Paddy and other crops transplanted on hundreds of acres were flooded with water, following waterlogging in fields due to a breach in Langeana canal near Rajeana village in Moga district due to heavy flow of water. The incident happened in the wee hours of Sunday, but farmers came to know about it later in the day.
"It is difficult to change the mindset of people and I am feeling sad thinking about my state after coming back from the US. There is a wide gap between the two countries and it seems that our state is going in reverse gear as compared to them," said Manpreet Singh Badal, president of the People's Party of Punjab and chairman of the Sanjha Morcha, at the residence of a worker in Wander Jatana village during an interaction with party workers on Monday.
Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee which is chiefly a religious body looking after the religious and spiritual aspects of the Sikh community, is also making dynamic strides in the field of education.
The heartland of Malwa region, Bathinda, is making rapid strides towards 100% computerisation of land records. Out of 292 villages in Bathinda, the records of nearly 285 villages can now be accessed on Internet.
Nearly 50-feet breach, which developed in the Abohar branch canal near Dhilwan Kalan village on Saturday night, has inundated 1,000 acres of Kothe Hawana village and some part of land of Chack Bhag Singh covering 50-70 houses in the fields. Water had also reached near Jaitu road.
To look into the reasons behind the collapse of a wall of the railway underbridge (RUB), which was inaugurated by Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal nine months back, technical adviser to the chief minister, BS Dhaliwal on Sunday visited the spot on the Bathinda-Mansa road.
A migrant labourer from Bihar, working in a local plywood company, was crushed to death on Sunday when a speeding car hit him while he was crossing the road.
Heavy rain in various areas in the district for the second consecutive day on Saturday left sewers choked at several places in Moga, Bagahpurana, Nihal Singh Wala, Badhni Kalan, Smalsar, Kot-Ise-Khan, Ajitwal and Dharamkot areas. Traffic jams were reported from almost all main roads in all towns of the district.
Jagmeet Singh Brar, member of the Congress Working Committee and former MP, will open a control room to accept complaints from the party workers during the upcoming panchayat polls.
In a major embarrassment to the district administration, a wall of the railway under bridge (RUB), which was inaugurated by Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal nine months back, collapsed during the first heavy rain of the season on Saturday.
The police have booked proprietors of a rice mill and two officials of Punsup, a procurement agency of the Punjab government, for embezzlement of paddy worth Rs. 3.45 crore.
A farmer in the district is trying to escape the curse of waterlogging by using a technique, which was originally invented to save water. Sukhmander Singh, a farmer of Channu village, who installed sprinkler system last year, has cultivated paddy and basmati on 22 acres during current cropping season.
The chief minister's office on Friday issues orders to transfer Moga chief agriculture officer (CAO) Darshan Singh Sandhu. He has been posted as deputy director (pulses) at Bathinda, while Sukhdev Singh, block agriculture officer, Guru Har Sahai (Ferozepur), has been promoted as CAO, Moga.
With paddy sowing in full swing, the farmers of numerous villages have been hit hard by shortage of labourers. According to farmers, large number of labourers who mostly belong to Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, were away to their respective hometowns and have not returned till yet.
As many as 22 people were injured when two buses collided at the Lasara drain bridge on the Bathinda-Chandigarh highway near Jethuke village in the district on Thursday. A PRTC bus going from Bathinda to Patiala collided with a private bus going from Jalandhar to Bathinda on the bridge around 10am.