IB and R&AW number twos to head intelligence agencies
The government elevated the deputies at the country’s top spy agencies — the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) — on Saturday. As the new IB chief, Jharkhandcadre IPS officer Rajiv Jain will sharpen focus on coordinating the government’s financial surveillance programme after the demonetisation move. He is now the senior-most special director at the domestic intelligence agency.
Anil Kumar Dhasmana, who joined the R&AW in 1993 from his parent cadre Madhya Pradesh, has worked extensively with the external intelligence agency’s Pakistan desk.
Jain and Dhasmana will have a fixed tenure of two years each.
Dhasmana, a 1981-batch IPS officer, was made the agency’s pointsman by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval for intra- committee meetings over the past several months. He is now deputy to Rajinder Khanna, the agency’s chief, who retires on January 1. Current IB chief Dineshwar Sharma too retires the same day.
Jain, a 1980-batch officer, joined the IB in 1989 as assistant director and later became a “hardcore”, a moniker used for officers permanently drafted into the agency.
Jain has handled assignments as chief of Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau (SIB) — the name given to units in state capitals.
Bollywood actor Salman Khan was on Saturday appointed as a brand ambassador for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) campaign against open defecation in Mumbai.
Khan met civic chief Ajoy Mehta and Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray, and donated five mobile toilets, each with six seats, to the BMC. Mehta and Khan urged citizens to participate in the campaign and use toilets instead of defecating in the open.
Khan said, “It [open defection] is not at all cool.”