India a powerhouse in space research: Modi

India a powerhouse in space research: ModiSriharikota: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked Indian space agency ISRO to develop a SAARC satellite which can be dedicated as a ‘gift’ to the neighbours while proposing satellite diplomacy with a view to playing a key role in the development of the region.

After being the witness of successful launch of five foreign satellites from here on board ISRO’s PSLV C-23 rocket, he said, “Today I ask you, the space community, to take up the challenge of developing a SAARC satellite that we can dedicate to our neighbourhood as a gift from India.”

He asked the scientists to work on a satellite that would provide full range of applications and services to all of India’s neighbours.

From the Control Room of ISRO, He said, “Such a satellite will be helpful in SAARC nations’ fight against poverty and illiteracy, the challenge to progress in scientific field, and will open up avenues to provide opportunities to the youth of SAARC countries.”

Bureau Report

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