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.

Amritsar: Amid drizzle, farmers of the region, under the tutelage of the Kisan Sangharsh Committee (KSC), held a protest in front of the Canal Office here today.

They were protesting against the government for imposing irrigation fee and its inability in providing irrigation water from canals to their cultivable land in the region.

After the Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu and Kashmir, it is now the turn of Golden Temple, Durgiana Mandir, Jallianwala Bagh and India-Pakistan Wagah Border in Amritsar to go green.

New Delhi: With the last spell of fog on January 27 and 28, this month is now officially the foggiest since the 1960s, having clocked a total of 172 hours of below 200 m visibility. The good news is that the Met department does not foresee too many dense fog spells in the remaining days of the month.

If scientists of the Punjab Agricultural Department are to go by then the cause for the alarming deterioration rate of sheesham (Dalbergia sisso) and kikar (Acacia nilotica) trees and other agricultural crops across the state has been discovered.

According to scientists, it is a kind of pest, which is responsible for causing damage to the crop by infecting it with termite.

Beetal is the only recognised goat breed in Punjab. Due to indiscriminate slaughter, breeding and movement to other states, this breed was on the verge of extinction from its home tract.

The population of Beetal goat in Punjab had declined drastically to less than 10,000. A limited number of breed animals were found in Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Taran Taran and Ferozepur districts of Punjab.

Punjab has almost 18,000 persons suffering from HIV-AIDS with the highest number

Having shown dismal performance in the implementation of various projects under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, the state government has now asked the Central government to sanction a drinking water project for Amritsar.

Sikh environmental activists, Baba Sewa Singh and Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal, from Punjab were among 200 leaders who gathered at Windsor Castle, near London, to participate in a three-day conference organised from November 2 to 4, which aimed at inviting the attention of world