2008, Chandigarh, India
Updated at 3:00 am (IST)
Freak hailstorm hits
Chandigarh, April 5
It is a bad beginning of
the harvesting season for rabi crops, especially wheat — the
most vital crop vis-a-vis the food security of the country.
Raging winds, accompanied by moderate-to-heavy rain in Punjab,
Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and parts of Rajasthan have played
havoc on crops.
||This picture, taken in Amritsar district, speaks of Saturday’s havoc after the skies opened up.
— Photo by Vishal Kumar
Sex Ratio in
a slump in ‘good’ dists
In a development that has
sent alarm bells ringing in Haryana, the sex ratio in a number
of “performing” districts of the state has begun to slip.
The fact that the girl child is in danger is undisputed, but
this reversal of trend in seven districts, which had thrown up
encouraging results in building up on their girl child
population in the past three years, has come as a bolt from
pulse: Prices zoom
Sahib/Ludhiana, April 5
The development rhetoric
of the UPA regime has hit a roadblock with the surging prices
of essential commodities. This has also derailed the household
budget of the common man.