India succeeds in reducing emissions rate by 33% over 14 years.

  • According to two officials privy to the latest assessment made for submission to the United Nations, India’s greenhouse emissions rate dropped by a faster-than-expected 33% in 14 years.
  • Reason: Renewable energy generation rose and forest cover increased.
  • India is well on the way to meeting a commitment to the UNFCCC, to reduce emissions intensity by 45% from the 2005 level by 2030.
  • India’s average rate of reduction in emissions increased to 3% annually during 2016-2019.

Parliament Passes Digital Personal Data Protection Bill.

  • The Digital Personal Data Protection Bill 2023 has been passed by the Rajya Sabha, it was already approved by Lok Sabha on August 7, 2023.
  • The bill lays down obligations on private and government entities around the collection and processing of citizens' data.
  • The bill seeks to protect the privacy of Indian citizens while proposing a penalty of up to Rs 250 crore on entities for misusing or failing to protect the digital data of individuals.

Tehmasp Printer appointed as CEO for International Gemological Institute.

  • International Gemological Institute (IGI), a Blackstone portfolio company, has appointed Tehmasp Printer as Global CEO of IGI, effective October 1, 2023.
  • He would replace current CEO Roland Lorie, who will step down after spending nearly five decades.
  • Tehmasp Printer has more than 30 years of experience in managing and leading businesses.
  • He has been with IGI for 24 years, most recently as Managing Director of IGI India.

India Defence Ministry to replace Microsoft OS with Maya.

  • The Union Ministry of Defense has informed that the ministry would install a secure operating system (OS), indigenously developed, named Maya OS.
  • This OS would replace the existing OS, Microsoft Windows.
    • About Maya OS:
    • It is based on open-source Ubuntu software.
    • It would shield against cyber threats, offering a familiar interface while boosting security.
    • It uses Chakravyuh, a protective feature inspired by ancient Indian defence tactics.

KSRTC wins Asia's Best Brand Employer Award 2023.

  • The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has won Asia's Best Brand Employer Award 2023 under the category Organisation with Innovative HR Practices.
  • It was announced at the 14th edition of the 18th Brand Congress and would be presented on August 17 in Singapore.
  • KSRTC:
    • It was inaugurated by the Mysore Road Transport Department on 12 September 1948.
    • Later it was converted to an independent corporation and renamed Karnataka Road Transport Corporation.

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