This is the first time any river in state will be cleaned

Dengue has started tightening its grip around Punjab with as many as 296 confirmed and 1,108 suspected cases surfacing in different parts of the state.

The sand mafia has now started targeting common village ponds and is not even sparing private lands for illegal excavation of sand.

Contaminants found in samples ranging from milk to spices to packaged water

Fresh spell of rain to reduce yield | State seeks more Central relief in wake of crop damage | Harvesting delayed

Says crops on 2.94 lakh hectares were damaged

Eight persons have died of swine flu in Punjab so far in the current winter season, while 10 have died in the neighbouring Haryana.

More than 1.2 lakh of the total 1.4 lakh brick kilns in the country and around 2,600 of the total 2,700 brick kilns in Punjab have been non-functional for over three months for want of environment

Deficient rainfall in the state has led to a sharp decline in the water table. It may take years to make up for the loss by way of natural recharging, even if the monsoon is normal next year.

Wheat growers advised to stay cautious; 10 lakh tonnes of the crop worth around Rs 1,400 cr was damaged in 2013

With yellow rust attack on the wheat crop spreading beyond the ‘kandi’ (marshy) belt along the Shivalik foothills, farmers as well as officials in the Agriculture Department are a worried lot.