South Asian leaders hailed successful launch of South Asia Satellite as India's commitment towards Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas. Here's what they said:

Ashraf Ghani, President of Afghanistan:

"Through this cooperation, we have to work for the poor and the deprived. Development must be citizen centric. Today's development is child centred and women centred, it makes governance accessible. This is an extremely important step to know nature and nature's patterns."

Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh:

"On today's auspicious occasion, I congratulate the Government of India (for the successful launch of South Asia Satellite). Betterment of our people can happen through fruitful engagement."

Tshering Tobgay, Prime Minister of Bhutan:

"Launch of the South Asia satellite historic moment for the world, it ushers in a new era of regional cooperation. My heartfelt thanks to the visionary leader, PM Modi for dedicating it to the common progress of the South Asian region. Launch of this satellite, our satellite, augurs well for our region and for nations like Bhutan. This gift from India is an example of true friendship and cooperation. It will bring common progress of our region."

Abdulla Yameen, President of Maldives:

"It gives me immense pleasure to be a part of this occasion. On behalf of the Maldives my gratitude to PM Modi & India. This launch is an example of India's 'neighbour first policy'. We must work for common good, better economic opportunities... Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas."

Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda, Prime Minister of Nepal:

"We extend hearty congratulations to PM Modi and Government of India. This will enhance connectivity. This will be helpful to provide communication services in the mountain and hilly regions of Nepal."

Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka:

"This initiative (South Asia Satellite) will provide assistance to many priority areas of the region. May this initiative support people in all regions, enhance economic conditions'  help eliminating poverty."

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PM condoles loss of lives due to railway accident in West Bengal
June 17, 2024
Announces ex-gratia from PMNRF

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has condoled the loss of lives due to railway accident in West Bengal. The Prime Minister assured that rescue operations are underway to assist the affected while the Union Minister for Railways, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw is on the way to the site of the mishap. The Prime Minister’s Office announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh from PMNRF to the next of kin of each deceased and Rs. 50,000 for those injured.

The Prime Minister posted on X;

“The railway accident in West Bengal is saddening. Condolences to those who lost their loved ones. I pray that the injured recover at the earliest. Spoke to officials and took stock of the situation. Rescue operations are underway to assist the affected. The Railways Minister Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw Ji is on the way to the site of the mishap as well.”

The Prime Minister’s Office posted on X;

“PM Narendra Modi has announced that an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of each deceased in the railway mishap in West Bengal. The injured would be given Rs. 50,000.”