Check post will not be moved to Hussainiwala, says Badal Putting to rest the speculation on shifting of the proposed multi-gate mega-project of Joint Check Post (JCP) at Attari border to Hussainiwala in Ferozepur, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said land acquisition troubles would be overcome.

Residents blame district administration for laxity in preparing for the monsoon

If you thought the population explosion was limited to the human race alone, then have a look at the latest figures of the "dog census', which reveal that there are 5.85 lakh dogs in Punjab, of which 2.65 lakh are stray. However, the state government seems to have finally woken up to the menace of stray dogs after numerous cases of dog bite were reported. Two children were even killed by stray dogs last year in Amritsar. The government has now decided to sterilise and vaccinate stray dogs across the state with the help of a Gujarat-based NGO.

Amritsar - With power playing truant and prices of petrol and diesel on an all-time high, farmers in the district are at their wits ends. With paddy season approaching, farmers have urged the government to either ensure 24-hour power supply to run their tubewells or provide fuel at subsidised rates. The farmers said even after Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's assurance of eight-hour regular supply, the ground situation was pathetic.

Amritsar: border belt, 62,313 hectare-metre water saved this year Paddy plantation that draws most of the underground water in this season had been zero per cent in the entire border belt of the state. With the government officials, especially of the Agriculture Department, strictly implementing the ban on planting paddy before June 10, and farmers also being cooperative, the sowing was nil till yesterday unlike last year, when till date over 70 per cent of the paddy was planted.

The combine harvesting technology which has become common in the rice

Despite objections by the Punjab Roadways Transport Corporation and roadways unions, the Punjab Government has approved a draft that will allow private buses to operate in Chandigarh. All the buses will be air-conditioned and will start from various cities in Punjab including Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar and Bathinda.

The groundwater reserves are depleting at an alarming rate in Punjab besides a serious decline in the quality of water at many places due to overuse of the available resources, says a study. Out of a total of 137 blocks covered under the study, only 25 have been found safe with 103 of them being overexploited, five being critical and four in a semi-critical state, says a study conducted by the Water Resources and Environment Directorate, Punjab Irrigation Department.

APHID attack this season is fast becoming a cause of worry for wheat growers. The attack of this sucking pest is visible almost throughout the state.

• On the lines of the Madhya Pradesh government's Gyandoot programme, Himachal Pradesh has launched a similar programme in Hamirpur district of the state. Under the programme, 25 information

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