Influenza A (H1N1) has hit the city again. A PGI staff nurse has tested positive of the virus. This is the first positive case of swine flu in the city.

48-year-old woman was a Class IV employee at GNDU health centre; colleagues, relatives under observation

A 48-year-old woman, who tested positive for swine flu on Saturday, died on Monday.

Amritsar: At a time when the rest of Punjab is fighting floods, the Majha region is facing a prolonged dry spell, causing concerns about the health of the paddy crop. Though the electricity supply has been comparatively satisfactory, farmers are still depending on diesel engines to pump out underground water for irrigation in the absence of rain.

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Amritsar: Had the government acted on a Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) report released in 1995, confirming presence of uranium and other heavy metals beyond permissible limits in water samples collected from Bathinda, preventive measures could have been put in place. This is what a GNDU team leader, who has carried out extensive research in this field, had to say.

Sukhna: Death by choking

Chandigarh: Sukhna Lake owes its origin to a Swiss-French architect and his Indian associates. Now another

Amritsar: Poultry farmers in Amritsar have taken to emu farming to exploit the multiple returns offered by these birds, in terms of their meat, oil, skin, feathers and even their colourful eggs are in huge demand for ornamental purposes.

With the poultry industry being caught in the imbroglio of avian flu, emu farming is fast catching up with the farmers of the region.

DC directs PPCB to investigate matter
Awakening to the grave issue of dumping of highly toxic industrial ash in the rural belt as highlighted in The Tribune columns, Deputy Commissioner Kahan Singh Pannu today held meeting with Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) authorities and directed to investigate the problem.

Muradpura (Amritsar), April 28
The city industrial units have apparently found a new place for dumping their highly toxic petroleum ash, if the huge heaps of the waste in this village are any indication.

Despite many policy measures taken by the central and state governments, the indebtedness of farmers, especially marginal and small cultivators, keeps increasing. Some recent studies on agrarian distress show the significant role of healthcare expenditure in increasing indebtedness. This article presents the result of a study conducted in selected villages of Amritsar and Gurdaspur districts of Punjab in 2008-09 to estimate the level of credit taken for healthcare purposes by marginal and small farmers. It also analyses the present scenario of public health services in rural Punjab.

The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) have decided to jointly study the presence of high levels of uranium in ground water in the state, reported the cause of abnormally high incidence of cancer. The study would begin within three months.