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Radioactive leak at Delhi airport, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) says nothing to panic

A radioactive substance leaked at the Indira Gandhi International Airport from a medical shipment flown from France

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Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi
  • The NDRF, the Department of Atomic Energy, the Delhi Fire Service and security agencies rushed to the Indira Gandhi International Airport following reports that a radioactive substance had leaked at the cargo terminal
  • The NDRF, DAE and other agencies reached the spot… No injury or any problems to any human has been observed so far
  • The shipment of the radioactive medical material on flight AF226 operated by an A330 from Paris to New Delhi on October 8 did not reveal any anomaly. After several controls by the relevant authorities, including India’s independent nuclear energy authorities, at its arrival at the New Delhi airport, its acceptation has been confirmed compliant

New Delhi, October 10, 2016: A radioactive substance leaked at the international airport here on Sunday from a medical shipment flown from France but authorities later said there was nothing to panic.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Sanjay Bhatia quoted the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) as saying that the radioactivity following the leak was within permissible limits.

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No one at the airport was affected, officials said.

The NDRF, the Department of Atomic Energy, the Delhi Fire Service and security agencies rushed to the Indira Gandhi International Airport following reports that a radioactive substance had leaked at the cargo terminal.

Delhi Police received the first call around 10.25 a.m.

“Six packets containing solid sodium molybdate had arrived from Paris by (Air France) flight AF226. The consignment was meant for the cargo terminal but was mistakenly placed in an area meant for courier packets,” Bhatia told IANS.

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The officer said the consignee was identified as Dhitee Biotech India Pvt Ltd, located in Okhla industrial area in south Delhi.

“The NDRF, DAE and other agencies reached the spot… No injury or any problems to any human has been observed so far,” the officer said.

“The NDRF has confirmed that radioactivity is within the permissible limits,” he added.

Police and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) cordoned off the area.

The Delhi Fire Services earlier identified the substance as Molybdenum-99.

The Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), however, said there was no radioactive leak at the Airport. DIAL is a GMR Group-led consortium which manages and operates the airport.

Meanwhile, Air France confirmed that a shipment of the radioactive material was brought on its flight from Paris to New Delhi.

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“The shipment of the radioactive medical material on flight AF226 operated by an A330 from Paris to New Delhi on October 8 did not reveal any anomaly. After several controls by the relevant authorities, including India’s independent nuclear energy authorities, at its arrival at the New Delhi airport, its acceptation has been confirmed compliant.

“The transport of this type of material is subject to strict rules and carried out in accordance with the international regulations. Air France reminds that the security of its customers and crews is its top priority,” an airline statement said. (IANS)

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Delhi Woman Shot Dead In front of Husband, 2 Year Old Son

Her husband told police he had borrowed money from someone and alleged the lender was behind the killing as he was unable to pay the amount back.

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A woman was murdered in the early hours of the morning as the family traveled from Kashmere Gate to their home in Rohini in Delhi. Pixabay

New Delhi, October 25, 2017 : A 30-year-old woman was shot dead in the early hours of Wednesday in front of her husband and two-year-old son, police said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Milind Mahadeo Dumbere told IANS the woman, Priya Mehra, was travelling in a car along with her husband and son when she was shot at around 4.30 a.m. in Shalimar Bagh in north-west Delhi.

Her husband told police he had borrowed money from someone and alleged the lender was behind the killing as he was unable to pay the amount back.

He had borrowed Rs 5 lakh in a high interest rate and as the debt grew into Rs 40 lakh, he was finding it difficult to pay back.

“There were four assailants in a car, according to the deceased’s husband, and she was shot at twice,” the police officer said.

Dumbere said no one has been arrested yet and the body has been sent to Babu Jagjivan Ram Memorial Hospital (BJRM) Hospital for autopsy.

The family was on the way to their house in Rohini from Kashmere Gate, when the woman was murdered. (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. Twitter.
  • 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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Over 5,000 Plant Varieties in Last 3 Years sent in by Tribal Farmers to protect the species : Minister

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tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years (representational Image). Wikimedia

New Delhi, June 8, 2017: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Wednesday said tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years through Krishi Vigyan Kendras for registration at the Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Rights Authority.

It will play an important role in the development of climate resilient and sustainable varieties in future, he said at the National Workshop on Empowerment of Farmers of Tribal Areas here.

“New technological innovations in agriculture must reach to the fields of tribal areas but before taking such steps we must keep in mind the unique conditions of these areas, which are the gift of nature and therefore, we should promote natural farming in those areas,” he said, as per an official release. (IANS)

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