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India to Soon Mark its Presence on Moon with Chandrayaan-2 Mission, Says PM Narendra Modi

The Prime Minister remembered Vikram Sarabhai saying that he played an important role in India's space program

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A jet plane flies across the moon seen from Beijing, China, Nov. 14, 2016. VOA

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday India will soon mark its presence on the Moon with the Chandrayaan-2 mission and appreciated the use of space technology in saving assets and life and in delivering government schemes.

“We have created a world record for launching 104 satellites simultaneously from the same spacecraft. We will soon register India’s presence on the Moon through the Chandrayaan-2 campaign,” Modi said in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ monthly radio address.

He added that Indian satellites symbolise the country’s growing power and help in establishing better relations with other countries.

“It has contributed a great deal in fostering better relations with many countries of the world. The ‘South Asia Satellite’ has been a unique initiative, which has gifted hues of development to our neighbouring allies,” Modi said.

“Through its highly competitive launch services, today India not only propels satellites of developing countries but also those of developed nations.”

Modi said the government is using space technology in delivering government schemes as well as maintaining accountability in government programmes.

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Narendra Modi (Wikimedia Commons)

Giving an example, he said the ‘Housing For All’ scheme involves geo-tagging of about 40 lakh houses spread over 23 states. Along with this, more than 30.5 million properties under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act have also been tagged.

He further said the government has distributed NAVIC devices to fishermen which is helping in providing them safety and developing the economy.

Appreciating the use of space technology in devices for saving assets and life, he said: “Whether it is cyclone, or rail and road safety, all of these safety measures are being augmented by space technology.”

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Modi also mentioned that the number of successful space missions attempted since the country’s independence until 2014 have been equal to those successfully completed in the past four years.

The Prime Minister remembered Vikram Sarabhai saying that he played an important role in India’s space program.

“Our space program has been possible due to innumerable young scientists… The sky and stars have always enthralled children. Our space programme provides an impetus to children to think big and reach across those boundaries, which were considered impossible till today.” (IANS)

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India To Become Global Steel Manufacturing Hub By 2031

The Modi government seems determined to boost the country's crude steel production capacity to 300 MT by 2030-31 in a bid to make India a global steel manufacturing hub

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Modi government seems determined to boost the country's crude steel production capacity. Wikimedia Commons

The Modi government seems determined to boost the country’s crude steel production capacity to 300 MT by 2030-31 in a bid to make India a global steel manufacturing hub.

At present, China is the world’s largest steel producer with a production capacity of 928.3 MT of crude steel (2018), while India, with 106.5 MT of crude steel production, ranks second on the list. Dedicated participation of all stakeholders is a must to achieve the projected capacity target of 300 MT by 2030-31.

To deliberate on major issues plaguing the sector, the Ministry of Steel is organising in Delhi on Monday a day-long conclave, during which Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will seek suggestions from the stakeholders to address its challenges, identify opportunities and arrive at tangible interventions that can aid the growth of the Indian steel industry.

The National Steel Policy 2017 envisages ‘creating a self-sufficient steel industry that is technologically advanced, globally competitive and promotes inclusive growth’.

Being the third largest steel consumer in the world after China and USA, India’s per capita steel consumption at 74 kgs is one-third the global average of 225 kgs.

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Being the third largest steel consumer in the world after China and USA, India’s per capita steel consumption at 74 kgs is one-third the global average of 225 kgs. Wikimedia Commons

Various countries have focused on rapidly increasing their steel consumption in the high growth phase of their economy. At present, India’s majority steel demand comes from construction, infrastructure, automobiles and capital goods, among others.

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Steel intensive construction offers an increased pace of durable and environmentally sustainable construction. Its recyclable nature also contributes to the circular economy.

The government has set a target to make India a $5 trillion economy by 2024-25, therefore promoting domestic steel industry is essential, given its high GDP multiplier and critical role in the construction and infrastructure sectors, said the Ministry. (IANS)