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.