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30th October – Deepfakes

Countering Deepfakes Disinformation and hoaxes have evolved from mere annoyance to high stake warfare for creating social discord, increasing polarisation, and in some cases, influencing an election outcome. What are ‘deepfakes’? Deepfakes are a new tool to spread computational propaganda and disinformation at scale and with speed. Deepfakes are the digital media (video, audio, and …

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23rd October – Digital Payments

Digital payments Digital payments have found strong ground, especially in India, increasingly relegating all other modes of payments to the background. It is through a faster system of simultaneous debits and credits that the money value is transferred from one account to the other across banks. With such versatility and ease of settling financial transactions, …

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22nd October – Defence Offsets

Defence Offset Policy Recently, the government diluted the “offset” policy in defence procurement. Many contend that the move is a setback for augmenting domestic capabilities or for realising the goal of Atmanirbhar Bharat. Offset clause – Large buyers of defence equipment and advanced technologies such as India seek to exercise their “buying power” to secure …

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QUAD

2nd October – QUAD

QUAD In 2007, the Quad (the United States, Japan, India, and Australia) was an idea whose time had not yet come. That was a different world. The times have changed now. Events leading to the formation of QUAD – The global financial crisis was still lurking in the shadows as America continued to enjoy its …

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Cybersecurity

26th September – Cybersecurity

Growing cyber-risks – Cybersecurity Recent revelations about cyber-spying and surveillance have highlighted the multiple lacunae in India’s cybersecurity regulatory regime for protecting data privacy. Recent threats – It has been alleged that a Chinese firm, Zhenhua Data Information Technology, keeps tabs on 10,000-odd Indian citizens. There have also been revelations about Facebook misusing permission granted …

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Blockchain Voting

11th September – Blockchain Voting

Blockchain Voting The Election Commission of India has for a while now been toying with the idea of further digitising the electoral infrastructure of the country. In furtherance of this, the Election Commission had held an online conference in collaboration with the Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency (“TNeGA”) and IIT Madras, through which they explored the …

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Naga conflict

9th September – Naga Conflict

Naga conflict The Northeastern region has witnessed multiple crises including bloody insurgencies, but still lacks the emotional resonance of the Kashmir conflict due to geographical, cultural, and ethnic factors. Rooted in the politics of sub-nationalism, complexities of regional geopolitics and the evolving dynamics of counterinsurgency tactics, the Naga insurgency has defied a lasting solution; it …

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Women in Army

4th September – Women in Army

Victory in a long battle for opportunities – Women in Army The Supreme Court of India in February 2020 delivered a much-anticipated ruling that allows women to serve as permanently commissioned (PC) officers in 10 combat support arms (These are Signals, Engineers, Army Aviation, Army Air Defence, Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME), Army Service Corps, …

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Defence

31st August – Impact of import embargo on defence

Impact of import embargo on defence The Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced an embargo on the import of 101 items through a press release issued on August 9, 2020. Details about the decision – The Annexure to this press release lists a wide range of embargoed ammunition, weapon systems, radars, simulators, and other platforms.  A …

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Naga Peace Accord

18th August – Naga Peace Accord

Hurdles in the Naga peace Accord Fresh hurdles have emerged in the road to peace in Nagaland. After a framework agreement (Naga Peace Accord) was signed in 2015 between the Centre and the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim, or the NSCN (I-M), the largest of the extremist groups in the peace …

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