India’s ‘priceless gift’ to South Asian countries

Seven of the eight Saarc countries are part of South Asia satellite. Pakistan has opted out

GN Bureau | May 5, 2017


#Narendra Modi   #communications satellite   #GSLV-F09   #GSAT-9   #South Asia satellite   #ISRO   #Saarc satellite   #ISRO launch  
The fully integrated GSLV-F06 carrying GSAT-9 at the second launch pad (Courtesy: ISRO)
The fully integrated GSLV-F06 carrying GSAT-9 at the second launch pad (Courtesy: ISRO)

In a bid to boost its “neighbourhood first policy”, India will launch GSAT-9 or the South Asia satellite on May 5. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch the satellite, costing Rs 235 crore, from Sriharikota, off the coast of Andhra Pradesh. The satellite will be placed into orbit by the space agency’s rocket GSLV-F09. Its mission life span is 12 years. 

 
Know more about the South Asia satellite
  • The geostationary communication satellite is India’s “valuable gift” to the Saarc nations and its data will be shared with other Saarc countries.
  • The satellite was initially named as Saarc satellite, but was later re-christened as South Asia satellite as Pakistan opted out of it stating “it has its own space programme.”
  • As a result seven of the eight Saarc countries – India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Maldives, are a part of the project. 
  • The satellite will provide communication, disaster support and connectivity among the South Asian countries. It will help in the areas of mapping the natural resources, tele-medicine, education and IT connectivity. 
  • The 2,230 kg satellite will provide communication links in times of disasters as the South Asian region is prone to earthquakes, cyclones, floods and tsunamis.
  • All participating nations will have access to at least one transponder using which they can telecast their own programming. 
  • Participating countries will have to develop their own ground-level infrastructure. India is willing to extend assistance and know-how. 
  • In his monthly radio address, ‘Mann ki Baat’, PM Modi said the satellite, will go a long way in addressing the region's economic and developmental priorities.
  • The launch was scheduled for December 2016, but was delayed.
 

Comments

 

Other News

Thus ends the Chidamba-Run!

The arrest of Palaniappan Chidambaram, former union minister of home & finance, by the CBI, albeit after his much dramatic disappearance and reappearance, has brought an end to his long run from the arms of law. As a finance minister, being at the other end of the law, the former ministe

What Imran’s rant against RSS tells us about Modi’s Kashmir policy

An unintended consequence of the inversion of Article 370 and the division of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories is the curious revival of Pakistan’s interest in Indian history and sociology. For the first time in decades, a Pakistan prime minister made the Rasht

On a Personal note with actor Neeraj Kabi

Neeraj Kabi, a critically acclaimed self-taught actor, theatre director, and acting teacher, has worked in Odiya, Hindi and international cinema, theatre, television and web series. In 2014 he was honoured with the best actor award at the 4th Sakhalin International Film Festival for his role in the fil

Talking to Trump, Modi hits out at Imran’s anti-India rhetoric

Prime minister Narendra Modi has told US president Donald Trump that Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan’s “incitement to anti-India violence” was not good for peace in south Asia. Modi and Trump had a telephonic conversation – their first since the Aug 5 move to chang

Paediatricians call for junking unhealthy food

As children are consuming more and more fast foods and sweetened beverages are becoming, leading to obesity and related non-communicable diseases (NCDs), the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) has come out with guidelines on such substances. The dietary guidelines under its nutrition chapter

Modi’s forward-looking I-Day speech lays down 5-year agenda

Contrast prime minister Narendra Modi’s first Independence Day speech in 2014 with his latest, the first in the second term, and you know the difference. His first speech was less about future and much about the basic needs like Swachch Bharat (clean India). His speech on Thursday, on the other hand,



Current Issue

Current Issue

Video

CM Nitish’s convoy attacked in Buxar

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter