The last line of defence for VVIPs
For a select few very important people of the country, these “handpicked” men are the last line of defence. They are the best at what they do and are so special that they are called the Special Protection Group (SPG), the agency that protects the President, our Prime Minister and a few others.On Republic Day their uniformed division surrounded the Prime Minister during the parade. Equipped to the teeth with the best weaponry and communication system that money can buy, these men are ready to tackle any sort of situation. "SPG men have to go through a rigorous screening process. We pick the best men from army, National Security Guard (NSG), police and paramilitary.
These men then undergo one of the toughest training processes in the world. Our men get to train with the Israeli Special Forces men, the Hostage Rescue Team of the US Federal Bureau Investigation among others,” said a SPG officer on the condition of anonymity.
From carrying the primitive Israeli make nine-millimetre Uzi, the SPG now have submachine guns like Fabrique Nationale d'Herstal FN-P90 in their arsenal.
The uniformed division of the unit wears black-shirts and light brown combat fatigues. The other division that provides ‘close proximity cover’ wears signature suits.
Heavy traffic was seen on Najafgarh Road, Zakhira flyover, Sarita Vihar underpass, Bawana industrial area, Civil Lines, Rohini, Deoli-Khanpur, and also at Rajgarh Colony in Shahdara area due to religious processions and waterlogging.
The arrival of monsoon was declared on Thursday, when it began raining early in the morning. From 8.30am on Thursday to 8.30am on Friday — the period between the two morning hours is how IMD classifies its 24-hour period — the city recorded 117.2mm. Normally, Delhi records 210.6mm of rain in July. Throughout Friday, there was significantly less rainfall, and the maximum temperature at the Safdarjung weather station (considered representative of Delhi’s) settled at 31.9°C, 2.5 degrees more than Thursday.
Fresh recruitment will be done via an open selection process for these newly converted posts. Those occupying the posts will not qualify to be permanent without participating in the open selections. Officials said that the LG has asked concerned officials to process the filling of vacancies and upgradation at the earliest, unduly pending for years.
The BA.5 is overtaking other Omicron lineage coronaviruses in several parts of the world, reinforcing early signs that it has a growth advantage after having triggered new waves in some regions. Dr Ekta Gupta, professor of clinical virology at Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), said, “At ILBS, we have reported seven-eight cases of BA.5 so far. This is out of the samples we received from across the city.”
The decisions were taken in the meeting of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) on Friday at the Delhi secretariat and a government official later said the move was in line with the Arvind Kejriwal government’s larger vision of cleaning the Yamuna.