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Lieutenant Shivangi: 1st woman pilot of Indian Navy to join Naval operations

Lieutenant Shivangi become first woman pilot of Indian Navy will join Naval operations. She will join after naval operations on completion of operational training at the Southern Naval Command in Kochi, Kerala on December 2, 2019 two days ahead of Navy Day (observed on December 4).

With this, she will graduate to become the first female Pilot of Indian Navy. On completion of training, she will get authorization to fly dornier aircrafts. Prior to this, Aviation branch of Indian Navy had women officers only operating as air traffic control (ATC) officers and as observers in the aircraft who are responsible for communication and weapons.

About Lieutenant Shivangi

She hails from Muzzafarpur, Bihar. She had completed her schooling from DAV Public school, Muzzafarpur. She was inducted into Indian Navy as Short Service Commission (SSC-Pilot) as part of 27 NOC course in Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala. She was formally commissioned by Vice Admiral AK Chawla in June 2019.

Sonu Nigam wins Award at 21st Century Icon Awards, UK

Popular Bollywood playback singer Sonu Nigam has been honoured with ‘Magnificent Performing Arts Award’ at the 21st Century Icon Awards in London, United Kingdom (UK).

Key Highlights

He was among a host of winners across a range of categories at a gala awards ceremony held in UK. The ceremony was devised as a celebration of dynamic entrepreneurs and successful individuals chosen from hundreds of nominations from all across the world.

The nominations for the annual award were from 22 different countries.

About 21st Century Icon Awards

These annual awards are the brainchild of UK-based Indian-origin entrepreneurs Preeti Rana and Tarun Ghulati, co-founders of Squared Watermelon Ltd.

The 2019 edition of awards attracted more than 700 nominations which were narrowed down to 44 finalists.

Judges panel included personalities from varied fields, such as-

  • Sandip Verma: British Indian peer Baroness
  • Ibukun Adebayo from London Stock Exchange’s International Markets Unit
  • Denise Lewis: former British Olympic champion

The judges met in August 2019 to decide on the final 18 winners.

Other winners at 21st Century Icon Awards Ceremony

Outstanding Media and Entertainment Award: Kalli Purie, Vice-Chairperson of India Today Group

Specialist Professional Award: Charlotte Crosswell, CEO of Innovate Finance UK

Inspirational Icon Award: Asha De Vos, Marine Biologist, Ocean Educator and Pioneer Blue Whale Research within Indian Ocean

Competitive Sports Award: Rachael Burford, Rugby Player and Founder of Burford Academy UK