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Current Affairs 29 June 2022

CONTENTS

  1. China’s interventions in the Horn of Africa
  2. Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment
  3. GST Council
  4. Hermit, the Pegasus-like spyware


China’s Interventions in the Horn of Africa


Context:

China has been investing across the African continent throughout the last decade. While the emphasis has been on investments and raw materials, it took a new turn recently, with the first “China-Horn of Africa Peace, Governance and Development Conference.”

Relevance:

GS II- International Relations

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. About Horn of Africa
  2. Recent projects between China and countries from the Horn of Africa
  3. China’s primary interests/investments in the Horn of Africa
  4. Has the Horn of Africa been welcoming of China’s presence?
  5. Is China’s new focus on peace in the Horn a shift from Beijing’s principle of non-intervention?

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Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment


Context:

Recently, U.S. President along with his G7 allies unveiled the ambitious Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII), announcing the collective mobilisation of $600 billion by 2027 to deliver “game-changing” and “transparent” infrastructure projects to developing and middle-income countries.

Relevance:

GS II- International Relations

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. What is the PGII?
  2. What kind of projects will the PGII undertake?
  3. What is China’s BRI?
  4. Is there any overlap between the two schemes?

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GST Council


Context:

The 47th meeting of the Goods and Services Tax Council began in Chandigarh, almost marking five years of the tax system coming into effect on July 1, 2017.

Relevance:

GS III- Indian Economy

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. What is GST?
  2. GST Council
  3. What has changed this time?

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Hermit, The Pegasus-like Spyware


Context:

‘Hermit’ is the latest sophisticated spyware in the news, and it is believed to have targeted iPhones and Android devices in Italy and Kazakhstan.

  • Hermit’s deployment – the spyware has been developed by an Italian vendor called RCS Lab – was first reported by cyber security researchers at the Lookout, a San-Francisco-based cybersecurity firm.

Relevance:

GS III- Cyber Security

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. What is Hermit and what exactly does it do on a device?
  2. How did Hermit get deployed on Android and iOS devices?
  3. What is a spyware and what are other similar types of Cyber Attacks?

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