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Grand 3-Day Long Jagruti Yatra to Mark 350th Birth Anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh

The Jagruti Yatra started on October 13 from his birthplace, Sahib Sri Guru Gobind Singhji Sri Patna Sahib, Bihar

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Mumbai, November 5, 2016: A grand three-day long Jagruti Yatra to mark the 350th Prakash Purab, or birth anniversary celebrations of the 10th Sikh guru Guru Gobind Singh, will be held in Mumbai and other parts of the state from Sunday, a top official said here on Saturday.

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The Jagruti Yatra started on October 13 from his birthplace, Sahib Sri Guru Gobind Singhji Sri Patna Sahib, Bihar, to Sri Hazur Sahib in Nanded, Maharashtra, and after traversing through Aurangabad, Ahmednagar and Pune, arrived in Navi Mumbai on Saturday.

On Sunday morning, it will traverse through important Sikh community pockets and finally wend its way to Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha in Dadar, said Gurudwara Board Takhat Sachkhand Sri Hazur Abchalnagar Sahib, Nanded President Sardar Tara Singh.

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After prayers by devotees, it will leave on Monday morning from Gurudwara Sahib, Khar suburb and then to Gurudwara Dhan Pathohar Nagar and proceed to Gurudwara Sri Guru Nanak Darbar in Andheri and onto Gurudwara Sahib in Tagore Nagar.

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On November 8, Tuesday, it will proceed to Shahpur in Thane, completing its Mumbai leg, said Sardar Tara Singh, who is also Chairman of Maharashtra Minority Welfare Committee. (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