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Pakistani-origin Mehreen Faruqui becomes first female Muslim Australian senator

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Canberra: Pakistani-born politician Mehreen Faruqi, of the Australian Green Party, on Monday became the first Muslim woman to occupy a seat in the country’s Senate.

 

Mehreen Faruqi, Pakistani-born Australian politician, Australian Green Party, Muslim woman, Senate Pakistani-origin, World news

 

According to international online web media, Faruqi took office a week after Senator Fraser Anning, of Australia’s Katter Party, made controversial comments on Muslim and non-English speaking immigrants from the “third world”.

 

Mehreen Faruqi, Pakistani-born Australian politician, Australian Green Party, Muslim woman, Senate Pakistani-origin, World news

 

Pakistani-born Australian politician Mehreen Faruqi becomes first Muslim senator:

 

“After last week particularly, it is really good to have you here,” Labor Party leader Penny Wong said in the Senate, referring to remarks by Anning, who also called for a plebiscite on immigration.

 

Mehreen Faruqi, Pakistani-born Australian politician, Australian Green Party, Muslim woman, Senate Pakistani-origin, World news

 

Farqui migrated to Australia from Pakistan in 1992 and represented the Green Party in the New South Wales Legislative Council since 2013.

 

Mehreen Faruqi, Pakistani-born Australian politician, Australian Green Party, Muslim woman, Senate Pakistani-origin, World news

 

She replaces Lee Rhiannon from the Green Party, WHO announced her retirement in May.

 

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Nasa finds Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram with help of Indian engineer

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New York: NASA has found the crash site and debris of India’s Chandrayaan-2 Vikram moon lander following a tip from an Indian space enthusiast who examined pictures of the area of the moon taken by a US orbiting camera.

The site was located by Shanmuga Subramanian, who on his own scoured the pictures taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbital Camera (LROC), NASA and Arizona State University announced on Monday confirming the find.

The first mosaic image of the likely crash site made from pictures taken by the LROC on September 17 was downloaded by several people to look for signs of the Vikram, NASA said.

One of them, Subramanian, contacted the LROC project with a positive identification of debris, it said.

Arizona State University (ASU), where the LROC project is located, said: “After receiving this tip, the LROC team confirmed the identification by comparing before and after images.”

When the images for the first mosaic were acquired on September 17, the impact point was poorly illuminated and could not easily be identified, it said.

But two image sequences were acquired on October 14 and 15, and on November 11 were better.

The November mosaic shows best the impact crater, ray and extensive debris field. The three largest pieces of debris are each about 2×2 pixels and cast a one pixel shadow.

The three largest pieces of debris are each about 2×2 pixels and casts a one pixel shadow.

The university said that based on Subramanian’s tip, the LROC team scoured the surrounding area in the new mosaics and found the impact site and the debris field.

The impact site is located at 70.8810 degree S, 22.7840 degrees E, at an elevation of 834 metres, it said.

“The debris first located by Shanmuga is about 750 metres northwest of the main crash site,” ASU said.

Vikram lost contact with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) following its launch from Chandraayan-2 moon orbiter on September 6 when it tried to make a softlanding near the moon’s south pole.

In a statement NASA said: “Despite the loss, getting that close to the surface was an amazing achievement.”

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