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First-ever Sikh, Jasleen Kaur Josan will travel to Mars

Jasleen Kaur Josan will be the first Sikh traveling to outer space and the first to visit Mars.

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Jasleen Kaur Josan will be the first Sikh to travel to Mars, and among the first humans to travel to Mars.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Jasleen Kaur Josan will be the first Sikh traveling to outer space and the first to visit Mars.

Josan is part of the two-way Orion Mission in 2030, which will see the crew members return to Earth. An earlier mission to Mars in 2020 will be a one-way colonization effort, so Josan will be among the very first humans to be on Mars. According to quotes attributed to Josan, it’ll take nine months to reach Mars, with three months being spent on the planet, while it’ll take another nine months to return. The mission will take 21-months to complete. She and the Orion crew will be the first humans to visit Mars.

The 25-year-old was named by NASA in collaboration with the International Space Education Institute as an International Space Ambassador in 2013 and chosen to be a researcher for NASA’s Orion Mission last year. “I do feel very proud to be part of such a mission.Technology is booming and things are going to change in another 15 years. It all depends on my capabilities and determination and how I take to these changes. I’m not nervous exactly, but just really excited and looking forward to what the future brings,” she stated in an article. With the introduction of many more companies such as Sent Into Space and more, offering education to children about the wonderful mysteries of space, the future seems bright for potential space lovers and astronauts.

Astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft will explore the asteroid that will be placed in orbit around Mars, returning to Earth with samples. The “experience in human spaceflight beyond low-Earth orbit will help NASA test new systems and capabilities, such as Solar Electric Propulsion, which we’ll need to send cargo as part of human missions to Mars,” states NASA. Developing the capabilities needed to send humans to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars in the 2030s were goals outlined in the bipartisan NASA Authorization Act of 2010 and in the U.S. National Space Policy, also issued in 2010.

Born in Kurukshetra, Haryana, India, one of her inspirations is astronaut Kalpana Chawla, who was the first Indian woman to enter space in 1997.

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Indian Americans jump into congressional races

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — The latest numbers show more Indian Americans than ever are running for Congress. In the last six years, nearly 80 candidates made it on the ballot, soaring far beyond numbers seen in past elections. Leading the wave are successful candidates from California, like Kamala Harris, who rose from a Senate seat to become vice president. Helping those numbers, Indians Americans are also one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the country.  

Nisha Ramachandran is the new Executive Director of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, the first Indian American to serve in this role.  Ramachandran most recently managed her own consulting business focused on AAPI advocacy. She’ll be working closely with Congresswoman Judy Chu who chairs the group to further Asian American causes and initiatives. 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the people of Telangana after the Kakatiya Rudreshwara Ramappa Temple was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The PM also urged citizens to visit the temple which was built during the rule of the Kakatiya dynasty.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Blinken begins India visit, Afghanistan top issue

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — US secretary of state Antony Blinken begins his two-day India visit on Tuesday hoping to engage the nation on issues such as the Covid-19 response, human rights, and democracy. The American troop pullout in Afghanistan will also be a key issue. India is concerned about the implications of the withdrawal and the need for sustained pressure on Pakistan over issues like terror financing.

And India’s first medal at the Tokyo Olympics goes to Mirabai Chanu. She won silver in Women’s weight lifting. Chanu’s Olympic preparations were hindered by injuries and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic but she still beat the odds and is being praised back home.

Tesla may open a factory in India. But CEO Elon Musk says only if the cars receive a good response in that marketplace. The company has already been hiring talent in the country. But Musk also hinted at some downsides to opening overseas, citing India’s import duty tax is the highest in the world for a large country.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Shrina Kurani announces CA congressional campaign

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SACRAMENTO (Diya TV) — Indian American Democrat Shrina Kurani is running for Congress in California’s 42nd district and is preparing to take on 15-year Republican incumbent Ken Calvert. Kurani is a mechanical engineer and entrepreneur and says she’s running to create more sustainable jobs in her community and to take on the status quo in Washington DC.

More than 30 interfaith organizations in the U.S. are urging the State Department to sanction India and designate it as a country of “particular concern”. Their resolution claims that the Indian government is promoting policies that lead to the persecution of religious minorities, especially Muslims.
Despite growing concern over rising Covid-19 cases in Japan, the 2021 Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony got underway. India is sending its largest ever contingent to the Olympics with120 athletes competing across 85 events.  The country hopes to win medals for shooting, wrestling, boxing, archery and badminton.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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