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HC allows permanent commission for women in Indian Navy

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Delhi High Court on Friday announced “sexist bias and service bias” would not be allowed to block progress of women,thereby allowing permanent commission for female naval officers.

While the Army and Air Force allow permanent commission for women, the Navy has limited women officers only to short service commission of 14 years.

The court, while granting their plea, said the “women are here to stay” and since they “work shoulder to shoulder” with their male counterparts, it would “frown upon any endeavor to restrain the progress of women”.

A bench of justices Kailash Gambhir and Najmi Waziri also allowed the women naval officers’ plea seeking retirement benefits like pension.

The order came on the request of several naval women officers, both retired and serving, from the logistics, education and air traffic control departments of the Navy. The women naval officers in their pleas in the high court had sought similar rights as their counterparts in the other two wings of the armed forces.

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Air Force’s Mystery Space Plane Back on Earth

The Air Force is mum about what the plane did in orbit after launching aboard a SpaceX rocket in 2017

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The Air Force’s X-37B successfully lands at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility on Merritt Island in Brevard County, Fla., following a record-breaking two-year mission, in this Oct. 27, 2019, photo released by the U.S. Air Force. VOA

The Air Force’s mystery space plane is back on Earth, following a record-breaking two-year mission.

The X-37B landed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida early Sunday. The Air Force is mum about what the plane did in orbit after launching aboard a SpaceX rocket in 2017. The 780-day mission sets a new endurance record for the reusable test vehicle.

It looks like a space shuttle but is one-fourth the size at 29 feet.

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The X-37B landed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida early Sunday. Pixabay

Officials say this latest mission successfully completed its objectives. Experiments from the Air Force Research Laboratory were aboard.

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This was the fifth spaceflight by a vehicle of this sort. No. 6 is planned next year with another launch from Cape Canaveral. According to Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett, “Each successive mission advances our nation’s space capabilities.” (VOA)

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