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Wing commander Tarun Chaudhri became 1st pilot of Indian Armed Forces (IAF) to do a Wing Suit Skydive Jump. The jump was accomplished from an altitude of 8500 feet (2590.8 meters) from a Mi-17 helicopter. This is 1st IAF Wing Suit Skydive Jump by a pilot who has flown and captained same type of helicopter.
This is 1st flying wingsuit jump demonstration at an organised gathering. The feat was deepest imprint of ethos and professionalism of IAF.
Jump was undertaken during Kargil Diwas celebrations at Air Force Station Jodhpur, Rajasthan on 21-22 July 2019.
Since 1999, Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated every year on July 26 in India to mark success of Operation Vijay by Indian armed forces against Pakistani intruders in Kargil sector of Jammu and Kashmir in which Indian Air Force played a decisive role in changing the tide of the war in India’s favour.
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The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appointed IPS officer VK Johri as new Director General (DG) of, Border Security Force (BSF), country’s largest border guarding force.
About VK Johri
He is a 1984-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre.
Currently he is serving as Special Secretary in external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), under Cabinet Secretariat.
He will take over charge of BSF from incumbent Rajni Kanti Mishra, who retires on 31 August. However, as per the order issued by ACC he has been appointed as an Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in Union home ministry with immediate effect and will attain superannuation in September 2020.
About Border Security Force (BSF)
It is one of 7 Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) of India. It was raised in wake of 1965 War on 1 December 1965.
It is country’s largest border guarding force with a present strength of about 2.5 lakh personnel. Being a primary border defence organisation of India, it is tasked to secure two of India’s most important and sensitive fronts with Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Two other border guarding forces in country are-
Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) for China
Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) for Nepal and Bhutan)