Express News Service Posted: Jan 31, 2009 at 0038 hrs IST

Amritsar: The Deputy Commissioner of Amritsar, K S Pannu has been selected by the Government of India for the Award for Excellence in National Rural Employment Gurantee Act (NREGA) administration. He would be conferred this award on February 2 at the Indian Agriculture Research Institute in New Delhi.

PPCB for ban on burning of diesel, coal
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, January 28
The government is contemplating a ban on use of fuel other than LPG by goldsmiths, hotels and dhabas in the walled city here to reduce pollution affecting the Golden Temple, following a report of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB).

Amritsar: The Textile Processors Association today held a training programme on

Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has released a new variety each of cucumber, pumpkin, coriander, turmeric and cauliflower. It also introduced new sowing technology. Among new varieties released are Punjab Samrat (pumpkin), Punjab Sugandh (coriander), Punjab Haldi (turmeric), Punjab Naveen (cucumber) and Punjab Katki (cauliflower).

With the suspended particulate matter (SPM) touching alarming levels even in residential areas, air pollution has once again become a cause of concern for the city.

A survey conducted by the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) revealed that this year's SPM levels were far higher than what they were in the past three years.

Municipal Corporation signs MoU with Mumbai-based company for project

Amritsar's ambitious solid waste management programme, a brainchild of BJP Lok Sabha MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, which had been hanging fire for almost a year, is likely to see the light of the day soon. Amritsar Municipal Corporation has signed an agreement with a Mumbai-based company for the project.

Land released to private builders by successive governments in Punjab, including the controversial 32 acres exempted by the Congress which led to the expulsion of Amarinder Singh from the state Assembly, has driven farmers up the wall.

About 1,000 persons, whose land was acquired by the Government and handed over to the Amritsar Improvement Trust some time ago, are now demanding it back.

Nanhi Chhaan, the initiative started at the Golden Temple to give away sapling as

Imported breeds fetch over Rs.30,000 a pup

The Kisan Sangharsh Committee, Punjab, threatened the state government with a mass agitation if the latter failed to initiate action against the industrial units discharging effluents in Budda Nullah.