1. PM Narendra Modi congratulates ISRO for successful launch of South Asia Satellite, says ‘it opens up new horizons of engagement’

PM Narendra Modi congratulates ISRO for successful launch of South Asia Satellite, says ‘it opens up new horizons of engagement’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the team of scientists for the successful launch of South Asia Satellite GSAT-9

By: | New Delhi | Updated: May 5, 2017 5:39 PM
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the team of scientists for the successful launch of South Asia Satellite GSAT-9 which took off from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikotta at 4.57 pm. In a series of tweets, Indian Prime Minister called it a historic moment and said it will open up new horizons of engagement. “Successful launch of South Asian Satellite is a historic moment. It opens up new horizons of engagement,” posted PM Modi on Twitter.

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“I congratulate the team of scientists who worked hard for the successful launch of South Asia Satellite. We are very proud of them,” he wrote in another tweet. The Prime Minister also gave a big surprise to people by revealing that he has been joined by the leaders of South Asian nations. Another tweet by the Prime Minister read as, “The historic occasion has been made better with a surprise- we have leaders of South Asian nations joining us in celebrating this launch.”

PM Modi said that the launch of the satellite will ‘greatly benefit South Asia and our region’s progress’. “We are a united family of South Asian countries, united in our pursuit of peace, progress & prosperity of our region & the entire humankind,” wrote PM Modi in another tweet. He added that, “The support and presence of these leaders will add even more joy in the hearts & minds of our region.”

In his last episode of ‘Mann Ki Baat’, PM Modi had said that the satellite is India’s gift to the region that will go a long way in addressing the economic and development priorities of the nations in the region. The satellite weighs around 2230 kilogram during lift off and will be carrying 12 Ku-Band transponders. It has been developed at a cost of about 235-crore rupees and the total cost of the project including the launch is worked out to be about 450-crore rupees.

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