Indo Tibetan Border Police Current Affairs - 2020

IPS officer V. K. Johri appointed as New BSF Director General

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 the 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)

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Aparna Kumar becomes 1st IPS Officer to complete 7 Summits Challenge

Indian Police Service (IPS) officer and DIG Frontier in Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Aparna Kumar recently scaled North America’s Highest Peak Denali (20,310 feet) in Alaska, USA. With this she became 1st civil servant to climb the rare mountain. She scaled this summit in her 3rd attempt.

Key Highlights

Mount Denali in Alaska was her seventh Summit in her mission ‘Seven Summits’ Challenge. By scaling Mt. Denali she completed her ‘Seven Summits’ Challenge.

She is the 1st civil servant and IPS officer to achieve this rare feat.

She also became 1st woman IPS DIG and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) officer to successfully complete South Pole expedition

Aparna Kumar– She is 2002 batch Uttar Pradesh (UP) Cadre IPS officer. She has been posted at Northern Frontier Headquarters of ITBP in Dehradun.

What is ‘Seven Summits’ Challenge?

It is the name given to challenge of climbing highest point in each of the 7 continents.

1st such challenge was completed in 1985 when Dick Bass, Texas oil tycoon reached summit of Mt Everest. Currently over 300 people have completed the ‘Seven Summits Challenge’.

The Seven Summit inlcudes

  1. Carstensz Pyramid– 4884m; Location: Oceania (Australia – New Guinea)
  2. Kilimanjaro– 5892m; Location: Africa
  3. Elbrus– Height: Location: Russia
  4. Aconcagua Height: 6962m; Location: South America
  5. Denali (or Mt McKinley)- Height: 6194m; Location: North America
  6. Vinson Massif– Height- 4892m; Location: Antarctica
  7. Mt. Everest– Height- 8848m; Location: Asia

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