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Indian Women’s Kabaddi team bags Gold medal for the 5th time at Asian Beach Games

Indian women's kabaddi team bagged their first gold medal by defeating Thailand at 5th Asian Beach Games in a hard-fought summit clash at Bien Dong Park, Indian beat Thailand 41-31

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  • The Indian women’s kabaddi team had been winning gold since the inception of the biennial Games in 2008
  • So far, India has won six medals (1 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze) in the Games. At present, India is at 15th spot in the medal table headed by the hosts Vietnam (25 gold, 22 silver, 27 bronze)
  • The Indian men’s beach kabaddi team, however, lost to arch-rivals Pakistan 28-30 in a nerve-wrecking final to settle for a silver

September 29, 2016: Indian women’s kabaddi team bagged their first gold medal by defeating Thailand at 5th Asian Beach Games, 2016 in a hard-fought summit clash at Bien Dong Park, India beat Thailand 41-31. The Indian women’s kabaddi team had been winning gold since the inception of the biennial Games in 2008.

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According to PTI, “The Indian men’s beach kabaddi team, however, lost to arch-rivals Pakistan 28-30 in a nerve-wrecking final to settle for a silver. India had won gold in men’s beach kabaddi the 2008 and 2010 editions. Silver medallists in the event at each of the previous four Asian Beach Games, Pakistan finally made it to the top of the podium.”

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Amisha Tokas won a silver after losing to Nguyen Thi Lan of Vietnam in the final in the women’s 70Kg category kurash(a form of wrestling originated in Uzbekistan)
“In beach bodybuilding, Manoj Kumar Majumdar won a bronze in upto 158cm category.”

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So far, India has won six medals (1 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze) in the Games. At present, India is at 15th spot in the medal table headed by the hosts Vietnam (25 gold, 22 silver, 27 bronze).

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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

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  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

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.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

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