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June 26, 2019

Meet the new Heads of Intelligence Bureau & Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW)

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Prime minister Narendra Modi today cleared the appointments of the new Directors for Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) and Intelligence Bureau. Let's have a look at their names and important details.

Arvind Kumar - new Director of Intelligence Bureau (IB)

1984 batch IPS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre Arvind Kumar has been appointed as the new Director of Intelligence Bureau (IB)Kumar, first having served in IB since 1991, is considered an expert on Kashmir, with specialisation in counter-terrorism and is said have closely been involved in tackling Left-wing extremism at the IB. He also holds charge as the special director of Kashmir in the intelligence agency.

Samant Goel - new Director of  Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW)

Another  1984 batch IPS officer of Punjab cadre, Sumant Goel has been appointed as the new head of India's external spy agency, Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW). Goel is currently the second seniormost officer in R&AW. He was part of planning the Balakot air strikes. Goel, a Punjab cadre officer was earlier headed operations for the external intelligence agency, and also instrumental in the surgical strikes carried out in 2016. He played a key role in handling militancy in Punjab in 1990. He is also believed to be an expert on Pakistan.

Both Kumar and Goel will now have a fixed two-year term as IB and R&AW Chiefs respectively.

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