South Asia Satellite: Why it is a diplomatic victory for India in the region


southIn 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had committed at the SAARC summit that a communication satellite would be launched which would serve the needs of countries in South Asia. Pakistan was however left out as the country said it had its own programme. On Friday the geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle GSLV-F09, carrying the 2230-kg GSAT-9 South Asia satellite, lifted off at 4.57 pm from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

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