Shubhangi Swaroop becomes first woman to be inducted as Pilot in Indian Navy
In a first, Indian Navy inducted Shubhangi Swaroop as its first woman pilot on 23 November 2017. Shubhangi Swaroop, a native of Uttar Pradesh, will soon be flying Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft.
Shubhangi was among four women officers who had passed out of the Ezhimala Naval Academy in Kerala. The other three women cadets will soon become a part of the Naval Armament Inspectorate (NAI), where no female officer has ever worked.
The NAI branch looks after the inspection and assessment of the arms and weapons of the country’s naval force.
NCSK suggests NITI Aayog to bring some welfare schemes for Safai Karamcharis under its purview
The National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK) on 23 November 2017 suggested NITI Aayog to bring some welfare schemes for Safai Karamcharis and Manual Scavengers under its purview.
Manhar Valji Bhai Zala, Chairman of National Commission for Safai Karamcharis, along with the members Manju Diler, Dilip K Hathibed and Swami Sadanand Maharaj shared their views and concerns on various issues of Safai Karamcharis and Manual Scavengers.
The commission raised the issue of empowering the Commission by making it a statutory or constitutional body and confer it with the powers of a civil court so that it can discharge its mandate effectively.
Union Government promulgates Indian Forest (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017
In a landmark initiative, the Union Government on 23 November 2017 promulgated the Indian Forest (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 to encourage bamboo cultivation in non-forest areas.
The ordinance calls to exempt bamboo grown in non-forest areas from definition of tree, thereby making its economic use easier.
Before this Act, the felling and transit of bamboo grown on forest as well non-forest land attracted the provisions of the Indian Forest Act, 1927 (IFA, 1927). This was a major obstacle for bamboo cultivation by farmers on non-forest land.
Earlier, the Union Cabinet approved the promulgation of the Ordinance on amendment of Section 2 (7) of the Indian Forest Act, 1927 in this regard.
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