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India flu toll rises, warns against hoarding drug

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Published: 12 August 2009
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MUMBAI  - India cracked down on price gouging and hoarding of face masks and flu drugs Wednesday as the toll from H1N1 flu climbed to 17.

In Mumbai, India's financial hub, schools and colleges were closed for a week after a mobile phone poll of residents and cinema halls shut for three days. The Bollywood film industry also put off big releases and canceled shoots.

The health ministry asked India's states to set up more screening centres and prod private hospitals to help cope with large numbers of people demanding tests, said Vineet Choudhary, joint secretary of health.

India, he said, had an ample stockpile of flu drug Tamiflu, and was importing more supplies and testing kits. But he warned against hoarders and blackmarketeers.

 

Malaysian coach stable, test report expected: BWF

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Published: 12 August 2009
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Hyderabad, Aug 12 (PTI) A day after swine flu scare has hit the on-going World badminton Championship here, the game's apex body (BWF) today said the Malaysian coach, who was admitted in a hospital with suspected H1N1 symptoms, was in a stable condition and his test results are expected tomorrow.

"The coach is in a better condition now and he had no fever for the last 36 hours, which is a good indication as it suggests that he doesn't have the H1N1 virus," BWF Chief Operating Officer Thomas Lund told reporters.

"The coaches who were in close contact with the victim also doesn't have any symptoms," he said.

A swine flu scare has rocked the World championship yesterday after a Malaysian coach, whose name was not disclosed on request, was admitted to a city hospital with symptoms of the deadly disease.

 
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Yu-hsing brings smiles to the Taiwanese camp (pic)

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Published: 12 August 2009
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IT was all about steely determination and courage in the Taiwanese camp at the World Championships yesterday.

The team left their Typhoon Mo­­rakot-hit country and had arrived in Hyderabad in the wee hours of the morning on Monday, but it did not stop their top men’s singles shuttler Hsieh Yu-hsing from winning his first round match against Arvind Bhat of India 21-14, 19-21, 24-22 yesterday.Gritty show: Hsieh Yu-hsing returns a shot to Arvind Bhat of India yesterday. Yu-hsing won 21-14, 19-21, 24-22.

But their mixed doubles and wo­­­­men’s singles shuttlers Fang Chieh-min-Cheng Wen-hsing and Chen Hsiao-huan went down 21-17, 11-21, 9-21 to fifth seeds Xie Zhongbo-Zhang Yawen of China and 19-21, 10-21 to ninth seed Wang Chen of Hong Kong respectively.

Hsiao-huan had her left hand injury bandaged but it did not stop her from giving her best.

 

Mother and son create history (pic)

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Published: 12 August 2009
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ISRAEL’S Misha Zilberman-Svet­lana Zilberman will go into the history books as the first son and mother partnership in the mixed doubles event of the World Championships.History makers: Svetlana Zilberman making a return to Japan’s Noriyasu Hirata-Shizuka Matsua while Misha Zilberman looks on in the second round mixed doubles event yesterday. Hirata-Matsua won 21-11, 21-10.

Misha, 19, and 45-year-old Svet­la­­na reached the second round after enjoying a walkover from England’s Anthony Clark-Donna Kellogg but went down 11-21, 10-21 to Japanese Noriyasu Hirata-Shizuka Matsua yesterday.

 
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Choong Hann survives but Lydia stumbles at first hurdle (pic)

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Published: 12 August 2009
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IT was a day of mixed fortunes for Malaysia’s Lydia Cheah and old-timer Wong Choong Hann a the World Championships yesterday.

Lydia, hoping to come good in her second world outing, fell flat when she was blown away by Thailand’s Porntip Buranaprasertsuk in the first round losing 16-21, 18-21 in just 25 minutes.One for the oldies: Wong Choong Hann making a return in the win over Finland’s Ville Lang yesterday.

In the first game Lydia’s play was strewn with errors. She put up a fight in the second but it was not good enough to beat the talented Thai.

“It did not go as well as I planned. This is really disappointing,” said a frustrated Lydia.

“All that I had learnt in the training did not come out today. On top of that, my knee was hampering my movement too,” added Lydia, who rushed to national coach Misbun Sidek after the match seeking for answers on what had gone wrong.

In the men’s singles, Choong Hann hardly raised any sweat when he tamed Finn Ville Lang 21-7, 21-10.

He now joins world number one and top seed Lee Chong Wei in the second round today where they will take on Estonia’s Raul Must and Nigerian Ola Fagbemi respectively.

 
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