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Chandrapur Villages in Maharashtra to be modelled after Anna Hazare’s Ralegan-Siddhi

Out of 15 blocks, 11 are backward in terms of HDI. We hope that public representatives and gram sevaks of Chandrapur will take motivation from Ahmednagar ideal villages

Paddy field in Chandrapur, Maharashtra. Wikimedia

October 16, 2016: At least 27 villages from eastern Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district will be developed as “ideal villages” modelled on the lines of Ralegan-Siddhi and Hiware Bazar in western Maharashtra, Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said here on Saturday.

He said 27 sarpanches, deputy sarpanches and gram sevaks from Chandrapur are being motivated by Anna Hazare’s Ralegan-Siddhi and Popatrao Pawar’s Hiware Bazar, which are 35 kms apart in Ahmednagar district.

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“We have taken up a mission to develop Vidarbha villages on the lines of these two villages through motivation. The fundamental principle of development ‘top to bottom’ will be employed here,” said Mungantiwar after a detailed study tour of Ralegan-Siddhi and Hiware Bazar.

He said preserving wildlife is the need of the hour and Chandrapur has a large forest cover, a high tribal population and immense scope for development in terms of Human Development Index.

“Out of 15 blocks, 11 are backward in terms of HDI. We hope that public representatives and gram sevaks of Chandrapur will take motivation from these (Ahmednagar) ideal villages,” Mungantiwar said.

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Accompanied by Hazare and Pawar, besides Water Conservation Minister Ram Shinde, Water Supply Minister Babanrao Lonikar and other top officials, Mungantiwar termed Ralegan-Siddhi and Hiware Bazar as “walking universities” which can motivate people in other parts of the state, including the 27 villages in Chandrapur.

He visited the temples, farm ponds, watershed projects, afforestation efforts and other projects which could be replicated by the Chandrapur villages.

Interacting with the local villages, Mungantiwar complimented both Hazare and Pawar for their efforts which have made their villages ideal even in terms of happiness.

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Both the Ahmednagar ideal villages, which have attained global fame, have implemented family planning, prohibition, restricted cattle grazing, imposed a ban on cutting trees and other revolutionary activities.

Among other things, the villages are leading in cleanliness, have sufficient sanitation facilities and are self-sufficient in water with different water conservation projects even though they are situated in a rain-shadow region. (IANS)


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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.

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