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India assures to provide dairy cows of high quality to SL!

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The Government of India has assured to provide dairy cows of high quality to Sri Lanka due to the lack of such dairy cows in the country.

Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay has made the assurance during a discussion held with Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera.

The ministry also said that Mr. Baglay and President Ranil Wickremesinghe recently had a discussion where the High Commissioner has agreed to provide full support for the revival of the livestock development sector in Sri Lanka.

According to the ministry, Sri Lanka’s milk and dairy-related production dropped by 19% last year due to the downturn faced by the industry amid the economic crisis.

Meanwhile, the ministry further said that the country’s corn harvest in the 2021 Maha Season fell to 90,000 metric tons, resulting in a shortage of animal feed in the country, which was further aggravated by the lack of dollars hindering the corn importation.

However, the ministry indicated that 180,000 metric tons of corn were imported by the end of 2022 and 60,000 hectares of corn can be cultivated during the upcoming Season.

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Term tests for Western province suspended

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The term tests for grade 10 and 11 in the Western province schools has been postponed after some of the question papers were shared on social media ahead of the examination.

A senior official said that the decision had been taken after complaints that several question papers had been leaked out before the examinations.

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Russian Naval Ship Varyag Visits Colombo

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The Russian Naval Ship Varyag has arrived at the port of Colombo on a formal visit. 

This 187m long Missile Cruiser, manned by a crew of 529, is led by Flag Officer Captain 1st Rank Velichko Anatoly Vasicievich, with Captain 2nd Rank Glushakov Roman Nikolaevich serving as the Commanding Officer.

During their stay in Sri Lanka, the ship’s crew is expected to participate in various programs organized by the Sri Lanka Navy, fostering camaraderie and exploring tourist attractions in the country. 

The official visit will conclude, and Varyag is set to depart from the island tomorrow.

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SL over 60s cricket team ranked 4th in the world

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The Sri Lanka Over-60s cricket team, led by Garry Gunasekara, achieved a commendable 4th place in the recently concluded Over-60s Cricket World Cup in Chennai. 

Twelve teams, including all major cricketing nations except Pakistan and Bangladesh, participated in the tournament.

In the group league stages, Sri Lanka secured victories against India, Wales, and the Rest of the World. 

They also tied with the West Indies and suffered their only defeat to Australia, finishing 2nd in the group. 

Sri Lanka faced England in the first semi-final, resulting in a loss, while New Zealand lost to Australia in the second semi-final. Australia went on to convincingly win the final against England.

In the third-place match, Sri Lanka faced New Zealand and narrowly lost by 20 runs, ultimately securing the 4th position in the Over-60s Cricket World Cup.

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