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From Rs 3,000 to Rs 80,000 per day
Chandigarh, September 15
Rain has set the cash register ringing for the Chandigarh Industrial Tourism Corporation (CITCO). CITCO's income from boats at the Sukhna Lake which had gone down to Rs 3,000 due to low water level has now crossed the figure of Rs 80,000 per day.

Tourists enjoy boating at the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Saturday.
Tourists enjoy boating at the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan


6 youths sentenced to jail in gang rape case
Chandigarh, September 15
A local court today sentenced six youths to imprisonment for gangraping a Class XII student in November 2010. The accused were identified as Sonu, alias Noni (20), Sukhbir, alias Sukha (20), Jasbir, alias Lucky (21), Avatar Singh (26), Gaurav (21) and Sukhbir, alias Shoki (24), all residents of Dhanas village in Chandigarh. The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Preeti Sahni awarded 10 years imprisonment to Sonu, Sukha and Gaurav, whereas Avatar, Shoki and Jasbir were awarded five years imprisonment.

Ward no. 7 by-poll
Voters throng polling stations, 72.5 per cent exercise their franchise
Chandigarh, September 15
A large number of voters thronged the polling booths to elect their Municipal Corporation representative from Ward Number 7, comprising Maloya village and colony, on Saturday. A total of 72.5 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the by-election. The polling percentage was more than the December 2011 Municipal Corporation elections.

UT Admn turns to technology to rein in monkey menace
Chandigarh, September 15
With monkey catchers and langurs proving to be of a little help, the UT Administration has now decided to go in for repellers to rein in the monkey menace in the city. The UT Administration is now studying the concept of the Shimla Municipal Corporation (MC), which has decided to install "Ultrasonic Monkey Repeller" to chase monkeys away. Giving details about the monkey repeller, a senior official of the UT Administration, said the electronic device created high-intensity ultrasonic sound waves (10-65 kHz) and it caused no hearing damage to humans and pets, except pests.


Prostitution racket
Accused created spooky atmosphere to keep villagers at bay
Panchkula, September 15
In order to scare villagers, curious to know the reason behind a number of persons visiting the Mirawali Haveli, where a prostitution racket was being run, the owner tried to create a spooky atmosphere by spreading a rumour that the haveli was haunted. At times, in the dead of night, artificial shrieks were created. Raja Mohammad Hassan, Murtaza’s first wife, was set ablaze in the Haveli.

Starry affair:
Bollywood actor Soha Ali Khan sashays down the ramp at a fashion show in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Woman gets new lease of life
Mohali, September 15
Afflicted with severe kidney disease, 55-year-old Kamlesh Devi’s nightmare had just begun when she met with a car accident which resulted in a serious head injury. Completely unconscious, Kamlesh, a Mohali resident, was rushed to the Civil Hospital here. On reaching there, she regained consciousness and had extreme trouble while breathing, due to which an endotracheal tube was placed in her throat and ventilator support was planned for her but the Civil Hospital had a shortage of ventilators.

1.5 lakh women die due to cervical cancer
Chandigarh, September 15
Nearly 1.5 lakh women in the country die due to cervical cancer, although this could be prevented by administering vaccination prior to marriage, stated Dr Venkat Iyer, an assistant professor at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

Rain washes away MC's claims
Panchkula, September 15 Morning showers exposed the tall claims of the Panchkula Administration to deal with waterlogging in the town. The worst affected areas were Sectors 9, 10, 11, and 19 where rainwater entered houses. Streets and lanes were seen flooded with water.

0001 fetches Rs 4 lakh
Mohali, September 15
The vehicle registration number 0001 of the new PB65 S series was auctioned for Rs 4 lakh by the District Transport Authority here recently. The number has been bought by Achhar Deep Singh. Initially, the reserve price was fixed at Rs 50,000. District Transport Officer Karan Singh said the total reserve price of the numbers which were put to auction was Rs 2.84 lakh and the revenue earned was Rs 19.57 lakh. — OC


Single medical entrance from 2013
Chandigarh, September 15
Making it easier for those who aspire to become doctors and have to appear for multiple examinations to get a college seat, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct a single entrance examination from the next year. Named National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), the examination will be held for the first time on May 5 in 2013.

School notes
Children raise concern on environmental issues
Students of Dikshant International School participate in an environmental awareness rally at the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Saturday. Chandigarh, September 15
Around 100 students from Classes II to V of Dikshant International School participated in a rally wearing roller skates to spread awareness on environmental issues at Sukhna Lake on Saturday. The children held placards displaying messages such as “say no to plastics”, “plant more trees to save our ozone layer”, and “say no to products that contain CFCs”.

Students of Dikshant International School participate in an environmental awareness rally at the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

PU senate elections
Fate of 12 varsity teachers will be decided tomorrow
Chandigarh, September 15
Panjab University teachers are all set for the third phase of the Senate elections to fill four seats reserved for the university teachers. Over 12 teachers are contesting the polls, which would be held on September 17. The third phase of elections will witness contest on one seat each reserved for professors from arts and science constituencies, as well as for readers from these constituencies.

Seminar on green technology
Chandigarh, September 15
The University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (UICET), Panjab University, is organising a UGC-sponsored national seminar on “Green Technologies, Energy Security and Sustainable Development” on September 17. The seminar is being organised under the Special Assistance Programme (SAP) of the UGC.


Mohali lawyers strike work
Mohali, September 15
The functioning of courts here was hit today as lawyers abstained from work in support of their demand of scrapping evening courts. President of the Mohali Bar Association Amarjit Singh Longia said not only lawyers but also clients were in favour of discontinuing evening courts. He also said a meeting of various Bar Associations would be held on September 21 to discuss about the demands and to chalk out plan.


Murder at ISBT-43
The accused in police custody. Two Nepalese arrested
Chandigarh, September 15
With the arrest of two persons hailing from Nepal, the Chandigarh Police today claimed to have solved the mystery behind the murder of a man whose body was found in a forest at the rear of ISBT-43 on Wednesday.
The deceased was identified as Rajkumar, a labourer from Nepal, who used to work in an apple orchard near Shimla.

The accused in police custody. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Clash leaves two injured
Chandigarh, September 15 A clash between two groups was reported outside a discotheque in Sector 9 last night. Two persons sustained injuries during the clash. Although the police reached the scene, no case was registered as it did not receive any complaint.

8 drug peddlers held
Fatehgarh Sahib, September 15
In a campaign against drug peddlers the district police has arrested eight persons from different places in the district and recovered 5 kg poppy husk, 7 gm smack, 5700 intoxicant tablets, 2000 capsules, 19 bottles of smuggled whisky and 20 intoxicant injections here today.

20-yr-old woman commits suicide
Chandigarh, September 15
A 20 year-old woman committed suicide by jumping from the roof of Government Medical College Hospital, Sector 32, this morning. The deceased, identified as Aanchal, was a resident of Sector 46.

Motorcyclist hits constable
Chandigarh, September 15
Barely two days after a traffic policeman was hit by a car and dragged on the bonnet for nearly a km, another official on duty at the Sector 22 Aroma lights was hit by a motorcyclist last night.

One dies in road mishap
Dera Bassi, September 15
One person died on the spot after his Maruti car collided with a Scorpio car near Sarsini on Ambala-Chandigarh highway recently. The deceased was identified as Manjit Kumar, 55, a resident of Manimajra. — OC


Davis Cup fails to pull crowds
Chandigarh, September 15
Children celebrate India’s win in a Davis Cup match at the CLTA courts, Sector 10, in Chandigarh on Saturday. The ongoing Davis Cup tournament failed to draw a large crowd even on the second day. However, the organisers are hopeful that spectators would turn up tomorrow as local player Sanam Singh is all set to replace Vishnu Vardhan in the reverse singles tie of Davis Cup Asia Oceania relegation play-off tie.

Children celebrate India’s win in a Davis Cup match at the CLTA courts, Sector 10, in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Katoch Shield
Patiala thrash Amritsar
Chandigarh, September 15
The day for Patiala batsmen was not good as they were bowled out for 217 in 90 overs. Sumit Sharma remained the most successful bowler for Amritsar as he took 6 wickets for 99 while Rahul Kanojia claimed 3 for 56. In their second innings, Amritsar could not capitalise on the good performance of their bowlers and was bowled out for 176 in 44 overs.


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