MOSCOW — Russia has launched its inaugural rocket from another cosmodrome, a day after a technical glitch foiled the much-publicised event and led to President Vladimir Putin criticising the program’s officials.
The unmanned Soyuz-2.1A rocket carrying three satellites roared off into a clear blue sky from the launch pad at the Vostochny cosmodrome in the remote Amur Region near China’s border at 5:01am Moscow time, state television showed.
The satellites separated from the rocket’s third stage about nine minutes into the flight, heading to their designated orbits, Russian media quoted officials from the space agency Roscosmos as saying.
The launch was called off less than two minutes before the lift-off on Wednesday, upsetting President Vladimir Putin, who had flown thousands of kilometres to watch what the media and officials touted as an historic event.
“I want to congratulate you. There is something to be proud of,” local media quoted Mr Putin telling cosmodrome workers after watching Thursday’s launch at Vostochny.
“In principle, we could have held the launch yesterday, but the equipment overdid its job and stopped the launch. This is a normal thing.”
The Vostochny spaceport, the first civilian rocket launch site on Russian territory, is intended to phase out the nation’s reliance on the Baikonur cosmodrome it leases from Kazakhstan at a cost of nearly $151 million a year.
Delays and corruption have blighted work on the cosmodrome, which Mr Putin has hailed as Russia’s biggest current building project, with a budget of between $6 and $8 billion.
2 injured as bomb goes off at Ward Chair’s house
DAMAK — An unidentified group detonated a bomb at the house of Bhim Poudel, a Ward Chairperson of the Damak Municipality Ward Number 7, last night, injuring two people including a woman.
The injured were hit by shrapnel due to the explosion. The explosion has also caused minor damages to the house which is located some 500 metres to the east of the Area Police Office, Damak.
It was a powerful explosion and it is not known who carried it out, police said.
Those injured in the incident are Semu Rai and Tilochan Pokhrel who had come to visit their relatives at the house next to Poudel’s house.
Both them who have been wounded in the hands and legs are being treated at the Lifeline Hospital in Damak. Rai is a staff at the same hospital.
Police has started an investigation into the case. Meanwhile, the Nepal Communist Party led by Netra Bikram Chand (Biplav) has today issued a press release saying those playing main role in evicting the landless squatters in the disputed market area in Damak. It had specifically named Wrad Chair Poudel and Mayor Romnath Oli.
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