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Union Government to form new reserve battalion named after Maharana Pratap

Union Home Ministry has decided to form new reserve battalion will be raised and it will be named after Maharana Pratap. It will be called Maharana India Reserve Battalion.

It was announced by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the occasion of 475th birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap in Gogunda in Udaipur district. He also unveiled statue of Maharana Pratap in the ceremony.

About Maharana Pratap

  • He was born in 1540 at Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajasthan. He was the eldest son of Maharani Jaiwanta Bai and Udai Singh II, founder of Udaipur.
  • He belonged to the Sisodia clan of Rajputs. His reign spanned for 24 years from March 1572 to January 1597.
  • He was known as a brave warrior, successful organizer and ingenious strategist.
  • He had fearlessly fought the Mughals and protected his people until his death for the honour of their motherland.
  • He died of injuries sustained in a hunting accident at Chavand, which served as his capital, on 29 January 1597, aged fifty-seven.

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Alok Kumar Verma takes charge as Delhi Police Commissioner

Senior IPS Officer Alok Kumar Verma has taken charge of new Police Commissioner of Delhi on February 29, 2016. He has replaced B. S. Bassi. His appointment was cleared by Union Home Ministry on February 17 and was sent to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung for issuing the appointment order.

About Alok Kumar Verma
  • Verma, 58, is a senior IPS officer from 1979-batch Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre.
  • Before taking charge as Delhi Police Commissioner, he was serving as Director General (Prisons). He has been on crucial posts such as DCP (south and north east Delhi), Joint Commissioner of New Delhi Range, Crime Branch as Joint CP, DG Mizoram etc.
Facts about Delhi Police

Constitution of India has special provisions regarding the administration of Union territory of Delhi under article 239AA as inserted by Constitution 69th Amendment Act 1991. As per this article, legislative assembly of Delhi can make laws for whole or part of the NCT of Delhi on all subjects in the State List or Concurrent List except Public Order, Police and Land. Due to this, Delhi Police comes under Union Home Ministry while Delhi Development Authority comes under Union Urban Development Ministry. The police commissioner of Delhi reports to the lieutenant governor in Delhi.

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