Keeping cancer alive: State of Punjab

http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/keeping-cancer-alive 0 Comments Author(s): Sonal Matharu Date: Jul 15, 2012 Punjab has been in the grip of cancer for over a decade but the government has ignored the threat. Sonal Matharu reports with photographer Sayantoni Palchoudhuri from the state “If you want to live go to Bikaner,” neighbours told Raj Rani, who suffers from breast cancer It all started with a knot in her left breast. […]

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Restoring groundwater in Punjab, India’s breadbasket: finding agricultural solutions for water sustainability

Author(s): Shama Perveen, Chandra Kiran Krishnamurthy, Rajinder S. Sidhu, & et al Source: Columbia water Center Publication Date: July 2012 For Indians, the very mention of the word “Punjab” conjures up visions of lush green fields, rich alluvial soils and water aplenty. Punjab has for years been the breadbasket of India, and since the “Green Revolution” of the 1960s, it […]

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Other side of farm suicides in Punjab: Book on women’ misery in Punjabi by Orissa woman activist

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ludhiana/Other-side-of-farm-suicides-in-Punjab-Book-on-women-misery-in-Punjabi-by-Orissa-woman-activist/articleshow/12305395.cms SANGRUR: The debt ridden farm suicides inPunjab might be projected as disturbing trend pointing towards further aggravating agrarian scene at the place more known as birth of green revolution in India but till now not much has been written about the pitfalls of farm suicides on the familial front. Now a researcher and woman activist has come up with a […]

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62% farmers cannot meet educational needs: Survey by Punjab Farmers Commission

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/62-farmers-cannot-meet-educational-needs-Survey/articleshow/12049496.cmsSanjay Sharma, TNN | Feb 27, 2012, 02.22AM IST CHANDIGARH: A recent survey on government’s plan to shift small and marginal farmers away from unprofitable agriculture and engage them in economically viable activities, has found the government initiatives lacking in preparing the farmers undertake the transition. The survey conducted in 50 villages by Punjab Farmers Commission has revealed that 62% of Punjab farmers holding […]

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Punjab: DECLINING WATER TABLE Reduce area under paddy, water board tells govt

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2012/20120225/punjab.htm#1    Another wake call on Groundwater use in Punjab: CGWB says in 84% area the level is going down (in 14% it is too brackish to be useful), 103 of 137 blocks are in over exploited, five in critical and four in semi critical category, 73% of irrigation is coming from Groundwater, not canals and Punjab needs to reduce […]

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Farmer suicides: NGO points to Punjab reporting fewer numbers

SANGRUR: The number of farmer suicides in Punjab seems to vary according to the source providing information about that. An NGO,Movement Against State Repression (MASR), has stated that Punjab is a glaring example of neglecting the factor of farmer suicides when it comes to determining the amount of funds that should be spent on assisting agriculturists. MASR’s convener Inderjit Singh Jaijee […]

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Chemical fertilizers in our water – An analysis of nitrates in the groundwater in Punjab by Greenpeace

Source: India Water Portal  This study by Greenpeace India Society is an initial investigation into the effects of synthetic nitrogen fertilizer on groundwater pollution in intensive agriculture areas in Punjab. The level of nitrate in drinking water was tested from groundwater artesian wells located within farms and surrounded by crops (mostly rice and wheat rotations). Nitrate pollution in groundwater is associated with […]

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The Toxic Consequences of the Green Revolution

http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2008/07/07/the-toxic-consequences-of-the-green-revolution In India, farmers find that benefits of pesticides and herbicides may come at a tragically high cost By DANIEL PEPPER JAJJAL VILLAGE, INDIA—Four decades after the so-called Green Revolution enabled this vast nation to feed itself, some farmers are turning their backs on modern agricultural methods—the use of modified seeds, fertilizer, and pesticides—in favor of organicfarming. This is not a matter […]

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