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Chinese Companies Marching to Lead in Digital Economy
Byte-Dance, a Chinese company, is one of the most valued start-ups at $75 billion with investors that include Soft-Bank. It is reported to have been funded in its latest round by Soft-Bank, KKR & Co, and General Atlantic to the tune of $1.5 billion.
Sabotage Acts outside the Port of Fujairah – Implications for India
On the morning of the 12th of May 2019, commercial ships were attacked outside the port of Fujairah in United Arab Emirates (UAE). Reports of the incident first emerged in pro-Iranian media outlets in the region. They initially claimed that there were blasts in the Fujairah port which had damaged numerous ships. The port authorities denied the incident but later admitted that four ships were attacked by sabotage operations outside the port. The incident happened within the territorial waters of the UAE.
Why Russia remains important for India?
India pursues an independent foreign policy. But given the pulls and pressures of geopolitical realities, it is not an easy task. There is often a tendency in India to focus on US and Japan while ignoring Russia. This will be counter-productive. India cannot ignore the fact that Russia remains, and will remain a pre-eminent nuclear and energy power and a permanent member of the United Nation’s Security Council, for a long time to come. India’s dependence on Russia for its defence and energy needs will continue well into the future.
The Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation: An Assessment
The Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF), titled as ‘Working together to deliver a Brighter Future for Belt and Road Cooperation”, held in Beijing, China on 25-27th April 2019 attracted wide international attention. It was the highest-level platform for international cooperation within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). It was attended by 36 heads of State and government, along with 5,000 other representatives from different countries and 90 members of the international organisation.
US Sanctions, Iran’s Response and worsening Oil Situation
President Rouhani in a nationally televised speech on 8th May announced that Iran would not be temporarily performing some of its obligations under the nuclear deal or Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA). This is not withdrawal from the agreement. As Rouhani said, ‘This surgery is for saving the deal, not destroying it’. Iranian action came a year after President Trump announced US withdrawal from JCPOA, despite Iran maintaining its commitments under the nuclear accord as certified by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Recently, US also imposed additional measures.
European Biometric Identity Repository Project – National Security Trumps Privacy?
European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on 28 May 2018, after years of deliberations inside and outside the EU parliament, and in all major economies of the world. That global data flows contribute to global GDP, and data driven innovation (DDI) are critical to individual economies is well recognized. Several studies show that the AI adoption in countries will nearly double the GDP growth rate of advanced economies in 10-15 years. Much has been talked about the conflict between DDI and privacy violation of individuals, while GDPR was in the making.
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जापानी एजेंसियों ने 30 नवंबर को उत्तर कोरिया के जहाजों को लगातार कई दिनों तक तट से दूर विदेशी जहाजों के साथ अवैध गतिवधियों में शामिल रहते हुए देखा।1 उत्तर कोरिया पर संयुक्त राष्ट्र विशेषज्ञ समिति की हालिया रिपोर्ट में तट से दूर जहाजों के बीच संपर्क को अवैध गतिवधियों में शुमार किया गया है, जिससे पता चलता है कि प्योंगयांग अलग-थलग पड़ी सरकार को अपने परमाणु एवं मिसाइल कार्यक्रम छोड़ने के लिए मजबूर करने के इरादे से लगाए गए अंतरराष्ट्रीय प्रतिबंधों से बचकर निकल रहा है।2 संयुक्त राष्ट्र समिति की रिपोर्ट बताती है कि पिछले एक वर्ष से उत्तर कोरिया ने कोयले, तेल तथा अन्य वस्तुएं अपने
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