India Wins Gold and Silver Star at International Golden City Gate Tourism Awards 2023 at ITB Berlin.

  • The Ministry of Tourism of India has bagged a Golden & Silver Star at The International Golden City Gate Tourism Awards 2023 at ITB, Berlin 2023.
  • Category: TV/Cinema Commercials International and Country International.
  • Arvind Singh, Secretary (Tourism) received awards on 8th March 2023 at ITB, Berlin.
  • The Golden City Gate Tourism Multi-media Awards are given annually in various categories related to the Tourism and Hospitality sectors.

NASA, Italian Space Agency join hands to monitor air pollution.

  • NASA has partnered with the Italian Space Agency, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI) to build and launch MAIA (Multi-Angle Imager for Aerosols) missions.
  • Aim: To investigate the health impacts of air pollution in the world’s most populated cities.
  • It is the first mission of the agency whose primary goal is to benefit societal health and will launch before the end of 2024.
  • It will consist of the PLATiNO-2 satellite (provided by ASI), and a science instrument (NASA).

Ujjivan Small Finance Bank launches "Unpause Initiative".

  • Ujjivan Small Finance Bank has launched the Unpause Initiative to assist women who have taken a career break and are now ready to return to the workforce.
  • The initiative is part of the bank's commitment to promoting workplace diversity and inclusion.
  • The bank’s employees participated in a 3 km walk from its registered headquarters in Koramangala to support an initiative.
  • Ujjivan SFB has also announced a special Hiring Drive and Employee referral program for women.

FinMin tightens definition of beneficial owners under PMLA.

  • The FinMin has tightened the definition of beneficial owners under the anti-money laundering law, mandating reporting entities to collect information from their clients.
  • Beneficial Owners: Any individual or group holding 10% ownership (earlier 25%) in the client of a reporting entity.
  • The reporting entities are banks and financial institutions engaged in real estate and jewellery sectors.
  • They also include intermediaries in casinos and crypto or virtual digital assets.

BSE, NSE shortlists 5paisa, HDFC Sec, others as qualified stock brokers.

  • Stock exchanges BSE and NSE have designated 15 trading platforms as Qualified Stock Brokers (QSBs) with effect from July 1, 2023.
  • These shortlisted stock brokers are required to meet enhanced obligations and discharge additional responsibilities.
  • Some of the notable stock brokers in the QSB list are Zerodha Broking, 5Paisa Capital, HDFC Securities, IIFL Securities, ICICI Securities, Motilal Financial Services, Kotak Securities, and Sharekhan among others.

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