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Rajiv Jain appointed as new chief of Intelligence Bureau

The Union government has appointed senior IPS officer Rajiv Jain as the new chief of Intelligence Bureau (IB).  He succeeds Dineshwar Sharma and shall have two years term.

He is IPS officer of the 1980-batch of Jharkhand-cadre. He had joined the IB in 1989 as assistant director. Since then he has worked in different capacities including the sensitive Kashmir desk. He had handled various assignments as chief of Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau (SIB), name given to IB units in state capitals.

He had headed the Ahmedabad SIB (from 2005 to 2008) and later in Delhi SIB (from 2008 to 2012) which is considered politically sensitive. He was advisor to previous NDA government’s interlocutor on Kashmir K C Pant when talks were held with separatist leaders. He is recipient of President’s Police Medal.

About Intelligence Bureau (IB)

  • IB is India’s internal intelligence agency.
  • It was recasted as the Central Intelligence Bureau in 1947 under the Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • Established: 1887 by British India Government.
  • Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Motto: जागृतं अहर्निशं (English : Always Alert).

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Union Government suspends Greenpeace India’s registration for 6 months

Union government has suspended the registration of Greenpeace India, a non-profit environmental organization for six months with immediate effect.

Decision in this regard was taken by Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) after Greenpeace India had prejudicially acted against the public interests and economic interests of the country.

As per MHA, Greenpeace India has used its funds received from foreign sources for unauthorised purposes and has violated the rules mentioned Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA), 2010.

If Greenpeace India fails to make a satisfactory presentation to the Union government in this regard, its licence may be cancelled permanently.

Background

  • Government’s action against the Greenpeace came in the wake of the Intelligence Bureau’s (IB’s) report on foreign funding of NGOs.
  • In the IB report, it had charged the Greenpeace and other lobby groups for preventing economic growth of country by campaigning against mining, power projects and genetically modified food.
  • Security agencies also have alleged that nearly 200 foreign donors were indulged in money laundering under the garb of donating money to some of these organisations.

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