Divya Goyal

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Divya Goyal is our Punjab correspondent

RSS leader Ravinder Gosain shot by bike-borne gunmen in Ludhiana
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

Ravinder Gosain, 58, was the mukhya shikshak of RSS's Mohan Shakha for many years. He was also mandal pradhan of the local BJP unit.

7th such murder in 2 years, 2nd under Cong govt, none solved yet
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

While four of these killings happened during the SAD-BJP rule, two occured under the Congress rule. Two followers of Dera Sacha Sauda were shot dead in February this year when the state was awaiting Assembly poll results.

The former hosiery worker ‘wore his RSS uniform with pride’
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

“For more than three decades, Gosain had been a dedicated RSS worker. He was running Mohan shakha single-handedly with utmost dedication,” said Parveen Bansal, former district president BJP in Ludhiana.

In school in Punjab village with dismal sex ratio, lone girl says she has no one to skip rope with
Mon, Oct 16, 2017

Mansa district is under surveillance since ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ programme was launched. But as per latest figures, the child sex ratio (by birth) has dropped 31 points — from 925 last year to 894.

In Mansa village with critically low CSR: meet Seema, the only girl student in her government school
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

A glance again and the classroom paints the grim picture of village’s skewed child sex ratio. Seema (8), the Class 4 girl in the pants, is the only girl in her school.

Special Olympics double gold medallist does sewa to survive
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

Balbir Singh claimed that the family, even after three years, has not received the cash prize — Rs 15 lakh for each gold medal — announced by the state government.

Punjab stubble burning: ‘Adopted’ village’s wait for machinery, aid gets longer
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

Farmers alleged that nothing except “motivational meetings” had been done till date.  Soon, thick clouds of black smoke were visible at a distance: Another paddy field was on fire in neighboring Sahauli, four times bigger than their village.

On October 4, orders to Punjab govt schools: Celebrate Independence Day as Sankalp Parva
Thu, Oct 05, 2017

The orders, originally issued from the office of the Minister of Panchayati Raj dated August 7, reached the schools in Punjab on October 4.

Punjab: Five months to go for Class X board exams, no sign of science textbooks
Wed, Oct 04, 2017

In 2016-17 results, a total of 3,30,367 Class X students had appeared for science exam of whom 2,60,431 managed to pass. An astonishing number of 69,936 students had flunked the science exam.

‘’We want Jagmeet Singh, kin to visit, see memorials of his ancestors’
Tue, Oct 03, 2017

Curious and excited, residents of Canada Sikh MP Jagmeet Singh’s ancestral village in Barnala start exploring his family tree

Langar for Rohingya refugees : Ludhiana mosque, gurudwara donate money to Sikh volunteers, call it ‘service for humanity’
Mon, Oct 02, 2017

"We were trolled on social media for serving Muslims and people questioned us that why Hindus are never fed. But Sikhism means serving humanity not  any religion. Guru ka langar is always open for all," Gursahib Singh, Khalsa Aid volunteer said.

Moga rally: Differently-abled target Congress over pending pension, ‘unfulfilled’ promises
Mon, Oct 02, 2017

The protesters flayed the Congress for making ‘false’ promises concerning the differently-abled before the polls.

Malati Rao’s documentary Born Behind Bars captures the lives of children born in jail
Sun, Oct 01, 2017

Born Behind Bars is a heart-rending documentary by Delhi-based director and editor Malati Rao that looks into the lives of children born in jail to mothers serving sentence. Yearning for a normal childhood, they soon realise that ‘prison is the new normal for them’.

Seven arrested as Ludhiana police foils attack by Babbar Khalsa militants
Sun, Oct 01, 2017

"They were in contact with Surinder Singh Babbar, a terrorist based out in England, through Facebook", Ludhiana Police Commissioner said.

10 yrs after he brought glory: Roundabout with Ishmeet Singh’s trophy inaugurated in Ludhiana
Sat, Sep 30, 2017

The trophy’s replica made of fibre has been placed in coordination with Ludhiana Municipal Corporation by the company, Avon Cycles, who has spent Rs 1.5 lakh on it

Moga Orbit molestation death: Issued summons for submitting false evidence; victim’s mother, brother fail to appear in court
Thu, Sep 28, 2017

Nearly two months after the court of additional session judge Lakhwinder Kaur Duggal in Moga acquitted four suspects in the infamous Orbit molestation death case of a 13-year-old, failed to appear in the court Wednesday.

Now, a ‘stress index’ for farmers
Thu, Sep 28, 2017

The research project would, among other things, compare the SI and PRI levels of the identified farmers for the baseline period with that at the end of the project

Punjab: Study on menstrual hygiene flags lack of awareness among schoolgirls
Mon, Sep 25, 2017

The researchers have recommended that there should be a modification in the curriculum of the schools and better teacher-student relationship should be focused upon to improve the menstrual hygiene levels and health of the girls.

Green Revolution should now move eastwards, relieve Punjab of this duty: Manpreet Badal
Sat, Sep 23, 2017

"Skip one meal a day but educate your children, farming no more an obvious profession for them," Badal tells farmers

In a first for Punjab, site of ‘300-year-old’ banyan tree to get biodiversity heritage tag
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

The site has flourishing flora and fauna including colony of peacocks, owls, several species of reptiles such as snakes, monitor lizards, garden lizards, insects, arthropods, millipedes, nematodes and epiphytes, bryophytes, fungi, algae and lichens.

Punjab: People pester police with ‘jail roti’ demand to stay out of it
Mon, Sep 18, 2017

Cops say the demand is fuelled by suggestions by astrologers; spurt in requests after dera head’s conviction

Ludhiana City Centre Scam: Simarjit Bains files application challenging VB closure report
Sun, Sep 17, 2017

On August 19, the vigilance bureau filed the closure report in the court claiming that there ‘was no scam at all’ and that ‘no proof has been found against Capt. Amarinder Singh, his son Raninder Singh and 33 others following a ‘re-investigation’.

PM’s ‘Swachhta Hi Sewa’ campaign: Now, orders for private schools in Punjab to take ‘Swachhta sankalp’
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

A copy of the oath has also been sent to the schools, which invokes Mahatma Gandhi and says, “I will move from street to street and village to village to publicise Swachh Bharat Mission.”

Doctor assaulted in Ludhiana jail: ‘Was forced to inject a ‘cocktail shot’; separate rate list of drugs in jail’
Fri, Sep 15, 2017

A single piece of beedi costs Rs 100, a tobacco packet is for Rs 200 and an intoxicant tablet is for at least Rs 500, the doctor said

Rohingya Muslims crisis: ‘Guru ka langar’ begins at Bangladesh-Myanmar border, target 35,000 meals per day
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

On the first day of the langar, Sikh volunteers served cooked rice and vegetables.

Doctor attacked in Ludhiana Jail: A day later, police file FIR against three inmates & unidentified men
Wed, Sep 13, 2017

DIG prisons Lakhminder Singh Jakhar also visited the Ludhiana Central Jail and started separate a inquiry on Wednesday and recorded statement of the doctor.

Road Deaths in 2016: In the region, most accidents reported in Haryana, but Punjab tops fatality chart
Wed, Sep 13, 2017

In Haryana, 5,026 persons died in 11,234 accidents, but in Punjab 5,077 died in 6,952 accidents

Rohingya crisis: Sikh volunteers reach Bangladesh-Myanmar border to provide langar to refugees
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

Speaking to The Indian Express over phone, Amarpreet Singh, managing director, Khalsa Aid, India who has reached Teknaf, a border town in Bangladesh where the refugees are living in the camps, said that condition at the border was “miserable to say the least”.

Jassi honour killing: What did they get out of it? Our love has only grown, says husband
Sun, Sep 10, 2017

“Jassi and Mithu’s love story is here to live. I and my wife will be in peace now. We still speak every night. Whatever punishment court gives them now, God will never forgive them,” says Mithu.

Farmer suicides: In a first, Punjab Agricultural University to build stress index of farmers in Punjab
Fri, Sep 08, 2017

Punjab is one of the three states, apart from Telangana and Maharashtra, selected for the project by ICAR, due to the high farmer suicide rate in the three states. ICAR has released Rs 1.35 crore for this three-year study.

PM Narendra Modi’s LED programme: Punjab government schools issued orders on LED lighting
Wed, Sep 06, 2017

The orders for the schools say that “keeping in view the orders from the central government, the government of Punjab has also decided that from now on energy saving measures will be focused on”.

Teachers’ Day: Meet the National Award winners from Punjab
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

From converting stories into poems to creating digital library from their own money, these teachers contribution will change the way students learn

70 years after Partition, unique ‘ardaas’ seeks forgiveness for killings
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

One of the demands raised by the gathering was that governments of India and Pakistan should allow 80-plus people in both countries to revisit their ancestral villages without any restrictions.

A Voice in Time
Sun, Sep 03, 2017

A sculptor carves out a memorial as a homage to the forgotten Battle of Saragarhi

Air India resumes Ludhiana-Delhi flight from Sahnewal after three years
Sun, Sep 03, 2017

Restarted under the UDAN (Udey Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) scheme launched by the central government, 50% of the tickets are for Rs 2,000. “Price for rest of the tickets will depend on daily demand and supply formula. Like today, it was even available for Rs 1,500,” said Kumar.

Ludhiana City Centre Scam: Once a key complainant against Amarinder Singh, Navjot Singh Sidhu now says ‘situations change’
Sat, Sep 02, 2017

The case is coming up for hearing in a Ludhiana court on Saturday. On August 19, the Vigilance Bureau had filed a closure report in the case, giving Amarinder a clean chit and claiming there was “no scam at all, it was all fictional”.