Divya Goyal

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Divya Goyal is our Punjab correspondent

Ludhiana: Congress wins 3 municipal councils, 1 Nagar Panchayat
Mon, Dec 18, 2017

Opposition parties, Akali Dal and AAP, alleged booth capturing, bogus voting and violence by Congress workers.

Deaths most foul: What sanitation workers go through in Punjab
Sun, Dec 17, 2017

Civic bodies blatantly violate the 2013 Act prohibiting manual cleaning of sewers. Just this year, there have been eight such deaths, two most recently in Ludhiana

Family of three ‘missing’ firemen demand death certificates; administration in legal limbo
Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Police say the three firemen have already been declared dead in their records, but a final nod has to come from the deputy commissioner.

Sewer cleaning deaths: Hotel owner granted anticipatory bail; kin of two deceased accept compensation
Tue, Dec 12, 2017

Vijay Bharat Verma, also one of the owners of the hotel and father of Chetan Verma, said they had given compensation to the families.

Sewer cleaning deaths: ‘Workers hired for odd jobs were asked to clean manhole’
Mon, Dec 11, 2017

Kin of deceased refuse autopsy; hotel’s general manager held.

Two die cleaning sewer line, three ‘serious’ in Ludhiana
Sun, Dec 10, 2017

Police said that initially 26-year-old Deepak and 17-year-old Armaan wrenched open the manhole, but were overpowered by the toxic gases that came out. They called their colleagues for help but fell unconscious within minutes.

After revival, Ludhiana-Delhi AI flight sees 84 per cent occupancy
Wed, Dec 06, 2017

Operations hit due to poor visibility after stubble burning, flight remained suspended from Oct 29 to Nov 20

Majithia in court: AAP conspired to defame me as ‘druglord’
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

Majithia, along with four other Akali Dal leaders —Manpreet Singh Ayali, Maheshinder Grewal, MLA Sharanjit Singh Dhillon and Youth Akali Dal leader Parminder Brar — were present in court for the hearing, which went on for over four hours.

21-year-old student from Ludhiana drowns off beach in New Zealand
Mon, Dec 04, 2017

Three of the youths, including Akhil, went into the deeper part of the sea and were swept away by a huge tide, sources said. Divers were successful in saving two of them, sources added.

Take Five: We are very, very scared, I won’t go inside a building on fire again; says fireman Ajit Singh
Sun, Dec 03, 2017

"I can’t imagine what would have happened if I too had died. My mother and wife would have died too. Who puts his life at stake for Rs 9,400 a month? There should be an increase in salaries."

Rahul Gandhi mature enough to lead the country, says Navjot Singh Sidhu
Sun, Dec 03, 2017

Punjab's Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu presided over a commemoration programme in Ludhiana in the memory of educationist Master Tara Singh, a pioneer in education for women.

Livestock championship: Despite foot & mouth disease outbreak, Patiala to host cattle expo from today
Fri, Dec 01, 2017

An airborne disease that is highly contagious, FMD spreads through a virus and affects cloven-footed animals (cows, buffaloes, pigs, goats etc) and badly hits milk production. It can even lead to death as animals stop consuming food due to blisters in mouth

Ludhiana factory fire: Family of third missing fireman agrees to start proceedings to declare him dead
Wed, Nov 29, 2017

While the families of two other firemen — Sukhdev and Manpreet — had recorded their statements with police on Sunday, family of Manohar Lal had refused to accept his demise.

Ludhiana factory fire, collapse: Family of two missing firemen perform symbolic last rites at gurdwara
Tue, Nov 28, 2017

A day after Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, announced that there was “no hope of finding three missing firemen alive” at collapse site.

Ludhiana fire tragedy: Will wait and watch if son’s sacrifice brings change in force, says missing fireman’s father
Mon, Nov 27, 2017

Sitting in front of the officer, he signed the copy of the statement next with shivering hands and said, “My son is a martyr. Now, I will never cry again after this. Enough crying, my son is a martyr.”

Ludhiana building fire and collapse: No hope of finding missing firemen alive, say officials
Mon, Nov 27, 2017

As NDRF teams packed up, the families insisted that the site be dug once again to eliminate any doubts.

Ludhiana factory fire & collapse: Chemicals storage stock register burnt in fire, factory owner tells police
Sat, Nov 25, 2017

Ludhiana: Factory owner's police remand extended for two days

Car mows down seven-year-old, driver dies of ‘cardiac arrest’
Sat, Nov 25, 2017

Another child’s condition serious; locals deny lynching charge

Ludhiana factory fire: Around 10 living in shanties nearby missing since Monday, claim residents
Fri, Nov 24, 2017

Eyewitnesses said that there were also some labourers who were shifting the goods from factory and they too have not been seen since Monday.

Ludhiana fire tragedy: 4 days on, rescue team continues search for three missing firemen
Fri, Nov 24, 2017

Fireman Manohar Lal’s family, who was leading his staff in Ludhiana MC, said Thursday that they will not leave the site till he is found.

Ludhiana factory fire and building collapse: The nine heroes lost in line of duty
Fri, Nov 24, 2017

“We wonder if Rs 10 lakh will be enough to feed the minor children of our colleagues who cannot even work for the next ten years,” said another fireman.

Ludhiana factory fire: Local MLA adds fuel to fire, angry firemen hit back
Thu, Nov 23, 2017

"On Wednesday morning, the local MLA visited the spot and said we entered the fire-engulfed building on our own and that no one forced us to do so," said one of the firemen.

Ludhiana building collapse & blaze: Factory owner arrested
Thu, Nov 23, 2017

Ludhiana police commissioner RN Dhoke said the factory owner, Inderjit Singh Gola, had been arrested and section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) was added to the FIR.

Ludhiana building collapse & blaze: Civic body has no map, sketch of building, rescue teams grope in dark
Thu, Nov 23, 2017

"The debris is beyond our initial estimates. Interiors of the building have not even been touched yet. As per eye witnesses, the three firemen still missing entered through a hole from behind," said Dharam Singh, superintending engineer of MC who was present at the site.

Nine members of their ‘family’ wiped out, surviving firemen still on duty
Wed, Nov 22, 2017

Still on duty for rescue work, one fireman said, “Here we are, still standing and performing our duty. We cannot even attend our colleagues’ cremation. They have have left us forever. But duty still comes first.”

Civic body blames PPCB: Collapse due to chemicals stored in factory
Wed, Nov 22, 2017

PPCB chairman KS Pannu when contacted said, “Yes, it is the duty of PPCB to check and then issue NOCs in case of such polymer and chemical based units. A probe will be conducted and if any PPCB negligence is found, action will be taken.”

Ludhiana factory blaze & collapse: Body of fire officer recovered minutes after Amarinder asks kin to hope for a ‘miracle’
Wed, Nov 22, 2017

Body of fire officer recovered minutes after Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh asks kin to hope for a ‘miracle’

Ludhiana factory blaze & collapse: Toll reaches 13, dead include 6 firemen
Wed, Nov 22, 2017

The bodies of sub fire officers Rajinder Sharma and Raj Kumar were recovered Tuesday. The sanitary inspector of Ludhiana Municipal Corporation and local Valmiki leader Laxman Dravid was also found dead. His body was recovered Monday late.

Ludhiana building collapse: Sidhu promises action against civic officials if building found illegal
Tue, Nov 21, 2017

Punjab’s Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu will be visiting the site on Tuesday and also meet the families of the victims.

Ludhiana factory blaze: ‘This was waiting to happen, all objections were ignored’
Tue, Nov 21, 2017

Former mayor of Ludhiana (who vacated the office after the civic polls were notified recently) Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, who also reached the spot Monday, confirmed that the industrial building in the area was “illegal” as it is a residential colony

Ludhiana factory collapses after major fire, 5 dead, at least 20 missing
Tue, Nov 21, 2017

Around 8 am, fire engulfed Amarson Polymers, which manufactures polythene bags and is also a supplier of chemicals.

Punjab target killings case: Next in line were ex-SGPC chief Makkar, Sikh author Inder Ghagga, says police
Sun, Nov 19, 2017

Speaking to The Indian Express, a senior police official from Moga said, “Ramandeep has revealed during an interrogation that they wanted to kill former SGPC president Makkar and Sikh author Inder Singh Ghagga of Patiala next. He had grudges against both because they were working against the principles of Sikhism.

NHAI seeks permission from NGT to raze 3,000 trees for elevated road project, hearing today
Thu, Nov 16, 2017

The project, costing Rs 770 crore, has been opposed by experts since its inception. They have argued that there is ‘no current need’ for an elevated road corridor on Ferozepur road and that ‘heavy construction activity in heart of the city will deteriorate the air quality further’.

Stubble burning down 44% from last year, shows PPCB data
Mon, Nov 13, 2017

PPCB officials claimed that their target was to achieve a 50 per cent decline in such fire incidents this year.

Smoke and mirrors: Punjab, Haryana farmers say why they burn stubble
Tue, Nov 14, 2017

Rising air pollution in Delhi has once again turned the heat on paddy farmers in Punjab and Haryana, who burn stubble in their fields around this time to ready it for the next wheat crop. The Indian Express tells their side of the story

RSS leader’s murder: Second sharpshooter held, KLF-ISI nexus suspected: DGP
Sat, Nov 11, 2017

Punjab DGP Suresh Arora said that as per initial probe, “It is the nexus between Pakistan-based Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) that is coming into play.”