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Celebrate a safe Divali 
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, October 20
The festival of lights, Divali is celebrated with traditional fervour, joy and happiness every year but tragedy also strike many homes on this night. Several persons are blinded and many suffer serious burn injuries while bursting crackers. Majority of the victims are small children, who are ignorant about dangers posed by the crackers. The ENT, Eye and skin experts have stressed that due to crackers injuries could be very serious and one should be very careful, even while bursting a ‘phuljhari’.

Various city-based paediatricians have suggested that parents should not let small children burst the crackers alone. A paediatrician at a local nursing home said that in the case of an injury, the affected area should be washed to remove the dust and soot particles. “If the area is small then apply ice-packs. And in case the burn is large, it should be kept under running water. This helps in reducing the burning sensation,” he said. He stressed that turmeric, flour, ghee and toothpaste should not be applied. An antiseptic powder should be sprinkled on the wound and one should not hesitate in consulting a doctor.

Dr Ajay Sharma, an eye specialist, said serious sight threatening complications like the dislocation of lens, cataract secondary glaucoma, retinal tears rupture of the globe could occur due to crackers. Blunt injuries are caused because of blast effect from compressed air travelling from high-powered bombs. “One should not splash water in the eyes after cracker injuries, as this may lead to infection of corneal wounds”, said Dr Sharma.

Medical experts have stressed that children should always burst crackers under the supervision of adults. Crackers should be burst in open spaces and if possible, protective glasses used. The burnt area should immediately be washed with clean and cold water. An antiseptic cream or powder should be sprinkled on the affected area. One should wear cotton clothes while bursting crackers.

The medical experts have warned against removing pieces of burnt flesh or dead tissues and pricking blisters.

Dr Manish Munjal, ENT specialist, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, said every year the department received about 12 cases of fireworks trauma and more than 70 per cent of such patients were children. “Patients with ear perforations come quite late as initially there is numbness in ears. These patients have an ear discharge, due to the treatment by quacks. Hospitalisation and medication is required early in very serious cases of hearing loss,” said Dr Munjal.

Dr Munjal stressed that sudden numbness of ears, loss of ability to hear, ringing, buzzing or hissing sound and mild blood-tinged discharge from the ears necessitated a thorough check-up by an ear specialist. “The recovery is hindered and there could be a permanent hearing loss if a patient is not given timely treatment,” warned Dr Munjal.



Seminar stresses  regular  exercise for healthy life
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 21
A seminar on ‘Sports and Society’ was organised at Ramgarhia Girls College by the Department of Physical Education. The seminar was attended by eminent personalities such as Arjuna awardee Ajmer Singh, Director of Sports, Panjab University, and Dr Gurcharan Singh, Professor, Panjab University, Chandigarh.

The guests were welcomed by the Principal, Mrs Harmit Kaur. They were also presented bouquets by the students. Expressing views on the topic ‘Sports and Society’, Dr Ajmer Singh said sports activities had an important place in society but to become a good sportsperson one must have determination to work hard. Only good sportsmen with a healthy sense of competition could make meaningful contribution to society.

On the occasion Dr G.S. Brar dwelt upon the importance of regular exercise. He said this was must for a long and healthy life. He also talked about the different type of exercises for different age groups.

Apart from the students, the seminar was also attended by delegates from other colleges — Prof Jaswinder Dhaliwal, Dr K.S. Brar, Prof Parminder Singh, Prof Prakash Singh, Prof Balbir Singh, Prof Nishan Singh and Prof Rajinder Singh. The seminar ended with the vote of thanks presented by Mrs Jasbir Brar.



Chaotic start to zonal sports
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 21
Unprepared grounds, the lack of adequate arrangements and a delay on the part of the various zonal teams in reaching the venue marred the beginning of the three-day 22nd District Government Elementary Sports at Government Girls’ Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar, here today.

While the semi-final events were supposed to begin at 11 am, these could not start before 1 pm. Even though the five-member organising team had reached on time, no arrangements had been done. Participants and teachers had to first prepare the grounds. The wild grass was uprooted and small stones, which could have affected the games, cleared.

Various zonal teams too arrived quite late. The teams of kho-kho (boys and girls) from Samrala failed to make it to the contest, giving their opponents straight entry into the finals to be held tomorrow.

There was also no arrangement of tents, which were erected around 12 noon. A public address system was procured from the market and the organising team got it fitted only after the games had begun. Barring plain drinking water, there was no refreshment provided, either to the teams or the organisers.

Ms Harvinder Kaur, District Education Officer (Elementary), Ludhiana, inaugurated the sports.

In the kabaddi (boys), Ludhiana zone defeated Dehlon zone and Jagraon zone defeated Samrala. In the girls section, Samrala zone beat Dehlon zone while Jagraon zone beat Ludhiana zone. In kho-kho (boys), Dehlon beat Ludhiana and Jagraon got walk over Samrala zone. In the girls section, Jagraon zone got walk over Samrala.



Handball team accorded warm welcome
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 21
Members of the Punjab team that won the Senior National Handball Championship were accorded a warm welcome on their arrival in the city today. They returned victorious from Renukot, Uttar Pradesh, making history by clinching the title after a gap of 30 years. It was in 1973 that Punjab had won the title at the second national meet at Pune.

The team was received at Guru Nanak Stadium, the venue of the function, by Mr Balkar Singh Brar, honorary general secretary, Punjab Handball Association (PHA), officers of the district Sports Department, Mr Teja Singh Dhaliwal, honorary general secretary, Punjab Basketball Association, and Dr S. Subramanian, former Director, NIS Patiala. A Punjab Police band contingent was also present. The players, coach Kewal Singh and manager, Sher Singh were felicitated by Mr Nahar Singh Gill, Mayor, Ludhiana. 


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