On Independence Day, Modi promises Indian manned space mission

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India will send an astronaut into space by 2022, the country's prime minister has claimed during an annual independence day speech. Russia, the United States, and China are the only countries that have so far successfully done so.

Targeting the Congress-led UPA but without naming it, Modi said if his government had worked with the speed followed in 2013, it would have taken a century in making India open defecation free or electrifying every part or even providing LPG connection to every woman.

Adding to the nationalist tone, Modi said India will send a manned mission into space within four years.

It hopes to showcase its technological ability to explore the solar system while also using research from space and elsewhere to solve problems at home. Modi says that India has become part of many groups of nation, where critical issues are discussed and India's words are taken seriously.

"Prime Minister's confidence in India leading the fourth industrial revolution, which will be knowledge-based, is an opportunity for Indian industry to show its real potential".

These satellites have also been used to predict weather patterns across the country, which is prone to cycles of drought and flood.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation during Independence Day celebrations at the historic Red Fort in Delhi, India, August 15, 2018.

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's Chandrayaan-2 orbiter aims to land a rover onto the moon's surface to collect data in January 2019.

Mr Modi listed his government's achievements in the past four years in reforming the country's economy, reducing poverty and corruption.

A crucial sensor in the main craft malfunctioned in July experts believe. In 1984, Rakesh Sharma became the first Indian to reach space, but that flight was aboard a Soviet rocket.

'There was no point continuing with the mission'. "Rule of law is supreme, no one can take law into their hands", added Modi. In 2014, the people of the country did not just stop at forming a government.

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PM Modi also announced that the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna, which will benefit 10 crore families, will be launched on September 25, the birth anniversary of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhaya.

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

According to latest World Bank data, India's GDP stood at Dollars 2.597 trillion (Rs 178 lakh crore) in 2017 at current prices in market exchange rates, ahead of France whose GDP stood at USD 2.582 trillion (Rs 177 lakh crore) in 2017.

PM Modi announced his flagship health policy -Aayuhmaan Bharat from the Red Fort.

"If we had continued at the same pace at which toilets were being built in 2013, the pace at which electrification was happening in 2013, then it would have taken us decades to complete them", said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his over 90-minute speech on Wednesday. He will seek another 5-year term for his party at elections due by March-April next year.

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