NTRO under Intelligence Act: What does it really mean

NTROwpid-25-doval-nsa_g9_26_1914101e.jpgA decade old demand to give teeth and bring out sanctity in the National Technical Research Organisation under National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval has finally seen the light of the day. The NTRO will now have powers similar to the Intelligence Bureau and the Research and Analysis Wing.


Why the IB and R&AW should be kept away from audit

ibindiaNew Delhi, Feb 24: Officers in the Research and Analysis Wing and the Intelligence Bureau have welcomed the verdict of the Supreme Court which stated the two agencies and the National Technical Research Organisation cannot be made accountable to the Parliament for their actions and expenditures.
“We are thankful that the Supreme Court issued such a ruling,” an officer with the IB told OneIndia. A plea had been filed in the Supreme Court seeking a directive to bring these agencies under the oversight of the Parliament and the CAG.

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Interview: NTRO should be responsible for all technical tracking of terror activities

balachandranWhen the 26/11 attack was being planned, the Intelligence Agencies clearly did not keep their ears open to the chatter that was taking place through Voice over Internet Protocol. The VoIP calls were not tracked and India paid the price when ten terrorists breezed through Mumbai killing over 160.
Have we learnt out lessons from the failures of 26/11?
V Balachandran who was part of the High Level Committee which probed into the performance by the police during 26/11 says that there is a lot to learn from the attacks. In this interview with OneIndia, Balachandran says that, we should hold the National Technical Research Organisation solely responsible for all technical tracking and innovation instead of overburdening the state police departments by creating parallel technical agencies.

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Pak boat: 90 per cent of drugs moved through the seas today


 Investigations being conducted following the interception of the heroin laden boat from Pakistan has revealed that 90 per cent of the drugs are being moved through the seas. 

After the land border security was stepped up, drug smugglers operating in the Karachi market decided to use the sea route to move the contraband. 

In the instant case it was found that the deal was being struck directly between the drug smugglers in Karachi and Thailand. 

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Pak boat intercept: “Drop arms, stay still”


 “Drop the arms into the water. Stay still.” This was the message that the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) picked up while tracking the boat from Pakistan which was intercepted at sea earlier this week. 

There were eight persons on this heroin laden boat who being handled by a set of men based out of Karachi and Thailand. 

It is an indicator that the contraband was headed into the Indian waters from where it would be smuggled into Thailand and later into the European market. 

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Pak begins cover up as India finds ISI link

Even as India pieces together evidence relating to the Pakistan boat, Islamabad has already started the process to disprove the Indian agencies. In Pakistan the establishment is trying to pass it off as a boat smuggling drugs even as sources say that the entire operation was stage managed by the ISI and not the Pakistan navy.
Pakistan_fishing_boat_split_PTI_650As the intercepts and operational details are being analysed, evidence points towards this operation being undertaken by the ISI who had authorized a former naval officer to instruct the four persons on the boat as they made their advent into Indian waters. The intent was to blow themselves up at the Porbandar naval facility intelligence bureau officials say.

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Pak boat on suicide mission- Target Porbandar

On December 14th 2014 counter intelligence officials picked up information that Pakistan based operatives were planning a suicide mission on the Porbandar naval facility. A team of the counter intelligence officials who were working on this information since the past 15 days had coordinated with the Coast Guard and all the intercepts suggested that something big was being planned on the Porbandar naval facility.


Sources tell oneindia that the boat which had come into the Indian waters was laden with explosives. The chatter picked up by the National Technical Research Organisation and also the analysis of the incident prove that the boat was laden with explosives. It was a clear suicide mission and the the four men on the boat had planned on blowing themselves up at the Porbandar naval facility intelligence gathering and analysis has suggested.

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Pak boat was not on a fishing expedition

There is increasing evidence to show that the Pakistan boat which sailed into Indian waters was no ordinary fishing boat. The four members on the boat who blew themselves up on the boat were not fishermen and the manner in which they behaved was extremely suspicious, investigations have revealed.


The coast guard commander of the North West Region Kuldip Singh told the media that the four men did not look like fishermen. They were not smugglers either the commander confirmed. Singh also pointed out that the four men were wearing t-shirts and half pants.‎ Further Singh said that the probe is being handled by multiple agencies.


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Updates: Was Pakistan vessel on a suicide mission?

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/df0/17815303/files/2015/01/img_0074.jpgFour persons in a boat from Pakistan blew themselves just when they were about to be intercepted by the Coast Guards. The incident occurred in the wee hours of January 1. As per the statement from the Ministry of Defence the Indian Coast Guard intercepted a suspicious Pakistani fishing boat, laden with explosives, in the Arabian Sea in the early hours of January 1.

Although warning shots were fired by the coast guards the boat did not stop. Just when they were about to be intercepted the four persons on the boat blew themselves up.
Here are the latest and exclusive updates:
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Cyber spy agency, few months away


26/11 saw one of the biggest failures of cyber intelligence in our country. However this is expected to change and India appears to have learnt its lesson and will roll out the ambitious National Technical Research Organisation or the NTRO in another two months.

While this would without a doubt cost the privacy of the common man, the Intelligence Bureau and the Research and Analysis Wing believe that some sacrifices ought to be made in the name of national security.

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