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Under Rs 3-lakh debt, farmer kills himself

Punjab
Bathinda, May 18 A 28-year-old farmer from Bhukhianwali village committed suicide after consuming a poisonous substance on Thursday. The deceased, Harbans Singh, was reeling under a debt. Balkaran Singh, cousin of the deceased, said, “Harbans and his brother had taken a loan of Rs 6 lakh against their agricultural land three years ago. Harbans’ father had a chronic kidney disease and a lot of money had gone into his treatment. Later, a huge amount of money was spent on the marriage of his sister. For the past four months, Harbans had started alienating himself.” — TNS The Tribune

Admissions under LPU’s Early Decision Benefit (EDB) Program closing on 31stMay

Indian Education
American universities guide students to take early decision to join university under Early Decision Benefit (EDB) program. Following the same pattern, Lovely Professional University (LPU) also commenced its unique EDB program in the year 2013. Students enrolled under this unique program are doubly benefitted by paying lower tuition fee as that of the last year (2017), and also get higher scholarship. Moreover, students also secure their seats for the programs of their individual preferences.

Area under cotton crop may shrink

Punjabi Politics
Perneet Singh Tribune News Service Bathinda, May 16 With the cotton crop not fetching good prices in the season gone by and the farmers not getting timely canal water supply in the sowing season, there are reports that the area under cotton cultivation in Malwa belt may witness a decline this year. Talking to The Tribune, former North India Cotton Association president Ashok Kapur admitted that the trend was weak right now and there was nothing to suggest that the area under cotton cultivation would increase. He said the cotton prices in the previous season touched Rs 5,200 to Rs 5,300 per quintal, which the farmers didn’t find remunerative. Moreover, not all of them got the prices above Rs 5,000 per quintal. “They were let down by both nature as well as the government,” ...