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Modi in China: Prime Minister likely to sign $10-billion deals

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

​Prime Minister Narendra Modi is planning to seal deals worth $10 billion on the first day of his trip to China, according to the reports by a leading English daily of the country on Thursday.

Talking about his plans during the China visit, the Global Times said, “Both the countries are likely to sign deals worth $10 billion during Modi’s first visit as prime minister. The visit will also include going to Beijing and Shanghai as he attempts to attract investments for Indian manufacturing and infrastructure.”

Modi arrived at Xian,capital of China’s Shaanxi province, today. This is the first leg of his three-nation tour, which will also include Mongolia and South Korea.

He is scheduled to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday in Xian.

“It is a rare practice for a Chinese leader to receive a foreign leader outside the capital city Beijing,” told Jiang Jingkui, director of the Department of South Asian Languages at Peking University to the Global Times.

“It has been less than a year since Xi’s maiden visit to India in September, when he went to Modi’s hometown (Ahmedabad) in Gujarat. This makes Xi’s invitation to Modi to visit Xian a reciprocal gesture of goodwill,” Jingkui added.

The differences between both the countries can be overcome by the increasing economic exchanges which have drawn the two emerging Asian economies closer than ever, the report examines.

India has also signed up as a founding member of the China-initiated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Indian and China are the biggest trading partner with bilateral trade of $70 billion and India’s trade deficit with China rose to $37.8 billion last year.

According to the report, Modi is expected to bridge this gap during his three-day China visit by tapping into the potential of the Chinese market.​

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India to Launch Electronic Intelligence Satellite Soon

In January, the space agency launched a defence imaging satellite Microsat R for the DRDO

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TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is shown in this conceptual illustration obtained by Reuters on March 28, 2018. NASA sent TESS into orbit from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. VOA

India on April 1 will launch an electronic intelligence satellite Emisat for the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) along with 28 third party satellites and also demonstrate its new technologies like three different orbits with a new variant of PSLV rocket, ISRO said on Saturday.

According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), a new variant of its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket will first put the 436 kg Emisat into a 749 km orbit.

After that, the rocket will be brought down to put into orbit the 28 satellites at an altitude of 504 km.

This will be followed by bringing the rocket down further to 485 km when the fourth stage/engine will turn into a payload platform carrying three experimental payloads: (a) Automatic Identification System (AIS) from ISRO for Maritime satellite applications capturing messages transmitted from ships (b) Automatic Packet Repeating System (APRS) from AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation), India – to assist amateur radio operators in tracking and monitoring position data and (c) Advanced Retarding Potential Analyser for Ionospheric Studies (ARIS) from Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) – for the structural and compositional studies of ionosphere, the space agency said.

The whole flight sequence will take about 180 minutes from the rocket’s lift off slated at 9.30 a.m. on April 1.

The 28 international customer satellites (24 from US, 2 from Lithuania and one each from Spain and Switzerland)- will weigh about 220 kg.

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“It is a special mission for us. We will be using a PSLV rocket with four strap-on motors. Further, for the first time we will be trying to orbit the rocket at three different altitudes,” ISRO Chairman K. Sivan had earlier told IANS.

The PSLV is a four-stage engine expendable rocket with alternating solid and liquid fuel.

In its normal configuration, the rocket will have six strap-on motors hugging the rocket’s first stage.

On January 24, the ISRO flew a PSLV with two strap-on motors while in March, it had four strap-on motors.

The Indian space agency also has two more PSLV variants, viz Core Alone (without any strap-on motors) and the larger PSLV-XL.

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The ISRO selects the kind of rocket to be used based on the weight of satellites it carries.

The ISRO will also be launching two more defence satellites sometime in July or August with its new rocket Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV).

In January, the space agency launched a defence imaging satellite Microsat R for the DRDO. (IANS)