Hubert Lawrence: Relay magic at Gibson-McCook Relays

first_img The day almost got off to a miserable start, but fans were rescued at the gate by organising committee chairman, Professor Rainford Wilks. It seemed that the main gate security team thought access should be granted at 9 a.m., the set time of the first race. Thanks to the professor’s intervention, all was well. The day that unfolded saw an injury-free return for Germany Gonzales, an early morning 4x400m jaunt for hurdles star Hansle Parchment and hot racing in the high school ranks. Thanks to a big anchor by James, STETHS edged St Jago in the boys’ 4x800m. Emerging Holmwood prospect, Williams outduelled the outstanding Bromfield after STETHS had already run three minutes 36.91 seconds in the morning heats. The second fastest time in qualifying was all of five seconds slower. Happily, the apparent injury to Calabar High’s Class Two sprint ace, Tyreke Wilson, has turned out to be nothing more serious than a cramp. Taylor, Michael Stephens and Dejour Russell retrieved the situation in the 4x100m final in spectacular fashion, but never appeared again for the day. With Champs just around the corner, caution was advisable. Those who thrive on records might have left disappointed. The rest of us went home invigorated by a great show and with Champs on the brain. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980. PROFESSOR’S INTERVENTION From a super-fast 4x400m run from the St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) girls in the morning to Christopher Taylor’s zooming comeback for Calabar in Class Two, to the all-star run by Javauney James in the 4x800m, to the fascinating Ashley Williams-Junelle Bromfield duel in the 4x400m final, the 40th Gibson/McCook Relays was filled with baton magic. Despite the rain, the storied relay carnival delivered excitement as always. Curiously, the events inside the National Stadium have fans speaking of a new athletic power in the land, Sprintec Track Club. Based at the G.C. Foster College for Physical Education and led by noted coach Maurice Wilson, Sprintec took both 4x100m for Clubs and Institutions and put up real resistance in the men’s 4x400m final. It took a 44.8-second anchor by relay genius Javon Francis to reel in Sprintec. The 2015 Pan-Am 100m champion, Sherone Simpson, has rebuilt her career at Sprintec and Anastacia LeRoy may well be on the verge of moving up from her status as merely being a reliable member of the women’s 4x400m pool at major championships. Commonwealth 200m champion, Rasheed Dwyer, has been joined there by former Calabar High and Akan sprinter Oshane Bailey and the results are promising. To be fair, neither Racers nor MVP turned up at full strength. That meant no Usain Bolt, no Warren Weir, no Kemar Bailey-Cole and no Johan Blake from Racers; and no Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and no Elaine Thompson from the MVP. Two weeks earlier, MVP’s Carrie Russell, Thompson, Andrea Reid-Goodwin and Fraser-Pryce won the 4x100m at the Western Relays in 43.31 seconds. That’s 0.3 faster than the winning time last Saturday night. Still, the Sprintec efforts at Gibson/McCook were notable. The win in the men’s 4x100m was eye-catching at 38.59 seconds despite cool and wet conditions. It’s great to have another source of athletic excellence to join the established clubs. The hope is that others will rise up, too.last_img read more

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Commercial Drivers, Business Entities Defiant against Price Reductions

first_imgDespite the sharp decrease in the pump price of petroleum products in the country, commercial drivers and some business entities continue to remain defiant on price reductions.Many commercial drivers and businesspeople  have rejected the new transport fares and price reductions on critically needed food commodities in several parts of Monrovia and its environs.Correspondingly, many of Monrovia’s affected residents have sounded urgent calls on the Ministries of Transport and  Commerce and Industry for their swift interventions in order to remedy the grave situation.Ironically, instead of commercial drivers accepting the newly approved transport fares of LD$75.00 from the Red-light Market in Paynesville to the Broad Street in Central Monrovia; they are charging commuters LD$80-90-00 per trip.Commercial drivers mainly found in such unwholesome acts are those driving cars that are carrying private and business license plates in several parts of Monrovia and its environs.As a result of these unacceptable acts on the part of the commercial drivers, reports continue to surface in several parts of Monrovia of bitter confrontation amongst commuters and commercial drivers.Regrettably, a 25-kilogram bag of rice has sharply increased to LD$1,650.00 instead of the approved Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s price of LD$1,500.00.Several wholesale stores and shops toured at the Red-light and Waterside Markets on Monday and Tuesday were observed to have placed some increases in the price of the nation’s staple food, rice.There are also sharp increases in the prices of locally grown and produced commodities,  such as bitter ball, greens, pepper, cassava, oranges, corn, okra, peanuts, tomatoes and  red oil.As a result of the sharp increases in these commodities in most Monrovia markets, low income   earners are becoming very grim and difficult.Typically at the Red-light Market, several house wives and other buyers stood in complete astonishment due to the sharp increases in locally grown and produced commodities.“We have gone to several parts of this Red-light Market and finding things very difficult, owing to the sharp increases in locally grown and produced commodities from rural Liberia,” the house wives lamented.One house wife, Davidetta Morris Kesselly, 42, told the Daily Observer Tuesday that if the price situation of these commodities remains unchecked, more hardships will continue to affect Liberians and other residents in Monrovia.Mrs. Kesselly explained that two weeks ago, she was given LD$400.00 to buy their daily food; but at the moment she is now spending LD$550.00 to buy a day’s food at the Red-light Market in Paynesville.Another house wife, Mrs. Esther Sumo Beyan, 55, said, “The sharp and unchecked increases in the prices of locally grown commodities are bringing hard on the people, and the urgent intervention of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry is needed,” Mrs. Beyan asserted.When contacted, businesswomen bringing locally grown and produced commodities to some of Monrovia’s market told the Daily Observer Tuesday that the cost of transportation had generated the sharp increases.A businesswoman from Todee District, Madam Mary Kollie,  told the Daily Observer Tuesday that transporting the harvested greens from various parts of Montserrado County  has been challenging over the past two weeks.For their part, some commercial drivers involved in the business of transporting locally grown and produced commodities indicated that roads leading to those areas are in deplorable conditions.They added that road  conditions in various parts of the country have also contributed to the sharp increase in transport fares.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Parika Market Centre bond goes up in flames

first_img…nearby stalls destroyedEven as three business owners are counting their losses, major disaster was averted at the Parika Marketing Centre, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) on Saturday morning, when a fire completely destroyed a bond and damaged two nearby cook shops located in the Marketing Centre.According to the Market’s Administrator, Toolaram Rohit, a security guard making his routine checks observed fire coming from inside the bond just after 09:00h and immediately raised an alarm. The Guyana Fire Service was summoned, and arrived just in time to contain the fire to the bond, while nearby stalls suffered minimal damages.Stallholders combing through the debris after the fire“I called the Fire Service at Leonora (Fire Station)… The Market has two fire extinguishers, and I gave them that, but it couldn’t work because the fire started to (spread); and people came and we did the bucket brigade, but it still didn’t out it, because the heat was so intense they couldn’t do anything. When the fire tender came, they contained the fire and then another truck came and they out it, but the stall was completely burnt down,” Rohit related.The fire reportedly started in, and destroyed, the storage bond of Sharmilla Shaw of Lot 2449 Block 8, Tuschen, EBE, and then spread to the neighbouring cook shops.Shaw was too distraught to speak to this publication, but her sister and co-owner of the bond, Sharda Shamma, related that she received a call about the fire and immediately rushed to the market, only to find everything destroyed.“The stall is at the back of the market, and we used to sell there; but since business up there slow down, we move to the front, and that stall turn into a bond. It had clothes, wares, cosmetics, bicycle, toys and so on. It is a lot of money (involved), and I don’t know if she had insurance,” Shamma related.Shamma said family members have been operating in the market for over 28 years, and the family owns four stalls, selling clothing, toys, cosmetics and other everyday items. She said the fire is a major setback, and added that a 10-year-old who is the grandson of one of the nearby stallholders admitted to playing with a stick which he lit.However, she could not definitively say whether that is what caused the blaze.Several persons at the scene praised the members of the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) for their exceptional and timely response. They declared that if the GFS had not arrived on time, the entire Marketing Centre could have been engulfed and billions of dollars in damages would have resulted.“Is a good thing them come in time, and then I hear people saying that is some lil boy that was playing with fire and a pointer that start the fire,” vendor Vashti (only name given) said.When contacted, Senior Superintendent Karim Baksh, the Divisional Commander, said that such information is yet to be related to him. He added that investigations are ongoing to determine whether there was any foul play involved.The Guyana Fire Service is conducting its investigation to determine the origin of the blaze. (Lakhram Bhagirat)last_img read more

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Midget AA Flyers lose in Chetwynd

first_imgFSJ outshot their hosts 47-35 . The power play was a telling story as Chetwynd went 3-6 and Fort St. John failed to score on their 18 seconds of power play time. The Flyers next game is again in Chetwynd Friday January 16th -submittedThe Tier II Midget Flyers resumed ALL Peace Leage play with a Saturday night game in Chetwynd. The local boys were looking to bounce back from an 8-1 defeat the week before in FSJ. The game began with both teams exhibiting fast skating and crisp puck movement. The host Chetwynd squad broke the goose egg 8:40 off a loose puck scramble in front of starting netminder Travis McLean. – Advertisement -Undeterred, Fort St. John tallied just 8 seconds later off the face off on a pretty 3 way passing play, Tyson Negus to Brennan Straiger to Sean Ryder for the finish. FSJ scored again 3 minutes later when Colter Young banged home a rebound resulting from a Brett Young flurry at the side of the net. Chetwynd responded with two goals in the final 4:50 to take a 3-2 lead into the break. Fort St. John outshot Chetwynd 13-12, neither team was awarded a power play.Advertisement Period two started well for the Flyers. After killing a penalty, they tied it up after a solid hit by Tyrell Fenton at the Fort St. John blueline turned the puck over to Brett Young. He outraced the Chetwynd defenders and deposited the puck in the Chetwynd net. Play intensified and with 2:34 remaining in the frame , Chetwynd was awarded a goal after the puck was knocked in with an obvious high stick. To compound the problem, Fort St. John was penalized twice in the remaining 2 minutes of the period.  The Chetwynd Midgets capitalized scoring once with the 5-3 advantage and again 5 on 4. The period ended 7-3 for Chetwynd, Fort St. John out shot Chetwynd 18-17 but Chetwynd was 3-4 on the Power Play. The Flyers came out a bit shell shocked in the third period and surrendered 3 goals in the first 3 minutes.  They fought back 3:21 in off the stick of Coulter Young after Adam Bilodeau carried the puck to the front of the net and got a shot off. Despite their best efforts, the Flyers didn’t score again. The game ended 10-4 Chetwynd. Advertisementlast_img read more

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‘Feels good to be a welterweight’

first_imgWhat Mosley did Saturday night was turn back the clock with a win over Luis Collazo that was impressive for several reasons. In doing so he also staked a claim as the second-best welterweight in the world behind Mayweather. Not a bad night’s work for a fighter who seems to be coming into his second prime at an age when most others are long gone from the sport. There are now bigger fights ahead, including a possible fight with Miguel Cotto in June and maybe later a fight with Mayweather, who figures to return to the 147-pound division after his bout with De La Hoya. “I respect him, but only one man can be king,” Mayweather said. Mosley earned $1 million and raised his record to 44-4 against a tough southpaw who fought hard but didn’t have the speed or experience of his older opponent. Collazo said he hurt his left hand in the third round, but it likely wouldn’t have made a difference in a fight where Mosley consistently got off the first punches. Ringside punch statistics showed Mosley landing 200 of 601 punches to 87 of 639 for Collazo, who briefly held a piece of the welterweight title before losing a controversial decision to Ricky Hatton last year. “I wish I could have been more effective,” Collazo said. “But that was the best I could do.” Mosley’s career seemed re-energized after two wins over Fernando Vargas last year, and he’s now got his father, Jack, back in his corner. The two decided he would be more effective at 147 pounds, where he could use his fast hands and not have to fight as flat-footed as he did at 154 pounds. The strategy worked against Collazo and now Mosley seemingly has his pick of fights with higher profile fighters. That could include Cotto, whose planned June fight with Antonio Margarito may be off because Margarito signed to fight mandatory WBO challenger Paul Williams instead. “It’s not like I have to fight for money anymore,” said Mosley, who earned millions in big money fights against De La Hoya and Vargas. “If I’m going to be the best fighter out there I have to stay busy. I have to fight these young, hungry fighters.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAS VEGAS – Shane Mosley looked so good that even Floyd Mayweather Jr. paid him some grudging respect. “He’s pretty good at what he does,” Mayweather said. center_img “I want to keep myself in shape and maybe fight again in June,” Mosley said. “I am going to keep myself in shape and tuned up.” The Pomona fighter moved back to 147 pounds for the first time in nearly five years, promising he would be faster and better than before. He delivered on those promises by consistently beating an opponent 10 years younger to the punch and winning a lopsided 12-round decision. Mosley, who was smiling when he entered the ring and smiling after almost every round, also showed he still has some sock at 147 by knocking Collazo down with a right hand late in the 11th round. “It feels good to be a welterweight again,” Mosley said. The win gave Mosley what the WBC said was an interim title that he will collect when Mayweather goes through with his May 5 fight against Oscar De La Hoya at 154 pounds. But the title doesn’t make much difference for a boxer who seems re-energized at the age of 35. last_img read more

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La Serna girls fall in shootout

first_img“We knew about them, and we were really trying to watch for them,” Broussard said. Trailing 2-0 at halftime, the Lancers needed just three minutes of the second half to get back into the game. Jordan Dolbin converted a penalty kick after a Sun Devil was called for a defensive hand ball in the goalkeepers box. La Serna tied the game in the 65th minute off a Dolbin throw-in that Caitlin Phillips controlled, then sent just inside the near post past a diving Gabler. Tied 2-2 at the end of regulation, Apple Valley took the lead in the first overtime when Harmony Pruett won a 50-50 ball near midfield, dribbled past a defender just inside the 18-yard box, and drove the ball past goalkeeper Keshya Locksley, who had come out to challenge. Again, the Lancers rose to the occasion as they tied the game on Stacey Cervantes’ goal off an assist from Reed. The first four players for each team scored in the penalty-kicks phase before Bergeron made the game-winner. roger.murray@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The game was tied 3-3, but the Sun Devils advanced after winning the shootout, 5-4. It was a stunning defeat for the Lancers, who entered the game with a 21-1-3 record, another undefeated Del Rio League season and the division’s No. 1 seed for the playoffs. WHITTIER – It was only fitting that a game that began 2 hours and 40 minutes earlier in bright afternoon sunshine ended La Serna High School’s remarkable girls soccer season in darkness early Friday evening. Apple Valley goalkeeper Kala Gabler’s diving deflection of Nicole Reed’s penalty kick in a shootout after four overtime periods provided the visiting Sun Devils with the victory in the CIF-Southern Section Division III first-round playoff game. center_img “A bad way to end the season, penalty kicks,” La Serna coach Amanda Broussard said. “PKs are not soccer. “We had plenty of opportunities, we just couldn’t capitalize on them. We should have won in the allotted time.” While the Lancers dominated play and outshot the Sun Devils 25-8, they found themselves fighting for survival much of the game. Apple Valley shocked them early with goals off a pair of low, line-drive corner kicks from Ashley Wolf that were quickly redirected into the net by Audrey Bergeron in the fifth minute and Brianna Fairfield in the 34th minute. Broussard admitted she was shocked by the quick goals, which were scored on identical plays. last_img read more

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UPDATED: 307 DEAD ON DONEGAL ROADS IN 13 YEAR PERIOD

first_imgDONEGAL’S shocking road carnage statistics were laid bare today when senior gardai and Road Safety Authority boss Noel Brett spoke at Letterkenny Institute of Technology in a bid raise awareness of road safety during the June Donegal Rally, and throughout the summer.Rally driver Toni Kelly was among those advising rally fans that they cannot drive like professionals.The conference comes as the number of people killed on our roads has reduced. However a report released today showed that 307 people died and almost 1,200 were seriously injured on the roads of Co Donegal between 1996 and 2009.RSA Chief Executive Noel Brett described Donegal’s record as ‘appalling’ but said things have improved and the number of deaths has been reduced.Eight people had died on Donegal’s roads this time last year, and to date this year three people have lost their lives.Speed was a factor in two out of every five fatalities in Donegal during the period studied and almost 28% of those killed were young men aged 17 to 24, says the report. Assistant Garda Commissioner Kieran Kenny said ‘Operation Face’ had made a big difference by targeting specific drivers and the detection of a range of offences had increased significantly, including an increase of 82% in the detection of speeding offences.Mr Brett said the Donegal Road Safety Working Group is one of the most active in the country and he hoped that other counties would learn from its experience.The statistics show that Co Donegal accounted for 6% of fatalities in Ireland during the period examined, despite making up only 3.5% of the population.UPDATED: 307 DEAD ON DONEGAL ROADS IN 13 YEAR PERIOD was last modified: June 8th, 2011 by gregShare 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:letterkennyroad safetytoni kellylast_img read more

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Money Monday

first_imgBy Barbara O’NeillRetirement ceremony for Air Force Maj. Gen. Donald Fick on June 21, 2012.What is the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) contribution limit for Thrift Saving Plan (TSP) contributions?In 2013, the IRS increased the contribution limit by $500. Service members under the age of 50 are allowed to contribute up to $17,500 in tax-deferred savings to the TSP for the year 2013. In 2012, the contribution limit was $17,000. Service members age 50 and older can contribute an additional $5,500 in catch-up contributions for the year 2013 for a total of $23,000.For more information , refer to TSP: Contribution Limits.Browse more military personal finance webinars and articles answered by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on March 4, 2013.last_img read more

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Rain plays spoiler in Vizag as Pune beat Delhi by 19 runs (via D/L)

first_imgPersistent rain in Visakhapatnam forced the Indian Premier League match between Rising Pune Supergiants and Delhi Daredevils to be called off with RPS getting the result in their favour thanks to the Duckworth-Lewis method.Chasing a modest 122 for victory, Pune’s charge was stopped by the rain for the second time with their score stuck on 76/1 in 11 overs when umpires decided that there was no point in continuing the match any further.As rain continued persistently, the match was called off after a wait of around 15 minutes with Pune ahead of the par score of 57 by 19 runs.Rahane steers Pune’s chase Ajinkya Rahane remained unbeaten on 42, while giving him company was George Bailey on 8 when the covers were brought on the field.At the first rain interruption, Pune were 57 for 1 in 8.2 overs with Rahane on 26 and George Bailey on 6. They returned after a rain break of around an hour and they were to get their full quota of 20 overs.But rain came back again after playing another two overs and four deliveries. Rahane and Bailey added 19 runs in those 16 deliveries. Rahane added 16 runs for himself as he hit a four and a six off Mohammed Shami to take Pune ahead before the second rain break stopped play.The win did not change anything for Pune, who are already out of reckoning for a play-offs berth, apart from the addition of two more points to their earlier six, except that they are now in the seventh spot ahead of Kings XI Punjab.advertisementDelhi’s chances hurt after lossFor Daredevils, the loss will make it more difficult for them to book a play-offs berth as they remained at sixth spot with 12 points from 12 matches.They will now need to win both their remaining matches – against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore – to have a chance for making it to the play-offs.Dinda and Zampa star for RPS Earlier, medium pacer Ashok Dinda (3/20) and leg-spinner Adam Zampa (3/21) helped RPS restrict Delhi Daredevils to 121 for six in 20 overs.Asked to bat, Delhi struggled as Dinda and Zampa continued their impressive performance to leave the visitors struggle for runs.Karun Nair (41 off 43 deliveries) anchored Delhi’s innings, while South African all-rounder Chris Morris made a quick-fire 38 in just 20 balls towards the end to help his side cross 120-run mark.Brief scores: Delhi Daredevils: 121/6 (Karun Nair 41, Chris Morris 38; Ashok Dinda 3-20, Adam Zampa 3-21) vs Rising Pune Supergiants.last_img read more

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The unheard speech of Sachin Tendulkar on social media

first_img(Eds: Updating with details)New Delhi, Dec 22 (PTI) Sachin Tendulkar said he had wanted to raise the issue of financial security for national level athletes in the Parliament, a day after being stopped from making his maiden Rajya Sabha speech due to protests in the Upper House.Tendulkar took to multiple social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, to express his views on the prevailing sporting scenario in the country.”Financial security is often a challenge when any sportsperson decides to focus on sports alone as their career,” Tendulkar said in the speech which was to be delivered yesterday.”I am aware that the Government, through its many institutions, employs sports-persons and supports them which we all appreciate.”But we have many national, state and district level retired athletes who dont have a proper job. While ensuring their financial stability, we must also keep their minds engaged. Their skills and passion for sports would be best utilized for coaching our future generations.”Incidentally, Tendulkar had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting inclusion of international medallists in the Central Government Health Scheme.Tendulkar cited the examples of national level hockey player Nauri Mundu from Jharkhand, who doubles up as a teacher and works in the farm to make ends meet along with Sita Sahu, a medallist at the Special Olympics in Athens in 2011, who is selling golgappas to manage her life.”We need to create an organization and engage these athletes to train our school children and identify talent at an early age. There is so much that these athletes have to offer back to society,” he said.advertisementTendulkar emphasised on the importance of having health insurance for national-level athletes.”It is also imperative to have health insurance for all our national level athletes. The struggles faced by hockey great Mohammad Shahid in his last days reiterates the need to prevent such unfortunate situations.Tendulkar referred about Indias first Olympic swimmer late Shamsher Khan in his speech. Khan had participated in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and qualified for the 200m butterfly final.”The life of Shamsher Khan is another reminder of how we have failed our national heroes … Our national heroes should be able to live a respectable life. Extending CGHS benefits to them is a step in that direction.”I appeal to the Honble Minister of Health & Family Welfare J.P. Naddaji to kindly consider my request on this issue which is in line with the recommendations put forth by the AICS,” he added.Tendulkar proposed to immortalise sportspersons by making their lives part of the curriculum at schools.”Sportspersons who won the gold, silver and bronze medals for India, do we appreciate them enough?” asked the iconic India batsman.”These champions, our heroes, didnt have the best of everything, but they made the best of everything. I think it is extremely important that youngsters learn about our sporting history.”I sincerely feel that the lives of these champions should be part of our curriculum. In the year 2009, this August House passed the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill. It is my humble suggestion that the Act be amended to include the Right to Play.”The 44-year-old Mumbaikar also stressed on the need to have a dedicated squad guiding “our athletes preparations” for the Olympics.”Before the Olympics or a major sporting event, our expectations go sky rocketing. I realize that things are changing for the good and that we have adopted a long-term approach on preparation,” he said.”Along with early identification of talent, we must also have a dedicated squad guiding our athletes preparations. I feel it is extremely importantly to have full time support staff around our athletes and winning medals should become their target as well.”Tendulkar also talked about his vision of a healthy and a fit India, besides raising the issue of India being the diabetic capital of the world with over 75 million people affected by the disease. PTI ATK KHS AHlast_img read more

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