Heavy rain last year has led to the decline in area under cotton. From about 92,000 hectares last time cotton is expected to be grown on nearly 76,000 hectares this year, while area under basmati has doubled from about 36,000 hectares to the expected 72,000 hectares this year in Muktsar.
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has accused the Congress of military, religious and economic attacks on Punjab and Sikhs and said the formation of a separate SGPC in Haryana is its latest attack with the intention of dividing the Sikhs.
Protesting members of the Elementary Teachers Training (ETT) Union were roughed up by the police outside the residence of local MLA and chief parliamentary secretary Sarup Chand Singla in the Aggarwal colony here on Thursday.
Sadak village observed a shutdown to protest against the 'murder' of Lovepreet Singh alias Lovely, 19, whose body was identified by the family on Wednesday evening just before his cremation by the police as 'unidentified'.
Standing crops over hundreds of acres of land were destroyed after a breach in the Sivian Rajbaha (canal) near Channuwala village under Baghapurana subdivision, 30 km from here, on Thursday.
Senior officials of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) were caught in a tricky situation on Wednesday when a junior engineer posted in the Jaitu sub-division went on a hunger strike at the corporation's office by taking off his shirt and alleging large-scale corruption in the sub-division.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday fixed August 22 the next date for hearing in the solid waste treatment plant case.
Even as the local police administration is running a special anti-drug drive at Daulewala village under Dharamkot sub-division, 20 km from here, which is known as "drug haven" of Punjab, it seems that drug peddlers are having a free run.
A woman was allegedly murdered in a village here by her adopted daughter, who kept the body in a box for five days.
The district police on Tuesday arrested two members of a gang of looters and recovered a pistol and three live cartridges from their possession.
With stakes high for the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in the assembly bypolls for two constituencies in the state scheduled to be held on August 21, party president and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, on Tuesday, deputed senior party leaders, including several cabinet ministers, for Talwandi Sabo to manage the campaigning for the byelection.
Authorities of the central jail here have recovered a mobile phone and a sim card from a jail inmate. Based on a complaint by jail authorities.
Members of the Elementary Teachers Training (ETT) Union burnt an effigy of the Punjab government and held a protest march in favour of their demands.
With stakes high for the ruling SAD during assembly bypolls scheduled to be held on August 21, a meeting of party leaders of as many as 10 districts has been convened here on Tuesday to prepare strategy for the Talwandi Sabo bypoll.
Surjit Kumar Jyani, health and family welfare minister, Punjab, on Monday, inaugurated two community health centres (CHCs) one each at Bajakhana in Faridkot and Mehal Kalan in Barnala.