With floods wreaking havoc in many parts of Uttarakhand and Haryana, the district administration has put its focus on the Ghaggar, breaches in which have remained one of the reasons of floods in Sangrur district in 2010. Sangrur deputy commissioner Kumar Rahul has directed officials of the drainage department to complete all pending works at the earliest.
With the rain the forest department has swung into action as both soil and air have ideal moisture for healthy plantation. The department is ready with the blueprint for plantation of 11. 5 lakh saplings, double than the last year's achieved target of 5.83 lakh. With less than a month in hand and only 77 field staff, the department is on its toes.
The local police claimed to have busted a gang of notorious criminals and recovered arms and ammunition from their possession. Senior superintendent of police Mandeep Singh Sidhu said acting on a tip-off, the police raided the residence of one Surjit Singh and recovered a .12 pistol and .315 rifle along with 50 cartridges besides an air gun from there.
Keeping a tab on drug peddlers, the Patiala jail staff caught a man with 20gm of opium stacked in a ball pen on Monday. Jail superintendent Bhupinderjeet Singh Virk said accused Jagtar Singh, father of undertrial Bageecha Singh, a resident of Kaithal district in Haryana, tried to enter the jail premises without registering his name in visitors' book.
As talks with the power secretary over the demand of higher grade pay and arrears of the pay commission failed, nearly half of the strength of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) will observe a two-day strike from midnight.
Fatehgarh Sahib deputy commissioner Arun Sekhri said Rs 41.3 lakh have been distributed under MANREGA scheme. While presiding over meeting of the district officials, the DC said total 2037 poor and needy families in the district have provided employment for 26,655 days under MANREGA.
After three people threw acid on a married woman at Bhiwanigarh on Sunday, the police arrested one of the suspects, Mangat Ram alias Bittu, who reportedly had an affair with the victim, Harpreet Kaur.
With a bachelor's degree in commerce (BCom) gradually emerging as the most-preferred choice of students, colleges and universities of the region are now adding seats to accommodate the growing number of aspirants.
A 35-year-old inmate died under mysterious circumstances in the Malerkotla jail on Sunday. The victim has been identified as Nirmal Singh, an undertrial in a murder case, who was in the jail since May 2011.
The Punjab government has instructed to computerise all land records on top priority and all information regarding zamabandis, etc., is being put online in Patiala district. Disclosing this here on Saturday, Surjit Singh Rakhra, rural development and panchayat minister, said most work of digitalisation and online work of land records is complete in the district.
Members of the unemployed linemen union, who were sitting on a dharna for the past 20 days to demand jobs, had to face the wrath of the police when they were taken into “preventive arrest” outside the main gate of the Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd (PSPCL) office in the wee hours of Saturday.
Criticising the central government's move to send its fact-finding team to look into alleged scam in the Punjab education department, the Youth Akali Dal (YAD) on Friday said the Congress leadership at the Centre by doing so had attacked the federal structure of the country.
Deputy commissioner Arun Shekri has issued strict instructions to officials concerned to complete the Aadhaar card enrolment work in the district by July 15. Presiding over a meeting to review the progress of the Aadhar card project, Sekhri said the target to link savings accounts of beneficiaries of various government schemes with Aadhaar should be complete by June 20.
The district administration has claimed that with the efforts of the agriculture department, farmers have been motivated to cultivate basmati, maize, pulses, sugarcane and horticulture crops instead of traditional paddy this year.
Niraj Bala and Manpreet Kaur, faculty members of the department of mechanical engineering at SGPC-run Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College (BBSBEC) have received research grant of R30 lakh from different agencies, including All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and department of science and technology (DST), New Delhi.