April 18, 2019

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    ‘Raavana 1’ was launched into space early this morning (April 18), marking Sri Lanka’s entry into the global space age.The satellite, designed and developed by two Sri Lankan engineers, will be shuttled to the International Space Station. The “Raavana 1” was launched into space with the assistance of the US rocket “Antares” from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia.The cube-sized model satellite was built by Sri Lanka’s Tharindu Dayarathna and Dulani Chamika Vithanage who were scholars of the Peradeniya University’s Engineering Faculty and the Asian Institute of Technology respectively. They were able to launch this satellite while they were studying space engineering at Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan.

    Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera meets United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres at the UN Head Quarts in New York last Tuesday (16th).

    Due to an atmospheric disturbance in the vicinity of Sri Lanka, prevailing showery condition is expected to continue with severe lightning activities. General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity during thundershowers. Showers or thundershowers will occur over most provinces of the island after 2.00 p.m. Heavy falls above 100 mm can be expected at some places in Sabaragamuwa, Central, Southern, Uva, Western and North-western provinces and in Mannar and Anuradhapura districts. Fairly heavy falls above 50 mm can be expected at some places elsewhere.

    Sri Lanka’s exports have got off to a positive start in 2019, recording healthy growth and topping the $ 1 billion mark, whilst regulatory measures checked imports, leading to a lower trade deficit in January.The Central Bank yesterday said the deficit in the trade account contracted significantly in January 2019 compared to January 2018, as a result of increased export earnings and a significant reduction in imports, mainly reflecting the impact of policy measures implemented to discourage vehicle and non-essential consumer goods imports.

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