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India says its Officials ‘falsely implicated’ by Pakistan regarding “anti-Pakistan activities”

India expelled only one person for anti-India activities. After that Pakistan decided to withdraw on its own six of their staffers

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New Delhi, November 3, 2016: India on Thursday criticised Pakistan’s “tit for tat” move to name eight Indian officials posted at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad for “anti-Pakistan activities”, and said the officials have been “falsely implicated”.

“We regard this as an unfortunate incident. Pakistan is resorting to tit for tat without any real case against these officials, and we hope that such incidents do not recur in the future,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

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The spokesperson said the allegations were “false” and had the potential to affect the activities of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.

“We expelled only one person from India for anti-India activities. After that Pakistan decided to withdraw on its own six of their staffers. And then they decided to put in the public domain details of eight of our diplomats and officials whose safety and security has been completely compromised,” he said.

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Asked if the eight officials will be brought back, Swarup said the Indian government will take a decision soon “keeping their safety in mind”.

“A decision will be taken by government keeping their safety in mind. It is a procedural issue, and a decision will be taken soon,” he said.

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The spokesperson added that the officials there were working on promoting peace between India and Pakistan.

“We expect the Pakistan government to take all steps to ensure the safety of these officials,” Swarup said.

Pakistan on Thursday named eight officials of the Indian High Commission who it alleged were involved in “subversive activities”, a day after six Pakistani officials of the high commission in New Delhi were called back. (IANS)

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June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

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The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393