In Sri Lanka, moves are underway to set up a joint space venture with a Chinese Company. According to a report in the Business Times a few weeks ago, China will lend its expertise to Sri Lanka’s first space academy to be launched next year, through a joint venture between Supreme Satellite Private Ltd Colombo and Great Wall Industry Corporation of China (CGWIC), with an investment of US$ 20 million. The space academy, to be set up on a 30-acre land in Koggala, is expected to train Sri Lankans in space and satellite technology with the aim of promoting space science in the country. Meanwhile, Rohitha Rajapaksa, youngest son of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, received a letter from Russian President Valdimir Putin recently. Putin had conveyed his wishes for Rohitha who earlier inquired about the Russian Aero Space Agency to pursue his astronomical studies and training further. He is to leave for Russia shortly to receive training there.  ]]>

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