Illegal sand mining in Amritsar and its surrounding areas continues unabated, thanks to a shortage of staff in the Industries Department and the alleged indifferent attitude of the Police Department.

The illegal activity has resulted in environmental degradation. It is also proving a security threat as mining is being done near the Indo-Pak border from where the Ravi flows. The Rajasansi police yesterday intercepted a truck and a trolley laden with sand coming from the Ajnala side. Though the police impounded the vehicles, the accused managed to escape.

The pollution level around the Golden Temple declined marginally this Divali as compared to last year.

Notwithstanding the awareness drive for celebrating Divali in an eco-friendly manner, the air pollution level recorded on the occasion witnessed an increase as compared to the previous year.

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) is all set to pump in Rs 464 crore to uplift the sagging rural economy of the state.

Amritsar: The illegal mining of sand in villages near Ajnala in Amritsar district is allegedly posing a serious threat to the residential units, roads and may even take a toll on the BSF installati

HC directions come on MP Navjot Sidhu’s plea on sanitation

Combined installed capacity 3920 MW; generation to begin from April next year

Punjab’s dream of becoming self-sufficient in power would become a reality, when three major thermal plants in the private sector, with a combined installed capacity of 3920 MW, start operating and begin generation from April 2013. This was disclosed by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday after he visited the sites of these power projects that were at advanced stages of completion at Goindwal Sahib, Talwandi Sabo and Rajpura in Tarn Taran, Bathinda and Patiala districts respectively. He said the facilities entailed an investment of Rs. 22,000 crore.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday directed the Amritsar municipal commissioner to take effective steps within six weeks to ensure garbage dumped on city roads is collected by the civic b

Witnessing a stagnation in agriculture, Punjab has decided to focus on the dairy industry.

In the last one week, Pong Reservoir level has gone up by 23 feet