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Police prevents 98-year-old Freedom Fighter Chiman Lal Jain from taking Jal Samadhi in UP

A large group of men and women, volunteers of Garib Sena, as well as activists, followed Jain from his house as he walked to reach the Yamuna for 'Jal Samadhi'

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Agra, October 2, 2016: Police on Sunday foiled an attempt by a 98-year-old freedom fighter, Chiman Lal Jain, to jump into the Yamuna to denounce the government’s failure to enforce prohibition in Uttar Pradesh.
A large group of men and women, volunteers of Garib Sena, as well as activists, followed Jain from his house as he walked to reach the Yamuna for ‘Jal Samadhi’.

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As the slogan-shouting crowd swelled, a posse of policemen obstructed his march and forced him into a jeep which took him to a police station.
Jain told IANS that he will continue to highlight the problems caused by liquor consumption.
In the past two years, Jain had made several attempts to end his life in support of prohibition but each time police have come in the way. (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