NIA to host counter-terrorism exercise for Quad countries

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News:The National Investigation Agency is hosting the first counter-terrorism exercise for the Quad countries named ‘CT-TTX’(counter-terrorism table-top exercise) in New Delhi.

Facts:

About the exercise:

  • The exercise is aimed at enabling the Quad countries to understand much better the response systems to terror incidents that exist in other member countries. 
  • The exercise is also aimed to improve the inter-agency cooperation between different counter-terrorism mechanisms and other agencies of Quad countries.

Additional information:

About the Quad group:

  • Quadrilateral Security Dialogue(QSD) is the strategic dialogue between four countries viz. India, United States, Japan and Australia.
  • It was originally initiated in 2007 but later disbanded with withdrawal of Australia.It has later revived in 2017.
  • The Quad is viewed as a group of four democracies with a shared objective to ensure and support a free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.
  • The foundation of Quad is also based on collective effort and shared commitment on counter-terrorism, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, maritime security cooperation, development finance and cybersecurity.

About NIA:

  • National Investigation Agency(NIA) is a statutory body under the National Investigation Agency(NIA) Act, 2008. It came into existence with the enactment of the Act after the Mumbai terror attacks.
  • National Investigation Agency(NIA) is a central agency established by the Indian Government to combat terror in India.It acts as the Central Counter Terrorism Law Enforcement Agency.
  • The agency is empowered to deal with terror related crimes across states without special permission from the states.