Punjab becomes first state to issue Soil Health Cards to farmers

Punjab has become the first state in India to issue Soil Health Cards (SHCs), a Union Government initiative to all farmers in the state.

In this regard, every district of state has been assigned mobile soil testing lab. These labs will take soil sample from every farm and issue a digitalised soil health details.

Presently, state government has 66 such laboratories and has capability to test 3.5 lakh soil samples annually. State government also has made mandatory for these labs to check soil health on quarterly basis.

Importance of SHC in Punjab

  • The advent of green revolution in Punjab has made soil testing more necessary in view of over exploitation of soil.
  • It will help farmers in maintaining the balanced health structure of the soil and educate them to use right quantity of fertilisers in order to prevent soil from becoming arid.

About Soil Health Card (SHC) Scheme

  • The SHC contains all basic and crop-wise recommendations of fertilizers or nutrients required for farms of different soil types.
  • It also provides crop-wise nutrient recommendation and other inputs in order to increase the productivity of farms.
  • It will also lead in profiling of soil structure which will in turn help in diversification of crops as per the soil content of that area as well.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had formally launched the nationwide ‘Soil Health Card’ Scheme in Februrary 2015 in Suratgarh, Rajasthan.


Punjab government approves release of Gharials in Sutlej and Beas rivers to promote eco-tourism

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on 17 April 2015 approved release of Gharials in Sutlej and Beas rives in the state to promote eco-tourism.

Initially, 10 Gharials (last surviving species of the family Gavialidae) will be released in the Harike Wildlife Sanctuary as a part of ‘Gharial Recovery Action Plan’.

Decision in this regard was taken after recommendations of the State Board for Wildlife.

Union Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) also had given permission for release of Gharials under Section 12 of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

About Gharial

  • The gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) is also known as the gavial.
  • It is a fish-eating crocodile and belongs to one of the three crocodilian species found in the Indian Sub-Continent.
  • It is listed in Schedule I of Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
  • It is also listed as Critically Endangered in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Endangered Species.
  • In historic times it was present in Indus River system, including Beas and Sutlej rivers, indicating healthy river system.


Gujarat wins Syed Mushtaq Ali T-20 trophy 2014-15

Gujarat won the Syed Mushtaq Ali T-20 cricket trophy for the tournament season 2014-15.

In the final match played at KIIT Stadium, Odisha they defeated Punjab by two wickets. Punjab by batting first had scored 117 for 9 wickets in 20 overs. Gujarat by chasing the target had scored 123 in 19.5 overs for 8 wickets.

With this win, Gujarat has won this trophy for second, earlier they won in 2012-13 season.

About Syed Mushtaq Ali T-20 Trophy

  • Syed Mushtaq Ali T-20 Trophy is a Twenty20 cricket domestic championship in India named after famous Indian cricketer, Syed Mushtaq Ali.
  • Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) organizes the tournament and played among the teams from Ranji Trophy.
  • Inaugural season of tournament was 2008-09 and was won by Maharashtra cricket team.