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An Indian Army camp in Jammu and Kashmirs Baramulla district came under attack by fidayeen militants on Sunday night and heavy firing was witnessed

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October 3, 2016: An Indian Army camp in Jammu and Kashmirs Baramulla district came under attack by fidayeen militants on Sunday night and heavy firing was witnessed. One BSF trooper was killed while another was injured in the gunfight.

The situation at the Rashtriya Rifles camp was later contained, the Northern Command of Indian Army said.

“Baramulla Incident situation contained and under control,” the Northern Command said in a tweet from its official twitter handle.

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The camp is located in Jabanzpora in Baramulla, around 60 km from Srinagar.

The attack comes two weeks after the terror attack on an army camp in Uri, which is also in Baramulla district. The September 18 attack on Uri left 17 soldiers dead, while two soldiers died later.

“Militants fired at the RR camp in Janbazpora area of Baramulla town late tonight.. at the outpost of the camp that is manned by the BSF (Border Security Force) troopers. A gunfight started after the militants’ firing was retaliated.” a senior police officer told IANS on phone from Baramulla town.

Two BSF troopers were injured in the gunfight, one of who died later.

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Personnel of the border guarding force BSF, which is under the operational command of the Army in this area, stay in the camp along with soldiers.

According to officials, the attack started around 10.30 p.m. when the fidayeen tried to enter the camp. Camp security was however not been breached, said informed sources.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah meanwhile tweeted: “Colleagues in Baramulla town are phoning with reports of massive gunfire in their vicinity. Prayers for all in the area.”

Meanwhile, Heavy cross-border firing was underway late on Sunday night in Jammu and Kashmir’s Jammu district as Pakistan Rangers opened indiscriminate fire on Indian positions in the Akhnoor sector and the Indian side retaliated, police said.

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Cross border firing is often used to give cover to militants for infiltrating on the Indian side.

This comes within days of India carrying out a surgical attack on terror camps across border. (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