ISRO; India's heavy-lift rocket GSLV MkIII carrying the communication satellite, GSAT-19, from the space sport of Sriharikota to be launched today.

According to the ISRO, "The 25-and-half hour countdown for the launch of GSLV-Mk III-D1, carrying the 3,136 kg GSAT-19 satellite, commenced at 3.58 pm, soon after the Mission Readiness Review Committee and Launch Authorisation Board gave the clearance.

ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar said, "it was the heaviest ever rocket and satellite to be launched from the country".

"All activities for the launch of GSLV Mk III-D1 and GSAT-19 mission is going on.. "We are expecting to launch at 5.28 pm," added.

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