India to send astronaut to space in 2022, Narendra Modi announces

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NEW DELHI: India will send a manned mission into space by 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Wednesday in a speech to the nation. "They used to talk about policy paralysis, today they talk about reform, perform, transform", he 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. "The narrative has changed", he said.

Modi said the Army, which reaches out to people in case of natural calamities, also conducts surgical strikes to give a befitting replies to its enemies, an apparent reference to the surgical strike conducted on terror launch pads across Line of Control in 2016.

Talking about the developments on Ujjwala and Saubhagya Yojana, PM Modi said, "As significant as economic growth, is dignity of the individual". Prime Minister Modi said that the country has made rapid changes in the past four years compared to 2013 when the Congress-led UPA government was in power. However, NDA government ensured that farmers get their due.

On the occasion of 72nd Independence Day, PM Modi announce manned mission to space in 2022.

India won independence from British colonialists in 1947.

Modi said, India has become a ray of hope for people believing that global warming is a threat and a cause of environmental concern and that the country is heading worldwide solar alliance.

Modi drew a comparison between the situation in 2013 and how things stand today, and said if the pace of the UPA government's a year ago was maintained, it would have taken decades, centuries and generations to build as many toilets, distribute as many LPG connections among the poor and lay down as much optical fibre as his government has done. This is Modi's fifth and final address as PM in the current tenure.

"You (prime minister) did not utter a word, whether on Bihar or Unnao or any other rape incident that happened in the country", Mr Surjewal claimed, referring to the shelter home case of Bihar's Muzaffarpur district and the rape case in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao involving a BJP lawmaker.

"With access to quality health care for 500 million people, the country will be able to make huge progress as people will feel secure and confident about their lives".

"Housing for all, power for all, cooking gas for all, water for all, sanitation for all, skill for all, health for all, insurance for all, connectivity for all - we want to take the country forward with this slogan", the PM said. Rule of law is supreme and no one can take law in their hands. PM says as per Sabka Saath, Sabka Paas, the government doesn't discriminate between any people. "India will send into space - a man or a woman - by 2022, before that if possible", Modi said adding that the chosen astronaut would be "carrying the national flag".

He also announced that the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan (PRAJAA), billed as the world's largest state-funded health insurance programme benefitting 500 million people, would be launched on September 25, the birth anniversary of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay.

This year the country has witnessed a good monsoon but at the same time there has been parts in India which were affected by floods.

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