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Divya Goyal


Divya Goyal is our Punjab correspondent. Email at

Punjab: Six days later, baby delivered on civil hospital floor dies
Fri, Jan 17, 2020

Amandeep Kaur from village Baje Ke of Dharamkot, who had delivered a baby boy on floor in early hours on January 9, sat on protest with the body in her lap.

After years of neglect, Pakistan plans restoration of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s father’s samadhi
Thu, Jan 16, 2020

After decades of unwillingness to protect the Sikh heritage, the Gujranwala district administration has planned restoration and preservation of Maha Singh’s tomb.

Trucker gunned down by terrorists in Valley, flicker of hope now for his 3 minor children
Tue, Jan 14, 2020

A flicker of hope has now emerged with an organization working to prevent suicides in Jammu & Kashmir adopting the three school going children and bearing their educational expense till class 12th.

Punjab: Woman gives birth on govt hospital floor after staff refuse to heed her cries for help
Fri, Jan 10, 2020

SMO denies negligence, points to 8 deliveries overnight at Moga hospital

Punjab: Folk singer and sarangi maestro Sharif Idu passes away at 80
Thu, Jan 09, 2020

Born in the village Lalodi of Nabha in Patiala, Sharif Idu leaves behind the legacy of being among the few sarangi maestros left in the field and was known for his melodious dhadi (ballad) singing. Among his most revered presentations were Heer Di Kali and Dulla Bhatti Wala.

Punjab: Out in the cold
Tue, Jan 07, 2020

The prolonged cold wave this winter has proved to be particularly harsh on tiny tots still showing up at schools that run without proper infrastructure. Pre-primary section in government schools (with children aged 3-5 years) has been started without schools having basic infrastructure.

Two years after it counted population, Pakistan silent on minority numbers
Tue, Jan 07, 2020

According to the data available on the website of its official census conducting body - Pakistan Bureau of Statistics - the total population of the country has been pegged at 20.77 crore. However, the religion-wise data hasn’t been revealed yet.

President’s fire service medal: Gallantry honour for 13 Ludhiana firemen who put duty above self
Tue, Dec 31, 2019

The 13 will be honoured with the President’s Fire Service Medal for Gallantry on January 2 at the National Fire Service College in Nagpur by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

India, Pakistan and the lost letters
Mon, Dec 30, 2019

In September 2019, for the first time in history, Pakistan unilaterally stopped postal exchange with India. And thus, the one surviving link that connected people and spread love on both sides, was snapped too. There were no questions or protests, just a quiet burial. The Indian Express charts the journey of the loss of this precious handwritten connect between people from both sides of the border.

Married 2 years ago, Pak woman can’t live with Indian husband due to pending long-term visa
Sun, Dec 29, 2019

An SOS to Sushma Swaraj got her here, but for 2 years, Sidra hasn’t been able to leave Haldwani as her application for Long-Term Visa is pending with MHA; with CAA, her fears have multiplied

Ludhiana: Another sambar deer found dead, this time without limb
Fri, Dec 27, 2019

Forest officials said that someone may have hunted the animal for meat and also severed one of his legs.

Donkey numbers in Punjab down by 83%, just 471 left across state
Thu, Dec 26, 2019

Speaking to The Indian Express, Inderjeet Singh, Director, Punjab’s Animal Husbandry Department, said that decreasing utility of these animals is the prime reason behind drastic dip in their population in seven years.

Partition migrant who made teaching Urdu his life’s purpose no more
Wed, Dec 25, 2019

For nearly 24 years, Bajaj (88), a retired principal of Lajpat Rai DAV College in Jagraon, taught the language at a classroom housed inside the Punjabi Bhavan. The class was part of a six-month certificate course in Urdu run by Punjab’s Department of Languages.

Stuck with replicas, retired officer’s RTI reveals: 17.3 lakh Army medals pending
Mon, Dec 23, 2019

“I spent most of my service period wearing these fake medals bought from the market,” says Dhillon, 59. Today, 13 years after “early retirement due to ill-health”, he is still waiting for one last original medal.

In an NRI’s house in Punjab, a school finds a ‘home’
Sun, Dec 22, 2019

After PWD declared a Govt middle school in Ludhiana unsafe for use, its teachers held classes in a gurdwara and under a shed with students battling the biting cold. That was before NRI from village opened his house for the school

Ludhiana Tiger Safari set to welcome Royal Bengal pair from Chhattisgarh
Thu, Dec 19, 2019

Speaking to The Indian Express, Khushwinder Singh, divisional forest officer (DFO) wildlife, Phillaur, said that six years ago, the deaths of the three tigresses had led to panic, but now the Ludhiana Tiger Safari is all set to welcome the tigers.

Sambar deer found dead on Ludhiana highway, wildlife dept, cops pass the buck
Wed, Dec 18, 2019

No FIR lodged yet, experts say action mandatory since it’s a protected species

Punjab’s first ‘sexed semen’ unit to come up at Nabha
Mon, Dec 16, 2019

The Punjab government expects that producing only female calves will lessen the financial burden on dairy farmers and they will stop abandoning male calves on the streets. The project is being funded under the Rashtriya Gokul Mission.

Explained: What is sexed semen and how does the technology work?
Tue, Dec 17, 2019

The Indian Express explains the technology behind sexed semen pioneered by the United States, how and when it entered Punjab and if it can help in solving the stray cattle problem:

Locked in tussle, New Delhi railway station souvenir shop runs dry of stock
Sun, Dec 15, 2019

Officials from IRCTC and NRM said that as per the deal, IRCTC was supposed to procure artefacts after a year of the handover, and NRM had to 'assist' them for that period.