Chandigarh-based engineering procurement and construction company, Hartek Power is betting big on the new thrust being given to solar power generation across the country.

The Adani Group officials today met Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and showed keen interest to construct state-of-the-art silos at several locations in the state.

Punjab and Haryana claim to have suffered massive crop damage due to inclement weather.

The state may soon be the largest rooftop solar power generator in the country. It is looking at generating 100 MW of rooftop solar power in the next one year.

In a unique initiative, almost 6,000 progressive dairy farmers in Punjab will come together to set up their own hi-end milk plant at Ludhiana for processing milk and retailing it.

The state government has proposed to start the mining of minor minerals on its own (through a state government agency) and retail these at the mining site itself.

Congress harps on benefits from FDI in retail

For Punjab's sagging agrarian economy, here is some good news. The meek voices of the farmers, agri economists and farmer unions seem to have been heard by at least two of the main political parties in the state which are now promising to ensure 50 per cent profit over cost of production to the farmers.

The Punjab Government has decided to rope in biotechnology giant Monsanto to set up a centre of excellence for cotton in Bathinda.

Education, health and agriculture are three main sectors that are likely to be in focus as Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa presents the annual Punjab Budget in the Assembly on Wednesday.

And, the Budget is unlikely to see the imposition of any new taxes, though it will definitely have an outline on increasing resources by increasing the existing tax rate/slabs. The SAD-BJP government is also likely to offer cashless insurance to the state government employees.

Haryana is one of the first states in the county to have started issuing new smart kisan credit cards (KCC).