Punjab may be the breadbasket of the country, but not only are its traditional wheat-growing areas producing less, overall productivity in the state has stagnated and is even on the decline.

Thunder, lightning and intermittent showers early this morning followed by the varying spells of sunshine throughout the day were perhaps not enough to provide respite from a thick veil of polluted smog that has been enveloping parts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh for the past more than a week.

Dera Bassi: An election promise of constructing the Dasmesh Irrigation Canal project was again revived, with Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal announcing that the state government was considering to earmark funds for the project.

Patiala: The Bhakra Mail Line is falling apart. Deprived of repairs since 1992, its banks have begun eroding and in some stretches, have been washed away. A breach is imminent if embankments are not mended urgently.

Bathinda and adjoining areas continued to sizzle on Tuesday even as a smart shower in several places in Punjab, Chandigarh and adjoining areas provided temporary relief from the prevailing heat-wave.

Punjab has lifted as much as 12.45 lakh metric tonnes (MT) of wheat from all over the state, after a record 15.17 lakh MT arrival of wheat due to early crop this year. This was stated by D S Guru, principal secretary to chief minister, while inspecting the various mandis in Fatehgarh Sahib, Patiala and Sangrur districts, on Monday.

Amloh: Fatehgarh Sahib district unit of the Panjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) organised a block-level seminar to celebrate Rajiv Gandhi Save Energy Day at the BDPO office here today. Speaking on the importance of the day, district chief of the PEDA Suresh Kumar Goel said,