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Sunday, August 09, 2020

Divya Goyal


Divya Goyal is our Punjab correspondent. Email at

What kills humans, can kill aquatic life too: Punjab excise top official doesn’t think so
Sun, Aug 09, 2020

Punjab excise dept dumps lakhs of litres of seized ‘lahan’ in already polluted river Sutlej; state pollution board mute.

Hands that held books and pens, now dig wells to support family
Thu, Aug 06, 2020

While Sandeep wants to study further, the most immediate concern for him is supporting his poor family through financial hardship aggravated by the ongoing pandemic.

‘Religious persecution and social exclusion are strong motivators… there is only so much a community can tolerate’: Former Afghan President’s daughter
Fri, Aug 07, 2020

Muska Najibullah hasn't visited Afghanistan or her father's final resting place in Gardez ever since. Excerpts from an interview with Divya Goyal.

Punjab: In pandemic times, PSEB introduces new subject to help students deal with stress, learn life skills
Sun, Aug 02, 2020

All government, affiliated, aided and associated schools of the PSEB will have to teach this ‘mandatory subject’ from Class 1 to 12 and teachers will then be asked to do internal assessments.

Explained: Behind row over Pakistan ‘gurdwara conversion’, a video and a dispute that began in 1880s
Thu, Jul 30, 2020

The Indian Express explains origin of the gurdwara and the controversy that has now erupted, having its roots in the pre-Partition dispute.

Afghan Sikhs leave their own country: What has come along, what they left behind
Wed, Jul 29, 2020

"It has been four months since the attack on March 25 but my daughter still trembles in fear. She screams in the night, gets nightmares and asks 'why did they attack us?" says Malmeet Kaur (26), Poonam's mother, who was born in Kabul.

In African swine fever outbreak in N-E, a ‘piggy’ jackpot for Punjab
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

The pigs were to be originally sent to the North East states, but the plan got derailed with the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak in the Seven Sisters.

Sikhs and Hindus of Afghanistan — how many remain, why they want to leave
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

Following terror attack on a gurdwara in Kabul, Sikhs and Hindus have been urging the Indian government for evacuation. A look-back at the history of these minorities in Afghanistan.

Among 11 Afghan Sikhs granted visas by India: abducted man, minor rescued from marriage
Sun, Jul 26, 2020

The move comes after the Afghan Sikh community, which numbers less than 700, made multiple appeals to the Embassy and wrote to Home Minister Amit Shah seeking immediate evacuation and rescue after the attack on March 25 at the Guru Har Rai Sahib gurdwara.

In Covid times, Punjab leaves midday meal scheme beneficiaries in lurch
Sat, Jul 25, 2020

For several single mothers who have been raising their children alone by doing odd jobs, the ration and little money under the Midday Meal Scheme, matters a lot.

Civil Hospital ward attendant, son clear Class 12, both aim for graduation next
Wed, Jul 22, 2020

While a cataract surgery in one eye in February this year prevented 46-year-old ward attendant from giving her hundred per cent during preparation time, but she still opted to take the boards in March.

PSEB class 12 results: Among the 99 percenters, a newly married 18-year-old, a factory worker’s son who lost his father
Wed, Jul 22, 2020

Two days after her marriage on July 19, Balwinder Kaur could hardly contain her excitement after being told that she had scored 99.77 per cent marks in humanities stream.

Missing for three days, minor Sikh girl in Afghanistan reunited with family
Tue, Jul 21, 2020

Her family claimed that she was taken away Friday by a local Muslim youth who “brainwashed and threatened” her to marry him and “convert to Islam”.

Afghanistan: Abducted Sikh released, government hints can use CAA to get citizenship
Sun, Jul 19, 2020

55-year-old Nidan Singh Sachdeva and his family moved to India in the 1990s — well before the CAA cut-off date of December 31, 2014 to be eligible for grant of Indian citizenship.

Explained: Why CBSE’s decision to discontinue use of term ‘fail’ matters
Thu, Jul 16, 2020

Announcing the decision to discontinue use of the term ‘Fail’ from marksheets and other written documents, the CBSE said that it has decided to replace the term with ‘Essential Repeat’. 

Ground report contradicts Punjab’s ‘Ghar Baithe Sikhya’ success story, students say ‘not prepared’ for online exams
Mon, Jul 13, 2020

While the Punjab school education department has been raving about its ‘Ghar Baithe Sikhya’ programme, the experiences of the students indicate otherwise.

Patiala: Hours after she gave birth, dog beaten, dragged by bike; body dumped in pond
Fri, Jul 10, 2020

After two eyewitnesses informed rescue group Janhit Sewa Samiti about the incident, her four newborn pups were rescued, but two of them died on Thursday.

Soldier from Patiala dies in J&K gunfight; ‘Proud of a soldier’s sacrifice but pain of losing my son is unbearable’
Wed, Jul 08, 2020

Speaking to The Indian Express, Avtar Singh (57), father of the deceased soldier, said, "I am proud of my son's sacrifice and what he did for the country.. but how many more? Can the government answer the families of soldiers who are losing their sons on a daily basis?

Expecting ‘major investment’ from Japan firms, Punjab govt to train its teachers in Japanese
Tue, Jul 07, 2020

In the first batch, 35 teachers from government schools in Ropar (Roopnagar), Fatehgarh Sahib and Mohali have been selected for the training. Their 'orientation programme' will be held at the Punjab Skill Development Mission Centre, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.

Day after bus accident, tiny Sikh community in Pakistan mourns a sea of loss
Sun, Jul 05, 2020

At least 22 people, including 20 Sikhs were killed when the driver of a coaster bus they were travelling in reportedly tried to take a shortcut to avoid a railway crossing and rammed the vehicle into a passenger train near Farooqabad in Sheikhupura of Punjab province.

Punjab’s Covid survey app for ASHAs suffers outage, health dept suspects Chinese ransomware attack, then finds ‘tech glitch’
Sun, Jul 05, 2020

While earlier in the day, the Department communicated to district level community mobilisers that the app had been 'attacked by Chinese ransomware', it clarified in the evening that it was only a ‘technical glitch’

TikTok made a brick kiln worker’s daughter famous overnight, but they say ‘nothing more important than country’s interest’
Wed, Jul 01, 2020

Noor’s father Satnam Singh and mother Jagvir Kaur say that they support the government’s decision to ban TikTok, but the app had helped their daughter’s talent reach millions and make them realize that daughters are no less than sons.

As son returns home wrapped in Tricolor, a proud mother says:’Wo to desh ka bachha tha’
Sun, Jun 28, 2020

The soldier's family was told that he was in a boat and part of a team involved in engineering work near a river in Galwan valley area of Ladakh. He died as the boat capsized.

2 more deaths in Galwan: Soldiers building bridge drown in river accidents
Sun, Jun 28, 2020

The families of the two soldiers said they were told that the two men were part of a team involved in “constructing a bridge” in the area.