June 18, 2019
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    Sri Lanka's first satellite 'Raavana-1' was successfully launched into orbit Monday from the International Space Station (ISS) along with two other BIRDS 3 satellites from Japan and Nepal.The cube satellite Raavana 1, designed and developed by two Sri Lankan research engineers studying space engineering at Japan's Kyushu Institute of Technology, was launched in to orbit at 3:45 pm Sri Lanka time.

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has decided to expedite the legal process required to pronounce Poson Poya Day as an annual national festival and to provide state patronage for the Poson Perahera of Mihintale Raja Maha Viharaya.

    President Maithripala Sirisena visited the construction site of the China – Sri Lanka Friendship Nephrology hospital in Polonnaruwa yesterday (June 17) to inspect the progress.The Chinese funding for the kidney hospital is a result of discussions held between President Sirisena and Chinese President Xi Jinping during the former’s official visit to China in 2015.

    The Polonnaruwa Poson Maha Bath Dansala, organized annually by the Polonnaruwa Buddhist Association was held for the 59th occasion for two days near the Polonnaruwa Parakrama Samudraya was opened for pilgrims by President Maithripala Sirisena, who is the Chairman of the Polonnaruwa Buddhist Association, Sunday (16).

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