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‘Ayurveda, faith-healing did the needful’
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 8
The action of ayurvedic medicines supplemented with the patient’s will power and faith in the Almighty have cured diseases that had been termed incurable by physicians practicing other systems of medicine. This claim was made by a large number of people who, after being disappointed with years of long expensive treatment at multi-speciality hospitals, found solace in ayurvedic treatment at Shri Brahamaa Nand Biradh Ashram at Barmi village near here.

Mr Hakumat Singh, former Deputy Director (Prosecution), Jammu and Kashmir Government, while addressing a gathering of patients and their relatives claimed that his son Harpreet Singh had been cured of a disease that, according to him, could not be treated even after surgery at a multi-speciality hospital at Delhi.

"I was totally broke when lesions in the left ventricle of the heart of my son could not be treated even after spending lakhs of rupees. Then, one my family friends asked me to come here and now Harpreet is all right," he said.

Manjit Kaur (30) of Hoshiarpur had been deserted by her relatives after the death of her husband as she and her nine-year-old son and six-year-old daughter had tested positive for HIV five years ago.

"One year after starting treatment from this centre we are feeling normal," Manjit Kaur said adding that she would be going for another test soon.

Malkit Kaur, widow of Kehar Singh of Chhajjawal village, said she had been cured of cancer of the food pipe with consistent administration of drugs and belief in the Almighty.

Parkash Singh of Patiala, Kapoor Singh from Haryana and Samsher Singh from Ludhiana were among others who made similar claims.

Claiming his system to be based on studies in ayurvedic system of medicine and belief in God, Baba Bharpur Singh, the organiser of the ashram, alleged that some notorious elements had been trying to destabilise his organisation at the instance of certain practitioners, who get handsome commission from some multi-speciality hospitals for sending patients there.

However, health department authorities, after conducting tests on preparations dispensed by the ashram approved of the system, claimed Baba Bharpur Singh.



Punjab squads for national youth basketball meet
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 8
The following boys and girls have been picked up to represent Punjab in the National Youth Basketball Championship to be held from January 9 to 15 at Jaipur, according to Mr Teja Singh Dhaliwal, general secretary, Punjab Basketball Association.

Players of both teams were given a warm send off at Guru Nanak Stadium here last night. Officials of the Punjab Basketball Association were present there to wish them best of luck for the forthcoming event.

The members of the teams are (girls)- Nagma, Rupali, Rohini, Nishi, Sukhwinder, Aarti, Harpreet, Paridhi, Alka Rani, Mandeep, Sukhjinder and Jagroop. Gurmandeep and Kanwarjit Singh will accompany the team as manager and coach, respectively.

Boys- Shamshul, Kanoni, Gulbir Singh, Harvinder Singh, Akash Gill, Lovedeep Sharma, Kuldeep Singh, Baldev Singh, Tejpreet Singh, Charanjeet Singh, Birkaran Singh and Gurvinder Singh. Ashwini Kumar and Dr S Subramanian have been appointed manager and coach, respectively.



Fine centuries by Geetansh, Akhil
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 8
Fine centuries by Geetansh Khaira (135) and Akhil (100) were the highlights of Kundan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School's win by 213 runs over Nightingale Public School in the PCA Parle Inter-School Cricket Tournament being organised by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association under the aegis of the Punjab Cricket Association at Arya College ground here today.

Kundan Vidya Mandir won the toss and elected to bat. In the stipulated 40 overs, they hoisted a mammoth total of 313 runs. Geetansh's innings of 135 runs included 20 hits to the fence while Akhil's ton was laced with 14 boundaries.

For Nightingale Public School, Karan was the pick of the bowlers taking five wickets for 31 runs in his quota of eight overs while Vivek chipped in with two wickets for 34 runs in as many overs.

In reply, Nightingale Public School could muster only 100 runs in 21 overs. Vivek top scored with 35 runs while Vishal and Karan made 27 and 6 runs, respectively. For KVM, Abhishek Talwar grabbed four wickets for 28 runs while Akhil Aggarwal took two for 18.



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