International Current Affairs - 2020

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Shahrukh Khan is Goodwill Ambassador for South Korea

Screenshot_1Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan has been appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for South Korea. He has been appointed as the public diplomat as well as an ambassador of India’s soft power.
As a Goodwill Ambassador he will visit South Korea before the maiden visit of South Korea President Park Geun-hye. It must be recalled that India and South Korea have already inked a civil nuclear pact but it is still not operational.

What does a Goodwill Ambassador do?

Goodwill Ambassador is basically an honorary title for an Ambassador of Goodwill given to an individual by a country. The job of Goodwill Ambassadors is to deliver the goodwill or promote the ideals from one place or entity to another. The goodwill ambassador may be an individual from one nation who lives or travels to another nation for a diplomatic mission or for an international friendship mission. (S)he is an ambassador of a nation’s Soft Power.

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Russian Parliament approves Anti-Terror Bill

In a move which aims to make terrorism punishment in Russia more sever, the lower house of the country’s Parliament, Duma passed a new Anti-Terror Bill which makes punishment for terrorism more harsh and also holds terrorists’ relatives liable to pay for the damages caused in attacks.

The upper house is expected to approve the Bill and then it will be forced into law by the assent of President Vladimir Putin. The bill further provides that training for terrorist activities is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Those participating in a militant group on foreign soils may face a punishment of up to 6 years.

Putin has taken a tough stance against the North Caucausus rebellion following two wars between the Russian army and Chechen separatists.

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