India’s gift South Asia satellite an instrument for our Development: Nepal
Source :News Bharati English   Date :04-May-2017

New Delhi, May 4: Nepal has welcomed Prime Minister Modi’s complimentary gift South-Asia Satellite on Thursday. Preparations are in full swing for tomorrow's launch of South Asia satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikotta. The launch by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is scheduled at 4.57 tomorrow afternoon.

We thank India for the South Asia satellite initiative. South Asia satellite an important initiative which will help in socio-economic development of Nepal. Satellite will be an instrument in Nepal’s development, said Ambassador of Nepal to India Deep Kumar Upadhyay.

India will launch South-Asia Satellite on 5th May. In his Mann ki Baat programme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the Sabka Saath Sabka vikas philosophy knows no boundaries. Describing the satellite as India's gift to South Asia, Prime Minister said that many of our neighbours will benefit from this launch.

The satellite launch is expected to boost up the ties between India and its neighboring countries such as Bangladesh, Nepal, Srilanka and Bhutan. Seven out of eight SAARC countries are a part of the project which Pakistan refused to join as it did not want the gift from India.

The scientists took three years to build this 2,230kg satellite which enhances and develop the services like telecommunication, direct-to-home(DTH), Telemedicine, Teleeducation, etc. It also will help water conservation, provide weather forecasts and also natural disaster alerts.