It has been almost a fortnight since farmers who have grown a hybrid variety of paddy brought their produce to grain markets of the area. But no procurement agency is ready to buy this, citing one reason or the other.

The Malwa belt of Punjab has the highest number of breast cancer cases in Punjab, according to the latest study conducted by a UK-based NGO

Aarti Dhar

NEW DELHI: The Malwa belt in Punjab has recorded high incidence of breast cancer in the State, according to a study by the United Kingdom-based non-governmental organisation,

A study of ground water quality in Bathinda, Mansa and Patiala districts of Punjab has been carried out with prime objective to study the geo-genic contamination of ground water by the various major and minor elements including arsenic and fluoride by Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Water Resources.

Various wings of Shiromani Akali Dal have chalked out a programme to plant five lakh saplings of trees in the next 15 days to check the ecological imbalance that caused calamities like floods and droughts. This was stated on Friday by Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

With the flood situation in Patiala villages worsening following the breach in the SYL Canal on Tuesday night, Punjab has requisitioned the services of the National Disaster Response Force.

One Ram Singh, 17, of village Sarala Kalan in Ghanaur died and three others are still fighting for their life after they were electrocuted by an electric pole which fell into the water.

Bathinda, June 29
Even after observing its health hazards, farmers of about 12 villages of this district are still using black smelly and toxic sludge flowing in the Lisada drain to irrigate their agricultural fields.

The absence of any systematic study by Indian or foreign scientists has left sufficient room for wide and wild speculation on the probable causes of high incidence of cancer in parts of Punjab

The scourge of Malwa

Yudhvir Rana | TNN

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.

Chemical, Radiation & Biological Toxicity Rampant, Says Study
Balwant Garg | TNN

Bathinda: After discovery of high levels of uranium in hair samples of a large number of mentally retarded children in Punjab