Inter Milan confirm interest in Chelsea winger

first_img1 Chelsea cannot offload Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah to Inter Milan until they sort out a row with Fiorentina.Salah, who failed to win over Jose Mourinho, spent the second half of last season in Florence and appeared to have enjoyed a successful spell that looked like preceding a permanent move.However, the former Basel man pulled out of the transfer and instead wants to join Inter, managed by former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini.But Fiorentina are threatening legal action to ensure Salah returns to them and Inter are awaiting clarification on the Egyptian winger’s status before negotiating a deal with Chelsea.Inter general director Marco Fassone told Turin-based sports newspaper Tuttosport: “We are waiting to understand what the situation is, because for the time being, it seems that it is not clear who Salah’s sporting rights belong to.“Should he free himself, the Egyptian could be a target of ours.” Mohamed Salah last_img read more

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‘Bogdan makes Mignolet look like Manuel Neuer’ – Fans rage as another howler costs Reds

first_img1 ‘Not even Klopp can save us’Liverpool fans weren’t in the brightest of moods as they watched their side get out fought, out muscled and out played by Watford on Sunday afternoon, but it was again the man between the post who was the target of the supporters’ rage.With the recently error-prone Simon Mignolet out of the team through injury, the Anfield faithful were hoping for a better display from stand-in Adam Bogdan.But his afternoon couldn’t have got off to a worst start, as a mistake from the butterfingers glovesman allowed on-loan defender Nathan Ake to open the scoring in the second minute, before he was too easily beaten by the in-form Odion Ighalo as he fired the Hornets into a 2-0 half-time lead.And, as you can see below, the knives were out for the Hungarian… Adam Bogdan is beaten as Watford go 1-0 up against Liverpool last_img read more

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HOSPITAL STAFF MORALE IS ON THE FLOOR AND WAIT ON CLOTHING COMPENSATION NOT HELPING – UNION

first_imgA leading union representing staff at Letterkenny General Hospital has said the delay in compensating workers for damaged clothing during last year’s flooding is not acceptable.A scene from the flooded hospital last summer donegaldaily.comDonegal Daily revealed last week how many workers were promised compensation after volunteering to work for free during last July’s flooding.A total claim of approximately €22,000 in damages was put in by a large group of workers. But we revealed that many of those workers have still not received their compensation.Now the IMPACT Trade Union said something has to be done immediately to sort the matter out once and for all saying staff morale is very low.Richy Carrothers, IMPACT spokesperson for the North West, said the waiting period was just unacceptable.“Here we are nearly 13 months after the major flooding of the hospital and workers have still yet to be compensated for the loss of personal items such as clothes and shoes that were ruined as many struggled to save patients and prevent further damage to the hospital. “At the time of the emergency we as union representatives were assured that processing of such claims would be expedited as a show of goodwill for the enormous work undertaken by staff on the day the subsequent months of recovery. Workers lodged the claims as requested and they have still yet to be paid.“To make matters worse, it would appear that the HSE has been paid the money from the insurers and are taking their time in recompensing people. It is simply unacceptable that this money would be unduly withheld. . The hospital needs to make the situation right and quickly”.“Morale amongst many of the workforce is on the floor which has been greatly exacerbated by yet another flood on the 5th August 2014”. HOSPITAL STAFF MORALE IS ON THE FLOOR AND WAIT ON CLOTHING COMPENSATION NOT HELPING – UNION was last modified: August 14th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:clothingcompensationdonegalFLOODINGLetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more

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AC Milan give Fenerbahce priority on Carlos Bacca if they can sign defender

first_img1 AC Milan have stepped up efforts to sign Arsenal, Liverpool and Brighton target Simon Kjaer, according to reports in Turkey.Sports newspaper Fanatik has reported that the Italian giants are willing to give Fenerbahce priority to sign Carlos Bacca if they allow the transfer of Kjaer to go ahead.Bacca, 30, is another Premier League target with Arsenal and West Ham both keeping tabs on his current situation.However, Milan’s latest proposal to Fenerbahce could spell an end to the English duo’s interest in Bacca, with the Serie A giants ready to pull out all the stops in order to land Kjaer.The 28-year-old is currently valued at just over £17m and has been constantly linked with a move to the Premier League during the last six months.Fenerbahce have desperately tried to ward off interest in their star defender but now may be tempted into selling him to Milan, in order to maximise their chances of landing Bacca. Simon Kjaer (right) defends against Wayne Rooney last_img read more

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Los Altos looks to conquer Western

first_imgLos Altos High School’s football team has responded well to adversity, thus far. The Conquerors bounced back from their defeat to Damien High two weeks ago with a rout over Warren High last week. Arroyo (4-0) at Nogales (2-2), 7 p.m. Arroyo High just continues to win. The Knights got by El Rancho High, 26-21, in a difficult road game last week. Arroyo QB Dominic Salmon ranks among the area’s top passers, but he’s also contributed with some key plays on defense. Nogales won its first two games before suffering losses to Mt. Baldy League teams in the past two weeks. Bottom line: It’s obvious this year’s team isn’t quite to the level of last year’s 12-1 juggernaut. But the Knights appear to be improving each week and remain very savvy. Arroyo will extend its regular season win streak to 21 tonight while prepping for two major Mission Valley League tests coming in the following weeks. Montebello (1-3) at Rowland (3-1), 7 p.m. Rowland High saw its undefeated season get spoiled last week in a loss to Don Lugo High. The Raiders are hoping to get back on track tonight before San Antonio League play begins next week. Montebello made a stirring rally last week at Wilson High, but lost to the Wildcats. Bottom line: This is a good spot for Rowland to get some swagger back. The Raiders simply need to stop Oilers QB Rene Cerda, and they’ll do it. Expect the Raiders running game to eat clock all night. The pick: Rowland. Mountain View (0-4) at Baldwin Park (3-1), 7 p.m. The Braves have a chance to exceed their season win total from last year tonight and Valle Vista League play hasn’t even started yet. Baldwin Park High’s community can thank new coach James Heggins for that, and Heggins can thank star tailback Aaron Harris. Harris currently leads the area in rushing and has scored five touchdowns in each of the Braves’ last two games. Mountain View (38.7 ppg. allowed) hasn’t stopped anybody in its first four games. Bottom line: Harris will run wild for as long as Heggins allows. The junior can add to his already impressive season tonight and the Braves will enter league play next Friday full of confidence at 4-1. The pick: Baldwin Park. Duarte (3-1, 1-0) vs. Workman (0-4-1, 0-1), at La Puente HS, 7 p.m. Workman High gave defending Montview League champion Gladstone High a scare last week in a 14-12 loss. The Lobos are hoping to do the same this week to No. 1-contender Duarte High. The Falcons haven’t disappointed this season as their star-studded roster of skill players and defensive backs have put up the points on offense while keeping them off on defense. Duarte took a major step toward the league title with a rout of Azusa last week. Bottom line: Lost in the shuffle of highly recruited Falcon seniors Corey Fluker and Le’one Fortunati is the quietly productive season of sophomore tailback Chris Harris. Harris ranks among the area’s top rushers and he should have a good shot at doing some more damage tonight. The picks: Duarte. Also playing Silverado (2-2) at Chino (3-1), 7 p.m. — Aram Tolegian can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233, or by e-mail at aram.tolegian@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tonight’s game at Western High is another chance to gain momentum heading into the Miramonte League play next week. Kickoff is 7 p.m. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Conquerors have been doing it with offense. Los Altos is averaging 35 points per game, thanks to junior quarterback Matt Castaneda and the receiver duo of Chappelle Brown and Rex Foss. The defense hasn’t played bad in its three wins, but a 42-point outburst Damien had against the Conquerors won’t easily be forgotten. Bottom line: Los Altos’ offense is one of the best, if not the best, in the area. But the Conquerors will experience similar results to last season if the defense doesn’t improve. Western doesn’t have enough to stay with the Conquerors. The pick: Los Altos. last_img read more

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Islanders buzzing with quirky plan to bring new life to their community

first_imgPeople on Tory Island are ‘buzzing’ with a project to bring much-needed jobs and a new lease of life to the outcrop by setting up a bee colony. Islanders on Tory, which is more than 14.5kms off the Donegal mainland, plan to set up their own honey-making business.The 140 residents on the island have already set up a committee and will spend the coming winter studying bee-keeping. Saskia Levy-Rogers, the spokesperson for the project, said the remote island is the perfect location for such a project.Because the island is so far from the mainland, the bees bred on the island will remain parasite free and produce the purest of honey.The group plan to study bee-keeping this winter and will set up a small number of beehives next year and will then start full honey production in 2021.Saskia told Donegal Daily that more than a dozen islanders have already signed up to the project. “There is great interest in the project and we hope to achieve several goals from the project.“We hope to create several jobs on the island to take care of the apiary as well as producing honey, beeswax and royal jelly.“There could also be a tourism spin-off from the island from the project and in the process, we are also protecting the native Irish honey bee.“We are learning from scratch and we are still at the very early stages of our project, but we believe in this project and we are confident that we will manage to overcome the difficulties and be successful,” she said.However, there is a ‘sting’ in the tail for the ambitious islanders if their plan is to take off. Tory Island has very few trees and very little vegetation.As a result, the islanders must first plant trees and other shrubbery to give the bees shelter.However, the organisers hope this will in turn help bring an explosion of plant life and flowers to the island.“Right now our main challenge is to study what type of trees and plants we could grow on the island to provide that shelter because there are simply not enough of them on the island for a bee colony. Saskia added “If somewhere on earth looks like Heaven, it’s most definitely our beautiful island. We hope to make it even more beautiful and give it a buzzing economical boost with our project while actively taking part in the conservation of an indigenous species.”Islanders buzzing with quirky plan to bring new life to their community was last modified: August 12th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:beesdonegalSaskia RogersTory Islandlast_img read more

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‘#ParadeKlay:’ Inside Klay Thompson’s championship parade celebration

first_img‘THREE!’ chronicles the Warriors run to the 2018 NBA Championship.Order the book today!OAKLAND – Sometimes, Klay Thompson walked with a limp. Other times, he walked while slightly hopping on only his right leg. Other times, Thompson walked and accepted the pain.“I can’t feel my ankle,” Thompson said.Thompson kept walking anyway. He has nursed a left leg contusion ever since Cleveland guard J.R. Smith crashed into him in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, and yet Thompson kept playing in that game …last_img

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Museums Train Docents to Deal with Evolution Skeptics

first_imgBeing a museum docent wasn’t supposed to be this hard.  Many have always led peaceful groups of compliant tourists through the halls of science, telling their near-memorized lines without incident: Sixty million years ago, the dinosaurs were wiped out by a meteor, but their descendants are still with us today.  Anyone know who those might be?  Yes Johnny?  Birds!  That’s correct. Very good!  Now, according to the New York Times, growing numbers of museum visitors are challenging the evolutionary explanations and asking questions that indicate they’re not buying the story.  This has led to a new “cottage industry,” according to Eugenie Scott of the NCSE, of training guides for guides, teaching them how to deal with such situations.    The training emphasizes non-confrontational yet firm emphasis on the difference between science and faith: to be “polite but firm.”  Docents are warned against challenging visitors’ religious beliefs directly.  Instead, they are told to say things like, “The landscape tells a story based on geological events, based on science,” or “this is a science museum, and we deal with matters of science.”  They are warned against antagonizing Bible-believing Christians who argue that the world is only a few thousand years old; after all, they paid the admission fee and have just as much right to visit the museum as anyone else.  Dr. Scott in her sessions teaches docents not to avoid the word “evolution” or be defensive, but simultaneously not to slam the door in the face of believers.  “Your job is to help them, to explain your point of view, but respect theirs.”  The manuals encourage them to practice with memorized responses.    Tom Magnuson at Access Research Network found one such docent guide online on the front page of the Paleontological Research Institution, entitled “Evolution and Creationism: A Guide for Museum Docents.”  It explains how to respond to a complaints about natural selection or other evolutionary mechanisms:The question of whether evolution occurs is separate and different from the question of how evolution occurs.  The evidence is overwhelming that evolution has occurred – that it is a satisfactory explanation for the observations we make about the history, order, and diversity of life….    Questions or debates about evolutionary mechanism have nothing to do with our confidence in whether evolution occurred.   (Italics in original, bold added.)Later in the document, one of the answers seems more firm than polite.  The question is, Is it true there is lots of evidence against evolution? No.  Essentially all available data and observations from the natural world support the hypothesis of evolution.  No serious biologist or geologist today doubts whether evolution occurred; debate continues, however, among scientists about the mechanisms by which evolution occurred.The response to the question on intelligent design is also instructive.  Doesn’t the complexity/design of nature imply an intelligent designer?Science deals only with material causes of material phenomena.  Nothing we can observe in nature requires a supernatural designer; we therefore defer to material processes to explain what we see in nature.The document denounces the idea that evolution is a religion.  At the bottom, it refers to the National Center for Science Education, indicating that the NCSE probably provided content or advice for the publication.    The guide warns against arguing with convinced creationists, saying “you can’t win.”  The docent can try to deflect the question, agree to disagree, claim ignorance, or state that the museum is not the place to discuss “philosophy, religion or politics” but only “science” or “state-of-the-art scientific knowledge.”  If all else fails, the docent can say, “Please excuse me.  I have to go to the restroom.”    The Times says that the American Museum of Natural History is about to open “the most in-depth exhibition ever” of Darwin and his work.  Already, curators and staff are gearing up to deal with visitors who will challenge the presentations.This is a golden opportunity for informed visitors.  The Darwin Party has published all their Talking Points, and all that is needed is to formulate good follow-up questions aimed at them.  The Talking Points are so vapid and uninformed, this should be easy.  For instance, look at the way they treat this question: How do you know evolution happened a long time ago?By examining fossils and comparing them to organisms alive today.  In the Museum exhibits, for example, a short film about Cornell professor Amy McCune shows how she uses fossil fish to study how evolution happened in what is now the Connecticut River Valley around 200 million years ago.  She collects fossils from different layers and compares them to fish alive today and tries to conclude how evolution may have produced the patterns of similarity and difference she observes.This is a non-answer.  One has to assume evolution and long ages to believe it.  At most, it only demonstrates microevolution, which is not the issue.  The same fossils, layers and comparisons with live fish could be used by a knowledgeable creationist to argue against evolution and long ages and, instead, for a worldwide flood that sent many species into extinction.  The Darwinist answer confirms that evolutionary “science” is merely a storytelling enterprise by ideologues intent on force-fitting fragmentary observations into a preconceived belief system.  The blindness of evolutionists to their own circular reasoning is astounding.  The question was, How do you know evolution happened a long time ago?  The answer was, “Because evolution happened a long time ago.  See these 200-million-year-old fish?”  Surely the Darwinists could do better if better answers were available.    The talking points provide nothing new (see 09/02/2005 commentary).  Most of them revolve around “science” vs “faith.”  The published guide perpetuates the myth that evolution is a fact of science (even if the mechanism is hotly debated), and anything that doubts naturalistic explanations is ipso facto “religious.”  This is a setup for any logical thinker, because it is another circular argument.  Ask, how can a theory without a mechanism be considered scientific?  How can one call evolution, a hypothesis (their own word) with no agreed-on mechanism, a fact without first assuming it is a fact?  How can one declare what is scientific and what is not with mere definitions?  If I discuss only scientific evidence in rebuttal, how can you assume I have a religious motivation without reading my mind?  How can I know you don’t have an equally philosophical motivation to deny design?  Surely you are not insinuating that a Christian is incapable of reasoning from evidence or caring about the truth, or that materialists are more unbiased, are you?  What if the true answer lies outside natural causes – what if it really was designed?  Wouldn’t that prevent naturalism from ever finding the right answer?  Eventually, the discussion must return to the observable evidence.  That is not where the Darwinians want the discussion to go.  When forced, the museum curator may point to all the exhibits of intelligently-designed organisms on the wall, and say, “See?  There is the evidence, right there.  Look at those peppered moths, for instance.”  Now we can get somewhere.    In the film The Triumph of Design, Phillip Johnson looks forward to the day when students will respond to the evidence for peppered moths, finch beaks and the other usual Darwinist propaganda fare, with informed follow-up questions like, “Yes, we know about that.  We know the peppered moth story was a fraud, and that it did not really prove anything about macroevolution.  We know about Darwin’s finches, and that the changes to beak size showed no long-term trend; that does not demonstrate macroevolution, either.  Where is the evidence that macroevolution occurred?”  One can sympathize with a teacher’s sudden urge to go to the restroom.    All this being said, the last thing any reasonable person wants is for a poor, well-meaning docent to end up sobbing in the restroom over an “extremely argumentative or confrontational” visitor.  Want to destroy any chance for progress against Darwinism?  Just be a mean-spirited, dogmatic, unkind, loudmouth disputer trying to make the docent or curator look foolish in front of other people.  For a Christian, who believes in loving one’s neighbor and sharing good news, nothing is uglier, and nothing will backfire faster.  The goal is to encourage discussion, to build bridges to other people – to appeal to their sense of logic and integrity.  Long-shut doors need to be opened so the fresh air and sunshine can come in.  Let the Darwinists be the ones culpable of shutting off discussion.  Let them be the dogmatists.  Let their tactics backfire against the evident congeniality and reasonableness of their opposition.  The firm but gentle pressure of an increasing number of thoughtful, informed visitors will have its healing effect over time.  Many of these docents are volunteers or poorly paid workers just trying to do their job.  (This is true, sometimes for summer hires, or leaders of cave tours who, without any formal training in geology, simply parrot scripts that glibly describe formations as x million years old.)  If such workers are merely repeating what they were told to say, it’s not fair to pin the blame for all of Dogmatic Darwinism on them as individuals.  Yet unwarranted claims should not go unchallenged, either, whether from trained curators or untrained volunteers.  What to do?    One productive approach might be to speak with the docent alone, before the tour.  Let’s call the docent Linda.  Introduce yourself with a friendly greeting (it must be genuine, not forced), and let her know your point of view.  Reassure her that you are not there to argue; instead, say that both of us know that Darwinism is a controversial subject.  Let Linda know you respect scientific evidence.  Explain that many times evidence can be interpreted in more than one way, and that you just want the scientific evidence to be able to speak for itself as much as possible, and for problems or controversies to be acknowledged.  Ask Linda’s permission to present an alternative explanation for the fossil series, rock layers or whatever.  If she agrees, this takes the pressure off her to talk about it (and possibly misrepresent it) in front of the group.  If you are given the chance, be brief and accurate.  Don’t steal the show.  Hopefully you came prepared with knowledge specific to the display.  If she doesn’t want you to speak, at least she will know that an informed visitor is present, and that awareness may temper her dogmatism.    Whatever happens, express kindness, appreciation and diplomacy at all times.  Show respect.  Compliment the things that are good about the museum.  Most people are more influenced by the way you say something than what is actually said.  Be real and transparent.  Don’t speak beyond your knowledge, but don’t settle for pat answers, bluffing or evasion, either.  The normal civil manners – waiting one’s turn, not interrupting, not attacking another’s character or motives – these should all be second nature.  If you can communicate an informed, knowledgeable position in a winsome manner, you may find others in the group – maybe even Linda – crowding around you after the tour wanting to hear more, and thanking you for speaking up.  Another unobtrusive way to influence the museum is to write polite but firm statements on response cards about dogmatic exhibits.  Here’s another: infiltrate the ranks.  Sign up to be a museum docent and ask the hard questions to the trainer in the “dealing with creationists” class.  This could neutralize Dogmatic Darwinism before it affects hundreds of visitors.  If the museum retaliates by forbidding non-Darwinists from joining the museum volunteer docent staff and requiring a statement of faith, call the ACLU.  When they decline, well, you have a story for the local newspaper, and perhaps a case for the ADF.  Readers may wish to write in with their own suggestions and experiences.(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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10 die, 30 hurt as truck falls into ditch in Odisha

first_imgTen persons died and over 30 were injured when a mini-truck in which they were travelling fell into a 40-foot-deep ditch at Poiguda Ghat road in Odisha’s Kandhamal district on Tuesday.Six of the victims died on the spot. Four others succumbed to their injuries while being taken to MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur. A total of 32 injured persons have been admitted to the hospital and five of them are stated to be in a critical condition.According to the police, the accident occurred around 9.45 a.m. The people travelling in the mini-truck were from Tajungia panchayat. They were on their way to Brahmanigaon to attend a function at a local church. The accident occurred just 2 km away from the church. The driver lost control over the vehicle while negotiating a sharp turn on Ghat Road and the truck fell into the ditch.Free treatmentOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed grief over the accident and announced an ex gratia of ₹2 lakh for the next of kin of the deceased. He also declared that the injured would be provided free treatment.State Transport Minister Nrusingha Charan Sahu directed the Kandhamal Regional Transport Officer to probe the accident.In another incident on Tuesday, a child died and nine were injured when a tipper overturned at Jharani Ghat road in Rayagada district. On Monday evening, two persons died and 15 were injured when a bus overturned near Choudwar in Cuttack district. On Monday morning, a head-on collision between a four-wheeler and a truck near Kakatia on Cuttack-Chandbali road claimed four lives and left five injured.last_img read more

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Super 50: an initiative for tribal students to fulfil dreams

first_imgMaharashtra’s Tribal Development Department in association with the Pace Educational Trust on Tuesday launched an academic programme for young tribal students aspiring to be doctors and engineers.Inspired by the work of Patna’s Anand Kumar and his Super 30, which prepares smart but underprivileged students to sit for IIT entrance exams, the Super 50 programme will mentor 50 most meritorious tribal students from the State and prepare them for engineering and medical exams.According to a GR issued by the Government of Maharashtra on August 2, the IIT’ians Pace Academy proposed the project for tribal students who have passed their Class X examinations. The Tribal Development Department then formed a working committee for its evaluation, and submitted a proposal to the Union government. After seeking approvals, the department held a first round of the entrance test on June 28, followed by a second round on July 14. After evaluation, 34 students were selected for the engineering course and 16 for the medical course training programme, the GR said. All selected students are from government-run Adivasi ashram schools, Eklavya Nivasi ashram schools, and English medium ashram schools.The students will be trained at the Vagad Pace Global School, Virar, under a dedicated faculty, and the coaching will include Class XI and XII of CBSE syllabus and preparations for entrance tests like NEET and JEE. It will be a two-year residential programme, where the students will be provided hostel and mess facilities, a tablet, NCERT books and career counselling.The programme was launched at the Vagad Pace School on Tuesday by Dr. Ashok Uike, Maharashtra’s Tribal Development Minister. Dr. Uike said,“Students should have strong willpower to do something in life, but it is not possible without self-confidence. With the ‘Super 50’ scheme, I am certain that these tribal students will achieve higher levels of success and knowledge.”Manisha Verma, Principal Secretary, Tribal Development Department, said, “Over the next two years, these tribal students will work hard and be ready to fulfil their dreams of becoming successful engineers and doctors.”last_img read more

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