Published: Thu, August 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

India will launch its first manned space mission by 2022

India will launch its first manned space mission by 2022

"In space technology, we have dreamt something, our scientists have dreamt something".

As he laid down his vision for a new India, audience broke into applause. "We are proud of what we have achieved and at the same time, we also have to look at where we have come from", Modi said. Russia, the United States, and China are the only countries that have so far successfully done so.

And breaking his silence in the context of recent cases of rape and sexual exploitation in welfare homes in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, Modi said there was a need to attack such a mindset by putting the fear of the law that had been made stringent.

India also launched an orbiter to Mars in 2013 which is still operational and in 2017 launched a record 104 satellites in one blast-off.

"The world earlier viewed India as a country hit by policy paralysis, delayed reforms, now it sees it as a multi-trillion dollar investment destination", he said, adding that his government also took the bold measure of announcing the minimum support price for grains at 1.5 times the cost to farmers.

This is a huge undertaking for India's space agency; it's been on the cards for over a decade now, and it'll be interesting to see if ISRO is up to the challenge.

India can potentially be the fourth country to send a man to space, after erstwhile USSR, the USA, and China.

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But what would interest you more is that scientists aren't the only ones "aboard". It will arrive at our closest star for its first pass in November.

Kalpana Chawla became first woman of Indian origin to fly into space.

Design changes to the craft forced the space body to push the launch back, which was originally scheduled for this year, the Indian Space Research Organisation confirmed last week.

He listed out the pace of reforms in the last four years of his government that he said had pulled out the country from being considered a "fragile and risky" economy to being the fastest in the world.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday hailed India s growing role in the world economy, calling it a "sleeping elephant" that has woken up, in a keynote national speech before a looming election campaign.

He recalled former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's line "Kashmiriyat, Jamhooriyat, Insaniyat" (eclectic Kahmiri culture, democracy and humaneness) and said this was the only way forward.

Industry body Ficci welcomed "firm resolve" of the prime minister to position India among the top economies of the world.

He will seek another five-year term for his party at elections due by March-April next year.

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