Content Authenticity Initiative

Press Freedom Day


March 13, 2024

Google is partnering with the Election Commission of India (ECI) to promote Authoritative News and Prevent the Spread of False Information.

Google, Election Commission

Google Election Commission

New Delhi, March 13, 2024 — Google has partnered with the Election Commission of India (ECI) to provide trustworthy information and help people easily access important voting information on Google Search and YouTube. The search engine has also implemented measures to prevent the spread of false information and label AI-generated data during the upcoming general elections.

In a blog post published on Tuesday, Google stated that they are working with the ECI to make critical voting information easily accessible on Google Search in both English and Hindi, including details on how to register to vote and how to vote.

Google believes that supporting elections is a crucial part of its responsibility towards its users and the democratic process. As millions of eligible voters in India will cast their votes for the General Election in the coming months, Google said it is committed to supporting the election process by offering high-quality information to voters, safeguarding its platforms from any possible abuse, and helping people navigate AI-generated content.

Here is how Google will be providing support:

  • Connecting voters to helpful information

  • Safeguarding its platforms and combating misinformation

  • Enforcing its policies and using AI models to fight abuse at scale

  • Providing ongoing transparency on Election Ads

  • Working with the broader ecosystem to counter misinformation

  • Helping people navigate AI-generated content

• Industry Collaboration

Google recently became a member of the C2PA coalition, an initiative to provide more transparency and context for people regarding AI-generated content. As part of this effort, Google pledged, alongside other leading tech companies, to prevent the use of deceptive AI-generated imagery and audio or video content during this year’s global elections. A set of commitments called the ‘Tech Accord to Combat Deceptive Use of AI in 2024 Elections’ has been established to deploy technology to counter harmful AI-generated content that may deceive voters.

This initiative continues Google’s work in various countries and regions during elections. Google said it is committed to working with government, industry, and civil society to help voters access authoritative and helpful information online.

Content Authenticity Initiative

Prominent tech companies, including Adobe, Arm, Intel, Microsoft, and Truepic, formed the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA) to create open technical standards that can verify the authenticity of digital content on the Internet, working in conjunction with the Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI) that combats traceability issues and misinformation spread to consumers. The CAI comprises media, tech companies, and academics working together to foster the adoption of an open industry standard for content authenticity and provenance.

Source: Google India


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March 10, 2024

IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva comments after the first meeting of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in Brazil.



Photo: The Governor, Reserve Bank of India, addresses the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting. Washington DC. April 12, 2023. (File Photo).


Photo: G20 Meeting in Brazil. G20 Social: Presentation of the priorities of the finance track to civil society. February 8, 2024. Image Credit: Audiovisual G20 Brasil.


Photo: G20 Meeting in Brazil. The first meeting of G20 foreign ministers. February 21, 2024. Image Credit: Audiovisual G20 Brasil.

Washington, DC, March 10, 2024 — After the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ first meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Kristalina Georgieva, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, examined the global economic outlook and highlighted some challenges policymakers face. She also mentioned the IMF’s focus on financial innovations and the importance of sound macroeconomic fundamentals.

Georgieva stated that the global economy’s near-term outlook is improving, which provides an opportunity for G20 policymakers to address medium-term economic challenges. However, there are risks to the downside, such as persistent inflation, financial sector risks, and supply disruptions.

She cautioned policymakers to be careful in 2024 when central banks must decide whether to cut inflation and when government authorities must pursue fiscal consolidation. Georgieva emphasized that structural reforms are necessary for productivity gains, growth improvements, and better living standards. The IMF staff has produced an AI preparedness index for countries that can help inform government efforts to deal with the digital transition.

Georgieva also discussed the IMF’s focus on financial innovations, particularly in three areas:

  1. Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) can potentially improve the accessibility, stability, and efficiency of domestic and international payments.
  2. Crypto assets require a comprehensive policy and regulatory response to mitigate the risks of criminal misuse. The IMF supports countries in implementing the G20-endorsed roadmap.
  3. Cross-border payments and financial market innovations, including tokenization of assets, are of great interest to the IMF. They aim to make existing payment systems work more efficiently and collaborate closely with the World Bank.

The IMF Managing Director stressed that the organization prioritizes sound macroeconomic fundamentals to promote growth and opportunities while acknowledging the detrimental effects of inequality. The IMF also focuses on strengthening individuals and communities by providing social safety nets, paying attention to labor markets and financial inclusion, and setting a minimum level of social spending to safeguard education and healthcare resources. Furthermore, the IMF recognizes the potential benefits of AI while remaining mindful of its potential risks.

Finally, Georgieva appreciated the focus on financing for development and highlighted the IMF’s collaboration with multilateral development banks to have a more significant impact. She also confirmed the IMF’s commitment to addressing debt vulnerabilities through the Global Sovereign Debt Roundtable.

Source: IMF

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March 9, 2024

International Monetary Fund (IMF) has recognized India as a Promising Destination for Investment and a Country full of Opportunities, says Vice President Dhankhar at the Convocation of Panjab University in Chandigarh.

Panjab University Convocation

Chandigarh, India, March 07, 2024 — The Vice-President of India, Jagdeep Dhankhar, who is the ex-officio Chancellor of the institution, addressed the 71st Convocation of Panjab University in Chandigarh today.

The Vice President stated that the IMF has recognized India as a bright spot for investment and opportunity. Additionally, the World Economic Forum is optimistic about India’s development and expects it to become a developed nation by 2047.

The Vice-President emphasized the importance of universities in exposing students to new areas of study, such as disruptive technology, and breaking down the silos that prioritize cutthroat competition for government jobs. Shri Dhankhar also highlighted the need for balance in understanding the advantages and disadvantages of competition.

The Vice-President acknowledged that a university’s strength largely depends on its faculty and alumni. Therefore, he appealed to alumni to contribute to the growth of their Alma Mater. He further noted that alumni and corporations play a crucial role in developing educational institutions in developed nations.

He urged corporates to support educational institutions in India to promote innovation, research, and development. According to him, universities should serve as a platform for confronting ideas rather than just being a sanctuary for comfort.

Source: Vice President’s Secretariat

— Ayushmann Khurrana and Neeraj Chopra, Ratna Awardees of the University, were supposed to attend the Convocation as special guests but couldn’t make it.


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FEF India Fashion Awards x WION address Sustainability through the Lens of Fashion.

Mumbai Fashion Awards

Photo: FEF India Fashion Awards x WION addressed Sustainability through the Lens of Fashion.

MUMBAI, India, March 8, 2024 — The 4th edition of the PEPSI presents the FEF India Fashion Awards (FEF IFA) 2024 x WION, started on March 7, 2024.

On the first day of the two-day event held at St. Regis Hotel in Mumbai, several industry experts came together to have insightful conversations. Celebrities such as Tamannaah Bhatia, an actor, and Masaba Gupta, a fashion designer and actor, added style and glamour to the inaugural day and participated in the ‘Fashion for Good’ sessions.

The event revolved around the ‘Fashion for Good’ theme and featured various sessions and panel discussions. These covered insightful and thought-provoking topics that explored the role of fashion in films and beyond.

Vaghish Pathak, the FEF India Fashion Awards Chairman, stated that “Fashion for good” is not a mere trend but a deliberate pledge to incorporate Sustainability into the essence of style. Fashion should reflect the importance of responsible choices that help improve the lives of small artisans and craftsmen who play a crucial role in preserving our heritage.

During a conversation about the significance of fashion, Tamannaah Bhatia, an actress, emphasized that in the past, people expressed more individuality than they do now. Nowadays, people tend to use fashion as a means of self-expression, which is something that happened to her. She further explained that she has become more confident in her choices and no longer needs to apologize.

Fashion Designer and Actor Masaba Gupta highlighted her brand’s sustainable practices, stating that they make small daily changes to ensure Sustainability. They have implemented a solid system to recycle and utilize waste fabric by creating scarves, masks, and scrunchies.

Fashion entrepreneurs showcased their business ideas and took advantage of the opportunity to transform their dreams into reality.

The FEF India Fashion Awards is a highly regarded platform in Asia that recognizes, salutes, and showcases the creativity and innovation of Indian fashion members to a global audience. The organization celebrates and honors fashion designers, models, photographers, artisans, and others whose outstanding contributions take the Indian fashion industry to greater heights.

Source: FEF India Fashion Awards

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March 5, 2024

Applications are Open for Dual Degree with Shoolini & University of Melbourne.

University, Melbourne

Photo: The University of Melbourne has been ranked as the 14th best university in the world. Image provided by the University of Melbourne.

University, Shoolini

SOLAN, India, March 4, 2024 — Shoolini University has collaborated with the esteemed University of Melbourne to provide Indian students with international education opportunities. The admission process for the dual degree Bachelor of Science Advanced (Honours) program is currently in progress, and admissions will commence at Shoolini University on April 1.

Shoolini University has been recognized as India’s top-ranked private university by the QS and the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. Similarly, QS has ranked the University of Melbourne as the number one university in Australia in its World University Rankings. The partnership between these two universities has set new academic excellence and innovation standards, especially considering that the University of Melbourne has achieved the prestigious 14th position globally.

Last year, two universities signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide cutting-edge education to Indian students. This young talent pool will receive instruction and guidance from top-class faculty for the first two years of their education at Shoolini University and then continue their studies for the same period at the University of Melbourne.

The dual degree program begins with the Bachelor of Science Advanced (Honours) and offers students a world-class curriculum, opening doors to an exceptional global education experience. Indian students will enjoy the unique advantage of pursuing undergraduate science studies at Shoolini and the University of Melbourne.

The transformative journey starts with two years of study at Shoolini University and the remaining two years at Melbourne. Students can choose from various multidisciplinary majors in their third and fourth years, including Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cell and Development Biology, Chemistry, Climate and Weather, Ecosystem Science, Food Science, Geography, Physics, and Plant Science.

Shoolini Vice-Chancellor Professor Atul Khosla has expressed excitement about the partnership with the University of Melbourne. He said they are delighted to offer their outstanding undergraduate students from India more opportunities to study abroad. This collaboration highlights the global reputation of Shoolini University as a top-notch institution and broadens its students’ horizons.

The Dean of Science at the University of Melbourne, Prof Moira O’Bryan, expressed her delight in offering an international education to Shoolini students. She believes that this education will help prepare them for our globally connected world. The collaboration between the two universities will provide practical experience and a world-class education to many high-achieving Indian students to help them achieve their goals. The Bachelor of Science Advanced (Honours) dual degree program is now available, and the University of Melbourne is excited to welcome Indian students into the program.

Eligible students can extend their studies and complete a graduate program at the University of Melbourne, such as a Master of Science, with credit from their Advanced Honours program. It can reduce the study period for the additional qualification by up to a year, which is a great advantage. Furthermore, students who meet the Australian government criteria can apply for post-study work rights upon completing their studies in Australia.

The program’s curriculum reflects the rigorous standards the University of Melbourne upholds. Moreover, Shoolini University faculty members will visit Melbourne for practical training, fostering a more significant knowledge exchange between the two institutions.

Shoolini University and the University of Melbourne are paving the way for Indian students to access exceptional global education, fostering a new generation of highly skilled professionals prepared to thrive in today’s interconnected world.

According to Avnee Khosla, the Director of Admissions at Shoolini, only 30 seats will be available for dual degree admissions this year. It is a rare and excellent opportunity for students to pursue a high-quality pathway degree program from India to the highly-ranked University of Melbourne. Students will spend two years following the cutting-edge University of Melbourne curriculum at the Shoolini campus and continue their studies in Australia.

Associate Prof Rozy Dhanta, Deputy Director of International Affairs at Shoolini, said, “Collaboration with the University of Melbourne is not just about building partnerships but creating bridges of knowledge exchange that transcend borders, enriching both our institutions and the global community.”

Shoolini Research Professor Saurabh Kulshrestha, who has studied at premier institutions such as NIH, USA, and Max Planck, Germany, said that the dual degree program would provide ample opportunities for students who enroll.

Source: Shoolini University

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February 26, 2024

Global Star Nora Fatehi signs Record Deal with Warner Music Group.

Warner Music, Nora Fatehi

Photo: Global Star Nora Fatehi signs Record Deal with Warner Music Group. Image provided by & copyright © Warner Music Group. Image Credit: Apoorv Maurya.

DUBAI, UAE, Feb. 26, 2024 — Global star Nora Fatehi, the multi-talented singer, dancer, and actress whose music has already attracted millions of fans and billions of views and streams, has signed a new deal with Warner Music Group. It is her first agreement with a major global record company.

The partnership is to promote Nora’s global music career, working with teams in the U.S. and worldwide, expanding her fanbase through exciting projects and releases.

Nora is a Bollywood actress born in Toronto, Canada, to a family of Moroccan heritage. She has acted in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam films showcasing her versatility. Nora is fluent in several languages, including Darija, Arabic, English, and French, which has helped her build a passionate and diverse fanbase worldwide. She has over 46 million followers on Instagram and 21 million on Facebook. Her music has generated over 1.2 billion streams, and her featured videos have received over 5 billion views on YouTube.

In 2018, she starred in the movie Satyameva Jayate and performed a rendition of the classic Bollywood song “Dilbar.” The song became a huge hit, generating more than 20 million views on YouTube within the first 24 hours of its release. It made it the first song on YouTube to achieve such numbers on the platform. Later, she collaborated with the renowned Moroccan group Fnaïre and recorded an Arabic version of the song, which helped her expand her horizons and captivate a broad audience across the Arab world. She became the first Arab-African artist to hit one billion views on a single music video on YouTube.

Nora has made a name in international music with impressive collaborations with artists such as Tanzanian singer-songwriter Rayvanny for the Afropop track “Pepeta.” Moreover, Nora has also released solo tracks, including “Im Bossy,” while her Bollywood film songs have accumulated five billion views on YouTube. Some of her popular Bollywood songs include “O Saki Saki,” “Garmi,” “Dance Meri Rani,” “Manike,” Kusu Kusu,” and more.

Nora has performed at prestigious events worldwide, including a historic concert with Fnaïre at the Olympia in Paris in 2020 and her performance at the Global Arena of EXPO 2020 in Dubai. Nora’s participation in the closing ceremony of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar was a significant highlight of her career, as she shared the stage with celebrated global artists and entertained fans with her exceptional dance moves and performance of “Light the Sky,” the FIFA World Cup anthem.

Nora’s acting career has also been thriving, and her latest film, Crakk - Jeethegaa Toh Jiyegaa, was just released on Friday. It is a Hindi language film promoted as India’s first-ever extreme sports action movie.

Nora Fatehi shared that she has had a successful career, but a new deal has taken her international musical journey to the next level. She aspires to become a global music star and performer, connecting with fans worldwide. She aims to create music and dance that brings people together, using the diversity of her cultural background. Nora is thrilled to collaborate with Warner Music to leverage their experience and expertise to help her achieve her goal.

Warner Music Group (WMG) brings together artists, songwriters, and entrepreneurs to move entertainment culture globally, with a legacy spanning 200 years.

Source: Warner Music Group Corp.

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February 25, 2024

Hyundai Motor, Kia, and KAIST form a Joint Research Laboratory to develop Next-Generation Autonomous Driving Sensors, while Automechanika and Frost & Sullivan forge a new partnership for Global Impact.

Hyundai Motot

Photo: Hyundai Motor, Kia, and KAIST form a Joint Research Laboratory to develop Next-Generation Autonomous Driving Sensors.

Seoul, February 25, 2024 — Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation have announced their partnership with KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) to develop cutting-edge autonomous driving sensors for advanced self-driving cars.

Together, they aim to create an advanced research lab to develop high-performance, compact on-chip sensors and new signal detection technology essential in the highly competitive autonomous driving market.

This new technology has several advantages over existing methods. It produces less signal noise, calculates relative speed with objects, and eliminates interference from external light sources such as sunlight. Therefore, it can provide significant benefits in severe weather conditions.

  • Autonomous cars are vehicles that can operate without human intervention. They are equipped with sensors that gather information about their surroundings, such as radar sensors that monitor nearby cars, video cameras that detect traffic lights, read road signs, track other vehicles, and look for pedestrians, and Lidar sensors that bounce light pulses off the car’s surroundings to measure distances, detect road edges, and identify lane markings. Ultrasonic sensors located on the wheels detect curbs and other vehicles when parking.

  • Using complex software that processes all this sensory input, autonomous cars create and maintain a map of their surroundings, plot a path, and send instructions to the car’s actuators, which control acceleration, braking, and steering. The software follows traffic rules and navigates obstacles using hard-coded rules, obstacle avoidance algorithms, predictive modeling, and object recognition.

  • It’s worth noting that “self-driving” is often used interchangeably with “autonomous.” However, self-driving cars still require a human passenger to be present and ready to take control in some or all situations. On the other hand, fully autonomous vehicles can be self-aware and make independent decisions. However, a fully automated car follows the given instructions and drives itself as ordered. For Example, you may tell it, “Drive me to my office,” and it will take you there.

• Automechanika and Frost & Sullivan forge a new partnership for Global Impact.

Cars, Frankfurt

Photo: Guides at Automechanika Frankfurt. Image provided by & copyright © Automechanika.

Frankfurt, February 25, 2024 — Meanwhile, Frost & Sullivan, a Global Growth Pipeline Company, is teaming up with Automechanika, a leading international trade fair brand for the automotive aftermarket. The partnership aims to enhance their services to industry professionals.

The collaboration combines Frost & Sullivan’s expertise in the automotive aftermarket sector and Automechanika’s commitment to providing exceptional trade show experiences. Both companies aim to improve the industry’s knowledge-sharing landscape through this strategic alliance and offer unparalleled value to participants and exhibitors at Automechanika’s 14 global events in 2024.

Sources: Hyundai Motor Company and Automechanika.

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February 22, 2024

University Grants Commission (UGC) India instructs Vice-Chancellors to prominently display the Contact Details of their Ombudsperson on their Campuses and Affiliated Colleges.

UGC Poster

UGC Poster

Photo: Two of the various Posters issued by the UGC for prominent display on the University and its affiliated college campuses.

UGC India

Photo: The UGC Chairman held a virtual meeting with all Ombudspersons on February 5, 2024.


Photo: The University Grants Commission (UGC) in India has instructed Vice-Chancellors to prominently display the contact information of their Ombudspersons on campuses and affiliated colleges. Earlier, the UGC’s Chairman held a virtual meeting with all Ombudspersons.

Source: University Grants Commission


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February 20, 2024

UNESCO Member States adopt a Global Framework to strengthen Culture and Arts Education.

Unesco Education

Abu Dhabi, February 20, 2024 — The member states of UNESCO have collectively adopted a new global Framework for Culture and Arts Education. As part of this Framework, the member states have committed to several initiatives, including prioritizing culture and arts education in teacher training, emphasizing local and indigenous cultures and heritage in the classroom, and recognizing artistic and cultural skills within the professional world.

“As a UNESCO study highlighted last year, arts education helps students develop emotional intelligence, creativity, and critical thinking. It improves their well-being and academic results. Artistic education also promotes openness to others and respect for diversity within society at large. I thank our Member States for this new global agreement, which will make culture and arts a greater priority in education while taking into account the use of digital technology,” UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay stated.

The World Conference on Culture and Arts Education, organized by UNESCO and the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi (13-15 February), brought together nearly 1,000 culture and education stakeholders - including 90 ministers, 125 representatives of UNESCO Member States, policy-makers, experts and NGOs, as well as UN agencies, academia, and the private sector.

The new UNESCO Framework emphasizes the importance of lifelong learning in culture and art in all educational settings. It also stresses the need to put culture and the arts at the core of education policies, strategies, curricula, and programs. The Framework has a broader definition of culture, including built, natural, and living heritage, cultural expressions, and the cultural and creative industries. Additionally, it focuses on the potential of digital technologies in culture and arts education to promote intercultural dialogue and linguistic diversity.

The adopted text also recognizes that learning with and through cultural diversity is crucial for creating mutual understanding and bridging divisions. It highlights the need to emphasize local and indigenous cultures and heritage. Furthermore, it calls for stronger relationships between educational and cultural institutions. It involves creating more partnerships between schools and cultural institutions, including UNESCO’s World Heritage sites and the cultures, traditions, and festivals inscribed on UNESCO’s List of Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

This Framework results from two years of consultations, dialogue, and negotiations with various stakeholders and member states. It will provide grants to those who implement exceptional practices for arts education in each region. Secondly, it will engage teachers, particularly those in the more than 12,000 UNESCO Associated Schools. Educators who design and deliver effective pedagogies for arts education will receive international mobility grants.

With 194 Member States, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization contributes to peace and security by leading multilateral cooperation on education, science, culture, communication and information. Headquartered in Paris, UNESCO has offices in 54 countries and employs over 2300 people. UNESCO oversees over 2000 World Heritage sites, Biosphere Reserves, and Global Geoparks; networks of Creative, Learning, Inclusive, and Sustainable Cities; and over 13,000 associated schools, university chairs, training, and research institutions.

Source: UNESCO


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February 14, 2024

Google joins the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity to develop Technical Standards for Content Credentials.

— Watershed Moment in driving Mainstream Awareness and Adoption of Content Credentials —

Google, Content Authenticity Initiative

San Jose, CA, February 14, 2024 — Today marks a watershed moment in driving mainstream awareness and adoption of Content Credentials — Google has joined the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA) steering committee.

Google’s decision to join the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA) steering committee is a consequential step toward developing technical standards for Content Credentials and their future integration into Google’s products and services.

The C2PA and the Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI) are committed to restoring trust and transparency online by developing technical standards for digital provenance and open-source tools based on those standards.

As misinformation continues to threaten the digital ecosystem, the need to increase trust in Digital Content has never been more pressing. Dana Rao, the EVP, General Counsel, and Chief Trust Officer of Adobe and a co-founder of the C2PA, acknowledges this need and believes that adopting Content Credentials could help validate and secure the media source, increasing transparency and restoring trust online.

The CAI’s work in fighting against misinformation is commendable, as it assists the world in confronting challenges across new frontiers in manipulated and misleading media. Expanding content credentials to new surfaces is a positive development, as it will help enhance public confidence in the integrity of official online government content.

The CAI collaborates with diverse communities to empower adoption and increase transparency. It collaborates with technology companies, social platforms, news organizations, and policymakers to develop policies, guidance, and tools for authenticating Digital Content.

Strengthening public confidence in the integrity of online information through Content Credentials is an exciting prospect and will benefit all individuals who rely on Digital Content.

Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI) is a community of media and tech companies, NGOs, and academics working to promote the adoption of an open industry standard for content authenticity and provenance.

CAI members include Adobe, AFP, AP, BBC, Canon, Gannett, Microsoft, Nikon, The New York Times, Reuters, The Globe and Mail, TruePic, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Leica Camera, USA Today, and the University of Helsinki among others.

• CAI is thrilled to welcome Google as the newest member of the C2PA (Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity), the industry standard for combatting deepfakes through metadata and provenance technology. The CAI looks forward to a productive, ongoing relationship with Google as a steering committee partner.

Source: Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI)


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February 13, 2024

Adidas presents the UCL Pro Ball London — the Official Match Ball for the Men's 2023/24 UEFA Champions League™ knockout stage.

Adidas Football

Adidas Football

Adidas Football

Adidas Football

Photos: Adidas presents the UCL Pro Ball London. Images provided by & copyright © Adidas.

London, February 12, 2024 — The Official Match Ball, Adidas UCL Pro Ball London, will be used throughout the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League™ knockout stages, culminating in the showpiece final on June 1.

The new ball will be played with on the pitch for the first time during the first leg of the Round of 16 matches.

The ball stands out on the biggest stage and celebrates London, the final host city. It features vibrant graphics depicting two roaring lions fighting among the stars. The lion symbolizes England’s rich history and culture and capital city, the players’ bravery and strength, and the magnificence of European club football’s most coveted trophy.

The UEFA Champions League is a yearly club association football competition organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).

Source: ADIDAS

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February 12, 2024

New York Fashion Week: Tadashi Shoji's Fall/Winter 2024 Collection captures the Spirit of the Woods

Tadashi Shoji fashion

Tadashi Shoji fashion

Tadashi Shoji fashion

Photos: Tadashi Shoji Fall/Winter 2024 Sketches.

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11, 2024 — Tadashi Shoji, a global women’s formal wear brand known for its impeccable fit, trademark ease, and effortless femininity, premiers its Fall/Winter 2024 collection inspired by an enchanted forest.

On Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, Tadashi Shoji debuted its Fall/Winter 2024 collection as part of New York Fashion Week.

“In the heart of an enchanted forest, our Fall-Winter 2024 collection is brought to life as a story woven from the threads of the woods. As the moon rises, the evening gowns and cocktail dresses take center stage, with each piece becoming a chapter in this tale,” the brand said.

“The collection features intricate motifs inspired by the leaves flourishing in the heart of the woods. Soft chiffon adorned with a forest print will transport you to the canopies of trees under a star-studded night sky. Floral embroidered dresses with hand appliquéd 3-D flowers add a touch of nature’s depth. Chenille embroideries evoke the rustling of leaves in the gentle breeze. For Fall-Winter 2024, we invite you not just to wear a garment but to don a piece of an unbelievable story, where the magic of the forest weaves into the fabric of your attire,” Tadashi Shoji stated.

“Let each gown and dress be a chapter in your adventure. Where your movements dance in harmony with the spirit of the woods, creating a tapestry of enchantment that lasts beyond the winter winds,” said Shoji’s show notes.

Designer Tadashi Shoji, who stems from an artistic background, started his occasion wear brand in 1982 after noticing the few occasion dress options in the contemporary market. Celebrity fans include Taylor Swift, Michelle Obama, Mirai Nagasu, Octavia Spencer, Kate Hudson, Kaley Cuoco, and Sheryl Lee Ralph. The TADASHI SHOJI brand is available in over 700 major department and specialty stores. The company operates offices in Los Angeles and Shanghai and showrooms in New York City and Tokyo.

Source: Tadashi Shoji

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February 7, 2024

UGC India asks Universities to fully implement its Regulations on Autonomous Colleges and allow Affiliated Colleges to function as Autonomous Entities once the UGC has granted them Autonomous Status.


Autonomous College

New Delhi, India, February 7, 2024 —

• The University Grants Commission (UGC) in India has instructed all affiliating Universities to comply fully with the University Grants Commission (Conferment of Autonomous Status upon Colleges and Measures for Maintenance of Standards in Autonomous Colleges) Regulations, 2023.

• In a letter addressed to the Vice-Chancellors, the UGC expressed its concern that several universities must respond promptly on the UGC portal when processing applications from affiliated colleges seeking the grant of autonomous status. The UGC requires universities to issue a notification within 30 days for a college to function as an autonomous entity once the UGC confers the Autonomous Status on the college.

• The UGC also noted that some Universities must grant autonomy to the autonomous colleges per the Regulations’ provisions. For instance, they need to allow the colleges to design syllabi, introduce new courses, and evolve methods of student performance assessment on their own.

• Additionally, the UGC has observed that some universities require colleges to agree with terms and conditions that do not conform to the UGC Regulations.

• The UGC will closely monitor the behavior of universities in this connection and take appropriate action as necessary.


Photo: UGC India asks Universities to fully implement its Regulations on Autonomous Colleges and allow Affiliated Colleges to function as Autonomous Entities once the UGC has granted them Autonomous Status.

Source: The University Grants Commission (UGC)


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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 4, 2024

The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in India announces Significant Reforms in the Accreditation of Higher Education Institutions.


NAAC Report Cover

Photo: The Cover Page of the Report of the Overarching Committee constituted by the Ministry of Education.

NAAC, India

  • Attention: All Universities and Colleges in India!

  • You will soon receive one of the following two Tags:


  • So get ready!

New Delhi, India, January 29, 2024 — The Ministry of Education of the Government of India has created a committee headed by Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, the former Chairman of ISRO. The committee has suggested comprehensive reforms to enhance the assessment and accreditation of higher education institutions in India.

The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) plays a crucial role in assessing and accrediting higher education institutions in India. Their work is essential because it ensures that students receive a quality education and that universities and colleges meet specific standards.

NAAC has declared that they are implementing significant reforms in the accreditation process.

It has proposed reforms to improve the periodic approval, assessment, accreditation, and Ranking of all higher education institutions (HEIs) in India. These reforms aim to align with the vision of NEP 2020 and establish a simple, credible, objective, and rationalized system for approving, accrediting, and ranking HEIs. The system will be technology-driven, minimizing manual involvement to ensure transparency and integrate stakeholder inputs. The recommendations include mentoring and incentivizing programs encouraging HEIs to improve their accreditation levels, eminence, significance, and global recognition.

The recommendations for the Indian higher education system include the following:

  • Binary Accreditation (either Accredited or Not Accredited) rather than grades to encourage all the institutions to get board in the accreditation process, thereby creating a quality culture in the higher education system. The binary accreditation also aligns with the best practices of many leading countries worldwide.

  • Maturity-based graded accreditation to enable institutions to improve and position themselves globally.

  • Metrics will focus on processes, outcomes, and impact across different attributes of HEIs.

  • One Nation One Data Platform for integrity and transparency in handling institutional data.

  • Customized Ranking based on stakeholders such as industry, funding agencies, and students.

During its 104th meeting on January 27, 2024, the Executive Committee of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) decided that the recommended reforms would be implemented in two stages. In the first stage, binary accreditation will be executed within the next four months. In the second stage, maturity-based graded levels will be enforced by December 2024.

• It means that all universities and colleges in India will soon receive a tag indicating their accreditation status - either “Accredited” or “Not Accredited.”

By comprehensively implementing all the recommendations before the end of 2024, the Indian higher education system will transform and enhance the quality and credibility of Indian institutions, contributing to the socio-economic leadership of India.

Source: NAAC

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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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Prime Minister Modi expresses happiness as the President of India nominates Chandigarh University Chancellor, Shri Satnam Singh Sandhu, to the Rajya Sabha.

Satnam Sandhu

Chandigarh University

New Delhi, January 30, 2024 — The President of India has nominated Chandigarh University Chancellor, Shri Satnam Singh Sandhu, to the Rajya Sabha.

Prime Minister Modi was delighted after the President nominated Shri Satnam Singh Sandhu for the Rajya Sabha. Sandhu Ji is a distinguished educationist and social worker who has served people at the grassroots level in various ways, Mr. Modi said. He has always worked extensively to promote national integration and has also worked with the Indian diaspora, PM Modi added. The Prime Minister wished him the best for his parliamentary journey and expressed confidence that his views would enrich the Rajya Sabha proceedings.

The Vice President of India, Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar, expressed his warm welcome towards the nomination of Shri Satnam Singh Sandhu Ji as a member of the Rajya Sabha. He acknowledged his exceptional community service contributions and unwavering dedication to education, innovation, and learning. The Vice President believes that Shri Satnam Singh Sandhu Ji’s expertise and experience will immensely benefit the Rajya Sabha. He wished him all the very best for his tenure.

India’s Education Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, also welcomed the nomination of Shri Satnam Singh Sandhu to the Rajya Sabha. He appreciated Sandhu’s contribution as a distinguished educationist, noted social worker, and expressed optimism that his presence in the August House will enrich it. The Minister wished him the best as Shri Sandhu embarked on a new journey of serving society.

Sources: Prime Minister’s Office; Chandigarh University

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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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