In a slow but definite transformation in farming patterns in the state, farmers are increasingly opting for direct seed plantation that is conducive to growing rice in fields without water puddles or with a minimum level of water. Scores of farmers in Amritsar, Ludhiana, Gurdaspur and Patiala districts have reportedly adopted the new technique.

The assessment of carbon storage potential has been difficult due to the lack of information on biomass compartmentation and carbon allocation in different species. For most of the species used for afforestation/reforestation, only the above ground biomass potentials are known but to have a picture of carbon storage potential species, the below ground biomass pattern are equally important.

Ludhiana: With the possibility of monsoon failure looming large, Punjab farmers are demanding another round of farm-loan waiver in the union Budget for 2009-10 besides credit at 4 per cent interest rate. The Budget is to be presented by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in the Lok Sabha on July 6.

Six-laning Jalandhar-Karnal highway

For the six-laning of national highway-1 from Jalandhar to Karnal, chopping of trees has started. Thousands of trees have been cut down from Khanna to Sahnewal as widening of the GT Road is on. Many more trees are waiting to be chopped. As many as 43,900 trees are in Ludhiana district alone.

The department of microbiology at Punjab Agricultural University has developed a method to test the purity of water at home.

Chief Judicial Magistrate AS Virk has convicted Ashok Beri, owner of M/s Ganga Scientific Dyers, Kashmir Nagar, the Gaushala road, Ludhiana, on charges of causing air pollution. He was sentenced to undergo imprisonment for one year. The trial concluded after 15 years.

Human medicine and veterinary pharmacology disciplines

Dr Kundan Singh Dhillon and Dr Jasmer Singh Khangoora, both former heads of the departments of pharmacology and parasitology, respectively, at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, have been selected to be honoured at World Forum 2009 being hosted by American Biographical Institute (ABI) at Washington DC on July 4.

As inequality within households, across households and in society as a whole has deepened in the post-Green Revolution era, there is an urgent need to revamp the rural economic and social development process in Punjab. This is the conclusion of a study conducted by Satjeet Singh as a part of his doctorate degree.

WHILE a majority of wheat farmers in Punjab and Haryana are ruing the loss of yield, all those who went for organic and natural farming this time are a happy lot. They are selling their produce at the rate of Rs 2,500 per quintal; a few varieties are fetching Rs 3,000 per quintal

Ludhiana: The city hospitals observed World Hepatitis Awareness Day today in order to educate people about liver diseases.

Dr Nirmaljeet Singh Malhi (liver specialist) at Deep Hospital, Ludhiana, organised a free hepatitis B and C screening camp today.