Anurag writes, A Chess Tournament called “Belt and Road 2017” is about to conclude. A school team tournament called the First Chongqing Belt and Road Chess International was played in the month of September 2017. The Belt and Road Haikou Youth Football Tournament was played out in November. China is clearly investing in soft power and also extending the scope of its Belt and Road initiative to sports and cultural realms, particularly involving the youth. A firm resolve to execute President Xi Jinping’s ideology is also evident
Subhasish writes draft National Encryption Policy (NEP) was formulated by an Expert Group set up by Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) and was released in Sep 2015 for comments and suggestions from the public. However, the draft was withdrawn as some of its provisions were criticised by activists and experts. Even after two years DeitY is yet to release a new draft of the policy.
Anurag Dwivedi writes: Closer home, the demonetization narrative has shifted to cashless economy and digital transactions. Cyber security related concerns have rightly been flagged but the focus is more on security of individual financial transactions whereas the national security dimension has mostly been overlooked.