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Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi urges ISRO to develop a satellite that could be gifted to SAARC countries

India: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked ISRO to develop a SAARC satellite, which can be gifted by India to the SAARC region. Delivering his speech at Sriharikota spaceport after witnessing PSLV C23 launch he urged ISRO to expand navigation system to all of South Asia.

“Continued progress in space must remain a national mission. We must keep enhancing our space capabilities,” said the Prime Minister who asked the Department of Space, to pro-actively engage with all stakeholders, to maximise use of space science in Governance and Development and also work with Universities and Colleges to attract talents. Stressing the importance of space programme, he noted, space technology has also evolved into an invaluable asset in disaster management. Accurate advanced warning, and tracking of Cyclone Phailin, saved countless lives recently. He also added that GIS has transformed policy planning, implementation, and that space imaging enables modern management, conservation of water resources. He said all these would play a critical role in realising the vision of a Digital India —the power of 125 crore connected Indians.

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