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Actress Roopa Ganguly of ‘Draupadi’ Fame gets nominated to Rajya Sabha

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October 4, 2016: Roopa Ganguly, the actress-turned-politician and a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party has been nominated to the Rajya Sabha.

The actress who is well known for playing the role of Draupadi in 1988 epic TV series, ‘Mahabharat’ contested in the recently concluded assembly elections in West Bengal but lost to cricketer-turned-politician Laxmi Ratan Shukla.

The BJP’s women’s wing is headed by Ganguly in West Bengal. She had joined the party in January 2015.

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Apart from ‘Mahabharat’, the actress is well-known for many other television serials due to her roles in serials like ‘Karam Apnaa Apnaa’ and ‘Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo’.

Roopa Ganguly. Twitter.
Roopa Ganguly. Twitter.

She has acted in Hindi as well as Bengali films like Goutam Ghosh’s ‘Padma Nadir Majhi’, Aparna Sen’s ‘Yugant’ and Rituparno Ghosh’s ‘Antarmahal’.
She bagged the National Film Award in the best playback singer category for the Bengali film ‘Abosheshey’ (At the End of It All).

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Ganguly is nominated for the seat vacated by the cricketer turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, who have recently resigned it.

The government had nominated Subramanian Swamy, Narendra Jadhav, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Suresh Gopi, Swapan Dasgupta and Mary Kom as new Rajya Sabha members, in April.

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In May, Pranav Pandya was also nominated, head of All World Gayatri Pariwar, as Rajya Sabha member but he declined it. Government nominated Sambhaji Raje, a descendant of Shivaji was nominated to the Rajya Sabha, in his place.

– by Pinaz Kazi of NewsGram. Twitter: @PinazKazi

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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

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