Kumar learnt about beekeeping initially from Buta Singh, a farmer from Badal. In 2002, he underwent formal training in apiculture from the Krishi Vigyan Kendra at Bathinda.
A detailed intelligence briefing was given to officers on available inputs about the plans of Dera Sacha Sauda followers and other groups. Bathinda, Mansa and Muktsar districts share borders with Sirsa and have a large number of Dera followers.
Meanwhile, Ram Singh, member of the political arm of the Dera Sacha Sauda, told The Indian Express, “We have got no instructions from the Dera and hence we are organising our regular satsangs at Nam Charcha ghars across the state."
A case was registered against unidentified persons for hurting religious sentiments, said Raj Kumar, Superintendent of Police, who added that CCTV footage of the area would be checked
Known for devising the sangat darshan to connect with people by visiting villages, holding meetings where he would both listen to grievances and hand out cash for pre-approved projects, Badal appears to have substituted sangat darshans with condolence visits.
As per the records available with the farmer unions, after formation of the Congress government in the state, a total of 130 farmers committed suicide and thus the issue of farmer suicides will also be discussed on top priority.
The outfits have said that as per information available with them, 130 farmers have committed suicide after the Congress formed the government in the state.
Agriculture officials from the three states categorically maintained that the next 25 days were crucial for the cotton crop and special care needs to be taken. Nearly one-lakh hectare area under cotton was sown late and hence it needs to be monitored on a regular basis, said Dr Bains.
It was a cost-intensive project in Bathinda as Rs 6,000 was the cost of shifting one tree. But if it is done in bulk and with sophisticated machines, the cost can be reduced, observed Ashwini Joshi, running an NGO, Green International, who had also filed a PIL in HC seeking relocation of trees .
“Police will be called only in case of any emergency,” said Dr Jasbir Singh director, agriculture department, Punjab. Bunty Goyal, a union leader of pesticide dealers from Muktsar, also confirmed that the shops would be open on Sunday.
‘Nexus between pesticide manufacturers and ministers’
Such is the situation that Patiala’s Rajindra Medical College has exhausted its stock of testing kits and the lab is now waiting for kits from the Centre.
“The commission agent filed a case in the court against the farmer. He had deposited a cheque in the bank without informing the farmer. The deceased remained stressed after the court case which eventually made him take this extreme step,” said Jasveer Singh of Bharti Kisan Union(Ugrahan).
“He had a bad experience two years back and hence he decided to plough the fields. Moreover, he had no money to buy pesticides,” said Gora Singh Bhainibaga, a farmer of the same Khiyala Kalan village.
In Mansa’s Ramditewala village, farm labourer Narinder Pal Singh took his own life by jumping before a train Sunday evening.
Following the murder which was captured on CCTV, police have lodged an FIR against 15 persons in Muktsar, Faridkot, Bathinda and Moga mostly relatives of Behbal and his accomplices, for allegedly harbouring the offenders
When she refused, he hanged himself with a fan inside the room of their house when she and his two sisters, Charanjeet Kaur and Gagandeep Kaur, were away for work. Apart from being a drug addict, Sonu also used to sell drugs and faced NDPS cases.
The gang is allegedly run by Gurbaksh Singh of Faridkot and has Sema Behbal as its member. While Sema’s name is mentioned, Gurbaskh has not been named in the FIR. Sources added that the families of Sema and Gurbaksh are being questioned.
Gurmail Singh, a farmer from Lakhewali village in Muktsar district who has taken 50 acres of land on lease, says, “After the change of government, people hoped some good will come and hence annual lease rent increased.
Six pests per leaf have been detected in some parts of Fazilka, Bathinda, Muktsar and Mansa, while the average growth is between 4-5 pests per leaf in most parts of the cotton belt. Dr Sukhdev Singh, Deputy Director for Cotton, Department of Agriculture, revealed that economic threshold level (ETL) of the pest is six per leaf and therefore there is no scope of taking chances.
“This has hurt our religious feelings as well as our love for wildlife. This decision will allow hunters to kill other animals such as black bucks, wild boars etc,” President of Bishnoi, Samaj RD Bishnoi, said.
Addressing a press conference, Khaira said though he was not sure if Hindutva forces were involved in the pastor’s killing, the police must investigate the role of RSS and BJP as well.
The bicycle industry in Ludhiana earlier imported only Chinese bicycle parts, but many players are now importing complete bicycles as well in hi-end segment, whose prices start from Rs 3,000 and go up in lakhs.
Sunil Jakhar said the Punjab Police were working in the “most de-politicised manner” after the Congress government came to power.
Apart from the pastor’s killing on Saturday, there have been four other murders over the past one year involving similar modus operandi. The incident has brought people of different religions on a common platform to appeal for peace.
Protesters, who sat on a dharna along with the victim’s body, refused to relent for over four hours. The four-hour protest hit traffic on the busy highway, forcing diversions.
Masih (50), who sustained three bullet injuries, was declared brought dead by the Dyanand Medical College hospital after he was rushed there by a neighbour. He is survived by two sons, two daughters and wife.
After consuming the folic acid tablet, given to 84 other students as well, Karan Prasad was taken ill and later died because of liver failure. The boy, who had reportedly suffered from jaundice in the past, was taken to a registered medical practitioner after he took il
Ahead of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s visit to the city on Saturday, the plywood industry in Punjab observed a daylong strike on Friday, while the sewing machine industry has threatened to gherao him during his visit.
Parkash Singh Badal, who was on a visit to his Lambi constituency, said,”SAD’s stand on SYL remains the same. Water is life of Punjab. We will not allow Haryana to take even a drop of water from Punjab. We will continue to fight for the interests of Punjabis.”
The effect of slow down was visible at the dry port where not less than 5000 containers used to be sent by exporters in ten days to be sent further ahead. However in July, not more than 500 containers have been sent till now.
Shingaara Singh Maan, president of BKU(Ugrahan) added, “At the moment talk is about 28 per cent canal water and not about 72 per cent of ground water as source of irrigation."
The victim's father, Bhramdev, a farmer from Abohar’s Jandwala village, said his daughter was married four years back into a family in village Banwala, which falls in Ganganagar in Rajasthan. He has filed an FIR against Suman’s husband, mother-in-law and father-in-law for assaulting his daughter.
Cloth merchants say since those associated with embroidery, fabric painting etc. have also been brought under the GST net, they are going to face labour problem as workers involved in such jobs are wary of GST.
“We need to find ways for proper drainage of rain water. I have spoken with the DC as well as the SSP of Mansa regarding this issue,” said Inder Singh Chahal, advisor to the chief minister.
On the night of June 25, the two men allegedly force-fed her abortion pills, then pressed her stomach to force the foetus out. Irwinder and Nirmal have been arrested. Manjeet’s father Balwinder Singh said a sex determination test had revealed that the baby she was carrying was a girl.
Tamilian author Perumal Murugan has now come out with his new book in Tamil "Kozhaiyin Padalgal" ("Songs of a Coward"). It speaks of the period when the writer was fighting a battle, both internally as well as with the external forces.