International Current Affairs 2017

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Pakistan relaxes land route trade rules

Pakistan has moved nearer to conceding the promised most-imagefavored nation status to India by the year-end by increasing the list of goods that can be traded via the Attari-Wagah border, a move that will enhance shipments across Punjab. Pakistan has decided to increase the list of goods beyond the 200 items that are at present permitted to be traded via the land route, albeit the full list was not immediately available with the Indian government. The 30% reduction in the list by December is to follow "removal of all restrictions on trade by Wagah-Attari land route"

Why this move by Pakistan? How will this move be beneficial for India? What is a Sensitive List? What is SAFTA?

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Nepal elected to UN ECOSOC board

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

Nepal along with 17 other countries were elected board members of ECOSOC by the UN General Assembly for a three-year term starting in January 2013.

ECOSOC is a 54 member body and is one of the principal organs of the UN.

ECOSOC coordinates the economic, social and related work of the UN and its specialized agencies and institutions.

ECOSOC has broad responsibility for some 70% of the human and financial resources of the entire UN system, including its 14 specialized agencies, ´functional´ commissions and five regional commissions.


India, Britain to step up cooperation in cyber security

image India and Britain decided to step up cooperation in cyber security during their Foreign Minister-level talks.


India and Britain went on to define the core principles under which this cooperation would take place.

A joint statement issued at the end of the interaction held that “Both India and the United Kingdom share the core principles of liberty, transparency, freedom of expression and the rule of law which apply in cyberspace”.

Objective: The cyber security dialogue will attempt to cut down the risk of threats from cyberspace to international security and strengthen the bilateral cooperation in tackling cyber crime.