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The University leadership training
programme for Sri Lankan students will commence on December 27media reports.
The programme is scheduled to start at 25 Army Camps islandwide for those who qualified to enter University for the 2011/2012 academic year according to the Higher Education Ministry Director General of Students affairs Keerthi Mawella.
Federation of University Teachers’
Associations (FUTA) had finally informed them that they would submit their
proposals from next year and this time the program could go as scheduled.According to the media reports
Program has reduced from three weeks to two week.
The leadership training program is
scheduled to launch in three sessions for three batches of 9,000 students each.
The Ministry is hoping send the relevant convening letters to the first batch
of the selected students soon.
Twenty nine Army camps in the North
and East, Colombo, Kandy and Galle districts have been selected for the
The programme's aim is to develop
leadership skills and change the undergraduates' attitudes.The training
comprises both theory and practical sessions including indoor and outdoor
activities. Every student who is participating in the programme has to follow a
Updated: Turning a new page in Sri Lankan history, entering in to space era for the first time, Sri Lanka's first communication satellite Supreme SAT-I launched to orbit on November 27 ,2012 around 3:43 p.m. local time from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China.Now the Satellite has positioned over Sri Lanka.
Earlier it was scheduled to launch on November 22 but postponed due to bad weather in the outer space and some technical problems said President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s youngest son Rohita Rajapaksa who is a technical advisor/engineer of the project.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's youngest son Rohitha Rajapaksa is the master minder of this project.Rohitha Rajapaksa has obtained his aerospace engineering
master degree in UK.
Sri Lanka's first Communications Satellite SupremeSAT –
I will be launched on November 27, 2012 at 15:43hrs on board China's Long March
3B/E Launch Vehicle from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre. This will be the
beginning of new era for Sri Lanka and will be etched in our country's proud
history & will stand as a major milestone for Sri Lanka in developing the
Motherland as a Naval, Aviation, Commercial, Energy and Knowledge hub, serving
as a key link between the East and West.
The satellite will be deployed at 87.5E in the
Geo-stationary orbit approximately 36000 km above the surface of the earth and
has a design life of 15 years. The SupremeSAT – I was built by Thales Alenia
Space of France. Design is based on SB 4000 series satellite bus which comes
under the medium class telecommunications satellite category with its launch
mass of 5100kg. SB 4000 series has a successful flight heritage, hence it's a
very stable and reliable space platform. Having a payload of 56 transponders on
board SupremeSAT will be capable of providing communications services,
including broadband Internet, telecom and broadcasting and will cover parts of
the Middle East, South & Central Asia and also Australia.
M. Manivannan, Chairman of SupremeSAT said the launch will take place around
9:30 p.m. Sri Lankan time and the satellite will be positioned above the country
in the Geo-Stationary orbit at 87.5 degrees East in just seven minutes.
satellite will be operational for commercial purposes in the region by early
A milestone in Sri Lankan history, entering in to
space era for the first time, the Sri Lankan national flag would be displayed
in orbit with the launch of the first satellite Supreme SAT-I.
Lanka will be the 45th country in the world to own a communication satellite
and the third in South Asia. India and Pakistan have their own satellites.
SupremeSAT (Pvt) Ltd.is the first Sri Lankan satellite
operator with the partnership of China's state owned satellite manufacturing
institutionChina Great Wall Industry Corporation(CGWIC).
SupremeSAT is planned to invest over
US$ 320 million, and planning to launch Sri Lanka's first evercommunications satellite. It will be called
SupremeSAT-III. The SupremeSAT-III will be providing all types of
telecommunications services to Sri Lanka and hope to launch on year 2015.
SupremeSAT has laid foundation stone
for the first 'Space Academy' at the Kandy BOI (Board of Investment). An
investment of US$ 20 million on Space Academy, which is targeting to train Sri
Lankans in space and satellite technology, will begin in next year (2013).
Also, a satellite ground station is to be built in Koggala area to oversee
will make history by becoming the 27th private company in the world to own a
satellite. The company is currently negotiating with the Maldives and
Afghanistan to build satellites for them.
has entered into an exclusive partnership agreement with China's State-owned
China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) for the design, manufacturing and
launching of the satellite.
‘The SupremeSAT’ company is currently holding
negotiations with the Maldives and Afghanistan to build a satellite for them.
new venture of SupremeSAT will offer all types of telecommunication services
such as broadband and networking services, various broadcast solutions,
back-haul or range extension facilities for telecom operators and other
services such as E-government and E-learning.
our robust growth in the regional satellite industry, we will be launching the
first ever Sri Lankan owned satellite, SupremeSAT-I into orbit on 22nd
November 2012. This will be a joint launch with China Satcom and will enable us
to expand into the regional DTH market with immediate effect.
Location :87.5° East Longitude
Manufacturer :Thales Alenia Space
Launch Date :22nd November 2012
Equivalent Transponder Capacity :24 C-band, 23 Ku-band
second joint launch will take place in mid 2013 in partnership with China
Satcom. Supremesat-II will again specifically be targeting the South Asian
:98° East Longitude
Manufacturer :China Academy of Space Technology
Launch Date :Mid 2013
Equivalent Transponder Capacity :TBA
Fully Owned Satellite
consolidating our position with the co branded & joint owned satellite
fleet, we plan to launch SupremeSAT-III into 50°E. This will be a fully owned
satellite of ours.
Location :50° East Longitude
Manufacturer :China Academy of Space Technology
Launch Date :December 2015
Equivalent Transponder Capacity :TBA
President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s youngest son Mr. Rohita
Rajapaksa has said that having received the required expertise as well as
training in China, Spain and Russia, he joined the Supreme Group or Supreme Sat
as a technical advisor/engineer.
He has said that he was based in China for several months, and he joined the
Supreme Sat project after completing his Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering
degree. He has also said that felt he should be involved in the SupremeSAT
project though he earlier wanted to become the world’s youngest astronaut.
Mr. Rajapakssa has also said that the Supreme Sat launch was a private sector
project, and the Group intends to establish a Satellite earth station at
Pallekele in April next year, followed by the launch of two satellites in June
2013 and December 2015
Updated: Academic activities in most of the Sri Lankan schools have
come to a standstill today and interrupted due to the trade union action launched by teachers and
the Ceylon Teachers' Union, Joseph Stalin said that the trade union action is
being carried out as solutions have not been provided to the salary anomalies
and other demands.He said that if the authorities fail to resolve the issue,
they continue the strike action.
the reports, teachers were absent in schools, a large number of students had
turned up in school.
Due to the
trade union action, academic activities were disrupted in the Kalutara,Anuradhapura
and Kurunegala educational zone.
the Ministry of Education, Gotabaya Jayaratne, stated that the trade union
action was being carried out while an agreement had been arrived at to grant
the demands of the teachers. Old News: Sri Lankan school principals
and teachers are decided to go on token strike from December 4th. About
225,000 teachers and principals of 9662 schools islandwide will join the trade
union action. The decision to launch the strike
was made at a convention held by teachers and principals at the Mahaweli Center
today with the participation of some 14 education sector trade unions.
The Ceylon Teachers' Union (CTU),Sri Lanka’a major
education trade union hope that the School children too expected
to support the their trade union action. A crucial meeting will be held on
November 16 between Education Minister and Teachers Union.
Sri Lanka’s major school Teachers’ trade union
is to launch a islandwide strike demanding to remove of their salary anomalies
and to win 13 other demands. The Ceylon Teachers' Union (CTU) says the
principals and teachers have decided to launch the strike if
government fail to fulfill their demands.