Plumes of smoke after the explosion on the Indian rocket
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Indian rocket carrying satellite explodes after launch

An Indian space rocket carrying the country's largest communications satellite has exploded shortly after launch.

Live television coverage showed the rocket vanishing in a plume of smoke moments after lift-off from Sriharikota near the city of Chennai (Madras).

The Indian Space Reserach Organisation said it believed the explosion was caused by an electronic failure.