India settled for the silver medal after losing to Pakistan 2-3 in the final of the Asian Team Snooker Championship in Doha.After Babar Masih put a fluent 81 break to win the first frame against Pankaj Advani, Malkeet Singh restored parity with a 52 break win over Mohammad Asif.The doubles was the turning point where Asif played out of his skin to pull back a 62-point deficit and allow his partner Masih to wrap up the frame 70-72.Pushed on the back foot, Pankaj displayed fine potting to craft a frame-winning 68 break.It was then again down to Malkeet to save the day for India, but he could not on this occasion.Hours before that, Malkeet played the match of his life under pressure to clinch the deciding frame against Pakistan 2 and a berth for the Indian team in the final.Pakistan-1 beat India 3-2Pankaj Advani lost to Babar Masih 2-110(81)Malkeet Singh defeated Muhammad Asif 81(52)-47Doubles Pakistan beat India 70-72Pankaj Advani beat Muhammad Asif 107(68)-5Malkeet Singh lost to Babar Masih 18-98.(With PTI inputs)
It is not just respiratory symptoms or a feeling of tiredness that asthma sufferers have to face daily, many of them even have to deal with shame and a sense of guilt using inhalers at work, preventing them from working to their full potential, new research has found. The World Health Organization estimates that 235 million people around the world suffer from asthma. The study, published in the Journal of Asthma and Allergy, showed that asthma sufferers are missing nearly one-tenth of work hours due to their symptoms, which also results in a loss of productivity and affects their emotional well being. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainOn an average, three out of four workers could not work to their full potential, showed the survey of over 1,500 symptomatic asthma patients across six countries Brazil, Canada, Germany, Japan, Spain and the UK. Overall, total work productivity dropped by one third (36 per cent) due to asthma. “But, what struck us most was the emotional response to asthma in the workplace,” said Kevin Gruffydd-Jones from Box Surgery in Britain. The study results found that on an average, up to one-tenth (9.3 per cent) of work hours were missed in a single week because of workers’ asthma symptoms. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardAsthma sufferers in India too face similar challenges, according to doctors. “One cannot ignore the environment and other related conditions which in any case can go against the patient; she/he has to be prepared all the time with medications, inhalers and other prescriptions,” said doctors. “Strong will power is needed to continue with normal daily life as being careless is not an option,” they added. Asthma patients often feel inferior and disadvantaged compared to their non-symptomatic colleagues. “Being an asthma patient one is prone to minor or major attacks. A large number of patients have to be on daily treatment to keep symptoms under control,” doctors said. “The disease affects the daily life of an individual where she/he has to take a number of precautions for their well being along with medications and and at the same time have to continue with their jobs, home tasks and other work,” they added.