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Extra! Forest Fires Rage In Portugal

Forest fires have been raging in Portugal for several days now. Tuesday's headline in the newspaper Público reports that they have "destroyed nine thousand hectares in the last 10 days."

On Saturday the biggest fire of the year so far scorched Villa Nova de Cerveira and Monca in the northern district of Viana do Castelo. More than 600 firefighters were still fighting flames Tuesday.

"Aid to fight the fires depends on the heavens and the parish priest of the parish of Covas," the newspaper wrote. The Covas parish was the first in the country to develop a local intervention unit that consists of 18 volunteers and three vehicles that are available between May and late September to conduct surveillance and fire prevention.

AFP reports that nearly 80% of the country is suffering from a severe drought, which is likely to worsen this month.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: Público is a Portuguese daily newspaper published in Lisbon.

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India Higher Education Inferior Complex: Where Are The Foreign University Campuses?

The proposed UGC guidelines are ill-conceived and populist, and hardly take note of the educational and financial interests of foreign universities.

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The IIT - Indian Institute of Technology - Campus

M.M Ansari and Mohammad Naushad Khan

NEW DELHI — Nearly 800,000 young people from India attend foreign universities every year in search of quality education and entrepreneurial training, resulting in a massive outflow of resources – $3 billion – to finance their education. These students look for greener pastures abroad because of the lack of quality teaching and research in most of India’s higher education institutions.

Over 40,000 colleges and 1,000 universities are producing unemployable graduates who cannot function in a knowledge- and technology-intensive economy.

The Indian government's solution is to open doors to foreign universities, with a proposed set of regulations aiming to provide higher education and research services to match global standards, and to control the outflow of resources. But this decision raises many questions.

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