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13-year-old Aradhana dies after fasting for 68 days for a Jain Ritual in Hyderabad

Balala Hakkula Sangam alleged that the girl was forced to fast, resulting in her death

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Hyderabad, October 9, 2016: A 13-year-old girl of a Secunderabad family died after observing a fast for 68 days, prompting an NGO working for child rights to demand registration of a criminal case against those responsible for the unfortunate happening.

The death, which occurred four days ago, came into the public domain after the organisation, Balala Hakkula Sangam, complained to the police.

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Aradhana, a Class 8 student, took ill two days after completing her fast on October 2 and was admitted to a hospital where she died on October 4, family sources said.
The girl was on fast as per Jain rituals during the holy period of ‘Chaumasa’ in the belief that it will bring profits to her father’s jewellery business.

Hundreds of people reportedly attended the funeral of the girl and hailed her as ‘bal tapasvi’.

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Balala Hakkula Sangam alleged that the girl was forced to fast, resulting in her death.

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NGO President Achyut Rao wrote a letter to Police Commissioner M. Mahender Reddy, demanding that a case be registered against those responsible.

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The family claimed she had successfully completed a similar 41-day fast in the past.

Child rights activists are demanding action against a state minister and a Member of Parliament who attended an event to mark the completion of her fast on October 2. (IANS)

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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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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