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Security personnel escorting those trapped inside the gurdwara attacked by IS gunmen in Kabul, Afghanistan | Twitter | @TOLOnews

India can’t afford to let the guard down on security in coronavirus. Kabul attack shows why

While normal states shift focus to urgent issues, states like Pakistan remain fixated with their objectives. Coronavirus is a double whammy for normal states.
PM Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump at Hyderabad House on 25 February 2020. Trump is on a two-day visit to India, his first ever to the country | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Counter to BRI? Why India-US’ thrust on Blue Dot Network will make China see red

Indian and foreign media may have missed it but the US-India joint statement will most certainly be scrutinised closely by Beijing for anti-China content.
File photo | Crowds in Tehran mourning Major Gen. Qasem Soleimani and others killed in a US drone strike at Baghdad airport | Bloomberg

US killing Soleimani has made it much tougher for Pakistan than India

In case US attacks Iran’s religious sites, it would be a nightmare for Pakistan’s military to stop people from marching towards American embassy.
Representational image | Common

By amending Arms Act, Modi govt will make way for Gangs of Wasseypur-style gun possession

The amendments to the Arms Act are as illogical as demonetisation. India is not going to be any safer by reducing licensed ownership of firearms.
A stamp issued for the Special Protection Group | http://spg.nic.in/

How the SPG Act destroyed the Congress party

As the Gandhi family’s privileged security cover and lifestyle get a jolt, they may start realising the sun is setting on their empire.
AI and tech

Era of ‘borderless’ innovation is over. US, India, China using national security to box tech

Security is now bleeding the economies of US and China, with flow of capital, people and technology being disrupted.
Indian Army

Pakistani fidayeen with AK-47 is passé. India must get ready for the next big threat

It would be a shame if nationalism is a substitute for not preparing for an avoidable security failure.
Scott Morrison, Australia's Prime Minister, speaks during the UN General Assembly meeting in New York, U.S. | Photographer: Jeenah Moon | Bloomberg

India, US, Japan, Australia come together to give impetus to ‘anti-China’ Quad

Quad foreign ministers met for the first time on the sidelines of UNGA in New York, suggesting the previously informal framework is being strengthened.
Security personnel stand guard during restrictions in Srinagar

India needs tips from Israel on how to handle Kashmir. Blocking network is not one of them

On Kashmir’s communication lockdown, Home Minister Amit Shah is as mistaken as India’s celebrity commentariat.
The Planet Godrej residential building, developed by Godrej Properties Ltd., right, stands in the Byculla area of Mumbai. (Representational Image) | Photographer: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Indian security firm with drones aims to triple revenue to $3 billion

SIS is banking on rising urbanisation, increasing demand for protection from crime and terrorism, as well as a jump in completed new buildings.

On Camera

People wearing masks in a park in Shanghai, China | Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

Asians will become the new Muslims — how coronavirus will change our world like 9/11

To control another Covid-19 outbreak, solutions like body screening, temperature guns, sanitising kits will become a permanent part of our lives.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Is there a risk of Modi govt using Covid-19 to curb media and freedoms or is it necessary?

Surveillance is becoming a key concern during the Covid-19 crisis. The Supreme Court has also directed media to publish the official version of the developments.

Defence

The consignment in Maldives

IAF airlifts 6.2 tonnes of essential medicines, hospital consumables to Maldives

The consignment was airlifted to Male by an Indian Air Force C-130 aircraft, as part of 'Operation Sanjeevani'.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.