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Chennai’s White Tiger Finds Home in Udaipur, but Understands only Tamil

In Udaipur’s Sajjangarh Zoological Park a male white tiger called Rama was brought from the Chennai zoo in an exchange program who only responds to the commands in Tamil

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Udaipur, 22 October, 2016: In Udaipur’s Sajjangarh Zoological Park a male white tiger called Rama was brought from the Chennai zoo in an exchange program.In return for a pair of wolves, Rajasthan got Rama.

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Caretakers were worried as to how Rama would settle in an unfamiliar territory as he has been brought up in Chennai and only responds to the commands in Tamil.

According to NDTV, “Rama was born to a pair of white tigers in the Delhi Zoo, he was moved to Chennai when only a cub. As a result, he understood only Tamil.”

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A senior forest officer, T. Mohan said, “It is the first time in Udaipur that we have a white tiger. We made a special request to the director Chennai Zoo to send his animal keeper here. He also taught a few words in Tamil that are being used to command the animal by the keepers here.”

Rama’s keeper K Chellaiah who came along from Chennai, said that he had brought up Rama since he was just a cub. It is natural that Rama is used to only him and his language.

“But I will help him settle and will only leave after that. I will teach his new caretaker how to look after him,” he said.

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Ram Singh, Rama’s new keeper said that despite his north Indian accent, the tiger was responded to his instructions in Tamil.

“I say ‘po’ which means go out and ‘wa’ which means come in,” he said. He now hopes to teach Rama some Hindi as well.

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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.

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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