ACC Current Affairs - 2019

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Samanat Goel appointed as RAW Chief

The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved appointment of senior IPS officer Samant Kumar Goel as Director of  Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), external intelligence of India. He has been appointed for a fixed tenure of two years. He will take charge from Anil K Dhasmana.

About Samant Kumar Goel

He is 1984 batch IPS officer of Punjab cadre. He is at present the Special Secretary in RAW.

He had joined the RAW in 2001 and possesses rich experience in intelligence and operations.

He is instrumental in planning Balakot air strike after Pulwama attack in Jammu and Kashmir and surgical strikes in Uri.

He is recipient of the Police Medals for Gallantry and Meritorious Service.

About RAW

He is the primary foreign intelligence agency of India. It was established in 1968 following the intelligence failures of India-China and India-Pakistan wars. It is headquartered in New Delhi.

It is under the direct command of Prime Minister and reports on administrative basis to the Cabinet Secretary of India, who in turn reports to the Prime Minister.

Function: To gather foreign intelligence, engage in counter-terrorism, promote counter-proliferation, advise Indian policymakers and advance foreign strategic interests of India.

Arvind Kumar appointed as Director of Intelligence Bureau

The Appointment Committee of Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved appointment of senior IPS officer Arvind Kumar as Director of Intelligence Bureau (IB) for a fixed tenure of two years. He will succeed Rajiv Jain whose tenure comes to an end on 29 June 2019.

About Arvind Kumar

He is 1984-batch IPS officer from Assam-Meghalaya cadre. He has been working with IB since August 1991 and has also served in Indian Embassy in Moscow, Russia.

Prior to this appointment, he served as Special Director in IB and his job involved supervising administrative and personnel desks.

He is considered to be an expert on Kashmir and Naxal issues. He is the second most senior officer in IB after Rajiv Jain.

He is a recipient of President Police Medal for Distinguished Service.

About Intelligence Bureau (IB)

It is India’s internal intelligence agency. It functions under the aegis of Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

It was established in 1887 by British India Government and later recasted as the Central Intelligence Bureau in 1947.

It is headquartered in New Delhi.