Prakash Singh Badal to call on PM, submit state development plan to Centre

Parkash-Singh-BadalBathinda: Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal today said he would soon call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and submit a comprehensive plan for the overall development of the state.

Badal said that he had already directed state government officers to prepare a detailed plan to be submitted to the Prime Minister so that maximum benefit could be taken from the grants under the various central schemes.

Funds under the various central schemes needs to be roped in for accelerating the pace of development in the state, for which the state government would not leave any stone unturned, he said.

Woman alleges gang-rape, dumped near Bathinda

Woman alleges gang-rape, dumped near BathindaBathinda (Punjab), Jan 21 (IANS) A woman was admitted to hospital here after she was allegedly abducted, gang-raped and then dumped on the roadside, police said Monday.

The woman, a nurse from Punjab's Moga district, is in her early 20s and alleges that she was also filmed by her attackers. She was found on the Bathinda-Dabwali road, 20 km from here, Sunday evening, a police official said, adding that some motorists informed them about what had happened.

Girl gang-raped, filmed and thrown out of moving car in Punjab

Girl gang-raped, filmed and thrown out of moving car in Punjab Bathinda, Jan 21 : Another incident of gang rape came to light in north India when a woman was thrown out of a moving car after being forced upon for two days in Punjab.

A man and two women kidnapped the victim, who had gone to Chandigarh for a job interview, on Friday (January 18) on the pretext of asking directions, after which she was drugged and raped at a deserted location.

Punjab all set to host 3rd Kabaddi World Cup championship

Punjab all set to host 3rd Kabaddi World Cup championshipPunjab is geared up to host the third Kabaddi World Cup championship at its multipurpose stadium in the dirtict of Bathinda from Saturday.

To add gleam to the inaugural ceremony of the World Cup Kabaddi Championship, the state government has invited Bollywood singer Himesh Reshammiya and actor Akshay Kumar.

Around twenty-three teams, including seven women kabaddi teams, will take part in the 14-day championship.

Radio Pakistan now worried about tribals in India

Radio Pakistan now worried about tribals in IndiaBathinda, Dec. 24 : Shifting its focus from Punjab and Sikhs, the Punjabi Durbar programme of Radio Pakistan is now focussed on welfare of tribals in India. The Pakistan Radio has diagnosed that the rise of Naxalism in parts of India has been the result of Indian government not giving equal rights to tribals.

Bathinda hosts three-day Malwa heritage festival

Bathinda hosts three-day Malwa heritage festivalBy P. S. Mitha

Bathinda (Punjab), Dec. 8 : A three-day-long Malwa Heritage festival, which commenced this week, is being celebrated in a grand way here to showcase the traditional values and culture of the region.

The annual festival is organised by the Malwa Heritage Foundation.

synthetic fertilisers polluting Punjab groundwater: Greenpeace

synthetic fertilisers polluting Punjab groundwater: GreenpeaceBathinda (Punjab), Nov 26 : The excessive use of chemical fertilisers in Punjab has led to high levels of nitrate contamination in the groundwater, Greenpeace has said in a study conducted across some Punjab districts. Nitrate contamination in water can cause health hazards, including stomach cancer.

Omaxe announces launch of luxurious and stylish township in Bathinda

 Omaxe announces launch of luxurious and stylish township in BathindaOmaxe, India's leading real estate developer today launched luxurious and stylish expandable villas at Omaxe City, Bathinda.

The PUDA approved township, developed over an area of approximately 72 acres, is being developed with an investment of approximately Rs 200 crore and is slated to reinvent the opulent lifestyle of the residents.

Punjab’s rural libraries spread awareness in farmers’ lives

Punjab’s rural libraries spread awareness in farmers’ livesBathinda, July 25 : Many libraries in the rural Punjab are spreading awareness about different aspects of life and society and thus transforming lives of farmer families.

At Jidda village in State's Bathinda district, people of different age groups gather to read daily newspapers at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Library in the village.

While farmers get updates and latest farming related news, the youth hunt for news and job options in national and local newspapers here.

Employee''s death sparks violence in Bhatinda

Employee''s death sparks violence in BhatindaBhatinda, June 29 : Agitated over an employee''s death, over a hundred of his colleagues burnt vehicles and damaged property in Bhatinda on Monday.

Noticing agitated persons turning violent and damaging property, police resorted to firing after baton charging the mob.

“One worker had died in the refinery due to heat. Other employees were agitated with the refinery administration over his death and went on a rampage burning some vehicles and buildings in the town later,” said Ajay Maluja, Superintendent of Police (SP), Bhatinda.

Popularising art and literature in rural areas of Punjab

Popularising art and literature in rural areas of PunjabBathinda, May 11: Having drawn to the world of colours and creativity in early childhood, Amarjit Singh of Bathinda, has since then been passionately popularising Punjab's vibrant culture and history through art world.

"My aim is not to put up exhibitions in cities, but to educate the people of Malwa region about our culture and traditions, which is fading away. I have taken up works of poets, writers, authors, and dramatists to visualize them and try to paint culture through the scenes of villages, cities and forests," said Amarjit Singh.

Gurudwara Gurusar Sahib narrates the saga of Sikhs’ chivalry

Gurudwara Gurusar Sahib narrates the saga of Sikhs’ chivalryAbohar, May 1: The travels of the Sikh Gurus, their miracles and achievements in battle fields are all inextricably linked with various Gurudwaras.

The 17th century Gurudwara Gursar in Mehraj Village of Punjab's Bathinda district is one such gurudwara which commemorates the historic victory of the Sikhs over Mughal forces.

Sri Damdama Sahib, the birthplace of Guru Granth Sahib

Sri Damdama SahibBathinda, Mar 22 : The magnificent Takht Sri Damdama Sahib, the fifth Takht or seat of temporal authority of Sikhism is situated at Bathinda in Punjab. The place holds vital importance as the tenth Guru of Sikhs Guru Gobind Singh prepared the revised and authentic version of the Sikh scriptures called Sri Guru Granth Sahib here in 1705.

Located at village Talwandi Sabo, 17 miles southwest of Bathinda City, Guru Gobind Singh arrived here at the invitation of Chaudhari Dalla, a landowner.

The place is now called Damdama Sahib, which means `the resting place'.

Hazi Rattan Dargah and Gurudwara, a symbol of communal harmony in Bathinda Fort

Hazi Rattan Dargah and Gurudwara, a symbol of communal harmony in Bathinda FortBathinda, Dec. 27 : Punjab is also known as the land of Sufi saints and Gurus who always spread the message of communal harmony. A visit to the mausoleum devoted to Muslim Saint Haji Rattan in Bathinda Fort confirms the message.

People of different castes, creed and religion visit Saint Haji Rattan's Dargah from far off places. Also located adjacent to the mausoleum is a gurudwara devoted to the same saint.

Bathinda, Punjab’s emerging modern industrial city

Punjab MapBathinda, Nov. 24 : Being one of the oldest towns in Punjab, Bathinda today steadily emerging as the State’s modern industrial city.

Bathinda City today boasts of having Asia''s biggest railway junction and one of the biggest food-grain and cotton markets in India.

Major developments plans have been put in place since last year.

The government plans to set-up a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) for textile, a domestic airport, an air-conditioned bus terminal-cum-commercial complex, a flying academy and a cricket stadium.

Farmers take to paddy crops instead of cotton

Bhatinda/Malwa (Punjab), June 13 : Anticipating a higher minimum support price for paddy, farmers in Bhatinda in Punjab are likely to switch over to paddy cultivation in place of cotton this summer season.

The farmers said that they are expecting a rise in the minimum support price of paddy, a decision that Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar is likely to take before the sowing season begins.

A similar announcement for wheat in winter led to its all time high production in the country.

Apart from the minimum support price, the farmers feel that paddy, as compared to cotton, requires less maintenance.

Bitter cold damages 70 per cent of potato crop in Punjab

Bhatinda (Punjab), Feb 15:Bitter cold damages 70 per cent of potato crop in Punjab Cold wave conditions in Punjab have damaged most of the potato crop causing huge losses to farmers.

Potato producers of Bhatinda say that they have lost at least 70 per cent of their crop yield to severe cold and frost formation.

"With temperatures going down to minus two to three degrees in Punjab this year and due to the fog especially in our district, we are facing huge losses. The crops that we sowed in November are destroyed upto nearly 70 per cent," said Harcharan Singh, a farmer.

Benazir's ancestral town in India mourned her death

Junagarh/ Bhatinda, Dec 30: The residents of the ancestral town of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in India have mourned her death.former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto

The people living in Gujarat's Junagadh, the ancestral town of Benazir's father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, also prayed for peace and harmony in Pakistan.

Paying homage to Benazir in Junagadh's Jama Masjid, Moulana Hafiz Mohammad Faruq condemned the dastardly act.

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