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Sonia congratulates ISRO for satellite launch

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Sonia congratulates ISRO for satellite launch

Sonia congratulates ISRO for satellite launch

New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday congratulated the scientists and staff of ISRO for the successful launch of a record 20 satellites in one go from its PSLV C-34, a statement said.

“The fact that of the 20, 17 satellites belonged to foreign vendors, including that from the US and Google, speaks volumes about the leaps in progression that ISRO has taken since its inception in 1960s,” the Congress president said, and extended her good wishes to ISRO Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar.

The statement added that she “hoped that the Indian Space Research programme will continue to flourish under his able leadership”.

The Indian rocket PSLV, standing 44.4 metres tall and weighing 320 tonnes, on Wednesday morning lifted off successfully with India’s earth observation satellite Cartosat, Google company Terra Bella’s SkySat Gen2-1 and 18 other satellites. The 20 satellites weighed 1,288 kg.

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Nirbhaya convicts to be hanged on March 3 at 6 a.m.

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New Delhi: The four death-row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case will now be hanged on March 3 at 6 a.m., a local court announced here on Monday.

Additional Sessions Judge Dharmendra Rana pronounced the order on a petition seeking issuance of fresh date for the execution of death warrants in the case pertaining to the gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in the national capital in December 2012.

Expressing satisfaction over the latest court order, Nirbhaya’s mother said, “I’m satisfied and happy. I hope the convicts will finally be hanged on March 3,” Asha Devi told mediapersons.

The case pertains to the gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old girl in the national capital in December 2012.

On January 31, a trial court had stayed “till further order” the execution of the four convicts — Mukesh Kumar Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Kumar Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar (31).

Of the four convicts, Pawan has not yet availed the remedy of either curative petition or mercy plea.

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