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Renowned Former India Football Goalkeeper Prodyut Burman Dies owing to Parkinson’s Disease

There was a strong demand from among the players to name Burman in the playing XI for the final, but the management instead opted for Thangaraj

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Kolkata, October 29, 2016: Renowned former football goalkeeper Prodyut Burman, a member of the gold-winning Indian team in the 1962 Jakarta Asian Games, died at a state-run city hospital on Saturday following old age complications, family members said.

Burman, 81, left behind his wife, a son and a daughter.

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He was suffering from Parkinson’s disease for several years. He had been in and out of the hospital over the past few months.

Burman was the number two goalkeeper in the Indian team at the Jakarta Asiad, but put up sparkling performances when he was fielded in three matches during the tourney.

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There was a strong demand from among the players to name Burman in the playing XI for the final, but the management instead opted for Thangaraj.

Known for his acrobatic saves, Burman started his career with the Eastern Railway, and during his time the outfit claimed the Calcutta football league in 1958. He later switched over to Mohun Bagan. (IANS)

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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