The South Asia Satellite was on Friday launched by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV F-09 carrying the communication and broadcasting satellite took from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota at 4.57 p.m.
PM Modi took to Twitter to congratulate ISRO on successfully launching the South Asia satellite and also said that all leaders from of South Asia including Afghanistan President Ghani, PM Hasina, Bhutan President Tshering Tobgay , Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, Nepal President Prachanda and Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena would be joining in via videoconferencing to celebrate the event.
He wrote on Twitter: “Successful launch of South Asian Satellite is a historic moment. It opens up new horizons of engagement. This will also greatly benefit South Asia & our region’s progress. I congratulate the team of scientists who worked hard for the successful launch of South Asia Satellite. We are very proud of them. @isro. The historic occasion has been made better with a surprise- we have leaders of South Asian nations joining us in celebrating this launch. I welcome President @ashrafghani, PM Hasina, PM @tsheringtobgay, @presidencymv Abdulla Yameen, PM Prachanda, President @MaithripalaS.
He added: “All the leaders will take part & address the programme via video conferencing at 5.30 PM this evening. The support and presence of these leaders will add even more joy in the hearts & minds of our region. We are a united family of South Asian countries, united in our pursuit of peace, progress & prosperity of our region & the entire humankind.