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(dated May 22, 1963)
(dated May 22, 1963)

Nehru meets goldsmiths

Prime Minister Nehru on May 21 assured a large gathering of goldsmiths from all over the country that their grievances about unemployment following the promulgation of Gold Control Rules would be considered sympathetically. The Prime Minister came out of his residence in the scorching sun this afternoon to speak to a gathering of about 3,000 members of the Akila Bharatia Swarnakar Sangh (All-India Goldsmiths’ Association) who had marched in procession from the Red Fort to submit a memorandum to him.

Pilgrims stranded

About 500 Kedarnath-bound pilgrims are stranded at Rudraprayag, for want of motor transport. According to information received in Hardwar on May 20, the pilgrims have been stranded for the past one week, as at present there is only one bus plying on that route. The pilgrims need transport to take them to Bandarkotion, about 27 miles from Hardwar, on the road to Kedarnath. Meanwhile, over 4,000 pilgrims have so far visited the Badrinath Shrine, despite the U.P. Government’s appeal to the people to postpone the pilgrimage this year.

Farooq Ali wins title

Maharashtra’s Farooq Ali won the fifth National chess championship in Bombay on May 21 when his only rival team-mate S.D. Sakhalkar failed in his bid to gain at least half a point. Sakhalkar, whose game against Nassar Ali of U.P. was continued on May 21, needed a draw at lest for the tie. But Nassar Ali check-mated him with a pawn when Sakhalkar least expected the possibility. Thus Farooq, with his total of 11 points out of a possible 14, emerged winner half a point ahead of Sakhalkar, who as at the previous National at Hyderabad, won the second prize. This was also Sakhalkar’s first defeat in this tournament. Three of the five prizes were claimed by Maharashtra players, as in the Hyderabad National. Hyderabad’s Hussain Ali was third, Nassar Ali of U.P. was fourth, and R.F. Madon of Maharashtra was fifth. G. Sekhar, also of Maharashtra, was placed sixth. He also finished level with the third, fourth and fifth prize winners, all having scored 9{+1}/{-2}points.



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