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Chandrayaan II Launch Called Off.

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Sriharikota: The launch of Chandrayaan II has been called off at the last moment due to a technical snag in the launch vehicle, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said. The revised launch date will be announced later.

Moon rocket Chandrayaan 2, India’s most ambitious space mission yet. The powerful GSLV Mark III rocket was set to go up from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at 2:51 am with a rover that would land on the moon in about two months’ time. However, after first being put on hold 56 minutes before blast-off, the launch was scrapped because of a “technical snag”, ISRO said.

The countdown was halted 56 minutes and 24 seconds before the planned lift off at 2:51 am. Sources said the snag was in the cryogenic stage or last stage of the rocket before it separates. ISRO had announced one hour before launch.

The snag was reportedly noticed when the cryogenic fuel was being loaded. The lift-off of the three-component spacecraft weighing 3,850 kg and comprising an orbiter, the lander and the rover was scheduled for 2:51 am from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. The mission was to follow the successful maiden Lunar Mission Chandrayaan-1 launched in 2008.

The launch of Chandrayaan 2 has suffered multiple setbacks with ISRO missing many deadlines since 2018. It was scheduled to be launched in a window between January and mid-February this year, but was put off yet again.

 

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PM Modi departs for two-day visit to Bhutan

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be on two day visit to Bhutan to discuss relations with India and to strengthen bilateral ties with the Himalayan nation in various fields. This is Modi’s second visit to Bhutan, first since reelection.

Modi will arrive at Paro International Airport on Saturday 17th August and will be there till 19th August. PM Modi will discuss their relations in various fields. According to reports one of the talks will be on accessing of RuPay cards in Bhutan. Before departure it is said that it will talk on partnerships from “Neighborhood Policy’.

PM Modi will meet Prime Minister of Bhutan today at 4 pm in the evening. During the visit, the Prime Minister is expected to receive audiences with Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the King of Bhutan and Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the fourth King of Bhutan nd hold talks with his Bhutanese counterpart Dr Lotay Tshering. The Prime Minister will also address the students of Royal University of Bhutan there.

He would also visit national Museum at Chorten the next day. “The visit is in keeping with the tradition of regular high -level exchanges between the two countries and provides an opportunity to the two sides to discuss ways to further strengthen and diversify the bilateral partnership, including economic and development co-operation, hydropower co-operation, people -to-people-ties as well as share views on regional matters and other issues of National Interest” an MEA statement said.

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