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Italian Police recovers 2 Stolen Van Gogh paintings from Amsterdam museum in 2002

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Rome, September 30, 2016: Italian police have recovered two famous Vincent Van Gogh paintings stolen from an Amsterdam museum in 2002, officials said on Friday.

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The Van Gogh museum in the city said the works were recovered during a “massive, continuing investigation” by Italian prosecutors and organised crime officials, the BBC reported.

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The paintings were taken when thieves used a ladder to break into the museum. Italian police said the works were recovered from the Naples mafia.

Van Gogh Museum. Wikimedia
Van Gogh Museum. Wikimedia
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They were among assets worth millions of euros seized from the Camorra group, reports said.

The museum said it was so far unclear when the works would be returned to Amsterdam but in a statement it said the pieces appeared to be in “relatively good condition”. (IANS)
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  • Antara

    Restoration and preservation of Van Gogh originals is an amazing initiative!

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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