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    • The medal is the third highest peacetime gallantry medal awarded by the government. The awardees, as per officials, include Sub Inspector Mahaveer Prasad Godara, Head Constable Eranna Nayaka and Constables Mahendra Kumar Paswan and Satish Prasad Kushwaha.

      The two-page guidelines are being issued in view of the "threat posed" by these online platforms to "national security and general discipline of the force", the order issued by the CISF headquarters here said.

      The guidelines were issued, a senior official said, to ensure that the social media is used by the troops with "responsibility and accountability" and these were approved after clearance from CISF Director General (DG) Rajesh Ranjan.

      Surat is the biggest diamond cutting and polishing hub of the country and as per officials the airport handles over 1.25 lakh passengers per month. "We have received the sanction. The work for deployment is in progress," CISF Special Director General and chief of airport security wing, M A Ganapathy, told .

      The combined number of accident-related deaths in the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), the Assam Rifles and the National Security Guard (NSG) stood at 113 in 2017, 260 in 2016 and 193 in 2015. However, the NCRB data did not give a force-wise break up of the "accidental death" cases in the CAPF, the AR and the NSG.

      The deceased, head constable Chaudhari Narsingh Bhai, 55, was posted in the 1st reserve battalion of the force based in Madhya Pradeshs' Barwaha town of Khargone district, a senior official said.

      According to official data, the force reported 20 fresh cases since Monday, with 18 from its unit that guards the Indira Gandhi International Airport, while one case each was detected from its NTPC Koldam unit in Himachal Pradesh and from the Punjab and Haryana secretariat in Chandigarh.

      Armed with their weapons, batons and shields, the CISF personnel conducted a flag march in Bhendi Bazaar area on Wednesday night. More than 700 Mumbai Police personnel have so far contracted the coronavirus infection. Of them, 10 have died of the disease till now. With the deployment of central forces, the Mumbai Police personnel will get some relief in lockdown duties, the official said.

      This is the fourth death from coronavirus in the about 1.62 lakh personnel strong force and the second from this unit, a defence PSU located in Kolkata.

      The force has procured about 500 pieces and is in the process of obtaining more. "All our security personnel who frisk passengers at airports will wear PPE suits. We have about 500 pieces of them at present and more will be procured," CISF Special Director General (SDG) and head of airports security M A Ganapathy told .

      The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), in an order accessed by PTI, said every airport operator will have to ensure that there are enough CCTV cameras at an appropriate height in the PESC area to record the identity of a passenger and his or her boarding pass. More than 13 CISF men, posted at airports in Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad, have been tested positive for COVID-19 till date.

      The GRSEL is a strategically important warship building facility on the banks of the Hooghly river that caters to the combat requirements of the Navy and the Coast Guard.

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