Divya Goyal

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Divya Goyal is our Punjab correspondent

67-year-old protester ‘manhandled’ by cops in Punjab
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

“In every other state, the central government official communications like forms, notices etc are in English, Hindi and the regional language of that state, but Punjab is not following it,” he said.

Punjab: Real test for AAP now in 2019, says Sukhpal Singh Khaira
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

“Narendra Modi didn’t have slightest mercy to come out with a word of sympathy for protesting farmers from Tamil Nadu?,” Khaira said.

Day before I-Day: Punjab govt issues fresh guidelines for schools as per MHRD order
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

In its orders dated August 7, MHRD said that schools have to organize 'Sankalp programme' near 'Shaheed Smaraks' and an oath has to be undertaken vowing removal of corruption, poverty, terrorism, casteism and communalism by 2022 to form a 'New India'.

No free power to gaushalas in Punjab: Gau Sewa chief questions cow cess collection, writes to power utility
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

The Gau Sewa chairman Kimti Bhagat in his letter (a copy is with The Indian Express) has questioned why the ‘cow cess’ which is being collected at rate of Rs 2 per unit in Punjab is not being used to provide free electricity to 472 registered gaushalas in the state.

India at 70: Exhibition tunes in to pre-Partition nostalgia
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

Antique collectors from across Punjab display their collections in Ludhiana.

For ‘model’ school struggling to survive, tense environment fresh setback
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

Also, a few teachers from a particular community were allegedly threatened by certain people after the alleged rape incident came to light.

For a ‘model’ school already grappling to survive, communal tension comes as another setback
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

Deputy commissioner Chamba, Sudesh Mokhta said that once communal tension recedes, the school will be provided all the facilities and vacant posts of teachers will be filled

1.4 lakh trees felled in 8 months: Punjab government tells NGT
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

The tribunal has now ordered the government of Punjab to submit the details of the compensatory planting. It has asked government to submit khasra numbers (details of the land) where the saplings have been planted in the next hearing.

Rape charge & twin attacks shatter peace of Himachal village Khushnagri
Tue, Aug 08, 2017

The violence in the school was followed by three days of retaliatory violence in Tissa, where a number of shops were vandalised, allegedly selectively. The Congress alleges that the attackers were RSS and VHP men, while the BJP says they were common citizens.

Kohinoor is disputed property, its ownership debatable: UK MP
Fri, Aug 04, 2017

Talking about his meetings with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab CM Amarinder Singh, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi said that he has emphasised on strengthening India-UK trade ties in wake of ‘Brexit’.

Kohinoor a disputed property, its ownership a debatable question: UK Sikh MP
Thu, Aug 03, 2017

Dhesi said, "I cannot say that if it is India or UK which owns the diamond. No individual can pronounce any decision on its ownership as it is a part of history which is being revisited and studied. It is a topic too complex and vast." 

Loan waiver no solution, ask private banks to reduce interest rates: Farmers to expert panel
Wed, Aug 02, 2017

"Cooperative banks also do not cooperate with us and we ultimately depend on private banks for loan at high rates leading to suicides," said a farmer.

Ludhiana bus stand toilets usage charge: ‘Fake’ receipt of Re 1 GST goes viral
Wed, Aug 02, 2017

After it went viral on social media, including Twitter and WhatsApp, residents questioned how government can impose GST on using toilets when PM Narendra Modi is focusing on Swachh Bharat Mission and getting toilets constructed for the poor.

‘Why should children of sewermen go through living hell despite being educated?’
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

Jobs should be given to us on basis of qualifications, say children of sewermen who died on duty

ICC Women’s World Cup 2017: Back home, Moga star Harmanpreet Kaur gets mega welcome
Mon, Jul 31, 2017

Harmanpreet said she was “not used to such starry and glittery welcomes.” Not that she had achieved less in the past, but Moga never welcomed her this way before. When she had come home after the Indian women’s cricket team won the Asia Cup (T20 tournament) under her captaincy, there was no such welcome.

Run out: No cricket in list of training wings at govt schools in Punjab
Wed, Jul 26, 2017

As per the latest list of ‘wings’ (a copy is with The Indian Express) announced by the education department for 2017-18, free coaching will be provided for basketball, boxing, judo, football, kabaddi and hockey across the state. Cricket has failed to make it to the list.

‘Pvt players exploiting us’: Poultry farmers remind Capt Amarinder of manifesto promises
Mon, Jul 24, 2017

Poultry farmers alleged that private companies were selling broiler chickens in the open market without processing or value addition, in direct competition with small farmers but also cheating the farmers involved in contractual farming by paying them less.

The Black Prince releases in Pakistan, without a single cut
Sun, Jul 23, 2017

It was not easy getting the film released in Pak, but we were determined as Maharaja Duleep Singh was born in Lahore, says the director of The Black Prince, Kavi Raz.

Nine-year-old with heart defect gets new lease of life
Fri, Jul 21, 2017

Since childhood, Talav’s parents knew about his illness. But there was no hope for them as they had no money.

Martyr’s funeral: End daily agony of families of soldiers, grieving kin tell govt
Thu, Jul 20, 2017

Kuldeep Singh, Jaspreet’s younger brother, said, “The government should just answer that for how long this is going to continue? Without any provocation, Pakistan army opens fire and kills our soldiers. For god’s sake, end this once and for all."

Jawan from Moga killed in Naushera Firing: ‘This has shaken our roots’
Wed, Jul 19, 2017

“Since his posting in Kashmir, we used to pray daily for him. We never knew what fate had in store for us,” said his brother. Moga district public relations officer Moga Teja Singh said they were yet to receive details of when the body will reach Moga.

Pastor’s murder: Role of external forces being probed, says DGP
Wed, Jul 19, 2017

The former killings with same modus operandi of persons coming on bike and opening fire include that of Namdhari sect matriarch in Ludhiana and Dera Sacha Sauda followers. The cases are being probed in coordination with Central Bureau of Investigation.

Moga Orbit Molestation Death Case: Four acquitted due to ‘lack of evidence’
Tue, Jul 18, 2017

The incident led to nationwide outrage and the opposition, then led by the Congress, demanded closure of Badal’s transport businesses.

Moga Orbit molestation death case: Local court acquits four due to ‘lack of evidence’
Mon, Jul 17, 2017

The court acquitted all the four suspects — the bus driver Ranjit Singh, conductor Sukhwinder Singh alias Pamma and helpers, Amar Ram and Gurdeep Singh — who were booked in FIR for murder, molestation and SC/ST Act on the statement of Shinder Kaur, mother of the girl and a co-victim.

Manpreet Badal tells Arun Jaitley: Let’s join hands to develop Punjab
Sun, Jul 16, 2017

Addressing Jaitley, Punjab Rural Development, Water Supply and Sanitation Minister Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwasaid that it is no secret that the state is in a financial mess. Thus, the central government must help.

GST-phobia like that of mobile phones in initial days: Arun Jaitley
Sun, Jul 16, 2017

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also issued a warning for “dishonest taxpayers” and said that “those who are dishonest will have obvious problems with GST because they will be caught soon”.

At ‘cow hospital’ in Punjab, signs of sword and acid attacks on bovines
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

Farmers getting rid of stray cattle through cruel means, says caretaker, they say ‘protecting crops’

Attack on amarnath pilgrims: Terrorism can never defeat goodness and faith of people, says Shah Rukh
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

The actor was in Ludhiana on Thursday to promote his film, Jab Harry Met Sejal. Shah Rukh said the film also has some scenes shot in Nurmahal near Jalandhar.

Shah Rukh Khan launched Jab Harry Met Sejal song ‘Butterfly’ in Ludhiana. Here is all the fun he had in Punjab, see photos
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

Shah Rukh Khan launched the new song "Butterfly" from his upcoming film Jab Harry Met Sejal in Ludhiana. The celebratory song features SRK and leading lady Anushka Sharma dancing to Punjabi beats. The actor, during the event also condemned the recent attack on Amarnath pilgrims.

Hindu outfits call for Punjab bandh on July 14
Wed, Jul 12, 2017

Shiv Sena and other Hindu outfit leaders targeted the Centre for the “security lapse.” They also criticised Modi for his failure to stop cross-border terrorism.

In Ludhiana, water supply contaminated, residents miffed
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

The local councillor, however, blamed the residents for the contaminated water supply and alleged that one of the residents who was renovating the home, dumped a paint soaked brushes in rainwater drainage lanes which contaminated the water.

Love in the Time of Despair
Sun, Jul 09, 2017

Directed by Stephen Frears, Oscar-winner Judi Dench plays Queen Victoria. The film for the first time opens up the most scandalous chapter of colonial history in which a queen falls in love with her servant

Remarks against Maharishi Valmiki: Fearing protests, Rakhi Sawant comes to court in burqa, gets bail
Fri, Jul 07, 2017

The court of judicial magistrate Vishav Gupta granted her bail after Sawant furnished two bail bonds worth Rs 1 lakh each in the court. Her counsel, Rajnish Lakhanpal, said that Sawant’s bail bonds were accepted by the court.

5% GST on raw animal hides: Skinners on strike threaten to throw carcasses outside residents, offices of govt officials
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

Krishan Lal, head of skinning community in Ludhiana, said, “If government fails to issue notification exempting us from GST by Saturday, we will dispose carcasses outside residences and offices of the government officials.”

Bains brothers back NDA’s presidential candidate
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

The decision by the Bains brothers was announced after state BJP president Vijay Sampla visited them Tuesday. After the meeting, Bains said, “Our support for Kovind should not be understood as support for BJP. We will never support BJP but only Kovind as the President of India.”

Ludhiana forced abortion murder: Victim’s husband wanted divorce, confesses squeezing out foetus from womb using knees
Mon, Jul 03, 2017

Paramjit Kaur of village Jandi of Ludhiana was six-and-a-half months pregnant with a girl child. She already had a two-year-old daughter Simran. Her husband reportedly did not want another girl. The interrogation has also revealed he had an extra-marital affair and wanted a divorce.