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Senior IPS officer Rajni Kant Misra appointed Director General of BSF

Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed senior IPS officer Rajni Kant Misra as Director General of Border Security Force (BSF). He has been tasked to head BSF for period up to his superannuation on August 31, 2019. He succeeds K K Sharma, who will retire at the end of this month. Misra is 1984-batch IPS officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre. Currently he is serving as DG of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

Border Security Force (BSF)

BSF is primary border guarding organisation of India and termed as First Line of Defence of Indian Territories. It is the sentinels of Indian borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh. It came into existence on 1st December, 1965 in the wake of 1965 Indo-Pak War or ensuring security of borders of India and for matters connected there with.

It was created by merging various State Armed Police Battalions for achieving better coordinated synergy between border guarding functions in peace time and fighting war during eventuality on both Western and Eastern fronts.

BSF is one of the five Central Armed Police Forces of Union of India under the administrative control of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). It is mandated with guarding India’s land border during peacetime and preventing transnational crime.

BSF currently stands as the world’s largest border guarding force. It has total 186 battalions with sanctioned strength of 257,363 personnel including expanding air wing, marine wing, artillery regiments, and commando units. It is deployed on Indo-Pakistan International Border, Indo-Bangladesh International Border, Line of Control (LoC) along with Indian Army and also in Anti-Naxal Operations.

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Anil Kumar Chaudhary appointed as new Chairman of Steel Authority of India Ltd

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appointed Anil Kumar Chaudhary as new Chairman of Steel Authority of India Ltd. He will in office till his superannuation in December, 2020. He will succeed P K Singh, who had retired from the post in June 2018. Prior to this appointment, he was serving as Director (Finance) at SAIL.

Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL)

SAIL is one of the largest state-owned steel in India and one of the top steel makers in world. It is India’s largest steel making company (annual production capacity of 14.38 million metric tons) and 24th largest steel producer in the world. It was founded in 1954 and incorporated in 1973. Its headquarters are in New Delhi. It operates and owns five integrated steel plants at Bhilai, Durgapur, Rourkela, Bokaro and Burnpur and 3 special steel plants at Salem, Durgapur and Bhadravathi.

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