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Spy thrillers from the cold war need to make a comeback

Western spy fiction needs state actors with strong non-Western or, better, anti-Western values to become exciting again.

Pakistan’s spy arrests: Brigadier’s kids studied in US, engineer bought home in his own name

Wasim Akram and Brigadier Raja Rizwan, whom Pakistan Army hanged last week for espionage, would not have been caught. But two things went wrong.
Retired Indian Army Captain Mukesh Chopra died in Tihar Jail on 7 November

‘Chinese spy, kleptomaniac’ — no end to mystery around death of retd Army officer in Tihar

Mukesh Chopra allegedly committed suicide on 7 November in Tihar Jail. Central intelligence agencies are probing if he was part of a Chinese spy ring.
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Ex-Twitter employees charged with helping Saudi govt spy on dissidents

The two former Twitter employees are accused of using their employee credentials to gain access to non-public information of Twitter users.
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Google accused of creating spy tool to crush dissent among its workers

Google employees claim they discovered a tool that can be used to monitor workers’ attempts to organise protests and discuss labour rights.
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Hamid Ansari, Indian accused of spying, set free from Pakistan jail after 3 years

Ansari was convicted by a military court for possessing a fake Pakistani identity card on 15 December, 2015.

After 50 years of RAW, there are still no declassified documents or an official history

By the time Indira Gandhi left office in 1977, the RAW was drawing criticism for its shadowy functioning.
Poster of the film Ankhen, 1968

Ankhen, India’s first big spy film had a Doctor, Madam, Captain, and of course, Lily

Ramanand Sagar's Ankhen was released in 1968, the year India’s spy agency RAW was formed.
Nambi Narayanan

The fake ‘spy thriller’ that cost Nambi Narayanan his career, life savings and self-esteem

The ISRO spy case was full of fabrications and inconsistencies, some so bad you wonder what quality of homework, and creative writing, goes into charge sheets.

On Camera

Doctors treat Covid-19 patients in an intensive care unit at a Hospital in Rome, Italy | Bloomberg

Why coronavirus treatments shouldn’t take back seat to vaccines

Everything would have to go right to get a vaccine this year, but several types of treatments may be able to help patients in a matter of months.

Can schools & students be trusted with Covid norms or should classes begin as curve flattens?

Over two lakh parents across India have opposed the Ministry of Home Affairs’ plan to reopen schools in July.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Chinese troops present in sizeable numbers at LAC, India has done what’s needed: Rajnath

Defence Minister says India and China perceive LAC differently, leading to regular jostling; Beijing ‘should seriously deliberate’ and resolve the issue amicably.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.