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हिंदी करंट अफेयर्स प्रश्नोत्तरी 2017 के लिए यहाँ क्लिक करें.

Indian Coast Guard commissions 2 high-speed interceptor boats

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) commissioned two high-speed interceptor boats C-433 and C-434 boats at the Dighi Port in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

The commissioning of boats will strengthen the security umbrella over720-km-long Maharashtra coastline. It will also help in patrolling and prevent illicit activities such as smuggling, infiltration and illegal fishing.

Key Facts

The C-433 and C-434 boats were built by Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Shipbuilding in Chennai. They are 27.42 metres long and have displacement of 136 tons each. They are water jet propelled vessels with endurance of 500 nautical miles at 20 knots. They are capable of doing speeds up to 45 knots.

The vessels are fitted with latest state of art navigational and communication equipment with 12.7 mm machine gun. They are designed for high-speed interception, low intensity maritime operations, close coast patrol, search and rescue and maritime surveillance, it added.

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Cabinet approves Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2017

The Union Cabinet has approved introduction of Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in Parliament subject to modifications of drafting as may be considered necessary by Legislative Department. The Bill seeks to amend the Dentists Act, 1948 to include certain modifications in order to reduce the redundancy.

The amendment in Act include modifications in provisions of

  • Membership of Dental Council of India under clause (f) of section 3 of parent Act
  • Membership of State and Joint State Dental Councils under clause (b) of section 21 and clause (b) of section 23 of parent Act

Background

According to provision in Dentists Act, 1948, it was mandatory to have representation of dentists registered in Part B as Central Government nominees in Dental Council of India. Moreover, it also required election of four to two members from Part B to State/Joint State Dental Councils. However, in recent time this provision has lost its relevance. In order to reduce redundancy of provisions of their representation, Central Government has decided to delete these provisions so that their representation does not remain mandatory any more.

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