Counter Terror

  • New counterterrorism units at Australian airports August 27, 2014

    Canberra: New counterterrorism units have been working at Australia's two largest airports since last week and had already intercepted a person of interest, the prime minister said Wednesday. Tony Abbott said the units operating at Sydney and Melbourne Airports would soon be introduced at all Australian international airports to monitor the...
  • Mock counterterrorism drill at Hyderabad airport June 26, 2014

    Hyderabad: Personnel from various agencies on Thursday carried out a mock counterterrorism drill at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad on Thursday morning. Security and operations teams of GMR Hyderabad International Airport (GHIAL), RGIA police, CISF, State Fire Services and Disaster Management and other agencies took part in the...
  • Consensus needed on setting up a NCTC, says Shinde June 12, 2013

    New Delhi: Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Tuesday said there was need for a consensus on setting up a National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) but his ministry did not have plans to move the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on the issue. Shinde said that the government has to think...
  • Not exploring option to set up NCTC: Shinde June 9, 2013

    New Delhi: The much talkedabout NCTC may be a nonstarter but the government has rejected the demand of nonCongress Chief Ministers for a law to set up the antiterror body. Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said his Ministry was not exploring the option of bringing a bill in Parliament for...
  • Modi doesn't know what's happening outside Gujarat: Khurshid June 6, 2013

    A day after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi hit out at the government over the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has said he is not aware of national affairs. He also said Modi must not criticise and should cooperate in fighting terror. ...
  • Modi vs Centre: Is internal security hostage to Centrestate tensions? June 5, 2013

    Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi once again attacked the Centre over internal security and slammed the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), saying the big brother attitude of the government is not good. ...
  • NCTC upsets country's federal structure: Mamata June 5, 2013

    New Delhi: Opposing the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said the proposed antiterror hub is not in sync with the federal structure of the country. "Like many other states, West Bengal too is of the opinion that the proposed version of NCTC upsets the...
  • Modi knows a lot about terror, he knows how it works: Sibal June 5, 2013

    New Delhi: The government on Wednesday hit back at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi after he alleged that the UPA was doing nothing for national security with Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal accusing Modi of promoting terrorism. "Modi's administration has the ability to generate fake encounters. He must be knowing a...
  • Modi attacks NCTC, says UPA's big brother attitude is not good June 5, 2013

    New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi once again attacked the Centre over internal security and slammed the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), saying the big brother attitude of the government is not good. "You are attacking the federal structure just by the idea of NCTC. The big brother attitude...
  • Live: Centre, states must work together to combat Naxalism, says PM June 5, 2013

    New Delhi: 10:45 am: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said several laws have been enacted to tackle crimes against women. "There is a need to put in place institutional mechanisms such as sensitisation of policemen," the Prime Minister said at the internal security meet. 10:44 am: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says Centre...
  • Modi, Nitish likely to oppose NCTC at internal security meet today June 5, 2013

    New Delhi: More and more states are opposing the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) formation even after the Centre has watered it down. Sources say Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar are likely to oppose the move at the internal security meet of Chief...
  • AntiNaxal battleplan, NCTC main focus of internal security meet today June 5, 2013

    New Delhi: Ten days after the deadly Naxal attack in Chhatisgarh, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called an internal security meeting of the Chief Ministers of all states. Gujarat CM Narendra Modi, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Madhya Predesh CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik...
  • US acknowledges killing four Americans in drone strikes May 23, 2013

    Washington: The US government formally acknowledged for the first time on Wednesday that it had killed four Americans, including militant cleric Anwar alAwlaki, who died in drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan. Attorney General Eric Holder named the dead US citizens in a letter to members of Congress a day before...
  • Guantanamo prison is expensive, inefficient: Obama May 1, 2013

    Washington: Asserting his commitment to close the terrorist detention center in Guantanamo, US President Barack Obama on Tuesday said that the prison is a noman's land that is not only "expensive" and "inefficient" but also hurts America in terms of its international standing. "I continue to believe that we've got to...
  • Pakistan 'high priority' for UK counterterrorism March 26, 2013

    London: Pakistan has been categorised among the "high priorities" for Britain's overseas counterterrorism work as many Britons continue to travel to that country to join alQaeda and receive training, the government said on Tuesday. "Pakistan and Yemen remain very high priorities for our overseas counterterrorism work," the UK Home Office said...
  • India, China discuss new border defence pact March 23, 2013

    New Delhi: Indian and Chinese troops may stop tailing each other's patrols on the border. The two neighbouring countries are also expected to finalise a joint counterterrorism exercise involving both armies. A number of other confidencebuilding measures were also discussed during a meeting between the Defence Secretaries of the two...
  • Taking forward anti-terror agency plan, says Shinde March 12, 2013

    New Delhi: Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Monday said the government was taking forward its plans to set up anti-terror agency National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) and a note is being sent to the cabinet on the issue. "We are sending a note forward. We are taking it forward, at the...
  • BJP opposed to giving police powers to NCTC: Jaitley February 26, 2013

    New Delhi: BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Monday said his party was not opposed to the setting up of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) but it was against giving police powers to the proposed anti-terror hub. In an article posted on the party's website, Jaitley said powers and jurisdiction of...
  • The Last Word: How valid is the resistance to NCTC? February 25, 2013

    How valid is the resistance to NCTC and how can states that are objecting be won over? ...
  • Politics continue over NCTC after Hyderabad blasts February 25, 2013

    New Delhi: There is no end to the controversy surrounding the Centre's proposed move to push for the creation of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) following the Hyderabad blasts. The Bharatiya Janata Party has charged the Congress with politicising the issue of terrorism. BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said that the...
  • Hyd blasts reaction to Kasab, Afzal execution: Shinde February 25, 2013

    Kolkata: Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Sunday said the twin blasts in Hyderabad could be a "reaction" to the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and Mumbai attack convict Ajmal Kasab. Shinde said the government was apprehending some sort of reaction from terror groups following execution of...
  • Hyderabad blasts: Need collective response on NCTC, says Khurshid February 22, 2013

    The big question after the Hyderabad blasts is whether the time has come for political parties to bury their differences and set up the National Counter Terrorism Centre. ...
  • Pakistanis have been victims of terrorism: US February 22, 2013

    Washington: Innocent Pakistanis have been victims of terrorism, the United States said on Thursday adding that the menace poses a greater threat to the country as a whole. "It is no secret that innocent Pakistanis have been victims of terrorism in the thousands and thousands," State Department spokesperson, Victoria Nuland, told...
  • Govt plans to take out the NCTC from IB's ambit July 12, 2012

    New Delhi: In a move apparently aimed at mollifying states, the Home Ministry has proposed to take out the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) from the ambit of the Intelligence Bureau, a sticky point over which the anti terror body has been stuck. The proposal may come up at the next...
  • Row over NCTC will be resolved: Chidambaram July 10, 2012

    Bangalore: The Centre was addressing two issues over which some states have opposed the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) and the row would be resolved, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said on Tuesday. A majority of state chief ministers had accepted NCTC and some other chief ministers have reservations over...
  • Delaying NCTC is increasing risk: Chidambaram May 11, 2012

    New Delhi: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Friday again advocated the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) saying the risk for the country is increasing each day as the project is getting delayed. He said, "Given the gravity of the situation, everyday we delay NCTC, we increase our risk." The Home Minister...
  • Centrestates battle over NCTC rages on May 5, 2012

    New Delhi: The deadlock persists on the Centre's ambitious National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) with Chief Ministers Mamata Banerjee, Narendra Modi, J Jayalalithaa and Naveen Patnaik continuing their opposition and questioning its rationale. While Mamata rejected the need of an antiterror body outright, Modi questioned the Centre's ability to tackle...
  • Omar can't tweet live NCTC proceedings May 5, 2012

    Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah could have tweeted live proceedings of the chief ministers' conference meet in New Delhi on the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) on Saturday but the fear of being asked to leave the venue has prevented him from doing so. The Jammu and Kashmir...
  • NCTC meet begins; Mamata, Modi cry rollback May 5, 2012

    New Delhi: Chief Ministers Jayalalithaa, Naveen Patnaik, Prakash Singh Badal and Nitish Kumar reached Delhi early on Saturday morning for the meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC). The leaders were headed to Vigyan Bhawan for the meeting. Sources said that almost all chief...
  • In Delhi only for NCTC, not Presidential poll: Jayalalithaa May 5, 2012

    Chief Ministers of ten states, including that of West Bengal, will be meeting the Prime Minister on Saturday over the proposed counterterrorism agency. ...