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SOURCE: ENS

The association between Subhas Chandra Bose and the Axis powers was closely chronicled by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), which kept a hawk eye on political trends in India in the last century. Records reveal an agreement between the Axis powers that Japan would play a leading role in India and Subhas Chandra Bose would be their representative.

“The Nazis are well aware that Indian people have no national patriotism, but they hope, just the same, that Chandra Bose will be able to embarrass the British,” says a report documented by the CIA and released recently as part of a tranche of close to 12 million pages of declassified documents. The set on India highlight the US emphasis on studying the internal political climate in the subcontinent for the sake of determining a favourable foreign policy. Continue reading

SOURCE:  Hindustan Times

Kashmir has erupted again. However, the scene of the clash between various forces is not the streets of the Valley, but the 2017 calendars, through which contrasting narratives are sought to be disseminated.It all began on New Year’s eve when state finance minister Haseeb Drabu unveiled the Jammu and Kashmir Bank calendar for the new year.

The calendar, which used to have photos of picturesque landscape of the region till now, featured 12 “achievers” from the state in different fields. Young sporting sensations Tajamul Islam (kickboxing) and Hashim Manzoor (karate), bureaucrat and civil services exam topper Dr Shah Faesal and artist Insha Manzoor were among those pictured. Continue reading

SOURCE:  HuffPost India

After four major train accidents in three months that have left over 200 people dead and several hundreds injured, security agencies, including the National Investigative Agency (NIA), are trying to put together a bewildering maze of clues which include at least two mysterious murders in Nepal last year, recovery of an unexploded Improvised Explosive Device (IED) from a rail track in East Champaran last October, and an alleged confession of possible involvement of Pakistan’s ISI.

 All this is apparently connected through an intricate underworld web which had a cell in New Delhi that ran a travel agency, a man in Nepal and one in Karachi.

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SOURCE:  HuffPost India

Come January and large parts of New Delhi virtually turn into a fortress ahead of the annual Republic Day parade. The president, prime minister, a visiting head of state, senior members of the government, the military top brass, the country’s political elite and many spectators gather at Rajpath to watch the parade. It is a huge security challenge.

 This year, for the first time, to counter any possible terrorist attack on the parade using non-conventional weapons, the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) will deploy a team of 90 personnel from its CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) unit at Rajpath during the parade.

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SOURCE: Hindustan Times

Ashley Tellis, a Mumbai-born scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, is an authoritative voice on India-US ties and is tipped to be Donald Trump’s envoy to New Delhi.

India will hope his appointment will come through, not only because he has been a consistent advocate of close ties but also because he has offered firm public advice to Trump about the need for continuity in policy towards Delhi. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

At 9:29 am on November 24, 1971, Henry Kissinger, the US National Security Advisor, convened a tense and confidential meeting of the Washington Special Action Group (WSAG)?in the White House Situation Room. The WSAG, consisting of the US top brass, had come together to discuss the escalating conflict in the Indian subcontinent after India crossed into the erstwhile East Pakistan to join the New Delhi-backed Mukti Bahini rebel group.

“Why do we have no independent intelligence?” Kissinger had to ask the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), as lack of intelligence was stonewalling his diplomatic options. Continue reading

SOURCE: ZEE MEDIA

The National Investigating Agency (NIA) will probe how the engine and nine coaches of Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express derailed in Andhra Pradesh’s Vizianagaram district on Saturday which led to the death of at least 39 people and over 70 injured.

 According to ANI, a team of senior NIA officials has reached the Hirakhand Express mishap site in Kuneru for inspection. The NIA is also expected to probe if there is any terror angle to the train mishap. This comes in the wake of startling revelations made by Bihar Police that Pakistan’s notorious spy agency ISI was behind the recent train tragedies in Kanpur.

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SOURCE: Hindustan Times

The US was so concerned by the growth of the nuclear programmes of India and Pakistan in the 1980s that it toyed with the proposal of appointing a “nuclear emissary” to the two countries to help tamp down tensions.

The proposal is analysed in a top secret memorandum dated September 6, 1985, part of about 13 million declassified documents from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) which have been released online. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

A trove of 930,000 declassified documents, running into more than 12 million pages, recently posted online by the Central Intelligence Agency provides fascinating insights into the way the US spy service covered India at key points in its history.

The documents, declassified since the 2000s, were made available after journalist Michael Best started a campaign to print the database and put them online. Continue reading

SOURCE: ET

On the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Prime Minister Narendra Modi saluted his valour, saying that it had played a major role in attaining independence for the country.

“I salute Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary. His valour played a major role in freeing India from colonialism,” Modi tweeted. Continue reading

SOURCE: ONE INDIA

A full dress rehearsal of the 67th Republic Day parade was held at Rajpath in the national capital on Monday. The parade commenced from Vijay Chowk and will proceed to Red Fort where it commences. The parade  showcases India’s defence capability, cultural and social heritage.

Camel Battalion

Camel-mounted infantry brigade marching down Rajpath. Camel battalion was raised in December 1916 during the First World War for service in the Middle East. Now they guard India’s border in Rajasthan’s desert areas. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is readying for a fresh trial of its long range nuke-capable submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) K-4 from an underwater platform in the last week of this month.

If things go as per the programme, defence sources said the indigenously built most powerful underwater missile having a strike range of around 3,500 km will be test fired from a submerged pontoon, which is almost identical to a submarine, on January 31. Continue reading

SOURCE: NATIONAL INTEREST

A new submarine promises to give the world’s most populous democratic nation a powerful second-strike nuclear capability. The INS Arihant, India’s first nuclear ballistic-missile submarine, will finally give the country nuclear weapons that could survive a surprise first strike and go on to deal a crushing retaliatory blow to the enemy. The new sub will complete India’s triad of air, land and sea nuclear forces.

India tested its first weapon, an eight-kiloton device nicknamed Smiling Buddha, in 1974. Although small in yield, the device was a remarkable technological achievement that thrust the young country into the exclusive, so-called “nuclear club” that had until then consisted of the United States, Soviet Union, United Kingdom, France and China. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

Indian Army is virtually blind at night. An internal report of the world’s third largest army has exposed its operational blindness as the available night vision devices are ‘redundant’ and not effective. Indian armed forces have lost nearly 9,000 soldiers in counter-terrorism operations since 1990, majority of them during night.

The Army’s 359 infantry units (over three lakh soldiers) and over 100 Special Forces and battalions (1.5 lakh men), including the Rashtriya Rifles and Assam Rifles, are directly involved in counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir and parts of northeast. Continue reading

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