News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team
New Delhi, IndiaEdited By: Riya GuptaUpdated: Jul 22, 2019, 07:00 PM IST

A level 4 fire has breaks out in MTNL Building in Bandra. Photograph:(ANI)

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Top developments of the day.

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo dismissed Iran’s announcement it had captured 17 spies working for the US Central Intelligence Agency(CIA) and sentenced some to death.

Chandrayaan-2, the second generation moon mission of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), lifted off from the Satish Dhawan centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. The launch took place at 2:43 pm IST on Monday.

A level 4 fire has broken out in Telephone Exchange building in Mumbai's Bandra on Monday afternoon.

Around 14 fire tenders were rushed to the hospital.

Just after an hour of Chandrayaan-2 launch, the US congratulated ISRO officials on the successful liftoff applauding their "giant leap".

"Next stop – the moon!", the US embassy in India tweeted with the hastag #CantWaitToSeeWhatYouDoNext #GSLVMkIII.

Turkey's foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday that he was convinced President Donald Trump did not want to impose sanctions over its purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defence system.