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Free Cancer screening Camp for Kerala Police Officers and Families likely to benefit over 1.5 lakh People

The novel initiative coordinated by Swasthi Foundation, a city based non-profitable organisation

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Thiruvananthapuram, October 29, 2016: Various social and medical professionals will join hands to conduct a free cancer screening camp for Kerala police officials and their families and it is expected to benefit over 1.5 lakh people.

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The Kerala police force consists of 54,000 officials.

The novel initiative coordinated by Swasthi Foundation, a city based non-profitable organisation, is expected to complete the entire screening in six months time.

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“The state level inauguration of this would be held here on Kerala Formation Day – November 1 and participating are about 200 cancer specialists and 500 paramedical professionals. This would be held across the 19 police districts in the state,” said Abey George, Secretary of the Foundation, on Saturday.

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Various medical colleges, both public and private sector, and social organisations are taking part in the initiative. (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