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SL to try their hand at making donkey milk cheese

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A group of academics from the Peradeniya University is exploring the possibility of locally producing dairy and skincare products from donkey milk, reports say.

Accordingly, three males, two females and a foal have been brought from Puttalam to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, senior Professor Ashoka Dangolla has told the media.

Prof. Dangolla further said that there are records of donkey milk being used as skincare products by legendary beauties such as Cleopatra.

Noting that donkey milk is similar to human breast milk, Prof. Dangolla adds that dairy products such as cheese made from this have a high demand globally.

Pule cheese or magareći sir, which is a Serbian cheese made from donkey and goat milk, is said to be the world’s most expensive cheese.

Donkeys were originally used to transport salt in Puttalam – Kalpitiya area.

Environmentalists have long called for a programme to conserve these animals.

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Prasanna urges Ranil to declare candidacy promptly

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During a spirited rally in Kadawatha today, Minister Prasanna Ranatunga passionately urged President Ranil Wickremesinghe to promptly announce his candidacy for the presidency within the upcoming week.

“The people of Gampaha eagerly await your decision. Please do not delay any further in declaring your intention to contest,” Minister Ranatunga urged with conviction.

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Harin awards Rs. 1M to Olympic athletes

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Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Harin Fernando has awarded financial sponsorship cheques of Rs. 1 million each to six athletes participating in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. 

Additionally, prize money totaling Rs. 1280 lakh was distributed to athletes and coaches who secured medals and top-eight positions in the last Asian and Paralympic Games in Hangzhou, China.

Young sprinter Tharushi was among the highly rewarded, receiving Rs. 15 million for her Asian Games gold medal along with another Rs. 2.5 million for her relay medal.

Minister Fernando emphasized the significance of encouraging athletes even amidst the country’s financial crisis. 

He expressed his commitment to promoting sports and highlighted the importance of discipline in representing Sri Lanka. He urged athletes to dedicate themselves to achieving victory, meeting the high expectations of the nation.

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Former INSSSL Director General Asanka Abeygunasekara arrested

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The former Director General of the Institute of National Security Studies of Sri Lanka (INSSSL) Asanka Abeygunasekara has been arrested by police.

Abeygunasekara, against whom there was a pending open warrant over a case filed by the Inland Revenue Department (IRD), was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake this morning (21), police said.

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