The Punjab government wants to promote crop diversification and wean away farmers from the traditional wheat-paddy rotation in view of the declining groundwater table, but this effort, to some extent, is being defeated by the meagre increase in the minimum support price (MSP) of cotton.
A group of Dalits here have raised objections over the content of a Punjabi novel distributed among school girls to read during summer vacations.
District manager of the Punsup Jashpal Sharma was allegedly caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 from an inspector of the agency at his office at the Abohar road by a team of the vigilance bureau (VB) from Mohali head office this noon.
Drug addict Kaka Singh, who tried to immolate himself on Sunday at the Standard Chowk here, by pouring kerosene on his body, has threatened to repeat the act in protest against the non-availability and his inability to buy opium. He cried foul over the state government’s so-called efforts for de-addiction.
A 65-year-old retired constable of the Punjab Police was shot dead, allegedly by his relatives, over a land dispute at Kokhar Kalan village of Sunam sub-division in the district on Monday.
The district police produced alleged gangsters and survivors of the June 25 shootout Gurcharan Singh alias Rinku of Channuwala village and Khushwinder Singh alias Sukhpal of Sangatpura village at a local court here on Monday, that remanded them to police custody for two days. Both have been arrested in connection with a case of attacking the policemen who had gone to Moga for nabbing them on June 25.
Farmers, owing allegiance to different unions, held a dharna in front of the office of the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) here on Monday. Farmers, under the banner of the ‘Struggling farmers-labourers co-ordination committee, Punjab’ also submitted a memorandum to the chief minister Parkash Singh Badal through the SDM.
Officials of the state agriculture department seized 3,000-kg 'fake' fertiliser on Sunday from a mini truck at the Kotkapura bypass on the Moga-Muktsar state highway. The officials have impounded the vehicle in which the fertiliser was loaded.
Another controversy seems to be building up over the management of a gurdwara after devotees had complained that the sanctity of the sacred place was not being maintained properly by the management committee.
Keeping in view the Talwandi Sabo byelection, the district administration seems to be providing the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) all possible help to woo the voters by allowing its ‘candidate-in-waiting’ Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu to review the development works of the constituency at an administrative meeting.
In spite of claims by farmers in the state to go in for direct seeding of rice (DSR) in the ongoing sowing season, those in the region are reluctant to adopt the new method. The government has been encouraging the DSR method, a technique that saves water and time.
The antique objects, recovered during digging in a shop at Sirki Bazaar here on Friday, still remain a mystery as a team of the officials of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) could not decipher the age and the metal used to make them.
Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa said, on Friday, that the case filed against party president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy is the product of a sick mind driven by political vendetta.
The complainant in an eight-year old case against Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, Naresh Kumar Sehgal, said he had filed an application with the Faridkot additional district & sessions judge seeking cancellation of Badal's bail.
The district seems to be in the grip of gang wars as seven Akali leaders, including a former MLA, have fallen prey to the reported gang-war rivalry in the recent past. Some vulnerable leaders are so scared that they have started approaching the state police chief to provide them security