Congress harps on benefits from FDI in retail

For Punjab's sagging agrarian economy, here is some good news. The meek voices of the farmers, agri economists and farmer unions seem to have been heard by at least two of the main political parties in the state which are now promising to ensure 50 per cent profit over cost of production to the farmers.

The Punjab Government has decided to rope in biotechnology giant Monsanto to set up a centre of excellence for cotton in Bathinda.

Central report asks state government to initiate measures

Out of 12,925 gram panchayats in the state, 9,558 have shown nil expenditure under various programmes, including MGNREGA, sponsored by the Union Government during the current financial year till October 7.

To ascertain the exact count of farmer suicides in the state, the government has finally decided to conduct the second round of survey, which would reveal the number of farm suicides from 2010 up t

Illegal mining has been going on unabated in the Industrial Growth Centre here for the past some time.

Contrary to tall claims by both state and central governments about reining in the suicide trend among farmers and agriculture labourers of Punjab, a survey conducted by state's universities reveal

In what would reveal the exact gravity of the agriculture crisis in Punjab, the state government has decided to conduct a fresh survey to ascertain the actual number of farmers and agriculture labo

The district administration, at a meeting last evening, finalised land for relocating Kanakwal village.

Can approach purchasers, receive payments directly as govt prunes their role

Arhtiyas or commission agents in Punjab will not be able to reap the healthy benefits of a good harvest. Pruning the role played by arhtiyas in procurement, the Punjab Government has decided to provide farmers an option of directly receiving payments for their produce after holding negotiations with the purchasers.

With a number of thermal power plants being developed by private companies getting delayed due to non-availability of coal, the Punjab Government's captive coal mine at Pachwara (Jharkhand) is in the centre of confrontation between the warring parties.

Private companies are seeking a share in the coal produced from the mine. The under-construction thermal plants are running behind schedule due to a stand off between the state government/PSPCL and the companies on the supply of coal.