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CIA believed as far back as 1948 that Bose was dead

NEW DELHI, Jan. 23 -- For decades, Indians have grappled with the question of whether Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose died in an airplane crash at Taipei in August 1945, but the CIA believed as far back as 1948 that the iconic Indian leader was no longer alive. A brief report on the Forward Bloc, dated September 10, 1948, made it clear that the CIA thought Bose had perished in the crash of Japanese military aircraft. "The Forward Bloc, which first eme... Read More


1975: Caught unawares by Indira's Emergency

NEW DELHI, Jan. 23 -- In the days leading up to the 1975 Emergency, the US Intelligence had little or no information of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's intention to rule by decree, according to the CIA's declassified documents. Early intelligence bulletins on South Asia were mostly regurgitated news reports offering very little new insight. Though India's nuclear programme was closely monitored, day-to-day briefings were mundane and didn't cover a... Read More


What CIA knew, and didn't, on 1971 war

NEW DELHI, Jan. 23 -- At 9.29 am on November 24, 1971, Henry Kissinger, the US National Security Advisor, convened a tense and confidential meeting of the Washington Special Action Group in the White House Situation Room. The WSAG, consisting of the US top brass, had come together to discuss the escalating conflict in the Indian subcontinent after India crossed into the erstwhile East Pakistan to join the New Delhi-backed Mukti Bahini rebel group... Read More


From Bose to Sai Baba, how CIA tracked India

NEW DELHI, Jan. 23 -- A trove of 930,000 declassified documents, running into more than 12 million pages, recently posted online by the Central Intelligence Agency provides fascinating insights into the way the US spy service covered India at key points in its history. The documents, declassified since the 2000s, were made available after journalist Michael Best started a campaign to print the database and put them online. Hindustan Times did a d... Read More


White House confirms relocation of US Israel embassy to Jerusalem

Washington D.C., Jan. 23 -- In a highly controversial move, President of the United States Donald Trump will on Monday announce to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The White House has confirmed that Donald Trump's team is in the "beginning stages" of a plan to relocate US Israeli embassy to Jerusalem.

An Israeli news outlet earlier reported an anonymous source as saying the announcement on America's embassy moving from ... Read More


Gov't Objects to Libya vs Liberia Friendly in Tripoli on Jan. 24

Monrovia, Jan. 23 -- The government has mandated the Liberia Football Association (LFA) to cancel a planned international friendly with Libya in Tripoli on January 24.

Report by Danesius Marteh, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

According to Deputy Sports Minister Henry B. Yonton, Sports Minister Saah Charles N'Tow wrote LFA President Musa Bility on January 19 to register government's o... Read More


Liberian Election 2017: Preliminary Observations and Advice

Liberia, Jan. 23 -- Often when I listen to Liberian radios or when I read in the papers on this year's Liberian Presidential election, I observe that some supporters of candidates focus on discussing negatively the opposing candidate or candidates and not talking about their supporting candidates.

A Liberian talk show host, for instance, consistently criticizes a particular candidate but gives no platform information of his own candidate. By onl... Read More


'I'm not as nasty as you'

Dhaka, Jan. 23 -- In a stunning show of protest, about one million peaceful protesters took part in the historic Women's March on Washington on Saturday, on the first-day of the newly-elected U.S. President Donald Trump administration.

In fact, the march was widespread but the message was focused. Showing their anger, the celebrity performers, singers, activists and actors who attended the march have openly expressed distrust on Trump along with... Read More


Sushant Singh Rajput is going to NASA!

Dhaka, Jan. 23 -- When it comes to method acting, Sushant Singh Rajput is inarguably among those Bollywood actors who like to get under the skin of their characters. While preparing for Dibakar Banerjee's Detective Byomkesh Bakshy (2015), the actor didn't speak to his family for over three months. Similarly, to play a ticket collector in the MS Dhoni biopic, Sushant often hung out at Kharagpur railway station to learn the right body language and ... Read More


NIA likely to probe Pak hand in tragedy

New Delhi, Jan. 23 -- With Railways suspecting sabotage in derailment of Hirakhand Express in Andhra Pradesh, the Home Ministry is likely to ask the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to include the incident in its ongoing probe into possible role of Pakistan spy agency ISI in Indore-Patna Express mishap last year.

"The Home Ministry may ask the NIA to see if the derailment in Andhra Pradesh was a subversive act. The NIA can expand the scope of... Read More