Chandigarh: A delayed monsoon has hit paddy sowing in Punjab, the country’s grain bowl that contributes 40% of rice to the central pool.

Himachal Pradesh’s wildlife department has successfully tracked its radio-collared birds to Mongolia, the Caspian Sea, Bangladesh and Siberia, marking a major breakthrough in its pilot project to s

Contrary to expectations, the number of birds visiting Pong Dam wetland, one of the largest manmade wetlands in North India, has declined by about 10 per cent this year.

During a two-day census of the waterfowl species (birds that depend on water bodies for roosting and feeding), 119,500 birds of the 103 species were spotted in the wetland in Kangra district, wildlife officials said on Thursday.

Season’s Toll: 30 Dead, 233cr Property Damaged, Major Roads Hit

This year, the Pong dam has seen the highest ever inflow of water in the month of August, recorded in the last 30 years.

The Himachal Pradesh Government on Wednesday inked a $95.16 million loan agreement with the Asian Development Bank to strengthen tourism infrastructure in the State under the Infrastructure Development Investment Programme for Tourism.

The agreement was signed here by State Principal Secretary (Tourism) Manisha Nanda and ADB officer in charge of India Resident Mission Prodyut Dutt.

The first phase of the plan to develop the area near Pong Dam structure as a tourist destination, using the funds sourced from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), has drawn criticism from oustees living in the vicinity of the Pong Dam lake.

Jalandhar: There is good news for farmers of Punjab and also adjoining states. The level of water in the Gobind Sagar reservoir at the Bhakra Dam and the Pong Dam is much higher this year compared to the corresponding period last year.

This will not only ensure uninterrupted supply of water for irrigation, but also adequate power.

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Dharamsala, September 30
The first meeting of the standing committee formed for redressing the grievances of Pong Dam oustees has thrown some options for solution to over 40-year-old problem.

SHIMLA, 14 SEPT: The Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) authorities today opened the spillways Pong Dam in Himachal Pradesh as a precaution after the water level in the dam crossed the danger mark but authorities ruled out flood threat to lower riparian areas.

Spillways is the passage for release of surplus water from a dam.