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Abhilasha Kumari sworn in as first women Chief Justice of Manipur HC

Abhilasha Kumari was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Manipur High Court. She was administered oath of office by Governor Najma Heptulla at the Raj Bhavan. With this, she became first women and third full-time Chief Justice of Manipur High Court.

Abhilasha Kumari

She was earlier the Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court.  She is the daughter of the former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. She is alumnus of Delhi University and had obtained law degree from Himachal Pradesh University.

She had enrolled as an advocate in 1984 and practised in Himachal Pradesh High Court in cases concerning civil, criminal, consumer affairs, industrial insurance and company affairs. She was designated as additional advocate general for Himachal Pradesh before being elevated as Gujarat High Court judge in December 2005.

Manipur High Court

The seat of the Manipur High Court is at Imphal, the capital of Manipur. It was established in March 2013 after making suitable amendments in the Constitution of India and North-Eastern Areas (Re-organisation) Act, 1971.  The first Chief Justice is Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre. Prior to its establishment, a bench of Gauhati High Court had jurisdiction over the state of Manipur.

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Sudeep Lakhtakia took charge as new Director General of NSG

Senior IPS officer Sudeep Lakhtakia took charge as the new Director General of National Security Guard (NSG). He succeeds S P Singh who retired from the post and will hold post till July 2019.

Sudeep Lakhtakia is 1984-batch IPS officer of the Telangana cadre. Prior to this post, he was serving as a Special Director General in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) headquarters in New Delhi.

National Security Guard (NSG)

NSG is a Federal Contingency Deployment Force under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). It was raised in 1984, with a view to protect states against internal disturbances and terrorism. It is not categorised under uniform nomenclature of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF).

It has special forces mandate and its core operational capability is provided by Special Action Group (SAG) drawn from Indian Army. NSG personnel are often referred as Black Cats because of black dress and black cat insignia worn on their uniform.

The NSG is trained to conduct counter terrorist task to including counter hijacking tasks on land, sea, and air, Bomb disposal and Post Blast Investigation (PBI) and Hostage Rescue missions. It is intended for use only in exceptional situations and not meant to take over functions of State Police Forces or other Para Military Forces.

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