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India, Belgia launch Asia's biggest telescope

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Science   A 3.6-metre-wide primary mirror

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel launched Asia's biggest telescope, ARIES.

"Prime Minister Michel and I have just activated, remotely, India s largest optical telescope," Modi said after launching the telescope with a 3.6-metre-wide primary mirror located at Devasthal near Nainital in Uttarakhand.

"Even sky is not the limit," he said, referring to the cooperation between the two countries on various projects.

ARIES, the largest optical telescope of its kind in Asia. It will be used to study star structures and magnetic field structures of stars.

"This product of Indo-Belgian collaboration is an inspiring example of what our partnership can achieve," said Modi.

"The work is also afoot on other agreements in the areas of Information and Communication Technology, audio-visual production Tourism biotechnology and shipping and ports," he added.

"I look forward to welcoming PM Charles Michel in India," said PM Modi.

On the Belgium terror attack, PM Modi said that India stand with the people of Belgium.

"I offer my deepest condolences to the victims. Whole of India stands in full support with the people of Belgium," he said.

"We share the depth of sorrow & grief that people of Belgium have experienced in the last 8 days," he added.

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