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Wasting Food is like being “Carbon Criminal,” Campaigns to be Initiated soon against it, says Environment Minister of India

The ideology of some societies where leaving some food on the plate is considered "civilised" has to change

Food waste in India, VOA

Marrakech, Nov 14, 2016: Pitching for India’s message of a lifestyle with minimum carbon footprint, Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave on Monday said here that wasting food is like being a “carbon criminal” and that soon campaigns will be initiated against it.

“Today is (first Prime Minister Jawaharlal) Nehru Ji’s birthday which is Children’s Day in India. I request children that take only that much food into your plate that you can eat. Please don’t waste food. We will soon initiate a movement in our country against wasting food and request other countries to do the same,” said Dave, who arrived here ahead of the UN high-level talks at COP22.

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He said that the ideology of some societies where leaving some food on the plate is considered “civilised” has to change.

The minister also quoted an American scholar, stating how total food wasted in the US can feed a small African nation.

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“Its not just about feeding a poor. Just imagine the emissions for cooking all that food. How much carbon would’ve produced,” he said.

The minister also lauched a book “Lifestyle for minimum carbon footprint”, and gave example of Gandhi, Buddha, Nalsen Mandela and others as an example of life with minimum carbon footprint. (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