NATIONAL SECURITY

  • India wants to resolve all issues with Pakistan through talks: NSA 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Asserting that there are no problems which cannot be resolved, India on Tuesday said it would like to address all its issues with Pakistan through talks while having an "effective deterrence" to deal with terrorism emanating from there. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval also emphasised that India wants to...
  • Al-Qaeda may be allying with IM, LeT to carry out multi-city attacks in India, says NSG 1 week ago

    New Delhi: The National Security Guard has said that it is ready to respond if the ISIS or al-Qaeda carry out terror attacks in India. Director General of the NSG Jayant Chowdhary on Thursday said that terror groups such as al-Qaeda or ISIS might carry out multi-city attacks in India....
  • UN to bind nations on new foreign terrorist rules September 23, 2014

    Washington: The United Nations Security Council is expected to adopt a binding resolution this week that would require nations to bar their citizens from traveling abroad to join terrorism organizations, part of a US-led effort to galvanize the international community against what Obama administration officials call an "unprecedented" threat from...
  • Rajnath Singh inaugurates underwater training tank for National Security Guard September 17, 2014

    Gurgaon: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday inaugurated the Diving Training Tank, developed to train commandos in underwater operations, at the NSG camp here, an official said. Rajnath Singh visited the National Security Guard (NSG) camp, Manesar for the first time after becoming Home Minister. After paying homage to the NSG martyrs...
  • Cyber threats among greatest national security dangers: US September 10, 2014

    Washington: Terming Cyber threats as one of the greatest national security dangers, the US has said Obama administration has significantly enhanced government's capabilities to address this challenge. "Cyber threats pose one of the greatest national security dangers that the United States faces, ranging from vulnerabilities in our critical infrastructure to...
  • Sex determination tests will be punishable under the National Security Act: Madhya Pradesh government July 29, 2014

    New Delhi: The Madhya Pradesh government has said that it will take action against sonography centres conducting sex determination tests under the stringent National Security Act. State health minister Narottam Mishra made this announcement in a meeting of the State Supervisory Board on Sex Determination Prohibition Act on Monday. Prenatal sex...
  • US surveillance programs threaten freedom of the Press, says report July 29, 2014

    Washington: US surveillance programs are making it more difficult for government officials to speak to the Press anonymously, two rights groups said on Monday. Largescale surveillance, on top of the Obama administration's crackdown on national security leaks, threatens the freedom of the Press and the right to legal counsel, Human Rights...
  • Apple iPhone 'threat to national security': Chinese media July 12, 2014

    Beijing: A Chinese state broadcaster has accused US technology giant Apple of threatening national security through its iPhone's ability to track and timestamp a user's location. The "frequent locations" function, which can be switched on or off by users, could be used to gather "extremely sensitive data", and even state secrets,...
  • US spying allegations are serious, says German Chancellor Angela Merkel July 7, 2014

    Beijing: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday allegations that a German man worked as a double agent for US intelligence were serious and, if true, were a clear contradiction of what cooperation between partners is supposed to be about. The case risks further straining ties with Washington, which have been...
  • Uttar Pradesh minister's NSA remarks show bias, says BJP July 7, 2014

    The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday slammed Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Ahmed Hasan's comment that the BJP leaders would be slapped with the National Security Act (NSA) over last week's violence in Moradabad. State BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said the statement was unbecoming of a cabinet minister as decisions...
  • Reports of BJP being spied upon by NSA embarrassing, says US Senator John McCain July 3, 2014

    US Senator John McCain who is in India on a twoday visit has told CNNIBN that reports of the Bharatiya Janata Party being spied upon by the National Security Agency is embarrassing. Speaking to CNNIBN, he has also admitted that there is a need for more judicial and Congressional supervision...
  • US privacy board says NSA Internet spying program is effective but worrying July 2, 2014

    The US National Security Agency (NSA)'s data collection program has been an effective tool to enhance the country's security but some elements of the cyberspying raises privacy concerns, a US federal privacy watchdog said in a report. Privacy issues have become a hot topic since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden exposed...
  • India summons US diplomats over snooping of BJP, calls it unnaceptable July 2, 2014

    New Delhi: India has strongly taken up the issue of the US National Security Agency spying upon the Bharatitya Janata Party and has summoned US diplomats. The government has called the snooping of the BJP 'unacceptable' and has sought assurance from the US that it will not happen again. However, officials...
  • US NSA spied upon BJP, 5 other foreign political parties, 193 governments July 1, 2014

    New Delhi: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party was one of the six foreign political parties that was spied upon by the United States of America's National Security Agency according to documents published by whistleblower Edward Snowden through the Washington Post. According to the documents, which have also been accessed by...
  • Noted international NGO Greenpeace a 'threat to economic security': IB June 11, 2014

    New Delhi: International nongovernment organisation Greenpeace is in a spot of bother after an Intelligence Bureau report called it "a threat to economic security" and accused it of impacting the country's GDP by initiating agitations and campaigns against coal and nuclear power plants. In its report on foreignfunded NGOs, the IB...
  • Ajit Doval appointed new National Security Advisor May 30, 2014

    New Delhi: The Centre has appointed Ajit Kumar Doval as the new National Security Advisor. Doval, who has had a positive track record, was formerly the director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB). Doval was also the first police officer to be awarded the Kirti Chakra, the highest peace time award. ...
  • Guardian, Washington Post win Pulitzers for US spying coverage April 15, 2014

    New York: The Guardian US and Washington Post were awarded the most prestigious Pulitzer prize on Monday for coverage of secret surveillance by the US National Security Agency that sparked wide debate over government spying. Reuters won in international reporting for its coverage of the violent persecution of a Muslim minority...
  • Taliban not serious about talks: Sartaj Aziz February 27, 2014

    Pakistan's targeted military action against militants in Waziristan will be beneficial in the long run as the Taliban are not serious about peace talks, Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz said on Thursday. His remarks came amid speculation that the government is on the verge...
  • Edward Snowden says 'significant threats' to his life January 27, 2014

    Former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden told German TV on Sunday about reports that US government officials want to assassinate him for leaking secret documents about the NSA's collection of telephone records and emails. In what German public broadcaster ARD said was Snowden's first television interview, Snowden also said...
  • NSA also involved in industrial espionage: Edward Snowden January 27, 2014

    Berlin: Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden claimed in a new interview that the US agency is involved in industrial espionage. In the interview aired on Sunday night on German public television broadcaster ARD, Snowden said if German engineering company Siemens had information that would benefit the US, but had nothing...
  • Indian Army asks personnel to stay away from social media January 23, 2014

    Fearing that national security could be compromised, the Indian Army has asked its personnel not to use social media like Facebook and WeChat which may have servers abroad. The army is worried that activity on the social media could lead to identification of the army officers and others and their location,...
  • US: Obama fuels reform on some but not all NSA spying January 18, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama's orders to change some US surveillance practices put the burden on Congress to deal with a national security controversy that has alarmed Americans and outraged foreign allies. Yet he avoided major action on the practice of sweeping up billions of phone, email and text messages from...
  • Pakistan has resumed dialogue with militants: Minister January 16, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan has resumed dialogue with militants to find a "durable solution" to the problem of terrorism after the process was disrupted by a US drone strike, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Thursday. The government is also in the final stages of framing a National Security Policy that...
  • Barack Obama likely to approve surveillance changes: officials January 15, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama is expected to endorse changes to the way the government collects millions of Americans' phone records for possible future surveillance, but he'll leave many of the specific details to Congress, according to three US officials familiar with the White House intelligence review. In a highly anticipated speech...
  • Siachen: A huge human cost for a piece of ice January 15, 2014

    If the Line Of Control (LoC) is tough, Siachen is only even more difficult. Cold, barren and hostile, living in Siachen isn't easy. But for the hundreds of Army men, braving the frigid climes is simply a way of life. It's an irony that Siachen means "the valley of flowers". Nothing...
  • Snowden worked at US Embassy in Delhi: report January 14, 2014

    Washington: Intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden worked at the US Embassy in India and took a course in "ethical hacking" in Delhi, about three years before he leaked the NSA's surveillance programmes that embarrassed the Obama administration. Snowden was in India in his capacity as a National Security Agency (NSA) contractor "to...
  • Apple says never worked with National Security Agency on iPhone hacks January 1, 2014

    San Francisco: Apple Inc has never worked with the US National Security Agency and is unaware of efforts to target its smartphones, the company said in response to reports that the spy agency had developed a system to hack into and monitor iPhones. Germany's Der Spiegel reported this week that a...
  • NSA phone surveillance legal, says New York judge December 28, 2013

    A federal judge on Friday found that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records is legal and a valuable part of the nation's arsenal to counter the threat of terrorism. The decision contrasts with a ruling earlier this month by another US district court judge, Richard...
  • US: NSA releases more documents on surveillance records of AlQaida December 22, 2013

    Washington: The director of national intelligence declassified more documents that outline how the National Security Agency was first authorised to start collecting bulk phone and Internet records in the hunt for alQaida terrorists and how a court eventually gained oversight of the program, after the Justice Department complied with a...
  • US: NSA phone record collection ruled unconstitutional December 17, 2013

    Washington: A federal judge ruled that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records violates the US Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches, but put his decision on hold pending a nearcertain government appeal. US District Court Judge Richard Leon, on Monday, granted a preliminary injunction sought by plaintiffs Larry Klayman...