Punjab agriculture and rural development minister Kuldip Singh Dhaliwal has questioned the role of rice cultivation in the state, calling its introduction “a conspiracy to deplete ground water”
With his comments, which could possibly generate a debate in days to come, Punjab agriculture and rural development minister Kuldip Singh Dhaliwal on Monday questioned role of paddy cultivation in the state, calling its introduction “a conspiracy to deplete ground water”.
Speaking at a seminar organised at Punjabi University, for discussing ways to tackle stubble burning and promotion of natural farming, the minister pointed out that “even though rice was not a main part of its diet, the paddy was a curse for Punjab”, as its stubble management had now become a problem, he added. The minister said that by cultivating millets, the area under paddy can be curtailed. He said farmers’ organisations should make a fervent appeal not to burn stubble as the government is serious about resolving the issue.
Also speaking at the event, Vidhan Sabha Speaker, Kultar Singh Sandhawan said that the government will honour farmers doing natural farming.
Mohali: Labourer dies after co-worker stabs him in nose with pen
A 23-year-old labourer died after The victim, Amit Kumar, 23’s co-worker stabbed him in the nose with a pen during a drunken brawl in Baltana, Zirakpur, in the wee hours of Monday. The accused, identified as Lakhan Kumar, a native of Badaun, Uttar Pradesh, was arrested later in the day, said police. The victim, Amit Kumar, 23, hailed from UP’s Moradabad. Both lived in hutments in Baltana area.
Chandigarh, MHA meeting to reach consensus on long-pending policy issues comes a cropper
There was no breakthrough in resolving Chandigarh’s long-pending policy issues even as UT adviser and the joint secretary of Union ministry of home affairs met in Delhi on Monday. The UT took up the issues of allowing conversion of leasehold commercial and industrial properties to freehold, and the rationalisation of misuse charges with MHA officials.
Faculty members shielded by higher-ups in Chandigarh admn filing false complaints, CCA principal tells CAT
It’s only a few faculty members who with the help of higher-ups in the UT administration have been filing false complaints and targeting a “woman principal” of the Chandigarh College of Architecture, college principal Sangeeta Bagga submitted in her reply before the Central Administrative Tribunal. Bagga had approached CAT, challenging the July 19 decision of the UT administration of assigning the charge of principal to UT chief architect Kapil Setia on interim basis.
Fake dope test: Probe indicts two Mohali health dept employees
An inquiry into the alleged demand for a bribe at the Phase-6 civil hospital to provide a fake dope test report to an arms licence applicant has indicted two employees of the district health department. Among the two, a Class-4 employee, Archit Sharma, is posted at the government dispensary in Phase 11 and Dilpreet Singh is a lab technician at the civil hospital. The prescribed fee for the dope test is ₹1,500.
JEE Main: After topping Chandigarh in Session 1, Saarth finishes on the top in Session 2 too
City topper in the JEE Main Session 1 exam held in June, Saarth Singla, 17, has also emerged on the top in the Session 2 exam that was conducted in July. Saarth bagged AIR 41 in the Session 2 exam whose results were announced by the National Testing Agency on Monday. Just behind Saarth, Vaasu Singla got an AIR of 46. Students of Government Model School, Manimajra, Somya scored AIR 73 and Soumil Bansal AIR 90.