Bandit sentenced to 7 years for brazen supermarket robbery

first_imgOne of the three bandits who were nabbed in the brazen robbery committed on a supermarket at Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD) has been sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment when he appeared at the Providence Magistrate’s Court.Ryan Bannister (27) of Herstelling Seadam, East Bank Demerara pleaded guilty to armed robbery and possession of illegal firearm charges when it was read to him by Magistrate Sunil Scarce.The other two men; Gerald DaSilva, 45, and Ron Simons, 33, pleaded not guilty to the said charges and were remanded to prison until August 14.It was reported that the three men – one of whom was armed with a handgun – stealthily entered the “Number One Supermarket” on Wednesday last; pounced on the lone security officer and bound his hands with his shoe lace, then proceeded to the third floor of the building, where they removed the grill from a window and entered the building.As the bandits were inside of the supermarket, the 53-year-old security guard managed to free himself and immediately alerted neighbours, who summoned the Police. Prompt response from the lawmen resulted in the bandits being caught in the act.A family member of the business owner related that he was asleep and unaware of what was happening, and learnt of what had transpired only when a Police Officer went into the upper flat and alerted him. The CCTV footage was also reviewed, and it showed the men entering the premises.When the men were nabbed, they had $70,000 in prepaid phone cards and an undisclosed sum of cash in their possession. In addition, a .38 revolver with six live matching rounds was also found.An employee of the business told this publication that the supermarket was opened only about five weeks ago.last_img

Lyon go second as Marseille wobble

first_img0Shares0000Lyon’s French forward Maxwel Cornet celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Caen (SMC) and Lyon (OL) at the Michel-d’Ornano stadium in Caen, France on December 3, 2017 © AFP / CHARLY TRIBALLEAUPARIS, France, Dec 3 – Lyon moved second in Ligue 1 as Marseille failed to take advantage of Paris Saint-Germain’s slip at Strasbourg after stumbling to a 1-1 draw at Montpellier on Sunday.Rudi Garcia’s Marseille were fortunate to escape Montpellier with a point as Florian Thauvin’s disputed penalty negated Giovanni Sio’s opener for the home side at the Stade de la Mosson. Montpellier thought they had grabbed a late winner when Souleymane Camara’s glancing header skipped past Steve Mandanda, but Vitorino Hilton was adjudged to have interfered and the goal was ruled out for offside after heated protests from both sides.“Hilton got in my way for the goal because I moved a bit later and the referee saw the same thing so for me the offside decision was right,” Marseille goalkeeper Mandanda told Canal+.Nordi Mukiele could still have snatched all three points for Montpellier at the death but scooped over from a free header, as Marseille clung on to extend their unbeaten league run to 11 matches.Marseille dropped to fourth on goal difference but are level on 32 points alongside Lyon and defending champions Monaco.Earlier, Maxwel Cornet’s tap-in and Mariano Diaz’s stunning 12th league goal of the season were enough for Lyon to scratch out a hard-fought 2-1 win at Caen to blast away the blues of their shock home defeat to struggling Lille midweek.Caen pushed Lyon all the way and pulled a goal back through Ivan Santini in stoppage time but stay seventh on 23 points after their defeat.“They’re a very difficult side to play at home, so it was important to show we had lots of character after losing at home to Lille,” Lyon coach Bruno Genesio said.Lyon are nine points behind Neymar’s league leaders PSG, who suffered a first defeat since April in dramatic style at struggling Strasbourg on Saturday, going down 2-1 to the newly-promoted side in a pulsating match ahead of their trip to Bayern Munich on Tuesday.Lyon came into Sunday’s match smarting from their loss to Lille, and took the lead almost immediately, with Cornet lashing home a loose ball from a 10th-minute goalmouth scramble.Caen kept up the pressure in a scrappy encounter but Diaz made sure of the points nine minutes after the break by crashing a bouncing ball past Caen keeper Remy Vercoutre.The hosts refused to give up and Santini’s neat stoppage-time finish gave the home fans hope, but creaking Lyon managed to keep them at bay and just hold on for the win.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img

Olunga named J2 August player of the month

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars striker Michael Olunga is awarded as the J2 August player of the monthNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 24 – Harambee Stars forward Michael Olunga has been named the Japanese second division league player of the month of August after his impressive run for his club Kashiwa Reysol.Olunga was directly involved in eight goals in five games in an impressive run by Reysol, scoring six and assisting two as the side stretched their lead further on top of the standings as they eye a return to the top tier. “I am very pleased to get this award and being recognized as the best player in the whole league. This has been down to a lot of hard work and self belief and I believe now I am more settled in the team and it makes things easier for me,” stated the lanky forward.Olunga scored his first hattrick in the Japanese league in the 4-1 win over Renogo Yamaguchi, assisted twice in the 5-1 win over FC Ryukyu, scored the winner against Varen Nagasaki in their 2-1 victory and helped himself to a brace in the 4-0 thrashing of FC Gifu.His impressive returns in August have seen him move to a tally of 14 goals and four assists in 22 games.His target for the remaining nine games of the campaign is not only helping Reysol earn a spot back to the J1 league but also reach a minimum 20 goals, surpassing his best return of 19 during Gor Mahia’s unbeaten title winning 2015 season.“It would be a great way to end the season if I can surpass my best ever scoring season. It will show a lot of growth and I am determined to achieve that target,” Olunga further told Capital Sport from his base in Japan.The forward’s red hot form comes at the right time, just two months before Kenya begins its campaign to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations with Egypt and Togo lying in wait next November.0Shares0000(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)last_img

Justices express doubts on tobacco shipping controls

first_imgWASHINGTON – Several Supreme Court justices on Wednesday expressed skepticism over a Maine law aimed at cracking down on Internet tobacco sales to children. Paul Stern, Maine’s deputy attorney general, argued that states like Maine are trying to protect public health by ensuring that tobacco does not end up in children’s hands. Federal law, however, bars states from regulating prices, routes or services of shipping companies. Under the Maine statute, companies must check packages against a list from the state attorney general of known unlicensed tobacco retailers. They must deliver only to the person to whom the package is addressed and a recipient under age 27 must present identification before the package can be delivered. Maine’s restrictions might leave delivery companies with little choice but to “get out of the business,” Chief Justice John Roberts suggested. A 2002 study concluded that Internet vendors sold 400 million packs of cigarettes annually, 2 percent of the cigarettes consumed in the United States, a figure that anti-smoking groups say is growing. The number of Internet cigarette vendors has risen sharply from 88 in January 2000 to 772 in January 2006, says Kurt Ribisl, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina’s school of public health who has spent the past eight years studying the issue.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Congress wanted to end a certain category of regulation,” said Justice David Souter, challenging Stern’s argument that the congressional prohibition did not extend to the arena of public health. Justice Antonin Scalia said the practical effect of Maine’s law will be that Internet tobacco sellers will “just ship it through the postal service,” an area Congress has not addressed. Two lower courts ruled against Maine. But if Maine officials prevail in the Supreme Court, “any number of states will impose different standards on any number of different products that they deem unhealthy or unsafe,” say the three New England transportation company associations that filed suit. Intricate national delivery networks have been able to speed $6 trillion worth of packages to their destinations every year because Congress mandated that cargo carriers not be subject to an inefficient patchwork of state laws, the shipping companies argue. Like other states, Maine has imposed steep increases in cigarette taxes. So smokers nationwide increasingly are going online for bargains, and underage smokers are among them, according to anti-smoking groups. last_img

PENSIONER TELLS COURT NOT TO MENTION DAUGHTER’S NAME DURING FARM DISPUTE

first_imgAn 89 year old woman told a court she didn’t want her daughter’s name mentioned during a court battle over a farm left in a contested will.89 yr old Nora Gildea at Letterkenny courthouse yesterday.Pensioner Nora Gildea became involved in heated exchanges with barrister Peter Nolan during the case which is being heard at Donegal Circuit Civil Court in Letterkenny. At one stage Mrs Gildea was asked about her daughter whom he has not spoken to for a number of years.Mrs Gildea replied “Don’t f****** talk to me about that woman. I don’t want to hear her f******* name.”The case has divided the Gildea and Kelly families who have sat on opposite sides of the courtroom during the hearing.Mrs Gildea is contesting land left to her daughter Nora Kelly by her brother William John Kennedy when he died in 2007.In total there are four people claiming the 12 hectare farm located at Correnagh, just 5kms outside Letterkenny.Mrs Kelly is seeking to establish ownership of the farm while Mrs Gildea is claiming some of the lands.Mrs Gildea’s sons are also claiming some of the land – Christopher is claiming the entire farm while Daniel is claiming ownership to a shed and some land around it.Nora KellyMrs Gildea had to be helped into the witness box yesterday (WED) to give her evidence.The mother of nine claimed she worked on the farm for her brother while also rearing her children and that is why she is claiming the land.“That land never belonged to Willie John Kennedy, it was owned by John Kennedy. That was a forced will,” she said.Barrister Peter Nolan put to Mrs Gildea she never worked the land but was only making claim to it after Willie John Kennedy died in 2007 and it was left to her daughter.“Are you seriously telling me that you had nine children under ten years of age and you worked the land as well. I put it to you that it was impossible to do that.“I suggest after Willie John died you got advise from some fireside lawyer that you had a right to this land and this is why you are here today,” said Mr Nolan.Christopher Gildea, 65, a brother of Mrs Kelly and son of Mrs Gildea, claimed he was only seeking grazing for his sheep despite looking to claim ownership of the entire parcel of land.He said he has been grazing his sheep on the land since 1971 and admitted he also owned and rented another 110 acres of land.Barrister Peter Nolan said “So what – you were grazing it? Does that entitle you to own the land?“You used the land for your now benefits and got free grazing and were very happy with that.“When Nora Kelly came along and said she wanted the land after getting an injunction you wrongly claimed it,” he said.James McMonagle, a son-in-law of Mrs Gildea, admitted he went onto lands where his mother-in-law had horses to feed the animals.He then claimed he was approached by members of the Kelly family who hit him with a torch.But barrister Peter Nolan replied “It was you who attacked Ms Fiona Kelly and scratched her in the face. It was you who threw her to the ground.“I put it to you that you are telling a pack of lies. You were on land that you should not have been on because there was an injunction against you going onto the land.”The case has been adjourned until today for summing up before Judge Mary Faherty when a decision is then expected.PENSIONER TELLS COURT NOT TO MENTION DAUGHTER’S NAME DURING FARM DISPUTE was last modified: November 15th, 2018 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:Christopher GlideaCOURT BATTLEDaniel GildeafarmNora Gildealast_img

ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE REPORTS: SWILLY ROVERS AND KILDRUM TIGERS PROGRESS IN KNOCKALLA CARAVANS CUP

first_imgUSL Results & Reports 28.04.134 Lanterns Ulster Senior LeagueCockhill Celtic 0 0 Finn Harps Reserves Knockalla Caravans Cup quarter-finalsDrumkeen Utd. 2 4 Swilly Rovers (aet)Kildrum Tigers 1 0 Derry City Res.Fanad Utd. v Letterkenny Rovers (playing Monday) ReportsUlster Senior LeaguePremier DivisionCockhill Celtic FC – 0Finn Harps FC Res – 0 Played in blustery conditions with the occasional rain shower it was Finn Harps, the visitors to the Charlie O’Donnell Sports Grounds, who looked the happier off the two sides at the final whistle. Indeed the men from the ‘Twin Towns’ could have snatched it late on, when Michael Doherty threatened to steal a win that they, if honest, never looked like winning.Cockhill, the home side, had the lions share off possession throughout the game and had numerous chances to go in front; striker Aiden O’Donnell had a difficult chance on 8 minutes but his lob went harmlessly wide after a neat pass from Jimmy Bradley. Finn Harps wide man Gary Merritt had a good run down the right wing on 11minutes but his ball went straight across the six yard line with no Harps jersey in sight. Harps suffered a blow on 19 minutes when the injured Stephen O’Donnell was replaced by Cathal McDaid. Cockhills skipper Liam O’Donnell then headed wide another chance from 6 yards after a Gerry Gill corner on 31minutes; two minutes later the home side produced the move off the game that resulted in a low left foot drive from Gerry Gill only to be denied by Harps keeper Michael Lynch who produced a great save with his left leg. Former Harps keeper Gavin Cullen then misjudged a Harps corner on 40 minutes which clipped the crossbar before going wideCockhill were themselves forced into a change on 48 minutes when Garbhain Friel replaced the injured Gerard McLaughlin. Cockhills Paul McKinney had a shot, from a tight angle, saved by Lynch on 57 minutes with the loose ball eventually cleared by the alert Aaron O’Hagan. Lynch was forced into another smart save after Gill found space to shot from the edge of the area. The game started to become stretched and more open as we entered the final quarter; Harps substitute Cathal McDaid was unlucky with a scooped effort on 68 minutes as he spotted Cullen off his line but as the keeper raced back the ball cleared the bar. Harps had another scare on 70 minutes when Gill raced onto a long clearance by Cullen to shot goal wards; Gills effort was too much for Lynch with the keeper lucky to have the covering Josh Mailey clear the danger as the ball headed for the net. Cockhills big goal chance came on 73 minutes when Aiden O’Donnell got on the end off a low cross from the right only to rush his effort when unmarked and blaze over from 6 yards. As the game entered the final 15 minutes Harps Michael Doherty came to life with some neat passages off play and on 81 minutes Doherty picked the ball up wide on the left cut inside two tackles before getting into the box past another tired tackle and hitting a powerful effort that keeper Cullen parried at full stretch to his right for a corner that came to no avail. In the final action of note and with little over 5 minutes remaining Cockhill substitute Derek Doherty produced a good cross from the right but Mailer again cleared the danger with Friel ready to pounce.Knockalla Caravans Cup Drumkeen Utd 2Swilly Rovers 4Drumkeen went into lead after 10 minutes when a corner from Brendan Bonner was knocked out to Luke O Farrell who shot home from 10yds. Some slack marking in the home defence when a through ball by Laurence Toland found the home rearguard sleeping and Ronan Curtis ran through to shoot home from 12 yds to level for the visitors. A Brendan Bonner free kick put the home 2-1 up when he shot into the bottom corner from 25yds to leave it 2-1 at half time to the home side. Drumkeen had plenty of chances to put the game out of sight but could not score from close in on at least three occasions. Drumkeen were to rue their missed chances with three minutes remaining when Keith Hegarty scored for Swilly to send the game into extra time. Swilly went into the lead for the first time when Michael Mc Hugh scored before Drumkeen had a chance to draw level but missed a penalty. The veteran Mc Hugh scored a second to put Swilly into the semi final. Ref: John CollFixtures – Sunday, May 5th at 2pmDonegal News League CupGroup AFinn Harps Res. v Fanad Utd.Kildrum Tigers v Bonagee Utd.Group BDerry City Res. v Swilly RoversLetterkenny Rovers v Cockhill CelticULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE REPORTS: SWILLY ROVERS AND KILDRUM TIGERS PROGRESS IN KNOCKALLA CARAVANS CUP was last modified: April 28th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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 read more

STRANORLAR STUDENTS KNOW WHO THEY ARE AS THEY LAUNCH UNIQUE BOOK

first_imgA group of transition year students from St. Columba’s College, Stranorlar have launched their book on cyber bullying, confidence and self esteem titled ‘Be Who You Are’. The book is targeted at the 5-12 year old age group and narrates scenarios of cyber bullying, self esteem and confidence issues felt by children within this demographic. The book centres around a ‘Good Will Fairy’ named Lana, who visits 4 children affected by cyber-bullying and confidence issues. The book was developed by the transition year students, in the hope that teachers, youth workers and parents could read the book with children, so as, to enhance their confidence and enable the children to understand that there is hope when you feel despair.This book has been written and illustrated by children for children. Cyber bullying, issues of low self esteem and confidence are key problem areas for many children in Donegal and beyond.The launch night took place in Stranorlar Parish Centre and was endorsed by Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher, MEP who attended the launch. Pat spoke at length about the merits of the book and the fact that the book had been written by peers for their peers. He outlined his delight in being associated with the book and highlighted the need for a European approach to tackling issues such as those highlighted in the book.A large attendance was at the launch and it is hoped that the message of the book is far reaching. He commended Aoife Kelly, Roisin Doherty, Tamara Bradley and Siobhan Mc Menamin from Stararts Mini Company, St. Columba’s College, Stranorlar on their hard work in getting this book from a simple idea to a reality. Niall Mulrine, CyberSafetyAdvice.com also spoke at the event and warned parents on the importance of being vigilant about children’s online usage. He highlighted the importance of communication with your children and has endorsed the book as a ‘must read’ for all parents of young children.Anyone interested in purchasing this book can do so through Amazon.com, The Bookshop, Ballybofey or Books and Charts, Dungloe. The book is priced at €5 and a percentage of the money raised in the sale of this book will go to the Bluestack Foundation. STRANORLAR STUDENTS KNOW WHO THEY ARE AS THEY LAUNCH UNIQUE BOOK was last modified: March 13th, 2013 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)last_img

Down-to-earth garden aids needy

first_imgMandla Tshabalala at work inside theshed in Siyakhana Garden Thabi Mabuza works in the garden A variety of fruit and vegetables aregrown in the garden, including pumpkins,butternut, potatoes, tomatoes, maize,plums and watermelons Siyakhana GardenWords and pictures by Tammy O’ReillyAs resident permaculturist of the Siyakhana Garden on the outskirts of the inner city in Johannesburg, Mandla Tshabalala literally eats, breathes and sleeps the place.So passionate and confident is he in his management of the garden that he lives permanently in a small tent that serves as a kitchen, laboratory and study – and his daily food and drink all come from the plants and herbs that flourish on this hectare of land.“I am all about the simple way of living that makes human life a blessing and the environment liveable,” he says. “People may not understand this lifestyle, but it’s my job to make others aware that this is the way to go if we want to lead long healthy lives that work in harmony with our environment.”The Siyakhana Food Garden is the result of dynamic partnerships between the University of the Witwatersrand, City Parks, which is responsible for greening Johannesburg, and interested members of Bezuidenhout Valley and surrounding communities. Situated within a park on a piece of land that was once used as a dumping site, the garden has flourished into one that many people have come to depend on.ObjectivesAn objective of the project is to provide people from all walks of life with a practical example of the nutritional, environmental and financial benefits of creating one’s own garden using what is available, but the primary aim is to supply fresh produce for those who need it most.It began in 2005 with the intention of supplying fresh fruit and vegetables to non-profit organisations in the nearby inner city and has become so successful that the managers are looking at commercial possibilities.“We currently supply fruit and vegetables on a weekly basis to nine organisations that deal with early childhood development and people living with HIV/Aids. They each help out about 45 people and they have so many challenges that we want to help out where we can,” says Tshabalala.A variety of fruit and vegetables grow here, among them pumpkins, butternut, potatoes, tomatoes, maize, plums and watermelons. The abundance of herbs growing in the inner ring of the garden are often used to treat ailments such as diarrhoea, fractured bones, and work as energy boosters and refrigerants for the workers who have to bear the hot African sun.“We have a permaculture approach to this garden, and that means we get all our inspiration from nature,” says Tshabalala.“Everything you see here is good for the environment and all our solutions are sustainable and non-polluting. We make use of whatever the land gives us and absolutely nothing goes to waste. For example, we don’t even use any fertiliser; instead we employ simple tactics like biodegradable cardboard to feed the soil and keep it warm.”SustainabilityThe garden is managed in a manner that ensures the land yields vegetables all year round. Careful attention is paid to irrigation, the flow and collection of rain water and management of the soil.To keep the garden independent on donations, pips and seeds from the vegetables supplied to the beneficiaries are collected weekly, a seed bank is kept and vegetative propagation is done regularly.“I don’t think people realise how many things need to be done daily to ensure the garden gives us what we need. There’s weeding to be done, soil management to prevent erosion and to maintain the quality of the soil – harvesting and daily checking on the progress of the vegetables and herbs,” he says.“Gardens don’t succeed because of different dynamics,” says Tshabalala. “I think our secret to success has got to do with the advice and dialogue between participants and because we are a dedicated team who are not afraid to use simple inexpensive means to get the best out of this garden while being good to the environment.”Useful LinksUniversity of the Witwatersrand SiyakhanaFood and Trees for Africalast_img

Pune paralysed as doctors refuse to budge from strike

first_imgMedical services in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad were paralysed for the fourth consecutive day as doctors remained on strike in protest against the assaults against their colleagues by kin of patients’, throwing treatment for the needy off balance.Speaking to The Hindu, Dr. Mohan Joshi, president of the Pune unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), said, “Unless we have a written assurance from the State government, providing us with the requisite security personnel, we will not withdraw the strike. If our strike is said to be in contempt of court, then the State government’s failure to provide security to our doctors also amounts to contempt of court.”Dr. Joshi said verbal assurances had been given by the State government in the past, but they did not yield any help to medical personnel. “When around 4,000 resident doctors under the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) protested in 2014 against the beating of a colleague in Solapur, we were promised that security would be provided. It appears that these promises yield nothing.”The IMA has urged the government to provide 1,100 security guards across government medical colleges and hospitals in Maharashtra to ensure that the number of relatives per patient was limit to only two. In Pimpri-Chinchwad, more than 50 doctors from the Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital (YCMH) joined the IMA in their protest today, along with several other doctors, informed Dr. Dilip Kamat, president of the IMA’s Pimpri-Chinchwad unit.Patients, with their anxious kin, were seen crowding lobbies of government college hospitals where doctors were on mass casual leave. On Wednesday, authorities at the city’s B.J. Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital had served notices to as many as 272 resident doctors, ‘expelling’ them for failure to resume duty. In response, the IMA ad called for a shutdown of all out patient department (OPD) services at all clinical establishments, with the exception of emergency ones.Nearly 500 doctors, including resident doctors, medical interns and undergraduate students are participating in the mass casual strike.“I have spoken to the Dean on the matter and apprised him of our stance. These notices serve no practical purpose as this manpower is needed and we will not withdraw the strike until our security concerns have been duly addressed,” Dr. Joshi said.In July last year, irate relatives of a deceased patient savagely assaulted two resident doctors in the Sassoon General Hospital with office equipment resulting in the doctors being compelled to undergo treatment for their injuries in the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU).last_img

Chinese medical colleges woo Kashmiris

first_imgOblivious to the tensions that recently marked India-China relations, Chinese medical universities have been splurging on advertisements in Kashmiri newspapers, promising “affordable” MBBS courses to students from the State.Fatima Jan, a counsellor with the Srinagar-based Fayaz International Counselling Centre, told The Hindu that around 90 China-based and state-run medical universities were currently taking students from Kashmir for courses taught in English. “We have admitted four Valley-based students for a five-year MBBS course with Hebei Medical University. It’s a government-run university, and the course fee is only ₹11 lakh,” Ms. Jan said. Hebei Medical University is in Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei Province in northern China.This year, following an advertising blitz, half a dozen placement agencies in Srinagar have received over 200 queries on admission to MBBS courses in China. Similar queries at these centres were less than 20 last year. Traditionally, Bangladesh has been the preferred destination for aspirants from the Valley.“Chinese universities offer you training in the latest technology. It, therefore, becomes easier to move to the U.K. or the U.S. after the course. The admission process is on right now and we expect more students,” Ms. Jan said. Shazia Nazeer, an aspirant from Baramulla, said the MBBS courses in China and Central Asia were preferred because they cost half of what they would in countries like Bangladesh and Nepal, where the fee is ₹20 lakh-₹25 lakh. Besides, they are closer home than a college in the West.Peer G.N. Suhail, who completed his master’s and Ph.D in International Studies from Tsinghua University, Beijing, said the Chinese government was offering over 15,000 scholarships to foreign students.This year, counsellors are also offering MBBS seats in countries such as Kazakhstan, Georgia, and Kyrgyzstan.last_img