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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 Ends all Imports of Iranian Oil, Says Washington Ambassador

Trump last year pulled out of a multinational pact under which Iran drastically scaled back its nuclear work in return for promises of sanctions relief

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FILE - A worker walks atop a tanker wagon to check the freight level at an oil terminal on the outskirts of Kolkata, India. VOA

India has ended all imports of oil from Iran, its ambassador in Washington says, becoming the latest country to grudgingly comply with threatened U.S. sanctions.

India had already sharply decreased its imports from Iran and bought one million tonnes of crude in April, the last month before Washington stepped up its pressure campaign against Tehran and ended all exemptions to sanctions, Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla said. “That’s it. After that, we haven’t imported any,” Shringla told reporters Thursday during a briefing on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election victory.

No Venezuela oil, either

Shringla said that energy-hungry India has also ended all imports from Venezuela because it considered itself a partner of the United States. But he said the shift had caused pain at home, with Iran formerly supplying 10 percent of India’s oil needs.

Calling Iran “an extended neighbor” of India with long-standing cultural links, Shringla declined to say whether New Delhi shared President Donald Trump’s concerns about Tehran. “This is an issue that has to be dealt with, really, between the United States and Iran. We are only, in many senses, looking at it as a third party,” Shringla said.

But he added: “We would not like to see a move towards any escalation in any way in that area, for the simple reason that we depend very heavily on stability in that part of the world.”

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FILE – U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters after signing a proclamation declaring his intention to withdraw from the JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement in the Diplomatic Room at the White House in Washington, May 8, 2018. VOA

Trump last year pulled out of a multinational pact under which Iran drastically scaled back its nuclear work in return for promises of sanctions relief.

The Trump administration has instead ramped up economic pressure on Iran and recently deployed military assets, including an aircraft carrier strike group, to the area.
The United States as of May 2 ended exemptions it had given to eight governments from its unilateral order to stop buying Iranian oil.

Turkey stops imports

Turkey, which enjoyed a waiver and vocally disagreed with the U.S. policy, has also stopped importing oil from Iran, a Turkish official said this week. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus welcomed the news from Turkey.

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“We want the whole world to comply with these sanctions, and we’re grateful for our partners and allies that are respecting them,” she told reporters. The Indian ambassador, however, voiced confidence that U.S. sanctions would not affect its partnership in developing Iran’s Chabahar port.

India wants to use the port to ship supplies into Afghanistan in a detour from its archrival Pakistan, which historically backed the Taliban. “I think it is in the interest of both our countries and all others concerned to ensure that that lifeline continues for the people of Afghanistan,” Shringla said. (VOA)