International Current Affairs
India and Russia held a virtual meeting on “India-Russia Relations in the context of post-pandemic global order”. The meet was organized by Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) and Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC).
The conference was initiated in 2017 and was being held alternately in Moscow and New Delhi. The experts attending the conference discussed potential of digital technologies to activate economic relations and reforms. The countries agreed to create an ecosystem of startups to develop Information Technology.
Asia and Africa have been the priority for both the countries. India and Russia have also been cooperating in BRICS, SCO, RIC (Russia-India-Chin), UN and G20. The council meet will also help to reviewing projects. It will also help to identify new areas where the countries can begin joint ventures.
Indian Council of World Affairs
The Indian Council of World Affairs was established in 1943. It was declared as an institution of national importance in 2001. The ICWA is a member of United Nations Academic Impact.
The Vice President of India is the Ex-Officio President of the council. Ministry of External Affairs is its vice President.
United Nations Academic Impact
The UNAI is a wing of the United Nations that aligns institutions of higher education, research and scholarship with the UN and also with each other. It also helps to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by bringing out relationship between education and sustainable development.
Tags: BRICS • G20 • India-Russia • Indian Council of World Affairs • Institution of National Importance
On July 15, 2020, India and Israel signed agreements to expand their collaboration in dealing with cyber threats. The agreement was signed between Director General of Israel’s National Cyber Directorate (INCD) and India’s Ambassador to Israel Sanjeev Singla.
The agreement also involved Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) that operates under Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and INCD. The agreement will expand the scope of exchange of information between the countries on cyber threats.
The agreement lays down cooperation in capacity building and mutual exchange of best practices in the field.
Cyber Security was identified as one of the important areas of cooperation by the leaders of India and Israel when PM Modi visited Israel in 2017. The countries also signed cyber security agreements in 2018. Also, Lt General Rajesh Pant, National Cyber Security Coordinator visited Israel in 2019 to attend Cyber Week.
The COVID-19 crisis is changing the work culture all over the world. Industries and Enterprises are minimizing physical presence of their employees. The Work from Home culture is increasing massively. So has the cyber threats lately.
India ranks 11th in the world wide cyber-attacks. In Q4 alone, number of local cyber threats detected in India account to 40 lakhs. Therefore, it is important for India to increase its international cooperation on cyber attacks.