The proposal to set up 1,320-MW thermal power plant at Hajipur near Mukerian has run into rough weather as local MP and Union Minister of State for Health Santosh Chaudhary has written to the Union

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

Modifying its previous notification issued in 1990, the Punjab government has decided to de-list 783.33 hectare of forest land in Hoshiarpur district for agricultural purposes.

An earthquake shook Una district and border areas of Kangra district this afternoon. The quake that lasted for a few seconds brought people out of their houses.

Poachers fish in the Beas, the Sutlej and other water bodies in the region while the authorities stand as mute spectators.

Thermal plant at Mukerian set to become a reality

The proposed 1320 MW Mukerian thermal plant to be taken up for commissioning by Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) is set to become a reality with the Union Coal ministry allocating a 229 million tonne coal block in West Bengal to Punjab.

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday stayed e-auction of minor mineral quarries in 19 districts of Punjab.

Finally, a diversification policy is in place with maize and cotton to be targeted as focus crops to help reduce the area under paddy cultivation.

With the successful re-auction of 13 sand quarries in four districts, the state government raked in a record Rs 14.90 crore today. The auction has ensured that mining contractors owing allegiance to the Shiromani Akali Dal wrest control of the mining operations in the state.

Sources said there was little competition during the bidding, which indicated that the bidders had reached an “understanding” among themselves. There was no collusive bidding, because the mining contractors had reportedly decided on how to share the profits in the business once they were successful in the bidding.

Sand rates may not fall much as state removes cap on selling price

The Punjab Government has removed the cap on the price at which sand and aggregate (sand and gravel) can be sold by the sand mining contractors to the general public. As the government gears up for e-auction of 23 sand quarries across the state beginning tomorrow, consumers can expect some relief from the escalating prices of sand and aggregate.