India-UK Current Affairs

UK-India Tech Alliance launched by Nasscom, TechUK

The NASSCOM (National Association of Software & Services Companies) and TechUK launched new UK-India Tech Alliance.The leading technology trade bodies of India and UK inked memorandum of understanding (MoU) in this regard during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK

The UK-India Tech Alliance

The alliance is aimed at increasing collaboration on skills and new technologies, assisting policy development and encouraging innovation and lay groundwork for roadmap which will be jointly presented in June 2018. It will promote growth of skills needed for world where artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, big data analytics and cybersecurity have become major technology growth areas. It will be key partner for government – providing sounding board and expert advice for policy development to ensure that both governments nurture growth in this sector and beyond.

The MoU commits two organisations to exchange knowledge and learn lessons from FutureSkills initiative launched by NASSCOM, explore expansion of FutureSkills platform, work together to strengthen people-to-people (P2P) and business-to-business (B2B) links between India and UK. It calls for exploring wider partnership to develop digital skills in both countries and encourage Indian companies active in UK to deliver digital skills training opportunities as part of cross-sector Digital Skills Partnership convened by UK government.

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Cabinet approves India, UK and Ireland MoU on organised crime

The Union Cabinet has   approved   signing   of Memorandum   of Understanding (MoU) between India and United Kingdom and Northern Ireland regarding cooperation in the field of organised crime. It is exchange of information for purposes of combating international criminality and tackling serious organised crime.

Key Facts

The MoU will reinforce collaboration in field of security that will be mutually beneficial. India and UK already have agreement concerning investigation and prosecution of crime and tracing, restraint and confiscation of proceeds and instruments of crime which was signed in 1995. It also includes crimes involving currency transfers and terrorist funds. Both countries desire to further strengthen cooperation in fighting international criminality and serious organized crime.

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