APPOINTMENTS - 2019 June

June 4

Mrutyunjay Mohapatra who is a renowned scientist is appointed as Director-General of the India Meteorological Department (IMD). He leads the Cyclone Warning Division (CWD) of the IMD and is well known as ‘Cyclone Man‘ for his cyclone forecasts. In past six years, CWD has given accurate forecasts on cyclones such as Phailin (2013), Hudhud (2014) and Titli (2018) which hit the eastern coast. His appointment order was issued by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions. 

June 3

Ajit Doval, a 1968-batch IPS officer & a former Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief, has been reappointed as the National Security Adviser (NSA) for a five year tenure. Doval has also been given a cabinet rank which is first of its kind that an NSA has been given a cabinet rank in recognition of his contribution in the national security domain. Doval is among the best operational brains within intelligence circles. He had played a key role during the Balakot- air strike after the Pulwama terror attack and the cross-border surgical strike. He also drew praise for his role during the 73-day stand-off between India and China at Doklam — situated at a tri-junction between India, China and Bhutan.

June 1

KS Dhatwalia Senior IIS Officer assumed the additional charge of the post of Director General of Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi. Dhatwalia is a 1984-batch officer of Indian Information Service is at present Principal Director General (Research and Training) in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.


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