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The on-going biggest Fashion and Food Festival, Streets of India, Kolkata is a gastronome's paradise

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Kolkata, November 13, 2016: The on-going biggest Fashion and Food Festival, Streets of India, Kolkata is a gastronome’s paradise.

The rasogollas, which is a signature sweet of Bengal, is available in mind boggling 170 varieties. It is available in tangy pudina and dhaniya avatars, They also have 34 flavours of fusion ice-cream waiting to be savoured.

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“We have used natural colours for 170 varieties of rosogollas with no preservatives. In keeping with the fast food tradition there are varieties like cappuccino, phuchka and green chilli. Also, there are fusions like golgappa rasogolla, a fusion inspired by a popular Delhi’s fast food,” its owner Swati Saraf told PTI.

She further said,keeping the theme of the event in mind, the sweets were given a different spin by introducing chilli and bitter tastes which became an instant hit.

“There was no dip in footfall despite the currency crunch,” she added.

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The lip-smacking fusion ice creams include the caramel crunch, natural tender coconut flavour, rose (sugar tree), south Indian coffee and kesaria rabri malai to fit the concept of street food.

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A stall spokesman said,”Anjeer (dry fruit) and seven varieties of paan flavoured ice-creams are our signature items this festival. But yes we are a little way behind expected sales apparently due to crunch of big currencies.”

by NewsGram team with PTI inputs

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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