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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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Shiv Sena takes pot shots at BJP, says saffron party drifting to insanity

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Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Saturday cautioned its former ally Bharatiya Janata Party against taking its defeat in Maharashtra to heart, or it would lose mental balance and slide to ”insanity”.

The Sena said that with efforts currently underway in Maharashtra to form a stable government minus the single-largest party BJP, it (BJP) is raving and ranting against the second-largest party (Sena’s) upcoming alliance with the Nationalist Congress Party and Congress, the third and fourth-largest party respectively.

“The BJP is now confidently claiming that despite having 105 MLAs, it will form the next government. It is also predicting that even if any other government comes to power, it would not last too long, or beyond six months,” the Sena said in sharp edits in the party mouthpieces ”Saamana” and ”Dopahar Ka Saamana” on Saturday.

Ridiculing the BJP, the Sena pointed out that “the tall claim is coming from the very same party which had gone to the Governor (B.S. Koshyari) and expressed inability to form the government”.

This is despite the BJP President and Union Home Minister’s assertion two days ago that the party which can prove support of 145 MLAs will be the claimant and that would be a Constitutional government, but the Maharashtra BJP leaders seem to have discarded it.

“Now, Fadnavis is telling his legislators to remain ”bindaas” (carefree) as they would form the government… Under the cover of President”s Rule, attempts are being made at ”horse-trading”,” the Sena edit said.

Reminding the BJP and Fadnavis that “nobody is born to rule or become the CM or is invincible”, the Sena said that while Lord Ram had to leave his kingdom, the conquerors of the world like Alexander and Napoleon also came and went, and Aurangzeb also was finally buried.

Urging the BJP not to scream that “it will form the government”, the Sena warned that it would lose its mental stability and it would not augur well for the state if the number of amad people” goes up.

“Better accept the reality that nobody is invincible… The saffron flag of truth will flutter again in Maharashtra,” the Sena said.

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