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Top 5 Current Affairs: 24 November 2017

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.

Nov 24, 2017 17:11 IST
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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.

She will now head to INS Garuda in Kochi and then will undergo training at the Dundigal Air Force Academy in Hyderabad, which trains pilots of the Army, Navy and the Air Force.

Five Indian films nominated for ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal

The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has nominated nine movies for this year’s International Council for Film, Television and Audio-visual Communication (ICFT) UNESCO Gandhi Medal.

Among the total nine nominated films, five are from India.  The Indian films competing for the prestigious ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal include Kshitij - A Horizon, Manusangada, Poorna, Railway Children and Take-Off.

Government approves Rs 1 Lakh crore worth projects for Tamil Nadu

The Union Government has approved Highway and Shipping Projects worth more than Rs 1 lakh crore for the state of Tamil Nadu.

The projects will cover Highways, Shipping and Port. They are also aimed at finding a permanent solution to the irrigation and drinking water requirements of the state.The total expenditure of the projects is expected to be around Rs 40,000 crore.

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.

The commission suggested for speedy implementation of The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013. It also suggested for getting the survey of Manual Scavengers done through an independent third party having adequate representation of volunteers or activists from communities engaged in manual scavenging.

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. It aims to promote cultivation of bamboo in non-forest areas to achieve twin objectives of increasing the income of farmers and also increasing the green cover of the country.

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