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हिंदी करंट अफेयर्स प्रश्नोत्तरी 2017 के लिए यहाँ क्लिक करें.

K Durga Prasad appointed as Special DG of CRPF

Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed K Durga Prasad as the special director general (DG) of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

He will be in office for next three years or till further orders, whichever is earlier.

K Durga Prasad

  • He is IPS officer of 1981 batch from Andhra Pradesh cadre.
  • Before this appointed, he was director of the Special Protection Group (SPG), but was removed from this post in November 2014.
  • It should be noted that SPG provides security to the prime minister, former prime ministers and their family members.

About Central Reserve Police Force (CRFP)

  • CRPF is the largest Central Armed Police Forces in India. It operates under the aegis of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
  • It was established in 1939, under Crown Representative’s Police but after independence it was made statutory Central Reserve Police Force after the enactment of the CRPF Act, 1949.
  • At present CRPF is the world’s largest paramilitary force with 228 battalions and over three lakh personnel.
  • Function: Its primary role is to assist States/Union Territories in police operations to maintain law and order and contain insurgency.

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Barack Obama becomes first US President to be Chief Guest at Republic-Day

US President Barack Obama has become the first American President to be Chief Guest on Republic Day celebrations.

He is also the first American President to visit India twice (earlier he had visited India in November 2010).

Key highlights of 66th Republic Day celebrations

  • In this Parade, US President witnessed India’s military might and cultural diversity. This year’s parade was more based on cultural diversity rather than showing on military might.
  • For the parade, Barack Obama arrived in his own vehicle named cadillac one (The Beast) and not with President Pranab Mukherjee. Thus, breaking the traditional practice, as the Chief Guest usually comes to the venue with the President, the Head of the State.
  • Several States displayed tableaux depicting their local flavor and traditions.
  • While, some Union government departments displayed tableaux related to government initiatives like Make in India and ‘save the girl child.
  • For first time in history, all women contingents of the three services Army, Navy and Air Force marched in the parade.
  • Some of India’s latest military arsenal was displayed in this year’s parade. However, Nuclear-capable Agni missiles- a highlight for the past several years was not displayed this year.

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