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Launch of ‘Sikuru Grahaya’ on the day of transit of Venus
 
 
 
 
‘Tharuwakmen Babelena Sikuru Grahaya,’ a book by Anura C. Perera, a Leading Sri Lankan Science Writer and Astronomer, was launched on June 6 at the exact time of Greatest Transit of Venus by offering it to the Planet Venus. This is the first time in the world such an event took place.
 

The second copy was presented to A. G. Wimalasiri, Senior Working Director of "Maliban Biscuit Manufactories (Pvt) Ltd by the author at his residence in Rajagiriya.

Among those present at the launch as well as to observe the transit of Venus, were Prashanth Malavige, well-known/astrologer, Thilak Godamanna, Chaiman of "Ninehearts (Pvt) Ltd., A. G. Wimalasiri, Senior Working Director of Maliban, Lal Hettiarachchi former Director, Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Abdullah Rizni, General Manager (Finance), ‘BlueScope Lysaght Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.’ and Raja Hewabowalage, Chairman of ‘Nippolac Group of Companies’, Premasiri Haputhanthri, Managing Director, Sarasavi Publishers Ltd Nugegoda which published the book in a very attractive format could not attend due to unavoidable circumstances.
The first edition of this book was released in June 2004 and this updated version was released to coincide with the Transit of Venus. The forward to this book was written by Dr. Sarath D. Gunapala, a Sri Lankan Senior Research Scientist working for NASA in USA.