South Asian Satellite

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced that a South Asia Satellite would get launched on 5th of May. The South Asia Satellite is geosynchronous communications and also meteorology satellite developed by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). Initially, ISRO announced the name of the satellite as SAARC satellite, as Pakistan rejected to join the project it got changed to South Asia Satellite.

The satellite was estimated to launch in December of 2016 but got postponed to May 2017. On this regard, Modi spoke about the satellite and termed it as the priceless gift to its neighbors and stated that we are moving forward with the concept Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas. He claimed that the motto is not confined to India but also applicable globally too.

The satellite launch is expected to boost up the ties between India and its neighboring countries such as Bangladesh, Nepal,Srilanka and Bhutan. The scientists took three years to build this 2,230kg satellite which enhances and develop the services like telecommunication, direct-to-home(DTH), Telemedicine, Teleeducation, etc. It also will help water conservation, provide weather forecasts and also natural disaster alerts.

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Narendra Modi soon after taking charges as the Prime Minister in 2014, asked ISRO to develop a satellite which helps the SAARC countries development and shares the data with its eight neighboring countries. However, Pakistan opted not to join this project and is not a beneficiary of this.

India took the initiative to start this project and invested an enormous amount Rs. 235 crores for this space vehicle. India became the strongest Asian country by developing and launching a satellite on its own and joined the elite group of space exploring countries.

However, on this note, Global Times stated that the efforts PM Modi administration put in providing the satellite services to all its neighboring countries are worth praising, but it should not exclude China in this attempt to strengthen the neighborhood cooperation.