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Delhi to Host ‘Green’ Photography Festival titled “Habitat Photosphere”, will focus on Pollution and Environmental Degradation

The exhibition would be held at the India Habitat Centre and at Jor Bagh and Mandi House metro stations for a month

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New Delhi, November 28, 2016: At a time when the debate around pollution and environmental degradation is at its peak, an upcoming photo exhibition titled “Habitat Photosphere” will take a look at the issue through the aesthetic prism.

The exhibition would be held at the India Habitat Centre and at Jor Bagh and Mandi House metro stations for a month, starting December 1.

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The photography festival that aims to bring into focus sustainable development and environmental awareness was curated and conceptualised by renowned art connoisseur Alka Pande.

The exhibition will feature Pande’s animation work on River Ganga, artist Ashim Ghosh’s light-based installation titled “Illume on view”, while Swiss artist Ursula Biemann would be showcasing a video work called “Deep Weather”.

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In addition, at the Jor Bagh Metro station, authors Kavita Singh Kale and Santosh Kale would be showing images from their graphic novel project called “17 Seen Unseen” that was published for young adults commissioned by Unesco’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

“Photosphere is a concept and an umbrella which addresses the seminal concern of sustainable development in the world using democratic and immediate medium of visual culture, namely photography.

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“We are a festival with a green conscience evoking the bhaav (emotion) of sustainable developments across all genres of photography.

“The exhibition will act as a sign-post for the nation, urging them to ruminate on environmental issues — a matter of critical importance, through the lens of photography,” said Photosphere’s Artistic Director Pande. (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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  • 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