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Quotes from martyr’s jail book

WELCOME to Punjab — the state that has produced legendry lovers and famed soldiers. The land of the Five Rivers, has earned epithets like "granary of India" and the "sword arm of India". The following sites weave the beauty and rich heritage of this state on the Web:


This is the official Web site of the Punjab Government. It contains details of industrial, agricultural and IT policies of the government, growth rate of industries and investment opportunities in the state. Data regarding per capita income of state has been compared with that of India. Area, average yield and production of wheat, rice, sugarcane, cotton and fertiliser consumption of the past many years are tabulated. Information of export, dairy development and number of educational institutes, district-wise literacy rate and courses offered by various universities are listed. You can get telephones numbers of MPs, MLAs, police officers, DCs, HC judges and other officers.


Punjabi Millennium, a Nairobi-based company, owns this portal. Its motive is to "promote Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiat" on the Net. The news item section at top of the page is cut-and-paste job from various newspapers including The Tribune. You will get links to download latest Punjabi songs, bhangra, Sufi music of Indian and Pakistani artists. A discussion board provides you facility to comment on some hot topics. Methods of preparation of Punjabi recipes and sweets are provided. Poems of famous Punjabi poets are also pasted. Kids can enjoy games and puzzles made using Java and Java Script. The good thing on this site is that here you will find a vast lists of Web sites of newspapers, magazines, online radio, Sikhism, Hinduism, Islam, education, hospitals, ayurveda, homeopathy, placement companies, science, Info-tech, environment, tourism, matrimonial, and fashion. Anyone can get 20 MB free Web space and domain name to build a site of his own.


An "efficient" matrimonial facility has been provided on this site. You can submit your matrimonial information free of cost. Check the database by clicking desired characteristics your life partner and get e-mail addresses of suitable ones. Facilities to buy or sell property in Punjab or second-hand cars are also provided. Find out names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of Punjabi NRIs of any profession. Information about jobs in India and abroad is provided. A museum of rural life of Punjab is available. Original photographs of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, his associates and family and quotes from his jail notebook are exclusive items on the site.

— Sarabjeet Singh Kanwal