Tuesday, September 26, 2000,
Chandigarh, India

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400 gm brain tumour removed
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, Sept 25 — The Neurosurgery Department of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) has given a new lease of life to 47-year old-Kusum of Sangrur district by removing a brain tumour of an unusual size. The tumour was removed through a surgery carried out by Dr Ashwani Chowdhary, a micro neurosurgeon at the institute. The tumour weighed about 400 gm.

Kusum was brought to DMCH a week back as she was complaining of severe headache for the past one year. With the passage of time the headache became more frequent, long lasting and intense. In the beginning she thought it to be a normal headache and did not pay much attention towards it. She consulted many doctors but nothing concrete could be brought out. Ultimately, she was brought to DMCH. A CT scan showed that she had a big tumour in the right frontal area of the brain which needed immediate removal. the surgery was successfully carrie out.

The surgeon informed the tumour was about five years old and it kept on growing silently in the brain and when the size acquired unusual proportion it started giving trouble to the patient. He said now the patient was expected to live a normal life. 


Weightlifters complain of poor facilities
By Kamal Kishore Shankar

LUDHIANA, Sept 25 — Karnam Malleshwari proved her mettle despite all criticism by becoming the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Olympics. She was the first woman weightlifter who did the country proud. She could have won the gold medal if unwanted pressures like undue criticism by the media were not there.

Parvesh Chander Sharma, a weightlifter who is three time Commonwealth champion said, “India Today has reported that she was drinking beer and eating chicken and cheese and would not be able to get anything in the Sydney Olympics. The reporter concerned should have acted more responsibly.” He made the plea that as far as sports was concerned, the media should avoid such comments. He lamented that the facilities provided by the government were much less as compared to those available in other countries. He opined that we should provide good diet, equipment of international standards and scientific training to athletes to perform well at the international level .

Tara Singh, the first weightlifter of Punjab, who got Arjuna Award, criticised the media for creating undue pressure on Karnam Malleshwari. He said, “She brought the weightlifters to the limelight and all weightlifters are indebted to her”. Her achievement was the result of her hard work and dedication, he added.

Tara Singh, who is also a member of the state Sports Advisory Committee, said the committee was not doing any thing substantial except holding meetings. He lamented, “How can we expect medals from a sportsperson who does not have the required facilities?” He opined that the weightlifters needed air-conditioned gymnasiums, good diet, better equipment and expert guidance.” He said that apart from facilities the government should give incentives to the sportspersons to promote sports.

Hardeep Singh, five time national weightlifting champion appreciated the performance of Karnam Malleshwari. He remarked that she could have won gold if she has been provided with the facilities of international standards.

Inderjeet Sharma, a powerlifting champion said he felt proud when he heard that Karnam Malleshwari had won the first ever medal by a woman for the country. But since she was already a two time world champion, I was expecting a gold medal from her.

Jaspinder Singh (Vicky), vice-president, Ludhiana Body Building and Weightlifting Club, Rakh Bagh, appreciated the work done by Karnam Malleshwari. He said that she made Indian women and weightlifters feel proud.

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