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World Polio Day: Anti-Polio drive in Balochistan kicks off Today

To observe the World Polio Day, the government of the province and ECB organized a vaccination campaign for children

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Quetta, 24 October, 2016: Syed Faisal Ahmed , the coordinator of Emergency Centre, Balochistan (ECB) said, three-day polio drive starting on Monday across the province have been completed.

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The three-day drive starting on Monday is scheduled to start in Qila Saifullah, Naseerabad, Qila Abdullah, Jaffarabad, Loralai, Pishin, Quetta, Dera Bugti, Sherani, Zhob, and other high-risk areas.

To observe the World Polio Day (October 24), the government of the province and ECB organized a vaccination campaign for children under the age of five so as to vaccinate more than 1.6 million of them.

According to Dawn, Mr. Ahmed said, “Nearly 6,040 teams will be deployed to administer polio drops to children under the age of five.”

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He further added, “5,378 mobile teams, 415 fixed sites and 247 transit points had been established across Balochistan to ensure that all children were inoculated.”

“We have adopted strict security measures to prevent uncertain situations — Frontier Corps (FC), police and the Levis Force will be deployed to protect polio workers,” said Mr Ahmed,

“This year only 15 new polio cases have been reported in Pakistan — out of which only one was from Balochistan.”

“On this World Polio Day, we have to vow to intensify the fight against polio. All parents, civil society, politicians and religious scholars should come forward against this crippling disease,” said Mr Ahmed.

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Sewage samples have been taken from Qila Abdullah, Quetta, and Pishin. The result of the tests were positive for the polio virus, which indicates that although “we have achieved major goals in combating polio; we still have a lot to do to get Pakistan declared a polio-free country”.

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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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