PIB - 9 March 2017
Ornamental FisheriesGovernment has launched a pilot project for development of .
Main features of the Project are -
(i) Focuses mainly on creating and enabling environment for sustainable development of ornamental fisheries.
(ii) enhancing ornamental fisheries through cluster based farming and conservation of natural resources through habitat restoration.
(iii) Creating awareness amongst stakeholders.
INS TillanchangINS Tillanchang, a Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC) was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command.
INS Tillanchang is about 50 m long and powered by three waterjet propulsion system, which give it speeds of over 35 knots. The ship is armed with a 30 mm main gun and a number of light, medium and heavy machine guns to undertake operations at sea. It is manned by 50 personnel.
Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 passed in the ParliamentThe Lok Sabha has passed the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 today. The Bill had already been passed by the Rajya Sabha during the Winter Session. With this, the Bill stands passed in the Parliament.
The Bill seeks to amend the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 to provide for the following:-
(i) Maternity leave available to the working women to be increased from 12 weeks to 26 weeks for the first two children.
(ii) Maternity leave for children beyond the first two will continue to be 12 weeks.
(iii) Maternity leave of 12 weeks to be available to mothers adopting a child below the age of three months as well as to the “commissioning mothers”. The commissioning mother has been defined as biological mother who uses her egg to create an embryo planted in any other woman.
(iv) Every establishment with more than 50 employees to provide for crèche facilities for working mothers and such mothers will be permitted to make four visits during working hours to look after and feed the child in the crèche.
(v) The employer may permit a woman to work from home if it is possible to do so.
(vi) Every establishment will be required to make these benefits available to the women from the time of her appointment.
Schemes for Youth Affairs(i) Rashtriya Yuva Sashaktikaran Karyakram (RYSK).
(ii) National Service Scheme(NSS).
(iii) Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD).