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PM Narendra Modi expresses Grief over Varanasi Stampede Deaths, announces Compensation of 2 Lakhs

Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised the victims of Varanasi Stampede a compensation of Rs. 2 lakh from the Prime Minister's Relief fund

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New Delhi, October 16, 2016: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed grief over Varanasi stampede deaths and announced a compensation of Rs. two lakh each to the families of the deceased.
“Deeply saddened by the loss of lives in the stampede in Varanasi. Condolences to the bereaved families. Prayers with those injured,” Modi tweeted.

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“I have spoken to officials and asked them to ensure all possible help to those affected due to the stampede..,” he said in another tweet.

At least 19 persons, including 14 women, were killed and over 60 others, injured in the stampede on the Rajghat bridge where thousands of people were taking out a procession after a religious congregation, officials said.

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Modi also sanctioned an ex-gratia payment of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each to the seriously injured, from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.(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

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