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Yuri Gagarin’s Space Flight, Visit to Ceylon commemorated

State Minister Dr. Seetha Arambepola at the inauguration ceremony.
State Minister Dr. Seetha Arambepola at the inauguration ceremony.

The inauguration ceremony of the 60th Anniversary Celebration of Yuri Gagarin’s Space Flight and Visit to Ceylon was concluded on April 6 at the Russian House in Colombo.

Chief Guest Skills Development Vocational Education, Research and Innovation State Minister Dr. Seetha Arambepola; Deputy Head of Mission and Counselor of the Embassy of the Russian Federation Alexey Budanov; Education Reforms, Open Universities and Distance Learning Promotion State Minister and Sri Lanka-Russia Friendship Society President Susil Premjayantha; Advisor to the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and General Secretary of the Sri Lanka-Russia Friendship Society Dr. Saman Weerasinghe; First Secretary of the Embassy of the Russian Federation and Director of the Russian House in Colombo Madam Anastasia Khokhlova and Chief Executive Officer of the Russian House in Colombo Buddhapriya Ramanayaka participated.

The event was organised by the Russian House in Colombo in partnership with the Sri Lanka Russia Friendship Society in a joint collaboration with Anura Samaraweera, Member of the International Association of Philatelic Journalists, Assistant Treasurer of the Philatelic Society of Sri Lanka provided stamps and photos pertaining to the event.

Magilin Nona - the girl who was chosen to garland Gagarin back in 1961- was chosen for this honourable task due to her heroism in saving the lives of multiple individuals from drowning when she was merely a teenager. As she shared her experience of that memorable day 60 years ago, the crowd parted with knowledge and memories gained by the photos, newspaper articles, stamps put up for exhibition. The exhibition was open to the public from April 7 to 8.