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Territorial Army celebrates 67th Raising Day with an impressive Parade in New Delhi

General Singh reviewed the parade at the Army Parade Ground and complimented the Territorial Army (TA) fraternity for their yeoman service to the nation

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New Delhi, Oct 9, 2016: The Territorial Army celebrated its 67th Raising Day on Sunday with an impressive parade here in the presence of army chief General Dalbir Singh.

General Singh reviewed the parade at the Army Parade Ground and complimented the Territorial Army (TA) fraternity for their yeoman service to the nation.

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The army chief also wished all TA ranks and their families good luck for a glorious future.

Ten TA contingents under the command of Colonel Krishnandu Barker participated in the parade, in which tableaus of the Ecological Task Force, Railway Engineers and the oil sector units showcased their contribution in the fields of environmental conservation and maintenance of essential services.

The TA is 400,000-strong force, a part of the regular Indian Army. Its role is to relieve the army from static duties and assist the civil administration in situations where community life is affected or national security threatened.

The parade was witnessed by civil and military dignitaries, including military and defence attaches from friendly foreign countries. (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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