ITBP Current Affairs - 2019
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The first vote for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections was cast in Arunachal Pradesh by service voters from a remote Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) unit located in the eastern tip of the state of Arunachal Pradesh.
Votes through postal ballots have been cast from Lohitpur for many constituencies in India and the ballot papers have been dispatched.
Who are Service Voters?
- Service voters are those who have service qualification and include members of Armed Forces of the Union of India, members of Armed Police forces of the States serving outside that state and persons employed under Government of India on posts outside India.
- They are provided with an option to cast the votes through postal ballots and send them to the returning officer of the constituency.
- A service voter can also cast his vote through a proxy. The proxy can cast the vote on behalf of the service personnel at the polling station.
- The proxy should be a registered voter of that constituency.
In cases of close contests, service voters play a crucial and decisive role.
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.
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 is an IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre and hails from Karnataka. The officer is serving ITBP on deputation as Deputy Inspector General (DIG).