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Security forces at the site of an encounter last week that killed five personnel, including two Army officers, in Kashmir's Handwara | PTI

India applied sustained pressure to disrupt & degrade terrorist activities in 2019: US report

The US State Department report said that Indian security agencies were effective in disrupting terror threats despite some gaps in intelligence and information sharing.
Mohammed Zubair | ANI Digital | Twitter

Al Qaeda terrorist from Telangana could be key to understanding terror group’s India network

Intelligence agencies are keen to interrogate Mohammad Zubair about the al Qaeda as well as his brother, who had travelled to Yemen in 2009 to meet key members of the terror group.
The NIA building in New Delhi | ThePrint

Retd ISI colonel didn’t die in NIA custody, MCD death certificate on social media is fake

Story about the disappearance of ex-ISI officer Mohammad Habib first surfaced in Pakistani WhatsApp groups and was subsequently picked up by the media.
Representational image | Kuni Takahashi/Bloomberg

Honey traps, deepfakes, AI: Why India’s RAW needs to prepare for threats beyond terrorism

The RAW is being forced to move faster, but sometimes this comes at the cost of digging deeper.

For espionage buffs, ex-Raw chief Vikram Sood’s ‘The Unending Game’ is a fascinating read

The book is neither a memoir nor an insider’s account of the organisation. It's more of a primer, written by that rare intellectual among spies. India is a country where everyone has an opinion about intelligence but few have any idea about how to go about it. Journalists hold forth at length about ‘what is wrong with R&AW and… how to fix it’ but have little clue as to how it functions. Politicians regard it as ‘something that needs to be done but is almost certainly doomed to fail’ and not an ‘essential part of statecraft’ as it is in rest of the world. Vikram Sood's The Unending Game is not another fireside chat of a superannuated sleuth in between Track 2 junkets. He comes across as more of a George Smiley by disposition with the intellect of John Le Carre. But it is not a thriller that he has written. Sood...

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Scuba divers are turning plastic waste in the oceans into Covid face masks

Diving organisation PADI has teamed up with a watersports clothing company to recycle bottles recovered from the ocean to make a range of face coverings.

Refining industry enters ‘age of consolidation’ with ‘catastrophic’ margins

A refinery thrives on the price difference between crude oil and fuels like gasoline, earning a profit that’s known in the industry as a cracking margin.

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File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

No de-escalation in Ladakh yet, but some forward movement could be expected this week

India and China have agreed on an initial de-escalation plan and a 72-hour observation window to make sure steps agreed upon have been taken on the ground.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.