Navrajdeep Singh is a senior staff correspondent. He covers agriculture, crime, local bodies, health and education in the Patiala district of Punjab.
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Two of his accomplices, both constable-rank police personnel, were also nominated in the FIR registered under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and 342 (wrongful confinement) of the IPC.
This year, 36,614 farm fires were recorded, which is 27% less than last year, when 49,992 cases were recorded.
Deputy inspector general of police Dr S Bhoopati said the SIT had been formed under the supervision of Kapurthala senior superintendent of police Vatsala Gupta for detailed investigation into how the incident happened.
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He was discharged from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, on Thursday. In its order issued on November 17, the Mohali PMLA court had allowed the ED to take Gajjanmajra into custody for four days soon after he was discharged from the hospital
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Sangrur, Bathinda, Moga, Ferozepur and Barnala have reported 16,649 of the 35,606 incidents; on Tuesday, the total number of cases crossed 35,000-mark with these five districts reporting 16,649 cases to date
The number of cases reported on Sunday was also higher than the cases reported in the corresponding years during the same period. Punjab had recorded 448 cases of stubble burning on November 19, 2021, and 426 cases on the same date in 2022.
Farm fire incidents in Punjab dropped below 1,000-mark for the first time since Diwali on Saturday, with 637 cases recorded, a 45% drop from the previous day. Efforts to curb incidents, including 400 FIRs registered against violaters, and the nearing end of the paddy harvesting season are attributed to the decrease. The total farm fire count in the state for this harvest season is 37,719. The Punjab Pollution Control Board chairman expressed relief but stated that the figure is still higher than expected.
The state agriculture department has estimated 182 LMT of paddy yield (both non-basmati and basmati varieties) this year from 31.93 hectares of area under cultivation in Punjab this season.
Farmers in Punjab, India, have set fire to paddy fields, defying Supreme Court orders to stop the annual practice that contributes to toxic smog. The state recorded 1,150 farm fires on Friday, taking the total to 33,082 this season. The Punjab Police has registered 400 first information reports against violators and issued show cause notices to police chiefs in high-incident districts.
The number of stubble blazes in Punjab continues to rise, with 2,544 fires recorded on Wednesday, in defiance of the Supreme Court's directives.
Punjab records 1,271 stubble burning cases, a 51% dip from previous day. Air quality drops, with most cities in 'very poor' and 'poor' category.
Punjab has produced 188 lakh metric tonnes (LMT) of paddy this year as against the previously expected figure of 182 LMT for the year. Nearly 31.93 hectares of area was under paddy cultivation in Punjab.
The state has produced 188 lakh metric tonnes (LMT) of paddy this year as against the previously expected figure of 182 LMT for the year. Nearly 31.93 hectares of area was under paddy cultivation in Punjab.
Wednesday’s addition of farm fires now brings the total count in the state this season to 30,661.
Punjab reported a 9% hike in the number of farm fire cases recorded on Monday, when it reported 1,624 cases. The Supreme Court had directed the state government to adopt all possible measures to stop stubble burning, which is dubbed as the main reason for poor air quality in the national capital.
Tuesday’s addition of farm fires now brings the total count of farm fires in the state this season to 28,117
Punjab recorded 987 cases of stubble burning on Sunday, while 1,624 cases were reported on Monday, which has again put the state action plan to minimise stubble burning cases under lens.
With overnight rainfall, the smog was also cleared in most parts of the state. Even the air quality in Punjab improved with most of the cities reporting air quality index in ‘good’ and ‘satisfactory’ category
Light to moderate rainfall across the state has given major relief from raging farm fires as only six active cases of stubble burning were reported in Punjab on Friday. Of the total cases, two each were reported in Fazilka and Ludhiana and one each in Sangrur and Gurdaspur. The state reported a total of 23,626 stubble burning cases in this paddy harvesting season so far.
Sangrur registered 135 farm fire cases, followed by 96 cases in Mansa, 83 in Ferozepur, 52 in Kapurthala, 38 in Fazilka and 32 in Jalandhar. Pathankot and SAS Nagar districts reported zero cases of stubble burning
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As per the action-taken report till November 6, a day before the Supreme Court issued stringent directions to stop stubble burning, of the total 19,463 cases, the district administrations across Punjab have imposed environmental compensation of ₹51.70 lakh in 1,851 cases only.
The highest number of fires were in the CM Bhagwant's constituency Sangrur, which saw 466 such incidents on Wednesday
On Monday, the state had recorded 2,060 cases, while on Sunday 3,230 active farm fire cases were reported, the highest in a single day this season.
Of the 2,060 cases, Sangrur reported a maximum of 509 followed by Bathinda 210, Mansa 195, Barnala 189, Ferozepur 146, Faridkot 122, Moga 110 and 89 each in Patiala and Ludhiana. Muktsar recorded 77 cases, while Jalandhar reported 70 fire incidents
The number of farm fires in Punjab has surged, with over a fourth of nearly 20,000 instances of stubble burning detected in the past two days. Officials warn that more fires are likely for at least nine more days. The surge is led by Sangrur, the constituency of Punjab's chief minister. Farm fires contribute to the pollution crisis in Delhi. The numbers are lower than in previous years, but Delhi and its surrounding cities have been in "severe" pollution for five days. The spike is due to farmers having little time to clear their fields before preparing for the next crop.
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Officials attributed the sudden spike to a shorter window farmers had to prepare the fields for the next crop — wheat — and said that the next seven days would be crucial to see the “positive results” of fewer cases this year.