( November 12, 2014, New Delhi, Sri Lanka Guardian) The Modi government is likely to select new chiefs for the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) in the next few days. The move is to ensure smooth transition of the two high profile posts in accordance with the practice of appointing incoming chiefs as Officers on Special Duty. Both IB chief Asif Ibrahim and R&AW Secretary Alok Joshi are retiring on December 30. Two senior-most IB officers, Dineshwar Sharma and Ashok Prasad, are supposed to be the frontrunners for the post of Director IB. For the other post, the Prime Minister’s Office, which controls R&AW, is keen to post an officer of the Research and Analysis Service. For the past several years, R&AW has been headed by IPS officers.