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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Divya Goyal


Divya Goyal is our Punjab correspondent. Email at

Serving over 10k meals a day, Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib’s kitchen runs short of wheat
Sun, Mar 29, 2020

It is for the first time in four decades that the gurdwara management has sought help from the government to meet the need for supplies to its kitchen.

Fear and mistrust on way, at home: Migrant workers bear the brunt
Sat, Mar 28, 2020

The state governments have promised assistance in the form of relief camps and medical help. But on the ground, the workers returning on foot are facing fear and mistrust along the way and at home.

Afghanistan terror attack: Child, wife killed, gurdwara sewadar says, ‘Time to leave Kabul’
Sun, Mar 29, 2020

Tanya, and her mother, Surpal Kaur (40), were among those killed. Tanya's father Harinder also lost his father, Nirmal Singh Soni (60), who was the head granthi of the gurdwara, father-in-law Bhagat Singh (75) and nephew Kulwinder Singh Khalsa (35). His mother, Rawail Kaur, was injured in the attack.

A Ludhiana village goes into self-quarantine to stop NRIs, visiting relatives
Wed, Mar 25, 2020

With the COVID-19 outbreak and curfew imposed in Punjab, it is nearly impossible to enter this village, if one is an outsider or even if one has a friend or a relative living there.

In times of coronavirus, posters show up in Punjab: Safety above Punjabi hospitality
Wed, Mar 25, 2020

Amid national lockdown and curfew being imposed in Punjab as a preventive measure against COVID-19, unique and creative handwritten posters have cropped up on the main gates of homes in villages, telling visitors that they are not welcome at least till March 31.

Coronavirus: In Pakistan, lockdown in Sindh, Punjab as cases cross 800-mark
Tue, Mar 24, 2020

Patients rue lack of facilities and unhygienic conditions at quarantine camp setup in Taftan of Balochistan on Iran-Pakistan border.

Explained: Are smokers at higher risk from COVID-19?
Thu, Mar 26, 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) says in its FAQs on the coronavirus outbreak that smoking is one thing people should not do.

Coronavirus: Ludhiana industrialist lends hi-tech machine that’s now disinfecting city 24×7
Mon, Mar 23, 2020

The machine was originally meant to be supplied to a Uganda-based customer, but the industrialist lend it to the civic body instead and pushed back the customer's order.

‘Expenditure on schools has increased ten fold’: Vijay Inder Singla
Fri, Mar 20, 2020

"We have started pre-primary only in those primary schools where space was available. We have proposed 1,600 new classrooms to be constructed under NABARD funds, says Vijay Inder Singla.

PSEB postpones exams till March 31, teachers told not to report to work
Fri, Mar 20, 2020

The written exams for class VIII were already over and their pending practicals have also been postponed, said the PSEB statement. The statement added that all pending board exams, which were scheduled from March 20 to 31, stand postponed, till further orders.

Three years of Captain Amarinder Singh govt in Punjab: The Learning Curve
Fri, Mar 20, 2020

While school education has been on an upswing during the last three years, the Congress government's tall claims belie the not-so-bright ground reality.

Coronavirus: PSEB postpones pending exams; fresh orders for complete closure of all schools
Fri, Mar 20, 2020

Teachers also not to report at schools now for administrative work, evaluate answer sheets at home

After row over Railways Women’s Day tweet, a woman porter speaks: ‘My kids study because I work as coolie’
Tue, Mar 17, 2020

While some on Twitter slammed the ministry for 'celebrating' women carrying heavy loads for pay as petty as Rs 20 in the 21st century, others supported the ministry saying it had hailed women earning through dignity and hard work.

No evidence of COVID-19 transmission from pets to humans: Punjab prof
Tue, Mar 17, 2020

Dr Kirti Dua, senior professor veterinary medicine and in-charge, Centre for Wildlife Sciences, GADVASU, said pet owners need not panic, but should exercise certain precautions.

Wonder Women: Short film Ghar Ki Murgi is an acknowledgment for many unsung homemakers
Sat, Mar 14, 2020

The film ends up portraying what remains a reality not just in India but across the globe.

Buddha Nullah: Residents pick holes in proposed tender, sewage board CEO blames ‘misunderstandings’
Thu, Mar 12, 2020

The Punjab Cabinet has approved Rs 650 crore for the cleaning and rejuvenation of the polluted stream Buddha Nullah, which dumps Ludhiana city’s domestic and sewage waste into the Sutlej river.

Descendants of World War-I Sikh soldier, featured in Hungarian artist’s prized artwork, traced to Punjab
Wed, Mar 11, 2020

Hundred years on, a handwritten note helped his great grandson-in-law connect the dots

Sahir Ludhianvi’s legacy comes alive at alma mater with ‘Wo Afsaana…’
Thu, Mar 05, 2020

As the poetic play, portraying Sahir's relationship with Amrita Pritam was performed at Sahir Auditorium, the alumni met their 'ousted' college mate once again.

The little genius who uses minecraft to create activity-based learning modules for her school
Thu, Mar 05, 2020

From lessons on the Ramayana to Harry Potter, this 13-year-old from Ludhiana creates everything on Minecraft.

‘Spooked by photographer’, coronavirus suspect patient in Punjab flees without giving samples, returns later
Thu, Mar 05, 2020

Dr Naresh Kumar, epidemiologist, Civil Hospital, Moga, said that the patient, who is from a Moga village, had returned from Dubai on Tuesday and developed a cough and cold.