Unicode Consortium, the organisation that regulates emojis, has shortlisted 179 candidates – 61 characters plus variants – for release in 2019. Also Read - World Emoji Day: Apple unveils 59 new emojis coming to iPhone

Giving a thumbs up to diversity, making up a large chunk of those new emoji are 55 characters to represent couples of different genders and skin tones, The Verge reported on Thursday. Among the new emojis added to the list are Hindu temple, service dog, ringed planet, kneeling person, auto rickshaw, among others. The shortlisted emoji includes representation of a person with hearing impairment as well. Also Read - Whatsapp Rolls Out Video And Voice Group Calling Feature For Android, iOS Users



The list of draft candidates will be reviewed and finalised in the next meeting, this coming September, Unicode Consortium said in a blog post. Also Read - World Emoji Day 2018: Apple, Facebook, Twitter Announce to Roll Out New Set of Emojis This Year

Additionally, eight “emoji provisional candidates” for 2020 have also been added which includes ninja, military helmet, mammoth, feather, dodo, magic wand, carpentry saw and a screwdriver, it said.