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Tips to prevent influenza

Flu or Influenza is a viral illness. It usually affects people of all age groups. Everyday our bodies are bombarded by an alarming variety of germs and viruses, but fortunately the constant bombardment is in itself a safeguard. As various viruses attack us, our defence system goes to work and in most cases the body is able to ward off the attack. It is only when something different develops and strikes suddenly that our bodies are caught unawares and are unable to cope.

Flu, to give the malady its full title, is a respiratory disease, almost as a prevalent as the common cold. Like common cold it is caused a virus or many viruses. There are two main types of flu viruses (A and B), and these in turn may be divided into various strains. We have heard of Pneumonic flu, and other epidemic strains of flu that have swept the world.

Flu, usually begins with severe and sudden cold. The patient may feel headache, shivering, sore throat and nasal blocking. In influenza cases pain all over the body, restless, weakness, fever and cough. Watering from eyes, excessive secretion from nose and throat are also present symptoms in the patient. Fever may be rise up to 102-104 Degree F. Fever and pain are the first symptom of influenza. Sweat glands excrete excessive sweat. Throat irritation, sneezing and dullness may be continue. Occasionally, laryngitis may be possible or not.

Influenza normally spreads from by patients or person to person by means of direct contact, droplet infection and using handkerchief, drinking cups and other articles used and soiled by the patient. High risk is anyone, young or old who suffers from a chronic pulmonary, cardiac, renal or metabolic disease.

Anyone over 65 years of age is at risk. those at high risk are members of the medical profession, doctors, nurses-anyone whose work brings them in contact with the virus. The sufferer is usually better within seven days.

Prevention and General Remedies:

Avoid close contact:

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. when you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

Bed rest, warmth and plenty of fluids seem to be the best treatment.

Stay home when you are sick:

If possible, stay home from work, school and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

Cover your mouth and nose:

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. If may prevent those around you from getting sick.

Clean your hands:

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth:

Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.

Avoid alcohol and stop smoking, avoid cold drinks, ice cream and heavy spicy food, Drink hot water, herbal tea, vegetable and chicken soup will relieve congestion. Take paracetamol syrup and tablet to reduce fever and relieves aches and pains.

Vitamin-C is also effective in flu. Patient should suck small pieces of mulethi (Liquorice) and desi misri, cardiarrom etc. Do gargle to prevent sore throat and irritation. Take hot showers to relieve the nasal stuffiness. In emergency , consult your doctor immediately.

Dr Anil Dheer 

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Uttar Pradesh circle win cycling trophy
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 28
The Uttar Pradesh circle secured 21 points to win the overall trophy in the cycling event in the 20th All-India Postal Athletics and Cycling Tournament at Punjab Agricultural University here today. The Kerala circle with 18 points finished runners-up while hosts the Punjab circle got 17 points and had to content with the third place.

Earlier, Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, inaugurated the three-day meet in which as amany as 153 participants, including 20 women athletes from 15 postal circles, were taking part. Mr L K Puri, Chief Postmaster General, Punjab and Chandigarh, and Ms Sukhwinder Kaur, Director, Postal Services, Headquarters, were also present at the inaugural function.

Athletics results: - Shot put (men)- Deivasi Gamani of the Tamil Nadu circle 1, Nachhattar Singh of the Rajasthan circle 2 and Ramulu K of the Andhra Pradesh circle 3; Shot put (women)- Tilu Gogoi of the Assam circle 1, Nisha K Roy of the Kerala circle 2 and Protima Devi of the West Bengal circle 3; 800 m (men)- Jogeshwar Hembram of the West Bengal circle 1, Bobby Joseph of the Kreala circle 2 and Ch Venkateshwara Rao of the Andhra Pradesh circle 3; 800 m (women)- Deepali Biswas of the West Bengal circle 1, Chandra Mukherjee of the West Bengal circle 2 and Roopali Rao of the Uttar Pradesh circle 3.

5000 m (men)- A Srinivas Reddy of the Andhra Pradesh circle 1, B Backia Raj of the APS circle 2 and R B Yadav of the APS circle 3; 200 m (men)- Jumma B Mushangari of the Gujarat circle 1, Deva Nand Patel of the Orissa circle 2 and Arapil MD Cruz of Gujrat circle 3; High jump (women)- Mumtaz Khatun of the West Bengal circle 1, Kamla Phogat of the Haryana circle 2 and Shelly George of the Kerala circle 3.

110 m hurdles (men)- Parveen M Jankat of the Gujarat circle 1, Y Madhava Rao of the Andhra Pradesh circle 2 and Jagdish Kumar of the Assam circle 3; 400 m hurdles- Parveen M Kankat of the Gujarat circle 1, G Tamilsevlvin of the Tamil Nadu circle 2 and Sandeep Nair of the APS circle 3; Long jump- Firozuddin Naskar of the West Bengal circle 1, Ketan Joshi of the Gujarat circle 2 and Debanand Patel of the Orissa circle 3.

High jump- R Chelladurai Pandy of the Tamil Nadu circle 1, Parveen M Jankat of the Gujarat circle 2 and N Naveen of the Andhra Pradesh circle 3; pole vault- R Manikraj of the Tamil Nadu circle 1, K John Paul of the Andhra Pradesh circle 2 and N Nageshwar Rao of the Andhra Pradesh circle 3; Discus throw- Nachhattar Singh of Rajasthan circle 1, S V Bhaskar Raju of the Andhra Pradesh circle 2 and N Sivaprasad of the Andhra Pradesh circle 3.

Jevelin throw- Vincent Paul of the Kerala circle 1, K Ramulu of the Andhra Pradesh circle 2 and C M Siddiquie of the APS circle 3; decathlon- Ketan H Joshi of the Gujarat circle 1, Tajesh G K of the APS circle 2 and Chandershekhar Kumar Rai of the Bihar circle 3.

Women 200 m- Binutaj Khatun of the West Bengal circle 1, Mumtaz Khatun of the West Bengal circle 2 and Anshul Bhardwaj of the Haryana circle 3; 400 m- Binutaj Khatun of the West Bengal circle 1, Depali Biswas of the West Bengal circle 2 and Shelly Geirge of the Kerala circle 3.

1500 m- Dipali Biswas of the West Bengal circle 1, Ila Chowdhary of the West Bengal circle 2 and Kamla Phogat of the Haryana circle 3; 100 m hurdles- Rita Biswas of the West Bengal circle 1, Nupur Singh of the Uttar Pradesh circle 2 and Rajwant Kaur of the Punjab circle 3; Discus throw- Tilu Gogoi of the Assam circle 1, Protima Dass of the West Bengal circle 2 and Nisha K Roy of the Kerala circle 3.

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Parabhjot, Jagdeep best athletes
Our Correspondent

Doraha, October 28
The annual athletic meet and prize distribution function of Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School, Doraha, concluded here yesterday. Dr Kiran Soni was the chief guest. The vote of thanks was delivered by Dr Balwant Singh Pangali.

Parabhjot Kaur of VIII standard was declared the best athlete among the girls while Jagdeep Singh the best among the boys. The results of various events are as belows

75m race (mask race) girls (nursery) Gaganpreet Kaur Ist, Gaganpreet Kaur 2nd, Harmandeep Kaur 3rd.

Boys (nursery class) Samandeep Singh Ist, Manjot Singh 2nd, Taranjit Singh and Jagdeep Singh 3rd.

National flag race (975m) LKG (girls ) Jaswinder Kaur 1st, Harjot Kaur 2nd, Sunaina 3rd.

LKG Boys Gurjant Singh 1, Ankush Bector 2nd, Arvinder Singh 3rd.

Balloon race (100m) UKG (Girls) Manpreet Kaur-1st, Mandirjeet Kaur 2nd, Harpuneet Kaur 3rd.

Boys (UKG) Upkar Singh 1st, Hemanthebir Singh 2nd, Pritpal Singh 3rd.

T-shirt and cone race (100m ) class I (girls) Amanpreet Kaur Ist, Jashanpreet Kaur 2nd, Maninder Kaur 3rd.

Boys Harsimran Singh Ist, Navdeep Singh 2nd.

Socks Race (100m) (girls ) Ramanjit Kaur 1, Arashpreet Kaur 2nd, Navpreet Kaur 3rd.

Boys Principal Singh 1, Prabhjot Singh 2, Hemandeep Singh 3.

100m (bread and milk race) Class III (girls ) Navpreet Kaur 1, Kajal 2, Gurleen Kaur and Harmanjot Kaur 3.

Boys Jaswinder Singh 1, Bhupinder Singh 2, Gurmukh Singh 3.

100m class IV Girls Avreen Kaur 1st, Lovepreet Kaur and Kamaljit Kaur 2nd, Ravina and Prabhjot Kaur 3rd.

Boys Arashdeep Singh -1st, Jagroop Singh 2nd, Manjot Singh 3rd.

Lemon spoon 100m: Class V Girls Amanpreet Kaur 1st, Harmandeep Kaur 2nd, Manpreet Kaur 3rd.

Boys Arashdeep Singh 1st, Onkarjeet Singh 2nd.

Sack race 100m: Class VI Girls Amanpreet Kaur 1st, Jaspreet Kaur and Tawinder Kaur 2nd, Kirandeep Kaur 3rd.

Boys Sandeep Singh and Maninderjit Singh 1st, Lakhwinder Singh 2nd, Amritpal Singh 3rd.

Thread and needle race Class VII (girls) Harpreet Kaur 1st, Jaspreet Kaur 2nd, Kiranjot Kaur 3rd.

Boys Jaswinder Singh 1st, Gurvir Singh 2nd, Gananveer Singh and Navdeep Singh 3rd.

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Khalsa College eves emerge champs
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 28
The football team of GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, near here, has proved its supremacy by winning the Panjab University Inter-College Women Football Championship held at the college ground recently. Players of the college came out triumphant without facing any tough challenge during the tournament. They exhibited their domination as no team was able to score a single goal against the college teams.

The football team of the college in its first match thrashed the defending champions MCM DAV College, Chandigarh, 4-0 following with an overwhelming victory of 8-0 over Guru Har Rai Khalsa College, Chabbewal, and in the last encounter defeated SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur 3-0.

The tournament was conducted on the league basis. The second place was secured by MCM DAV College, Chandigarh.

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PU zonal kabaddi results
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 28
Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town and Ramgarhia College, Miller Ganj here will fight it out for a place in the pool D final of the Panjab University Zonal Kabaddi Tournament for women being held here at Model Town.

Results: Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan beat GTB College, Dakha 60-16; Government College, Karamsar beat GGS Khalsa College, Jhar Sahib 68-25; Khalsa College for Wome, Sidhwan got walk over Panjab University Campus, Chandigarh; Guru Nanak Girls, Model Town beat GCG, Sector 42, Chandigarh 39-19; GNN College, Doraha beat Dev Samaj College, Ferozepur 34-26; Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan beat Government College, Karamsar 32-23 and Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town beat GNN College, Doraha 43-23.

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