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On 10th December 2018, Israel became a full member of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an international body set up to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and other threats to the international financial system.

Key Points:

  • Earlier Israel became an observer to the FATF in February 2016 and In 2000 the Israel was blacklisted by the organization and was removed from the list in 2002, but now has become the group’s 38th
  • A FATF compliance report on Israel ranked the country as one of three leading Country, alongside the US and the UK, for the effectiveness of its anti-money laundering apparatus, its battle against terror financing, the work of its Money Laundering and Terror Financing Prohibition Authority, and its policy of seizing the financial proceeds of crime.
  • The FATF membership will tag Israel as an attractive country for international investment and improve the status of the Israeli financial sector and its ability to operate in the global economy.


Russian Tu-160 Supersonic Bombers

Why in news?

Two Russian bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons landed in Venezuela in a show of support for the government. The TU160 supersonic bombers landed at Maiquetia airport.

Tupolev Tu-160:

  • The Tupolev Tu-160 is also known as “White Swans”.
  • It is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing heavy strategic bomber.
  • The Tu-160 is capable of carrying conventional or nuclear-tipped cruise missileswith a range of 5,500km.
  • Code-named Blackjack by NATO, the massive warplane is capable of flying at twice the speed of sound.

Can’t Reveal Rape Victims’ Name Even After Death, Society Treats Them As ‘Untouchable,’ Says SC

  • The Supreme Court prohibited the media from publishing or airing the names or any material which may even remotely reveal the identity of victims of sexual crimes.

What did the SC say?

  • “No person can print or publish in print, electronic, social media, etc. the name of the victim or even in a remote manner disclose any facts which can lead to the victim being identified and which should make her identity known to the public at large. The bar extends to anything which can even remotely be used to identify the victim,”
  • The court further held that the name and identity of a victim who was either dead or of unsound mindshould also not be disclosed even under the authorisation of the next of kin.
    • Any exception to this rule should be decided by the competent authority, the session’s judge.
  • It barred the police from putting in public domain FIRs under Sections 376 to 376E(the range of sexual offences under IPC) and those under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
  • The documents disclosing identity of a victim should be kept in a sealed cover. Authorities to which a victim’s identity was disclosed by an investigating agency or the court are duty bound to keep it a secret.
  • A victim need not reveal her identity while filing an appeal in a criminal court, the SC said.