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Campus placement
Tribune News Service

Banur, May 14
A joint campus placement drive got under way at Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology (SUSCET), Tangori, yesterday. This is a two-day placement drive.




SGFI feud resolved
Govt recognises Satpal faction
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 14
The long-drawn conflict between two parallel factions of the School Games Federation of India (SGFI) has finally been resolved with the ministry of youth affairs and sports recognising the faction led by Satpal and assigning it the responsibility of holding the school national games. With the decision, the other faction led by Ravinder Talwar has become defunct. The move would benefit the sports persons as the certificates issued by the newly recognised faction would be acknowledged and would enable them to get admissions to higher classes under the sports quota.

The elections of the SGFI were conducted in Delhi two months back under the observation of S.K. Sharma, under secretary, Government of India. After scrutinising the report submitted by Sharma declaring Satpal as president and Dr A.K. Mishra as secretary-general, the ministry of youth affairs and sports gave its nod to organise the national school games under the banner of the SGFI. A.K. Mishra, secretary-general of the SGFI, hailing the move said, “April 4 should be remembered as a red-letter day in the history of school games when this tussle was resolved.”

Welcoming the decision, president of the defunct faction Ravinder Talwar said, “Looking at the interest of students, we, too, are not keen on indulging in more complications.”

Nominated adviser to the SGFI Prem Puri stated that the schoolchildren, under this recognised banner, would participate in the forthcoming under-15 football (boys) in China. “We are holding a preparatory camp at Uttarakhand very shortly,” he added.

Earlier, due to the ongoing feud between both factions, it was the students who were suffering. Since 1999, the ministry had stopped funding the federation because of the dispute.

The students could not participate in the international events in 2004 because the Government of India refused to finance the tour. In July 2006, the Indian school team members had to pay a sum of Rs 70,000 from their own pockets to participate in the second Commonwealth Cricket Tournament held at Australia. 

The School Games Federation of India was formed in 1955 with the aim to promote games at the school level. Things worked smoothly until 1998. Then, there was a discrepancy in the election results of the federation. The SGFI split into two factions in 2003. Since 2003, these parallel bodies have organised events in different states. Both used to issue certificates to the participating students claiming to be the ‘real’ SGFI.



Sandeep enters final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 14
Cueist Sandeep Singh Chadha put up a good fight and showed the doors to Pradeep Kinger to storm into the final of the VII Saurabh Khattar Memorial Billiards and Snooker Championship at Chandigarh Club, Sector 3, here today.

In the semifinal match (game of 250 points), Chadha trounced his rival by a margin of 29 points as the final score was 254-225.

Meanwhile, Sandeep Kochhar and Ajay Singla made it to the semifinals of the snooker matches.

Where Sandeep beat G.S. Batra 3-0, Ajay Singla got the better of Suresh Chaudhary 3-1 in the quarterfinals.

Batra was virtually no match for Sandeep. Batra lost by 24 points (53-77) in the first frame while in the next two frames, the difference was bigger (31-88, 33-72).

In the match between Ajay and Suresh, both players were at 1-1 after the culmination of the first two frames. The first frame was won by Suresh, but after that Ajay did not give him any chance and won the next three sets consecutively to secure the semifinal berth. The score was 24-74, 83-32, 77-21, 62-14. 



Cricket meet from May 27
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 14
The Cricket Federation of India is organising the 1st All India Under-17 Federation Cup Cricket Tournament from May 27 to 31 at the Chandigarh and Panchkula Cricket Stadium. The tournament will be played between twelve (12) state teams on league-cum-knockout basis.

“The idea of organising this tournament is to promote the game of cricket at grass-root level. This shall open new vistas for the talented young players to show case their talent and represent their country in future. Rs 8,89,500 would be spent for smooth conduct of this tournament”, said Amarjit Kumar, general secretary of the federation.

Chess: The Chandigarh Chess Club is organising Bobby Fischer Memorial Open Chess Championship-2008 from May 23 to 25 at DAV College, Sector 10, here. The last date for receipt of entries is May 20. For entries and more details, contact Nitin, general secretary, Chandigarh Chess Club, at 98888753039. 



Body found on rly track
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 14
The body of a unidentified man, in his mid-30s, was found on the railway track near Ram Darbar, here this evening.

Sources in the Railway police said the body was crushed under a train. The driver of the train noticed the body and informed the police.

The police reached the scene and removed the body from the track.

The Railway police has registered a case and sent the body for a post-mortem examination.



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