India Rain expedites sowing of paddy in Punjab.

The early morning showers came as a help for paddy farmers who, as per the government instructions, were allowed to start paddy transplantation. The mild showers continued for almost an hour. Hailstones too were reported from few areas surrounding the city. Estimate an area of 1.80 lakh hectares to come under paddy cultivation in this season, nearly 80,000 hectares area would come under basmati varieties.