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        Raja Chari to be part of SpaceX Crew-3 mission

        WASHINGTON, DC           the US space agency said in  flight engineer aboard the  With Crew-3, "the four
                                 a statement.            station.                crew going up are going to
          An    Indian-American   The four astronauts will  Born in Milwaukee, he  be doing even more science,"
        astronaut is part of NASA-  lift off to space on October  became a NASA astronaut in reported Kathy
        SpaceX's third mission to  30 from Launch Complex  2017 and this will be his first  Leuders,  associate
        the International Space  39A at NASA's Kennedy   spaceflight. He is also a  administrator for the Space
        Station.                 Space Center in Florida, the  colonel in the US Air Force  Operations  Mission
          "NASA's SpaceX Crew-3  statement added.        and has extensive experience  Directorate at NASA as
        mission will carry NASA   Crew-3 is SpaceX's fifth  as a test pilot with more than  saying.
        astronauts Raja Chari, Tom  crewed flight to space and  2,500 hours of flight time.  Leuders added that the
        Marshburn,  and   Kayla  fourth to the International  The  Crew-3  mission  crew will be continuing to
        Barron as well as ESA    Space Station.          follows Inspiration4, an all-  test "our exploration risks
        (European Space Agency)   Chari will serve as the  civilian crewed mission that  and pushing the bounds of
        astronaut Matthias Maurer  commander of the Crew  lifted off on September 15 for  technology and continuing
        aboard a Crew Dragon     Dragon spacecraft and the  an orbital journey aboard a  to  establish  our  key
        spacecraft on a Falcon 9  Crew-3 mission. He also will  SpaceX  Crew  Dragon  international  partner
        rocket to the space station,"  serve as an Expedition 66  spacecraft.    relationships."
                                                                                   This expedition "will have
                                                                                 experiments that crossover
                                                                                 from science and utilisation  HE WILL SERVE AS COMMANDER OF THE CREW DRAGON SPACECRAFT
                                                                                 that we do as well as
                                                                                 technology development",
                                                                                 added Joel Montalbano, the  and other experimentation  they will have a bit of room
                                                                                 manager of NASA's ISS    similar to what's been done  for some festive fun. The
                                                                                 programme.               previously on the station.  crew will be arriving just in
                                                                                   He specified that there will  But, while the astronauts  time for Halloween and will
                                                                                 be experiments on board  launching will spend the vast  also be living in the lab
                                                                                 that include human research  majority of their six-month  during the winter holidays,
                                                                                 as well as rodent research  station stay working hard,  the report said.

                                                                                 Advocate from Karnataka to head

                                                                                 international human rights committee

                                                                                 BENGALURU                                        learned what 'representation'
                                                                                                                                  is. The perspective shift of
                                                                                   Ramya         Jawahar                          placing      'community
                                                                                 Kudekallu, a 32-year-old                         hardship' happened here.
                                                                                 advocate from Bengaluru,                           "Presently refugees are
                                                                                 who has been appointed as                        landing in the US from
                                                                                 the Chairperson of New York                      Afghanistan. We need to
                                                                                 City  Bar's  International                       account for their situation
                                                                                 Human Rights Committee, is                       and   contextualise  their
                                                                                 all set to take up big                           difficulties.  There  is  a
                                                                                 challenges in terms of                           resettling  process  and
                                                                                 addressing   community                           funding   process   are
                                                                                 hardships  and   getting                         involved," she adds.
                                                                                 "impact" in the system to                          Kudekallu also notes that
                                                                                 ensure changes.                                  the "situation of the common
                                                                                   "I was nominated for the  RAMYA KUDEKALLU IS ALL SET TO  man in India and the US is
                                                                                 committee    after  the  TAKE UP BIG CHALLENGES  similar as far as inequality is
                                                                                 background checks and I am                       concerned, though context
                                                                                 extremely happy for being  schooling in Ooty and Dubai  may appear to be different.
                                                                                 confirmed with an esteemed  and studied law at Bishop  "The US may be a
                                                                                 honorary    title.  The  Cotton Women's Christian  developed country and India
                                                                                 Committee did not have a  Law College, Bengaluru. She  may be on route towards
                                                                                 woman of colour as the   did  her   masters  in  development disparity, but
                                                                                 Chairperson all these days.  International  Law  and  inequality is the same. The
                                                                                 They have also picked a non-  Human Rights at Fordham  plight of have-not's are also
                                                                                 white young woman. I am  University, New York. She  similar.  In   India,
                                                                                 ready to take risks involved  currently teaches at Cardozo  predominantly caste and
                                                                                 with  this  responsibility.  Law School, New York.  class-based inequalities are
                                                                                 Fighting for human rights is  Her mother, Dr Amitha  found. Oppressed classes and
                                                                                 always challenging, whether  Malaki, is a gynaecologist in  tribals are fighting in India.
                                                                                 it is in India or anywhere.  Kodagu. "My father was a  Whereas in the US, it is
                                                                                 New York is comparatively  senior advocate from Sullia. I  African Americans, Native
                                                                                 safer," Kudekallu told our  lost him to Covid at the same  Americans and others who
                                                                                 news service.            time  when   the   new  are fighting for their rights."
                                                                                   Her role includes leading  assignment came through,"  Asked about the movement
                                                                                 the   committee's  work,  she said. Her appointment  by farmers back in India, she
                                                                                 continuing the ongoing work,  was made on September 18,  said that India has signed
                                                                                 seeing how it can intervene  2021.               international treaties as far as
                                                                                 with the issues of the    She said her association  human rights are concerned,
                                                                                 oppressed, and how to    with the Alternative Law  and needs to adhere to them.
                                                                                 spotlight legal analysis.  Forum (ALF) has been  If there are individuals and
                                                                                   Kudekallu has done her  extremely influential. "Here I  organisations fighting for
                                                                                                                                  human rights or raising
                                                                                                                                  concerns over the issue, it is
                                                                                                                                  the duty of the government to
                                                                                                                                  address  the  issue,  she
                                                                                                                                    Her advice for youngsters is
                                                                                                                                  that "If you have a path which
                                                                                                                                  is in the public interest,
                                                                                                                                  engagement should continue
                                                                                                                                  despite whether appreciation
                                                                                                                                  comes or not. The drive to
                                                                                                                                  have the commitment of
                                                                                                                                  transforming society must
                                                                                                                                    "My mind is very much in
                                                                                                                                  India though physically I am
                                                                                                                                  in the US," Kudekallu said.
                                                                                                                                  She underlines that forgoing
                                                                                                                                  power and class privilege is
                                                                                                                                  the need of the hour. Her
                                                                                                                                  views are well received by the
                                                                                                                                  committee though opinion is
                                                                                                                                  mixed when it comes to a
                                                                                                                                  larger audience.
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