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IPS officer Aparna Kumar completes South Pole expedition

Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Aparna Kumar who is on deputation to Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) become the first woman Indian Police Service (IPS) and ITBP officer to successfully conquer the South Pole.

South Pole

The South Pole is the southernmost point on the surface of the Earth and is at the centre of the Southern Hemisphere. It is situated on the continent of Antarctica.

The South Pole is the coldest and driest place on Earth. The temperature there ranges from minus 37 degrees to minus 48 degrees. As a result of this harsh climate, there are no native resident plants or animals at the South Pole.  South polar skuas and snow petrels are occasionally seen there.

About the Expedition

The expedition began from Chile. IPS officer Aparna Kumar began her journey with a team of seven members and two guides. The team walked for 111 miles.

Aparna Kumar

Aparna Kumar is an IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre and hails from Karnataka. The officer is serving ITBP on deputation as Deputy Inspector General (DIG).

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SS Deswal appointed Director General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed senior IPS officer S S Deswal as Director General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). He will succeed R K Pachnanda, who superannuated from office and shall be in office for period up to his superannuation on August 31, 2021. Deswal is 1984 batch IPS officer of Haryana cadre. Prior to this appointment, he was Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)

ITBP (भारत-तिब्बत सीमा पुलिस बल) is one of five Central Armed Police Forces of India. It was raised on 24 October 1962, under CRPF Act, in wake of 1962 Sino-Indian War. It was provided full autonomy after Parliament enacted Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force Act, 1992. It works under command of Union Home Ministry. It is headquartered in New Delhi.

Its motto is Shaurya – Dridhata – Karm Nishtha (English: Valour – Steadfastness and Commitment). At present, ITBP is strong Central Armed Police Force of 90000 personnel. It primarily guards the 3,488 km long Indo-China border along Tibet Autonomous Region from Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh.

It is specialized mountain force and mans border outposts on altitudes ranging from 9000’ to 18700’ in Western, Middle and Eastern sectors of Indo-China Border. It is also engaged in variety of internal security tasks including anti-naxal operations, disaster management, civil Medical Camp, nuclear, biological and chemical disasters and UN peacekeeping missions around the world.

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