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Former district Youth Cong chief shot at in Panchkula
Panchkula, July 31
A former district Youth Congress president, Mr Rajesh Sharma, was allegedly shot at by his friend-turned-foe over a dispute on financial transaction. Mr Sharma was allegedly shot at on his left thigh by Sanjay Vaasu at Abheypur village this evening.
Former Youth Congress leader Rajesh Sharma being brought to the hospital after he was shot at in Abheypur village, Panchkula Former Youth Congress leader Rajesh Sharma being brought to the hospital after he was shot at in Abheypur village, Panchkula, on Saturday.
— A Tribune photograph





EARLIER STORIES
 
Mohali councillor’s son assaulted
Chandigarh, July 31
Two youths, including a son of a councillor of the Mohali Municipal Council, were allegedly assaulted by occupants of a Ford Ikon car outside Hotel South End, Sector 35, here this evening.

UT to conduct survey of mobile phone towers                                             
Chandigarh, July 31
The growing number of towers set up by mobile phone companies to transmit their signals has spurred the Chandigarh Administration to conduct a “census” of towers within the city.


A tower of a mobile company in Sector 8, Chandigarh.
— A Tribune photograph

A tower of a mobile company in Sector 8, Chandigarh

Petrol, diesel prices hiked
Chandigarh, July 31
With the public sector oil companies announcing an increase in prices of petrol and diesel from midnight tonight following steep rise in international prices of crude oil, the prices of petrol and diesel in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula were also revised.

Kohli sent to judicial custody
Mohali, July 31
The police remand of Maninderpal Singh Kohli, prime suspect in the rape and murder of British girl Hannah Foster, was cut short today after the police informed a Kharar court that he was no longer required for interrogation.



Maninder Pal Singh Kohli’s two brothers, Ishtpreet and Amritpal, being brought to a Kharar court on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Maninder Pal Singh Kohli’s two brothers, Ishtpreet and Amritpal, being brought to a Kharar court

City residents angry at tapestry removal
Chandigarh, July 31
The removal of priceless tapestry from the courtroom of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice, Mr Justice B.K. Roy, reportedly at his own directions, has left city residents angry.

City girls leave a mark at Florida
Chandigarh, July 31
It was a tense moment for city girl Aaina Jain and her team mates when they were given 43 hours to design a human settlement on the moon in controlled conditions. And they managed to beat seven finalist teams in the final round of the competition organised by the American Institute of Aeronautical and Astronautics Designing at Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.
Manpreet and Aaina Jain, who returned from Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, after winning a contest
Manpreet and Aaina Jain, who returned from Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, after winning a contest organised by the American Institute of Aeronautical and Astronautics Designing, explain with the help of a laptop award-winning project of designing human settlement on the moon, at a press conference in Chandigarh on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

 
COMMUNITY

Electricity poles a threat to motorists
Mohali, July 31
These are the glaring black spots on the face of Mohali. At more than one place here, electricity poles are jutting out from middle of roads full of traffic. These poles have been the cause of many accidents but the authorities do not seem to be bothered.

Sex ratio improves in Panchkula dist
Panchkula, July 31
The sex ratio in the district has improved drastically from 771 females per 1,000 males in 2001 to 903 per 1,000 in 2003-end. The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Neelam P Kasni, said there had been a significant improvement in the sex ratio.

Mansa Devi museum design approved
Panchkula, July 31
The design for the theme museum to be constructed by the Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board has been approved. The museum is being constructed to metamorphose the glory of Mansa Devi temple here.

Myanmar seeks HMT cooperation
Chandigarh, July 31
Major-General Aung Min, Minister of Railway Transportation, Union of Myanmar, has desired the cooperation of HMT Limited in upgradation of facilities in Myanmar Railways. The minister expressed this desire during his visit to the facilities of HMT Limited, Pinjore, near here, yesterday.

Gen Bhandari takes over as DG of NCC today
Chandigarh, July 31
Lieutenant General M.C Bhandari will take over as the new Director-General of the National Cadet Corps on August 1. He takes charge from Lt-Gen B.K Bopanna, who has retired today. An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, he was commissioned into the Garhwal Rifles on June 11, 1967.

Applications invited for consumer awards
Chandigarh, July 31
The Chandigarh Administration has invited applications from consumer organisations, youth and women who have done outstanding work in the field of consumer protection in the city to be forwarded for awards.

 
CRIME

Cash stolen from shop
Mohali, July 31
The spate of thefts in the town is going on unabated with thieves striking at three shops in the Phase VI market here last night, the incident being the fifth in the past one week.

Suicide bid
Chandigarh, July 31
Ms Prableen Kaur, a resident of Sector 18, was admitted to the PGI after she consumed some poisonous substance to commit suicide, late last night. Sources in the police said she allegedly consumed phenyl over some dispute in the family and was rushed to the PGI after her health started deteriorating.

27-year-old commits suicide
Panchkula, July 31
A 27-year-old labourer, Bhim Sen, committed suicide by consuming a poisonous substance at his Sector 25 jhuggi late last night. He was rushed to General Hospital, Sector 6, where he was declared as brought dead.

BUSINESS

‘Fuel for Sony’ contest
Chandigarh, July 31
The 'Fuel for Sony' contest was held at Sony and BP-21 from July 19 to July 28. Every participant was given a chance to win various gifts under scratch-and-win offer. The first prize was 'Sony home theatre system'. Other prizes were one Sony Wega TV and 10 walkman.

Lucky winners of ‘Fuel 4 Sony’ contest in Chandigarh
Lucky winners of ‘Fuel 4 Sony’ contest in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

 
EDUCATION

Seminar on intellectual assets
Chandigarh, July 31
DAV College and Department of Information Technology organised a one-day seminar on “ leveraging intellectual assets for project management” on the college premises here today.

Fancy dress competition for kids
Chandigarh, July 31
The Smartkids Kindergarten, Phase X, organised a fancy dress competition for its students. Students dressed as brides, Spiderman, and vegetable vendors descended on the scene.

Education fair begins
Chandigarh, July 31
A two-day internal education fair on “Education Worldwide India”, featuring national in international names in the education business, began at the CII Convention Centre here today.

63 ISTC students get diplomas
Chandigarh, July 31
As many as 63 students were awarded diplomas at the annual convocation of the Indo-Swiss Training Centre(ISTC) here yesterday. The chief guest, Dr A.K. Chawla,Vice-Chancellor of Kurukshetra University, expressed the hope that the institute would continue to produce professionals with technical ability and leadership aptitude.

School to move consumer court against PSEB
Mohali, July 31
The Paragon School authorities here will approach the consumer courts against the Punjab State Electricity Board for slapping a “faulty” notice of power pilferage on them. This was stated by the school Principal, Mr B.S. Shergill, at a press conference held here today.

COURTS

Judicial review not to be equated with appellate power: judge
Mohali, July 31
Judicial review is not to be equated with appellate power. The question that is asked in an appeal is whether the decision is right or wrong. In judicial review, on the other hand, the question that is posed is whether the decision is legal or illegal.

Anju gives clean chit to husband 
Alleges police framed him
Chandigarh, July 31
Ms Anju, on whose “statement” the police claimed to have booked her husband, Ram Bahadur, on the charges of raping her minor daughter, today moved a local court giving a clean chit to her husband.

Leg amputation case hearing on Aug 14
Chandigarh, July 31
Mr R.K. Sharma, Judicial Magistrate (First Class), today fixed August 14 as the date for considering framing of charges in a case relating to alleged negligence of a doctor of the Inscol Hospital in Sector 34, which led to the amputation of a leg of St John’s High School student.

 
CULTURE
LIFESTYLE

Today is Friendship Day
True friends accept you unconditionally
A friend is like a cloudful of rain. He doesn’ t stop till he has given his joys and pleasures to you. A lot has been said about friendship. But still one feels that something has been left unsaid. Meeting and talking to varied age groups was an interesting and revealing experience.


He took life head on, and turned it around
Adversity tries a man in various ways. It is not surprising, therefore, if a person emerges through his trials a changed man. However, there are a few who are able to look tribulation in the eye and convert their obstacles into stepping stones on their way to success. Sanjay Narain is undoubtedly one of them.

Film Review
Dhawan’s comical circus
Watch two men, Sameer (Salman Khan) and Sunny (Akshya Khanna) doing some circus to win over the heroine(Prinkaya Chopra) in “Mujhse shaadi karogi”. While Sameer does this with all his innocent and trusting heart and looks, Sunny has always some wicked plans to outdo him.

 

Akshay Khanna, Priyanka Chopra and Salman Khan in “Mujhse Shaadi Karogi”.

Akshay Khanna, Priyanka Chopra and Salman Khan in "Mujhse Shaadi Karogi"

HEALTH

Lifts for patients non-functional
Chandigarh, July 31
The woes of Block C at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, here are far from over. Now it is the lifts meant for patients that are causing problems to hordes of patients that visit the hospital daily. The lifts, meant exclusively for the patients, have been rendered non-functional for the past two days.

Foul smell headache for PGI patients
Chandigarh, July 31
The foul smell at the emergency OPD and block B of Nehru Hospital at the PGI is a headache for the patients. The smell, for which the drainage and sewerage system of block B of the hospital has been cited as the reason, did not go away in the earlier cleaning and the officials agreed that the rounds of regular cleaning need to be done to get rid of the odour.

 
SPORTS

Punjab go down to SAI (West) in final
Chandigarh, July 31
Fancied Punjab failed to capitalise on its strength and went down fighting to Sports Authority of India (West) team in the final of the 27th Junior National Handball Championship which came to close this evening at the DAV Senior Secondary School grounds, Sector 8. Punjab lost 24-27 though they were leading 13-12 till half time.

SAI (West) players in a jubilant mood after winning the 27th Junior National Handball Championship in Chandigarh
SAI (West) players in a jubilant mood after winning the 27th Junior National Handball Championship in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh shooting from August 5
Chandigarh, July 31
The Chandigarh State Rifle Shooting Championship will be held at Patiali Ki Rao shooting ranges, Sector 25, from August 5 to 8. The four day meet will have various air rifle and air pistol events in both men’s and women’s sections.

Akshit rallies to win doubles crown
Chandigarh, July 31
Akshit Mahajan, a student of Hansraj Public School rallied to win double crown in the tenth District Panchkula Badminton Championship which concluded this evening at the Sector 3 sports complex, Panchkula. Ms Neelam Pradeep Kasni, Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula who was the chief guest, gave away the prizes.
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