In order to curb the menace of stubble burning during post harvesting season in the state, the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has urged all owners to ensure the attachment of Super Straw Man

samples collected from Patiala, Rajpura, Samana, Nabha and Patran have been found unfit for drinking.

Government Rajindra Hospital is once again under the scanner for not making enough arrangements for the proper disposal of the bio-medical waste.

The issue came to light during the cleanliness drive of the Paryavaran Welfare Society, which has voluntarily taken up the cause of cleaning up the hospital. It found an unused blood bag and many used injections, syringes, medical gloves and other waste dumped behind the Gynaecology Department.

In a bid to improve the public transport system here, the Centre has sanctioned 50 buses for the city under its Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) Scheme.

The Patiala Municipal Corporation (MC) will launch the bus service and has identified 5 acre land near Ghalori Gate for setting up a bus depot. Though the MC had sought Rs 7 crore for setting up the depot, the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee approved Rs 3 crore.