a journalist and author who spent five years reporting in Kabul, Afghanistan, where she first worked as an Afghanistan correspondent for CNN. She subsequently set up and managed the news bureau for NBC News, where she secured NBC’s first exclusive interview with President Hamid Karzai in a decade. Abawi is also the author of “The Secret Sky” and “A Land of Permanent Goodbyes.”

  • Tom Bowman has served as Pentagon reporter for National Public Radio since 2006 and previously covered the Defense Department for The Baltimore Sun. He has reported extensively from Afghanistan, embedding for dozens of trips with U.S. soldiers and Marines.

  • Kathy Gannon is news director for Afghanistan and Pakistan for the Associated Press and has covered the region for AP since 1988.

  • Saad Mohseni, CEO of the MOBY Group, in 2002 launched what has become Afghanistan’s most influential private media group and TOLONews, Afghanistan’s first 24/7 news and television network. Before starting MOB, Mohseni served as an economic advisor to the Afghan government. Time magazine has recognized him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Founded in 1908, the National Press Club is the “World’s Leading Professional Organization for Journalists.” The Club has about 3,000 reporters, editors, and professional communicators worldwide, representing nearly every major news organization. It hosts almost 2,000 events per year in its 54,000 square foot facility in downtown Washington, just three blocks from the White House.

Source: National Press Club, Washington, DC


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August 29, 2021

NASCAR: Blaney takes the victory, Reddick clinches the Playoff spot, and Larson wins Regular Season Championship at Daytona

Nascar Daytona

Nascar Daytona

Nascar Daytona

Photo: AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #16 Hyperice Chevrolet, leads the field to the NASCAR Xfinity Series Wawa 250 at Daytona International Speedway on August 28, 2021, in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images). Image provided by & Copyright © NASCAR.

Nascar Daytona

Photo: Jason White, driver of the #66 A-Game/CMR Construction Ford, AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #16 Hyperice Chevrolet, Harrison Burton, driver of the #20 Offerpad Toyota, Justin Haley, driver of the #11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, and Jordan Anderson, driver of the #31 Bommarito Automotive Group Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Wawa 250 at Daytona International Speedway on August 28, 2021, in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images). Image provided by & Copyright © NASCAR.

Nascar Daytona

Photo: A general view of cars racing past the grandstands during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Wawa 250 at Daytona International Speedway on August 28, 2021, in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images). Image provided by & Copyright © NASCAR.

Nascar Daytona

Photo: Jeb Burton, driver of the #10 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Chevrolet, Christopher Bell, driver of the #54 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota, Noah Gragson, driver of the #9 Bass Pro Shops/TrueTimber/BRCC Chevrolet, and Justin Allgaier, driver of the #7 BRANDT Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Wawa 250 at Daytona International Speedway on August 28, 2021, in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images). Image provided by & Copyright © NASCAR.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., August 29, 2021 — The Coke Zero Sugar 400 NASCAR Cup Series regular-season finale at Daytona International Speedway unfolded as billed with dramatic action all Saturday night. It included 45 lead changes, a 14-minute Red Flag period, and a wild final lap of overtime to decide the championship Playoff picture.

Ultimately, Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney managed it all and took his second NASCAR Cup Series victory in as many weeks as a colossal multi-car accident happened behind him in the last corners of the track on the final lap.

Blaney’s No. 12 Team Penske Ford led only seven of the 165 laps, but the North Carolinian took the lead from fellow Ford driver Roush Fenway Racing’s Chris Buescher for the two laps of overtime to claim his third win of the season and seventh of his career.

In a close and suspenseful battle with Austin Dillon, Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick earned the 16th and final playoff position with a fifth-place finish.

“How about that,” Blaney said. “That was a lot of fun. But, gosh, we just barely missed that wreck. Got to line up on the front row and got a good push by the 7 (Corey LaJoie). You never know how the end of these things is going to play out. Down the back, you don’t know what lane is getting a bigger run. I guess someone got tangled up over there. Hopefully, everyone is okay.”

Kyle Larson, who has a series-best five wins on the season, clinched his first NASCAR Cup Series Regular Season Championship with a 21st-place finish. Both he and Denny Hamlin were in the last lap wreck. Hamlin, who has led the points standings for all but three of the previous 25 race weekends, finished 14th.

“Got good momentum,” Blaney said, smiling, “Nice to make it three in a row. We’ll see.”

Bubba Wallace, who led eight laps late in the race, finished second - his best 2021 season. Ryan Newman, Ryan Preece, and Tyler Reddick rounded out the top five, a season-best for Newman and Preece as well.

Haley was sixth, followed by Alex Bowman, who won the Xfinity Series race earlier in the afternoon. Chase Elliott, B.J. McLeod, and Josh Bilicki rounded out the top 10. It was McLeod’s first top-10 finish in 76 NASCAR Cup Series starts.

• NASCAR Cup Series Race - 63rd Annual Coke Zero Sugar 400

Daytona International Speedway

Daytona Beach, Florida

Saturday, August 28, 2021.


  • (6) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 165.
  • (20) Bubba Wallace, Toyota, 165.
  • (23) Ryan Newman, Ford, 165.
  • (24) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet, 165.
  • (17) Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet, 165.
  • (28) Justin Haley(i), Chevrolet, 165.
  • (15) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 165.
  • (5) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 165.
  • (30) BJ McLeod(i), Ford, 165.
  • (36) Josh Bilicki, Ford, 165.
  • (21) Erik Jones, Chevrolet, 165.
  • (8) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 165.
  • (3) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 165.
  • (19) Aric Almirola, Ford, 165.
  • (11) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 165.
  • (33) Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet, Accident, 164.
  • (27) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, Accident, 164.
  • (29) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, Accident, 164.
  • (26) Daniel Suarez, Chevrolet, Accident, 164.
  • (1) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, Accident, 164.
  • (16) Chase Briscoe #, Ford, Accident, 164.
  • (12) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet, 164.
  • (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 164.
  • (25) Cole Custer, Ford, 164.
  • (9) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 164.
  • (32) Anthony Alfredo #, Ford, 163.
  • (40) David Starr(i), Ford, 163.
  • (31) Cody Ware(i), Chevrolet, 163.
  • (7) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 163.
  • (34) Garrett Smithley(i), Chevrolet, 163.
  • (37) Joey Gase(i), Ford, 162.
  • (14) Christopher Bell, Toyota, Accident, 157.
  • (10) Brad Keselowski, Ford, Accident, 156.
  • (4) Kyle Busch, Toyota, Accident, 156.
  • (38) Kaz Grala, Chevrolet, Accident, 156.
  • (39) Landon Cassill, Toyota, Accident, 146.
  • (2) William Byron, Chevrolet, Accident, 146.
  • (35) Quin Houff, Chevrolet, 136.
  • (18) Michael McDowell, Ford, Engine, 23.
  • (13) Chris Buescher, Ford, 165.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 142.201 mph.

Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 54 Mins, 3 Secs. The margin of Victory: Under Caution Seconds.

Source: NASCAR

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August 28, 2021

Prof. Philip Kotler, "The Father of Marketing," inaugurates International TechInvent-2021 at Chandigarh University.

“Digital Markets have provided more access to smaller companies and offered more variety to the consumers,” — Prof. Philip Kotler.

Companies that fail to innovate with time get vanished from the market.” — Prof. Philip Kotler.

Chandigarh University

Chandigarh, India, August 28, 2021 — “Multinational companies all over the world have to strategize by making futuristic products and technologies available to the customers with changing times. Companies that fail to innovate are slowly extinct from the market,” said world-renowned author and Father of Modern Marketing, Prof. Philip Kotler, during the inauguration ceremony of the TechInvent 2021 organized by Chandigarh University.

Budding technocrats from all over India are participating in the month-long virtual TechInvent. Students from technical, state, central, and private universities and colleges compete to grab exciting cash rewards worth Rs 20 Lakhs.

Dr. Waldemar A. Pfoertsch, Prof. Emeritus for International Business at Pforzheim University, Germany, Dr. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman AICTE, and Anantha Duraiappah, Director UNESCO MGIEP, were amongst the dignitaries who were present during the inauguration ceremony. While delivering his inaugural address to the students, Prof. Kotler said, “The emergence of digital marketing has opened up new avenues for the smaller companies. But, on the other hand, it has offered access to more variety for the consumers. Marketing 5.0 has just introduced the idea of using Artificial Intelligence to understand the consumers’ mood and requirement.” He further said that today when we go online shopping, the search algorithm used by the digital platforms shows results based on historical consumer behavior. While stressing using the mixed blend of traditional and modern marketing methods, Prof. Kotler said, “The traditional marketing techniques are based on consumer experience while the modern-day digital marketing techniques are based on historical consumer behavior.”

Dr. Waldemar A. Pfoertsch said, “Young and inquisitive minds help build the technology-driven products that are the future of the global markets. For example, suppose we see the technological advancements during the last decade. In that case, we will find that most of them have been the brainchild of youth innovators who, through their futuristic vision, have put their expertise in the development of products that we are using today.” Dr. Waldemar further added that universities and higher institutions play a critical role in breeding the next generation of innovators. The student community must learn the art of practically applying the theoretical concepts studied in the classroom.

TechInvent 2021 is an attempt to provide an international platform to the students to show their technical skills and allow them to learn new technologies from industry experts. The month-long TechInvent 2021 at Chandigarh University would organize more than fifty events in engineering, business management, mass communication, hotel management, fine arts, law, sciences and technology, fashion designing, industrial design, and architecture. The final rounds would be on 3rd and 4th September 2021.

Dr. R.S Bawa, Pro-Chancellor, Chandigarh University, said, “We have organized 42 Flagship Events, 21 International Workshops, 6 National Level Conferences, and 3 Entrepreneurship Summits during the month-long National level TechInvent 2021. Dignitaries from the Ministry of Power, Ministry of Earth Sciences, UNESCO, PEDA, AICTE, Asian Climate Change Education Centre participated. At the same time, representatives from more than 20 industries interacted with the students during the International Level TechInvent.”

Source: Chandigarh University


Prof. Philip Kotler is an American marketing author, consultant, and professor. He was the S. C. Johnson & Son Distinguished Professor of International Marketing at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (1962-2018). He is known for popularizing the definition of the marketing mix. He is the author of over 80 books, including Marketing Management, Principles of Marketing, Kotler on Marketing, Marketing Insights from A to Z, Marketing 4.0, Marketing Places, Marketing of Nations, Chaotics, Market Your Way to Growth, Winning Global Markets, Strategic Marketing for Health Care Organizations, Social Marketing, Social Media Marketing, My Adventures in Marketing, Up and Out of Poverty, and Winning at Innovation. — Editor

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August 26, 2021

Zydus Cadila receives Emergency Use Authorization from the Drug Controller General of India for ZyCoV-D, the only needle-free COVID Vaccine in the World.

World’s first Plasmid DNA Vaccine for COVID-19, ZyCoV-D, will be administered in three doses.

Apart from adults, adolescents aged 12-18 years will take the vaccine shot in India for the first time.

Safety, efficacy, and immunogenicity of the vaccine are well-established.

Company begins stockpiling of the vaccine.

Zydus Cadila, Vaccine

Zydus Cadila, Vaccine

Ahmedabad, India, August 26, 2021 — Zydus Cadila has announced that the company has received the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for ZyCoV-D, the World’s first Plasmid DNA Vaccine for COVID-19.

ZyCoV-D is a three-dose vaccine administered first on day zero, day 28th, and then on the 56th day. With this approval, India now has its first COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents in the 12-18 age group, besides the adult population. In addition, ZyCoV-D is a needle-free vaccine administered using The PharmaJet®, a needle-free applicator, ensuring painless intradermal vaccine delivery.

For the first time, a technologically advanced vaccine has been successfully developed on the Plasmid DNA platform for human use. The company explained that because of its rapid plug-and-play technology, you could quickly adapt the platform to deal with viruses’ mutations, such as those already occurring. The company plans to manufacture about 120 million doses of ZyCoV-D annually.

Mr. Pankaj R. Patel, Chairman, Cadila Healthcare Ltd., said, “This is a historic milestone with ZyCoV-D, a product of Indian innovation. It is the World’s first DNA vaccine offered for human use and the World’s largest immunization drive. We are delighted that our vaccine will contribute to this fight against COVID-19 and enable the country to vaccinate a larger population, especially the 12-18 years old. I would like to thank all the researchers, clinical trial investigators, volunteers, and the regulators who have supported this endeavor.”

The company also plans to seek approval for the two-dose regimen of the vaccine. The main advantage of DNA vaccines is their ability to stimulate both the humoral and cellular arms of the adaptive immune system. They are a valuable form of antigen-specific immunotherapy, as they are safe, stable, and can be quickly produced.

Zydus has acknowledged the support of the National Biopharma Mission, BIRAC, Department of Biotechnology Govt of India, National Institute of Virology, Indian Council of Medical Research, and PharmaJet® in the development of ZyCoV-D vaccine.

ZyCoV-D is a Plasmid DNA vaccine that produces the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. In addition, it elicits an immune response mediated by the cellular and humoral arms of the human immune system, which play a vital role in protection from disease and viral clearance.

• Facts about ZyCoV-D

  • ZyCoV-D is an intradermal vaccine administered in three doses.

  • It will be applied using The PharmaJet® needle-free system, Tropis®, which can significantly reduce any side effects.

  • ZyCoV-D is stored at 2-8 degrees C but has shown good stability at temperatures of 25 degrees C for at least three months. The thermostability of the vaccine will help in easy transportation and storage of the vaccine and reduce any cold chain breakdown challenges leading to vaccine wastage.

  • The plasmid DNA platform provides ease of manufacturing with minimal biosafety requirements.

  • Also, being a Plasmid DNA vaccine, ZyCoV-D doesn’t have any problem with vector-based immunity.

  • The Plasmid DNA platform also allows generating new constructs quickly to deal with mutations in the virus, such as those already occurring.

  • The EClinical Medicine Journal of Lancet has already published the Phase I part of the Phase I/II clinical trial results.

Zydus Cadila is an Indian multinational pharmaceutical company headquartered in Ahmedabad, India. It is primarily engaged in the manufacture of generic drugs.

Source: Zydus Cadila

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August 24, 2021

World Economic Forum to Establish Global Centre for Urban Transformation in Detroit

  • Leaders from Detroit and around the world call for increased public-private collaboration to address the growing challenges facing cities

  • The new Centre will mobilize the global business community and key stakeholders to support cities as they chart a course for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Detroit will serve as the Centre’s global headquarters, providing a model for more inclusive and sustainable urban development

World Economic Forum, Detroit

Photo: Detroit. Image credit: Sebastian Kruk.

World Economic Forum

Photo: Impressions from the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, January 20. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Valeriano Di Domenico. [File Photo]

World Economic Forum

Photo: Impressions from the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, January 19. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum/Sikarin Fon Thanachaiary. [File Photo]

Detroit, August 23, 2021 - The World Economic Forum has announced plans to establish a new global Centre for Urban Transformation headquartered in Detroit. The Centre seeks to increase public-private collaboration in cities and advance more inclusive and sustainable models for urban development.

“Around the globe, cities are facing unprecedented challenges from COVID-19 to climate change, exposing deep systemic inequities,” said Jeff Merritt, Head of Urban Transformation, World Economic Forum. “As we chart a course towards a more sustainable and equitable future, the government cannot carry this burden alone; increased public-private cooperation is essential. Detroit is uniquely positioned to serve as the epicenter for this work - a hub for urban transformation and innovation that the world can look to for guidance and inspiration.”

The World Economic Forum will leverage its global network of leading companies, governments, civil society organizations, and academic institutions to support cities as they seek to rebuild their economies and forge more resilient communities. It includes mobilizing the global business community to commit expertise and resources supporting local communities, advancing models for inclusive urban development, and exploring new approaches to expand urban services and economic opportunities in low-income and traditionally marginalized communities.

The Centre will launch in October with a series of events and announcements, showcasing innovative models of urban transformation from around the globe. Bedrock, Detroit’s largest real estate company, will host the Centre’s work in Detroit, providing a testbed to rethink and redefine the benefits and possibilities of urban living. World Economic Forum’s offices in Beijing, Geneva, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, and Tokyo will do the additional work.

“Bedrock is excited to bring the World Economic Forum and its global platform to Detroit,” said Kofi Bonner, Chief Executive Officer, Bedrock. “This partnership provides an opportunity to showcase Detroit’s extraordinary growth and positions Michigan’s largest city and international border as a global hub for best-in-class thinking on developing a next-generation, inclusive urban economy.”

• What leaders are saying about the Centre for Urban Transformation

  • ” By 2030, six out of every ten people in the world would reside in cities,” said Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of UN-Habitat. “We need an urgent change in mindsets, policies, and approaches towards urbanization to ensure nobody is left behind. We look forward to working with the World Economic Forum to advance the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goal 11 to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.”

  • “Congratulations to the City of Detroit, and thank you to all the people who championed this iconic American city as the home of the World Economic Forum Global Centre for Urban Transformation,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “Michigan has led the way in bringing together public and private sectors to creatively solve issues from transportation to small business relief for decades, and Detroit is the perfect place to leverage that approach to improving urban living worldwide.”

  • “The World Economic Forum could have chosen any city in the world to locate its global Centre for Urban Transformation, and we are proud they chose Detroit,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “In Detroit, we have always solved major issues and expanded opportunity through innovation and partnership, and that is what the Centre for Urban Transformation seeks to do on a global scale. So we are thrilled they will be doing it from right here in Detroit.”

  • “Innovation, collaboration, and talent converge in Detroit in ways that change the world, and we are proud to welcome the headquarters of the World Economic Forum Global Centre for Urban Transformation to this great city,” said Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II. “We have a generational opportunity to address some of society’s most significant challenges, from racial inequity to climate change to the future of industry and mobility. This announcement puts Detroit at the forefront of what inclusive and sustainable urban development can, and should, look like across the globe.”

  • ” As the world looks to address the defining challenges of today, it should come as no surprise it turns to Detroit,” said Maureen Donohue Krauss, President, and CEO, Detroit Regional Partnership. “This news further validates the Detroit Region’s standing as an international business hub with the talent and assets companies need to take on complex problems and thrive. The Center of Urban Transformation will not only succeed here because of everything our regional economy offers, but its presence will also strengthen our appeal as a global destination for innovation and investment for our future.”

  • “The rethinking of cities can bring about a future of urban living that’s better for all of us,” said Jonathan Hursh, Founding Partner, Utopia. “Public-private partnerships are central to this transformation as these cities find their unique path forward. The Centre will be a critical platform to bring all the pieces together.”

  • “Building an inclusive economy in Detroit is a priority for the DEGC, and we embrace new partners that are equally committed to creating a major metropolitan city where everyone can thrive,” said Kevin Johnson, President, and CEO, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC). “Whether its small business or large corporations, our focus is on overcoming the barriers to access- be it capital, education, real estate, or jobs - and support from a global resource like the WEF will create new opportunities for solutions. We are looking forward to working together on advancing Detroit.”

  • “Tremendous energy is building around the world to build back better - with greater equity, resilience, and sustainability,” said Stephen Zoegall, Lead for Global Cities, Transport and Infrastructure, Accenture. “We are excited to continue our collaboration with the Centre and Forum to help convert ambition into reality.”

Source: World Economic Forum

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August 23, 2021

Pfizer-BioNTech becomes the First COVID-19 Vaccine to receive Full FDA Approval; It would now be called 'Comirnaty.'

Approval Signifies Key Achievement for Public Health.

FDA, Pfizer, Vaccine

SILVER SPRING, Md., Aug. 23, 2021 — Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine was earlier called Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. It will now be marketed as Comirnaty (Koe-mir’-na-tee) to prevent COVID-19 in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for administering a third dose in specific immunocompromised individuals.

“The FDA’s approval of this vaccine is a milestone as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. This one and other vaccines have met the FDA’s rigorous, scientific standards for emergency use authorization. The public can be very confident that, as the first FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, this vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality the FDA requires of an approved product,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D. “While millions of people have already safely received COVID-19 vaccines, we recognize that for some, the FDA approval of a vaccine may now instill additional confidence to get vaccinated. Today’s milestone puts us one step closer to altering the course of this pandemic in the U.S.”

“Our scientific and medical experts conducted an in-depth and thoughtful evaluation of this vaccine. We evaluated scientific data and information included in hundreds of thousands of pages. In addition, we conducted our analyses of Comirnaty’s safety and effectiveness and performed a detailed assessment of the manufacturing processes, including inspections of the manufacturing facilities,” said Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. “We have not lost sight that the COVID-19 public health crisis continues in the U.S. and that the public is counting on safe and effective vaccines. Therefore, the public and the medical community can be confident that although we approved this vaccine expeditiously, it was fully in keeping with our existing high standards for vaccines in the U.S.”

• Ongoing Safety Monitoring

The FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have monitoring systems to ensure that any safety concerns continue to be identified and evaluated on time. In addition, Pfizer has committed to additional post-marketing safety studies, including conducting a pregnancy registry study to assess pregnancy and infant outcomes after receipt of Comirnaty during pregnancy.

• Important Safety Information

What should you mention to your Vaccination Provider before you get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Tell the vaccination provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have any allergies

  • have a fever

  • have a bleeding disorder or are on a blood thinner

  • are immunocompromised or are on a medicine that affects your immune system

  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant

  • are breastfeeding

  • have received another COVID-19 vaccine

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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August 21, 2021

Lamborghini unveils Countach LPI 800-4 — a futuristic limited edition super sports model.





“The Countach LPI 800-4 is a visionary car of the moment, just as its forerunner was,” says Automobili Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann. “One of the most important automotive icons, the Countach, not only embodies the design and engineering tenet of Lamborghini but represents our philosophy of reinventing boundaries, achieving the unexpected and extraordinary. The Countach LPI 800-4 pays homage to this Lamborghini legacy. Still, it is not retrospective: it imagines how the iconic Countach of the 70s and 80s might have evolved into an elite super sports model of this decade. It upholds the Lamborghini tradition of looking forward, of exploring new design and technology avenues while celebrating the DNA of our brand. It innately expresses the marque’s enduring and emotive power: always inspirational and thrilling to see, hear and drive.”

The Countach LPI 800-4 20” (front) and 21” (rear) wheels are created in the ‘telephone’ style of the 1980s, fitted with carbon-ceramic brake discs and Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires.

Owners of the exclusive limited edition Countach LPI 800-4 can choose from a range of heritage exterior paint options, mostly in solid colors, such as the iconic Impact White, Giallo Countach, and Verde Medio. Otherwise, the contemporary palette offers modern paintings, mostly metallic colors, such as Viola Pasifae or Blu Uranus.

Source: Lamborghini

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August 20, 2021

TAG Heuer Formula 1 Quartz

TAG Heuer

TAG Heuer

TAG Heuer

TAG Heuer

TAG Heuer Formula 1 Quartz is an energetic 43mm 3 hands watch with a bold orange textured dial and white accents. It has a matching black nylon strap with orange and grey touches. The watch is a tribute to the playful TAG Heuer Formula 1 models from the 80s and 90s.

Source: TAG Heuer

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August 19, 2021

Chitkara University Chandigarh Collaborates with Adobe Creative Technology Academy

Chtkara University, Adobe

Chandigarh, India, Aug 19, 2021 — Chitkara University today announced its collaboration with Adobe to offer advanced creative skill-based training to its students and faculty. Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Pro-Chancellor, Chitkara University, and senior officials of Adobe India signed the agreement at a virtual event. Girish Balachandran, India Director, Digital Media Business; Supreeth Nagaraju, Head, Education Vertical India, Digital Media Business; and Aman Soni, Enterprise Account Manager Education, Digital Media Business, represented Adobe India.

With the industry looking to hire technically skilled and creatively alive, Chitkara University’s collaboration with Adobe will go a long way in making students industry-ready. It will also ensure that the faculty matches the industry demand and the latest skills required.

The digital era has signaled tremendous change and transformation in companies’ employment needs, resulting in a gap between industry demands and academic standards. New-age skills like Artificial Intelligence, Creativity, Design Thinking, Machine Learning, and Big Data are in need today. The main objective of the Chitkara University and Adobe Creative Technology Academy partnership is to offer Digital and Creative skill-based training to students to enhance employability and entrepreneurship skills as per industry demand.

Girish Balachandran, Director, Sales, Digital Media, Adobe, India, emphasized that Adobe technologies will enrich Chitkara’s students’ academic experience and prepare them with the digital skills and confidence they need to take their place in the future workforce.

Supreeth Nagaraju, Head, Education, Digital Media, Adobe, India, highlighted, “If you want to build digital fluency, providing technology is only part of the equation.” He further added, “We are happy to collaborate with Chitkara University to empower faculty and students and make it easy for them to integrate the digital and creative-skill building into their coursework.”

“This partnership will allow students to acquire a joint Co-branded certification from Adobe and Chitkara University and will provide them with an opportunity to build industry connections and participate in creative competitions to widen their skills and exposure further. We strongly believe that the Adobe Creative Technology Academy is a one-of-its-kind initiative. It will benefit our design students immensely and make them responsible future digital citizens,” said Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Pro-Chancellor, Chitkara University.

“Adobe Creative Technology Academy at Chitkara Design School aims to deliver industry-accepted learning outcomes for students and faculty and enable them to be relevant in the Digital Economy and empower their creative technology entrepreneurship. In addition, this unique industry-academia partnership will support us in building immersive design courses,” said Mr. Gopal Meena, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Chitkara Design School.

Source: Chitkara University Chandigarh

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August 18, 2021

United Nations Security Council meets on the situation in Afghanistan.

United Nations Security Council meets on the situation in Afghanistan.

United Nations Security Council

Photo: A wide view of the UN Security Council meeting on the situation in Afghanistan. August 16, 2021. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

United Nations Security Council

Photo: Ghulam M. Isaczai, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations, sits in the Security Council chamber ahead of the Council meeting on the situation in Afghanistan. August 16, 2021. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elías.

United Nations Security Council

Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the Security Council meeting on the situation in Afghanistan. August 16, 2021. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elías.

United Nations Security Council

Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres (right) meets with Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of India. August 17, 2021. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

United Nations Security Council

Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres briefs reporters on the situation in Afghanistan after the Security Council meeting.

The international community needs to come together and act with one single voice to say that we want an inclusive government in Afghanistan. We want human rights in general - and women’s rights in particular - to be respected. So we need the unity of the Security Council and the unity of the international community to be able to speak with one single voice, said the Secretary-General. August 16, 2021. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

United Nations

United Nations

Photos: Subrahmanyam Jaishankar (center), Minister for External Affairs of the Republic of India and President of Security Council for August, chairs the Security Council debate on United Nations peacekeeping operations, with a focus on “Protecting the protectors: technology and peacekeeping.”

At left is Secretary-General António Guterres and at right is Hasmik Egian, Director of the Security Council Affairs Division of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA). August 18, 2021. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

Source: United Nations, New York

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August 17, 2021

Pecco Bagnaia takes second place on the podium at the Austrian GP at the Red Bull Ring in a race made difficult by the rain in the final laps.

Jorge Martín finishes third with the Ducati Desmosedici GP of the Pramac Racing Team.

Ducati, MotoGP, Austria

Ducati, MotoGP, Austria

Ducati, MotoGP, Austria

Photos: Pecco Bagnaia at Austrian GP. Images provided by & copyright © DUCATI.

Spielberg, Austria, August 15, 2021 — Pecco Bagnaia took an excellent second place at the MotoGP Austrian GP held this afternoon at the Red Bull Ring. The Ducati Lenovo Team rider put in a masterful performance in a race made difficult by the rain that started to fall with four laps remaining.

Starting from the front row, from the third spot on the grid, Pecco moved into first place, leading for twenty-three laps while cleverly defending himself from the attacks made by Quartararo and then Márquez. Unfortunately, when the rain began to fall, the Italian rider dropped back into fourth place, but he quickly made the bike swap, returning to the pits along with the riders in the leading group. Pecco rejoined the race in the eleventh position with the Desmosedici GP in wet configuration and soon caught up with the remaining riders on slick tires, overtaking them and recovering up to second place in just one lap to take his fourth podium of the season. Thanks to today’s result, Pecco climbs into the second position in the overall standings, 47 points behind the leader — Fabio Quartararo.

It was an unfortunate race for his teammate Jack Miller. As he got off from sixth on the grid, the Australian rider made a good start, but after a few laps, the lack of grip did not allow him to push, and he eventually fell back into eighth place. When the rain started to fall, Miller was one of the first to enter the pit to change his bike, but the strategy adopted did not allow him to take advantage of it. The Australian rider crossed the line eleventh, and after today’s race, he is fifth in the championship, 76 points off the top of the standings.

Jorge Martín, who took pole position yesterday and won last Sunday’s Styrian GP, also held at the Red Bull Ring, completed the podium in the race won by Brad Binder. The Pramac Racing Team rider finished today’s race in third place, bringing the number of Ducatis on the stage to two. After the Austrian GP, the Bologna manufacturer is now first in the constructors’ championship, while the Ducati Lenovo Team occupies second place in the teams’ classification.

RACE RESULTS — Top Ten Riders


  1. Brad Binder — RSA — Red Bull KTM (RC16) — 40m 43.928s
  2. Francesco Bagnaia — ITA — Ducati Team (GP21) — +12.991s
  3. Jorge Martin — SPA — Pramac Ducati (GP21) — +14.570s
  4. Joan Mir — SPA — Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) — +15.623s
  5. Luca Marini — ITA — Sky VR46 Avintia Ducati (GP19) — +17.831s
  6. Iker Lecuona — SPA — KTM Tech3 (RC16) — +17.952s
  7. Fabio Quartararo — FRA — Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) — +19.650s
  8. Valentino Rossi — ITA — Petronas Yamaha (YZR-M1) — +20.150s
  9. Alex Marquez — SPA — LCR Honda (RC213V) — +20.692s
  10. Aleix Espargaro — SPA Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) — +21.270s

• Francesco Bagnaia (#63 Ducati Lenovo Team) - 2nd

“Again, today we went close to winning, but I’m still happy! We did our best and worked well. Both when I was leading in the dry and the wet, we managed the situation well. I let Márquez through when I saw the first drops of rain, to see what he would do because I didn’t know if I should go back and change the bike. I saw that many riders didn’t stop, and I thought I had made a mistake by doing the flag-to-flag. After the first lap on the rain tires, I found my rhythm and was able to pass a lot of riders to take second place. We will try again! The next race is at Silverstone, and I’m sure we can fight for a good result there too!”

• Jack Miller (#43 Ducati Lenovo Team) - 11th

“This morning in the warm-up, I had a good pace, but during the race, I wasn’t able to replicate it. After the start, I tried to stay close to the front group, but after a few laps, I started to have grip problems and lost a few positions. When I saw the first drops of rain, I thought to go back in for the bike change, but it started to rain seriously only a lap later. Nevertheless, we tried: these were not the results we expected from these two races in Austria, but now we have to move forward and come back stronger at Silverstone.”

The Ducati Lenovo Team riders will be back on track in approximately two weeks, from 27th-29th August, for the British GP at the Silverstone Circuit.

Source: DUCATI

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August 15, 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurls the Tricolour Flag at the Ramparts of Red Fort in Delhi on the 75th Independence Day of India.

India Independence Day

Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurls the Tricolour flag at the ramparts of Red Fort on the occasion of 75th Independence Day of India in Delhi on August 15, 2021. Two Mi-17 helicopters of the Indian Air Force showered flower petals at the venue.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India

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August 14, 2021

Badminton Anyone? U.S. Postal Service launches New Commemorative Forever Stamps Featuring Popular Backyard Games.

U.S. Postal Service

U.S. Postal Service

Photos: As temperatures continue rising across the USA, with these 16 Forever stamps, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates the variety of games Americans play to relax and enjoy the sunshine for outdoor recreation.

ROSEMONT, Ill., Aug. 14, 2021 — The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the outdoor recreational games that Americans play with vibrant new stamps during a dedication ceremony at the opening of the Great American Stamp Show 2021 held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.

The pane of 16 stamps features eight designs illustrating eight backyard games — badminton, bocce, cornhole, croquet, flying disc, horseshoes, tetherball, and pickup baseball.

“It’s an honor to represent the United States Postal Service as we dedicate the Backyard Games Forever stamps at the Great American Stamp Show,” said Judy de Torok, the Postal Service’s corporate affairs vice president. “Stamp collecting has become a great American tradition, just as the backyard games we’re celebrating today have become great American traditions.”

Joining de Torok at the dedication ceremony were Scott D. English, executive director, American Philatelic Society; William J. Gicker, director, Stamp Services, U.S. Postal Service; Alex P. Gara, president, American Bocce Co. LLC; Thomas Chen, Midwest Badminton Club; and Greg Breeding, art director, U.S. Postal Service.

With this pane of 16 Forever stamps, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates the variety of games Americans play for outdoor recreation.

As temperatures warm up, Americans head outside to relax and enjoy the sunshine. But, with a touch of strategy, a bit of luck, and a healthy dose of friendly competition, backyard games provide almost endless amusement. At the beach, in a public park, or your backyard, these games are an excellent way for children and adults to have fun while enjoying the company of friends and family.

• Badminton. A royal country estate in England gives the name to the sport of Badminton. Somebody first played it here. Badminton is a popular form of backyard recreation. Much like tennis, either two or four players can play it. Each player uses a lightweight racket to hit a shuttlecock (also known as a birdie or bird) over a 5-foot net to the opposing side. The game continues as players volley the shuttlecock back and forth, not letting it hit the ground.

• Bocce. Originating in Italy, bocce is now widely played across the United States. However, this sport takes a bit of finesse to perfect. Two players, or multiple players divided into two teams, begin a game by first throwing a small ball known as the jack from one end of the playing area to the other. Players then take turns throwing their large balls — typically made of clay, wood, or plastic — toward the jack, attempting to land their balls as close to the jack as possible. The rousing game of bocce can last just a few rounds or for hours, depending on the players’ skill and their variations on scoring.

• Cornhole. Cornhole (also known as sacks, beanbag toss, or sack toss) has become increasingly popular, likely because of its simple rules and ease of play. Players take turns tossing soft, square bags — filled with dried corn, plastic pellets, or beans — onto wooden boards that are raised slightly off the ground on one end. The goal is to get the bags through a small hole on one side of the board, scoring based on how closely the bags get to the spot. It is a fun, recreational game. Teams or singles can play it.

• Croquet. Croquet is a popular garden party game. Nine wickets, hoops, and two stakes pressed into the ground in a double diamond formation create the gameplay area. Many variations on the game exist, but standard play consists of two or four people, each with their wooden mallet and four balls. Players hit the balls with their mallets, advancing them through the course — created by the wickets and stakes — in the correct order.

• Tossing. Tossing a flying disc can be as simple as playing catch or as involved as a spirited team game called “ultimate.” With the flick of a wrist, a hard plastic, the aerodynamic disc can sail through the air, flying straight or veering at an angle, depending on the thrower’s aim and release. Disc golf is also a popular game using flying discs and has rules like golf — without the ball and clubs, adding a new dimension to the art of throwing a disc just right.

• Horseshoes. The game of horseshoes is traditionally played with heavy metal horseshoes; however, lighter plastic ones have also become common. Two stakes in the ground mark the game area. Players pitch horseshoes at one of the stakes to get the shoe to encircle the stake — what’s known as a ringer. Scoring is based on how closely the shoes of a particular player land to the stake. Much like cornhole, practice with the swing and release of the shoe, getting comfortable with the weight and the distance, makes landing the perfect shot much more effortless.

• Tetherball. Often played in public parks and on playgrounds, tetherball is a fun, fast-paced game children and adults enjoy. Tetherball consists of a semi-soft ball fastened to a rope attached to the top of a pole. Two players take turns hitting the ball, attempting to wrap the string entirely around the bar. The ball can move either clockwise or counterclockwise, keeping players on their toes as they try to win.

• Pickup Baseball. Many versions of pickup games of baseball are played in the United States. One common variation consists of using a lightweight plastic ball and bat, making throwing and hitting the ball easier. The rules are like those of baseball or softball, but an official diamond isn’t necessary. Instead, if players know where the bases are, all that’s needed is an open area and an excited team.

Source: U.S. Postal Service

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August 13, 2021

Chitkara University Chandigarh ties up with the University of Windsor, Canada, for Academic Mentorship in B.Com.

Chitkara University, University of Windsor

Chandigarh, India, August 13, 2021 — Chitkara University in Chandigarh, India, today announced a new international collaboration with the University of Windsor to support transnational education and student mobility. The agreement was virtually signed by the President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Robert Gordon-University of Windsor and Pro-Chancellor of Chitkara University Dr. Madhu Chitkara today. The senior leadership of both Universities, including representation from the Canadian Consulate, attended the event. While Mia Yen, Consul General Canada, represented Canadian Consulate in Chandigarh, Mr. Digvijay Mehra, Managing Director and Senior Economic Officer represented the province of Ontario in Canada.

Under the new academic mentorship agreement, the faculty of Odette Business school at the University of Windsor would mentor Chitkara faculty in the program. It would provide feedback, support, knowledge sharing, skills, and experience while fostering a connection with students in India, who will transition to UWindsor after completing the first two years at Chitkara.

The partnership with prestigious and AACSB accredited Odette Business school at the University of Windsor, Ontario in Canada is a one-of-its-kind initiative in the international education space. Students will earn 100% credits of prior learning before transferring to the University of Windsor in Canada. As part of the arrangement, students will pay a domestic tuition fee while studying for the first two years of the program at Chitkara. Students will also be co-taught a part of academic units by Canadian faculty in the state of the art, well-equipped ICT infrastructure, and resources similar to UWindsor. It translates into better academic success for students with global careers and an education that saves them 70% of the costs.

This innovative program structure allows students to specialize in areas of high market demand, including in Accounting, Human Resources, Finance, Supply Chain and Business Analytics, Marketing, and Strategy and Entrepreneurship, while saving international tuition fees for students studying in India.

• Transferring Chitkara students would earn a University of Windsor Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) at the end of their studies in Canada.

Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Pro-Chancellor, Chitkara University, remarked, “At Chitkara University, we continuously innovate our program offerings. With the prevailing pandemic challenges, such innovative hybrid programs would help students keep their study and career aspirations on track.

The agreement with the University of Windsor will go a long way in helping the students from the region gain international exposure at one of the leading Canadian Universities. It’s a step forward in our mission to bring the best global opportunities for our students.”

“International education brings important benefits that lead to a successful and secure future for all involved,” said Dr. Chris Busch, AVP of Enrolment at UWindsor. This unique program provides participants with the opportunity to develop a broader worldview, strengthen communication skills across languages and cultures, and build crucial international connections.

The University of Windsor is a research and teaching institution with more than 16,000 students. It is one of Canada’s most impressive comprehensive universities.

Chitkara University Chandigarh (with its campus at Chandigarh-Patiala National Highway) has emerged as one of the most vibrant and high-ranking universities in North India. With state-of-the-art infrastructure, scientifically driven pedagogy, strong industry collaborations, and 120+ working associations with schools worldwide, Chitkara University attracts the most exemplary students from across the country. In addition, it also helps them carve high-growth careers with its seamless placement support.

Source: Chitkara University Chandigarh

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August 12, 2021

Chandigarh University becomes the first University of India to have a record number of 309 International Tie-ups with Foreign Universities.

CU offers Global Exposure in Semester Aboard, Joint Research, and International Internships for the Indian Students.

Chandigarh University

Photo: Chandigarh University Campus.

CHANDIGARH, India, August 12, 2021 — Chandigarh University is committed to providing international academic exposure, quality education, innovation, joint research programs, faculty exchange programs, educational projects, conferences, and a lot more. So it has signed MOUs with 309 universities across the globe. Under the International Academic Alliance Program, Chandigarh University has established partnerships with leading universities of 68 countries, including the USA, UK, EU, Canada, and Australia. It has become the first university in the country to achieve this milestone.

The Pro-Chancellor of Chandigarh University gave the details about the MOUs and their advantages. He said, “The University has signed MoU’s with top-ranked universities of the world, including those from Canada, U.K, USA, and Australia. It would provide international academic exposure, offer research opportunities and internships to our students.” When the pandemic had sent the world into a lockdown, Chandigarh University, with its commitment to provide the best resources and constantly expanding its global outlook, has signed MOUs with more than 68 institutions, stated the official. He further added, “Out of 309 universities (mostly from Australia, Canada, USA, UK, and New Zealand), 104 are QS ranked institutions, while 115 of them are Times ranked institutions.” CU recently signed academic agreements with 13 leading universities from the UK, 17 from Russia, 11 from New Zealand, and ten from France. It paves the way for developing student exchanges, student internships, and new faculty research endeavors. These agreements benefit the students and faculty from both sides, stated the Pro-Chancellor.

Mr. S.S. Sandhu, Chancellor of Chandigarh University, said, “With these MOUs, Chandigarh University aims to strengthen its objective to share knowledge and learning-based resources. Furthermore, it would fulfill its commitment to producing student exchanges, curriculum development, and teaching & research partnerships.” He added that the tie-ups with the foreign universities would also open up opportunities for the partner universities students to pursue their education at Chandigarh University in various fields. Mr. Sandhu further said, “University is prioritizing establishing academic exchange agreements with international institutes as it enables our students to get employment at the international level.”

Chandigarh University is a UGC (University Grants Commission) approved autonomous educational institution located near Chandigarh in Punjab, India. It is the youngest university in India and the only private university in Punjab to be honored with an A+ Grade by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council). CU offers more than 109 UG and PG programs in engineering, management, pharmacy, law, architecture, journalism, animation, hotel management, commerce, and other disciplines.

Meanwhile, the nearby Panjab University Chandigarh (PU) reported that students confuse Chandigarh University (CU) with Panjab University Chandigarh (PU). So its Vice-Chancellor constituted a committee to look into the mess. Consequently, PU’s official website now clarifies that PU was “Established in 1882 as University of Punjab at Lahore (now in Pakistan).” It further reads, “Panjab University is not related to Chandigarh University, a private university located in Mohali, Punjab.”

Earlier, PU had put up a notice on its official website illuminating that it is a government-funded university which differentiates it from CU. The CU spokesperson had responded, “If PU has a problem, it can change its name to Chandigarh University. The Chandigarh Administration and the Punjab Government have given us the NOC. The Punjab Government passed the Chandigarh University Act in the Assembly. Panjab University (PU) is not competent enough now, so students prefer private institutions.”

Sources: Chandigarh University, Panjab University

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Learnings from Tokyo 2020 for Paris 2024

Paris 2024

Photo: Learnings from Tokyo 2020 for Paris 2024. Image provided by & Copyright © IOC 2021 / 2021 Getty Images.

Paris 2024

Photo: Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, receives the Olympic flag. Image provided by & Copyright © IOC 2021 / 2021 Getty Images.

Paris 2024

Photo: Learnings from Tokyo 2020 for Paris 2024. Image provided by & Copyright © IOC 2021 / 2021 Getty Images.

Tokyo, 12 August 2021 — Paris 2024 received the Olympic flag as part of the official handover segment at the Tokyo 2020 Closing Ceremony. Stakeholders from the forthcoming Paris Games discussed what they have learned from Tokyo.

Etienne Thobois, Chief Executive Officer of the Paris 2024 Organising Committee, participated in the Games Experience Programme.

What have you thought of your experiences in Tokyo?

For an Organising Committee, the experience you get from watching the Games before your edition is so important. It allows you to feel the energy and the size, and the complexity of the Games. It is an opportunity for us to check many things, especially now that we are only three years out, and see how this unfolds technically on the ground.

It’s a fantastic energy boost, and frankly, we can’t thank our Japanese friends enough for managing to deliver these Games in the current context. What they’ve done is commendable.

What have you learned?

I’ve seen many Games since 1992 but, knowing that we are next, you see it from another angle. You look ahead to try to see what we can do with Paris 2024 through these Games.

We can see how fantastic it would be to have games open to the public to ensure a connection between the athletes, the media, and the population. We can already feel that this exists here with the media and the athletes.

The environment is a big focus for us what the Japanese are doing regarding certain materials, wood, waste management, etc. It is another source of inspiration. We think we might even raise the standard with Paris 2024, along with the big trend in society.

Another focus is the use of technology. We see here, for example, the remote interpreting system and the TV production, how people are experiencing the Games through various apps - for a better stakeholder experience here and a better spectator experience tomorrow. The drones at the Opening Ceremony were fantastic and very beautiful.

We are trying to look at our strategy and get inspired here. It’s like a relay; we source ideas to see how we can apply them to our environment.

Is there anything that surprised you at Tokyo 2020?

When you look at the venues, they’re amazing. The conditions for the athletes are second to none, and that shows on the field. We’ve had exceptional performances. Whenever I go to the Games, the maxim is “athletes first,” and it’s there to see.

The volunteer program is always a key element; they are so vital to the delivery here.

The complexity of transport operations is always a good call to humility because this is a big operation.

Is there anything you have seen that you have time to add to your Games plan?

Yes. It includes very technical things like heat mitigation measures and also sports presentations. Even though there are no spectators here, you feel there are ways to present the sports. For example, the display around the 100 meters was quite inspiring.

In Paris, we want to innovate. We want to engage with the whole population again. We want to take the Games out of the stadium into the city in terms of space.

Of course, the organization must be second to none, and we need to serve our stakeholders and the athletes and the media in the way they deserve, but there’s more than this to the Games. So let’s always have in mind why we do this, bring more sport into people’s lives, and engage - to make sure people understand what the Games can get and what sport can bring to society.

Source: IOC


The Best of Tokyo 2020 | Top Moments

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August 11, 2021

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Life at the Olympic Village & Medal Table

• Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Life at the Olympic Village & Medal Table

Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Photos: Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Scenes of life at the Olympic Village. Images provided by & copyright © IOC/Matthew Jordan Smith.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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