India's Modi announces space mission, health scheme as election nears

No Election Speech by Modi at Red Fort

NEW DELHI: India will send a manned mission into space by 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Wednesday in a speech to the nation.

It would make India the fourth nation, after Russian Federation, the U.S. and China, to complete a manned space mission.

Modi said that rape must disturb us and he pushed for hanging rapists.

Ajey Lele, a senior fellow at the Delhi-based Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis (IDSA), said Modi's proposal was "extremely ambitious".

He said India was now building highways twice as fast and rural houses four times so.

In his last Independence Day speech at the Red Fort ahead of the next general elections, Modi said there was "senseless" criticism against him and asserted he was an impatient and restless agent of change for eliminating poverty and bringing all-round development.

He said its economy was seen as fragile before 2014 but was now attracting investment.

"People make senseless criticism against me".

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Modi became prime minister when his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party won a resounding victory in the national elections in 2014.

As PM Modi made another promise to the people, the scientists actually working on the Gaganyaan 2022 mission said that they need to work on enhancing their technology to achieve the promise PM Modi has made to the nation.

"India's voice is being heard effectively at the world stage. Delhi's streets are free of power brokers", Modi said while highlighting the damage that corruption has done to the country and steps taken by his government.

"We want to progress more. ISRO is doing this with the support of industries", Sivan had said.

While his government's handling of economic policy has been under scrutiny, Modi today said India will be the engine of growth for the world economy for the next three decades as the "sleeping elephant" has started to run on the back of structural reforms like GST.

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.

He promised not to "forgive the corrupt" and said his government had saved Rs 90,000 crore by plugging the loopholes in various schemes. "We are integral parts of forums whose doors were earlier closed to us", the Prime Minister said.

He added: "This country will neither stop, nor bow nor get exhausted".

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