Divya Goyal

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Divya Goyal is our Punjab correspondent

Punjabis say cheers to Bill to trim big fat weddings
Sat, Feb 18, 2017

The proposed Bill seeks to put a limit on the number of guests invited and dishes served at weddings and also those spending above Rs 5 lakh must contribute at least 10 per cent of this amount towards marriages of poor girls.

Ludhiana: EC team inspects strongrooms, AAP sticks to its ‘security breach’ claim
Fri, Feb 17, 2017

A meeting was also held with candidates and their representatives from all the parties at Bachat Bhawan.

Ludhiana: Principal files police complaint against MLA Bains
Fri, Feb 17, 2017

Speaking to The Indian Express, the principal said, “Bains called up our school’s liaison officer and threatened him that if 25 children in his list were not admitted, our school has to face consequences."

Ludhiana: A day after, 36 more unexploded fire shells found; PAP team to dispose both
Thu, Feb 16, 2017

Even after 24 hours of recovery from Alamgir, army team fails to reach following which PAP called

Ludhiana: Philately exhibition begins, poor response on Day 1
Tue, Feb 14, 2017

Stamp to commemorate 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh a hit with visitors.

Nabha jailbreak: Hunt on for NRI who ‘sheltered’ gangsters
Tue, Feb 14, 2017

The police are now on the lookout for Goldy Gill, an NRI in his early thirties, who had returned from Australia few days before the Punjab polls on February 4.

Ludhiana: Bomb shells, hand grenades found at vacant plot
Thu, Feb 16, 2017

The explosives disposal team of the army did not reach the spot to seize and dispose of the ammunition even seven hours after the police were informed.

Nabha jailbreak: Mastermind Gurpreet Singh Sekhon, three accomplices arrested from Moga village
Mon, Feb 13, 2017

Booked in over 13 FIRs including murder and attempt to murder, Sekhon is the main accused in rival Sukha Kahlwan murder case.

Punjab polls: Navjot Singh Sidhu off to Mumbai, local Congress leaders wonder if he was worth it
Sun, Feb 12, 2017

‘Arrived late at rallies by hours, refused to move without chopper, security cover... threw tantrums’

NRIs bet on Ludhiana vets for treatment of pets
Sat, Feb 11, 2017

Treatment for pets in India is way cheaper with almost same facilities available abroad. But, in some cases, ticket is too costly,” said Vipan Puri, NRI daughter got her pet for treatment.

NRIs prefer to come to India for cheap treatment of their pets
Thu, Feb 09, 2017

A French NRI canine's €4,500 surgery was done for €11 euros in Ludhiana.

After trespass charge, AAP terms probe report ‘untrue’
Wed, Feb 08, 2017

A video was also released to the media by Bhagat in which Sanghowal could be seen replying in affirmative when asked by the additional DCP if he was satisfied with the security arrangements.

How ‘live webcasting’ changed campaign dynamics this time
Tue, Feb 07, 2017

From rallies to nukkad meetings, roadshows to personal interaction with voters, each party did live webcasting on Facebook.

RO trespassed into strong room: AAP
Tue, Feb 07, 2017

AAP leader and senior SC lawyer H S Phoolka along with Gill candidate Jiwan Singh Sanghowal demanded registration of an FIR against the RO.

‘I voted because not being male or female can’t take away my right’
Mon, Feb 06, 2017

For the first time that Election Commission took an initiative to register third gender voters under ‘others’ category.

Punjab: Disabled, lepers, elderly given roses, free transport
Sun, Feb 05, 2017

Two special booths were also set up for lepers inside Kusht Ashram at Islam Ganj where 220 such patients voted. 106-year-old Mali Devi and 104-year-old Sunder Singh were ferried to booths.

Punjab polls: On hunger strike for over 2 years, Sikh activist votes
Sun, Feb 05, 2017

After Khalsa began fasting, militants, including Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar, a 1993 Delhi blast convict, and Gurdeep Singh Khaira, a Bidar blast convict, were given parole.

A ‘pilgrimage’ across Sutlej to polling booth, thanks to ‘faith’ in vote and the lone boat man
Sun, Feb 05, 2017

It is only after a wooden boat from the other side of the shore would come and ferry Swarna that she would reach her maternal village Chandiwala that she would be able to reach polling booth and vote.

This Jalalabad lies in utter neglect, off Punjab map
Sat, Feb 04, 2017

The village in Moga shares name of Deputy CM Sukhbir’s constituency.

They came to seek blessings, no political talks held: Head priest
Sat, Feb 04, 2017

Sukhbir, an ardent follower of Nanaksar Sant Samaj priests, visited the place in November 2015 after widespread protests across the state following desecration of Guru Granth Sahib.

Campaigning not quite over in Punjab
Sat, Feb 04, 2017

With photos of CM Parkash Singh Badal and deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal, the pullout lists manifesto points of SAD-BJP and “achievements” of 10 years of the government.

Punjab polls: In Ludhiana road show, Kejriwal hardsells Phoolka, AAP’s ‘honesty’
Fri, Feb 03, 2017

Playing the religion card, Kejriwal claims Punjab will give all 117 seats to AAP.

Punjab polls: Dalit face of AAP campaign is man whose leg, arms were chopped off as he fought his daughter’s rapists
Fri, Feb 03, 2017

Forty-eight-year-old Bant Singh is a rights activist and ballad singer.

Punjab polls: Kejriwal releases ‘Zora panel report’, targets Badals
Fri, Feb 03, 2017

In theft and desecration case of Guru Granth Sahib at Burj Jawahar Singh Wala, the report has concluded that “the investigators did not properly investigate into highly sensitive matter.”

Punjab polls: On morning walk, Manish Sisodia faces tough questions from public
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

Accompanied by local candidate Ahbaab Grewal and AAP supporters, Sisodia’s attempt to know what people think of AAP didn’t prove to be a cakewalk.

SYL row: Punjab’s water should not go out, says Sachin Pilot
Wed, Feb 01, 2017

It is the BJP government which has been ruling in Rajasthan, Haryana and at the Centre, Even in Punjab, BJP is in alliance with SAD. But the party clearly failed to protect Punjab’s water,"said Sachin Pilot

Car of Congress candidate’s wife ‘attacked’, he blames Bains
Tue, Jan 31, 2017

Karwal, an ex-Bains aide, said two motorcycle-borne youths vandalised an Innova car “and tried to attack and threaten his wife with rods and sharp weapons”.

Meet the ‘insider’ and ‘outsider’ who follow Arvind Kejriwal with ‘hope’ in their eyes
Mon, Jan 30, 2017

Amid this insider versus outsider mudslinging, Bhan and Sukhjit are unfazed and both have their own reasons for Kejriwal not being an ‘outsider’.

‘Convicted’ minister Tota Singh, son navigate troubled waters
Mon, Jan 30, 2017

In 2012, he was convicted in a corruption case for alleged misuse of an official vehicle and sentenced to a year of imprisonment.

Sukhbir Singh Badal finally concedes: ‘triangular fight’ in Malwa
Sat, Jan 28, 2017

In his earlier statements, Sukhbir had clearly denied the presence of AAP in Punjab and said it was only SAD vs Congress contest in the 2017 polls.

Navjot Singh Sidhu attacks AAP: A week to go for polls, but no CM face
Sat, Jan 28, 2017

Sidhu also called AAP “kaale angrez” (black foreigners) and said that “a group of 60 outsiders from Delhi are trying to rule Punjab”.

Its candidate’s namesake in fray, SAD sees an AAP hand
Thu, Jan 26, 2017

Interestingly, Manpreet Singh Akali has been allotted ‘pendulum’ symbol, which SAD says is creating confusion with its ‘scales’ symbol.

Akali flags all over, but refrain in this ‘drug den’ is ‘not SAD again’
Thu, Jan 26, 2017

“It is not me or AAP who is saying that Dakha is plagued by drugs, but the people. Let results prove it..."

Kinnow basket bitter against the Badals
Thu, Jan 26, 2017

Punjab is India’s largest kinnow producer and out of the 48,000-odd hectares cultivated area in the state, nearly 27,000 hectares is in Abohar.

Punjab assembly elections: Now shown ‘free two-wheeler’ dream in SAD manifesto, girls wait for ‘promised’ sanitary kits
Wed, Jan 25, 2017

The SAD-BJP government under “Swastha Kanya Yojna” had promised to provide sanitary kits to each girl in government schools from class 6 to 12.

Juvenile ‘cannibal’: Treat him as adult or hand him over to us, he can’t be free after killing my son, says victim’s father
Sun, Jan 22, 2017

On Thursday evening, when the police team landed at their place to arrest the boy, he first denied doing anything.