Every Indian can be proud of manned space mission: ISRO chief

Nellie Chapman
August 16, 2018

Modi also said the government would launch a health insurance scheme in September that would benefit 500 million poor people. In 2016, he had spoken for 96 minutes, the longest ever Independence Day address by an Indian prime minister.

"India's voice is being heard effectively at the world stage".

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, or the "triple talaq bill", passed in the Lok Sabha, was not taken up in the Rajya Sabha in the recently concluded monsoons session of Parliament.

Attacking the Congress but not by name, he said if a comparison was made of the speed of governance in the last four years, people would be surprised. "The decision was taken by our government to provide the MSP of 1.5 times of production cost". We want to go ahead with these programmes. "There is record food production, highways and houses are being constructed rapidly, tractor sales and mobile manufacturing are rising, as is purchase of new aircraft, and new IITs, AIIMS and IIMs are coming up too", PM Modi said.

He said India will become a growth engine for the world economy as the "sleeping elephant" has started to run on the back of structural economic reforms. "But, now the world is saying that policy decisions are being taken as per the "reform, perform and transform" norm". It would demonstrate that India would be on par with the developed countries in this area.

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Bottlenecks were a topic of discussions among worldwide institutions and experts prior to 2014 but "today they are saying the sleeping elephant has woken up and has started running". Mr Modi said worldwide institutions see India as as engine to strengthen the world economy for the next three decades. "We are not partisan", he said.

He said the economy was seen as fragile before 2014, but is now attracting more investment worldwide.

The chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) confirmed the timeline and said the pilots and crew, often called vyomanauts - after vyom, the Sanskrit word for space - would spend at least seven days in space. "We will not forgive the corrupt and those who have black money", he said. His government's electrification and cooking gas schemes, however, may not have changed the situation on the ground as much the prime minister says. "It is essential to ensure that we free the poor of India from the clutches of poverty due to which they can not afford healthcare".

Alleging that the previous governments had allowed a climate of corruption to thrive, the Prime Minister said his government had eliminated power brokers from Delhi and plugged loopholes in various schemes like Public Distribution System that had led to savings of Rs 90,000 crore.

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