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Balbir Sr admitted again to hospital following ill health

first_imgChandigarh: Three-time Olympic gold medal winning hockey legend Balbir Singh Senior was again admitted to a hospital here following ill health but his condition is stable, his family said on Wednesday. The 94-year-old has been at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) here since Monday, his maternal grandson Kabir said. Before coming to PGIMER, he was at a private hospital at Mohali for a week. In January, Balbir Sr was discharged from PGIMER after spending 108 days in the hospital, where he took treatment for bronchial pneumonia. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevOnce again, it is the same complication which he suffered earlier, Kabir said. “His condition is stable,” he added. One of the country’s tallest sportspersons, Balbir Sr became the only Indian among 16 legends chosen by the International Olympic Committee across the modern Olympic history. His world record for most goals scored by an individual in the men’s hockey final in an Olympic Games still remains unbeaten. He had scored five goals in India’s 6-1 victory over the Netherlands in the gold medal match of the 1952 Helsinki Games. He was also the manager of India’s World Cup-winning team in 1975. He was conferred with the Padma Shri in 1957. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsMeanwhile, Punjab Chief minister Amarinder Singh has released the assistance amount of Rs 5 lakh for the treatment of Balbir Senior. The cheque was Wednesday handed over by the Director Sports, Punjab and Additional Principal Secretary of the Chief Minister Amrit Kaur Gill to Kabir. Gill said that she went to enquire after the health of Balbir Sr on the directions of the chief minister. Apart from handing over the cheque to the family, she also assured them of every possible assistance on behalf of the CM.last_img read more

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Postboxes sealed up over security fears after postman loses keys

A spokeswoman for Royal Mail said new keys were “on order” and apologised for any inconvenience caused Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Councillors have also warned of the disruption to residents in the secluded areas of town who rely on the post box after the closure of numerous nearby post offices in recent years. Barry Palmer, a local Borough Councillor in the South Ward, said: “A lot of the post offices around here have been closing that is the real issue. People rely on their local postbox, especially those in rural areas. Some locals depend on it to get their pensions and for using the bank services in the building. “If you were paying a bill by post then the closure of the postboxes would be desperately urgent. Elderly people will also be inconvenienced until they open again.” The Royal Mail said it hoped to “re-open the boxes soon” and in the meantime customers could drop off mail at any Post Office branch.The affected boxes, which include one on the seafront, have been covered with a note from the firm explaining the situation.A Royal Mail spokesperson said: “We can confirm that unfortunately ten postboxes on Canvey Island are currently out of service after the keys were misplaced. Royal Mail would like to sincerely apologise to customers for the inconvenience this may cause. New keys are on order. We hope to reopen the boxes soon.” A number of Royal Mail postboxes in a rural town have been sealed up over “security fears” after a postman is believed to have lost the keys to open them.The 10 boxes on Canvey Island, in Essex, have been taken out of use following concerns that the original keys could be used to gain access to public mail.A spokeswoman for Royal Mail said new keys were “on order” and apologised for any inconvenience caused while the firm awaits replacements.But local Councillors have urged that “precautions” be taken to ensure that only those with authorisation can enter the postboxes in the meantime.David Thomas, a Castle Point Councillor and a Royal Mail employee, told The Echo: “Yes, I can confirm a set of keys have gone missing. All post boxes were cleared of mail using a spare set of keys and then all affected boxes were sealed up as a security measure.”“As the original keys went missing the boxes cannot be used because someone in the public domain may have these keys and could gain access to people’s mail. As security of the mail is paramount, this precaution needs to be taken to prevent anyone, not authorised, gaining access to anyone else’s mail,” he added. A spokeswoman for Royal Mail said new keys were “on order” and apologised for any inconvenience causedCredit:Andrew Milligan/PA read more