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Divya Goyal


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In demise of three-time MLA, former minister Tota Singh, SAD loses its ‘jathedar’
Sun, May 22, 2022

Family sources said that he was suffering from complications that arose from lung pneumonia since February. He was readmitted to the hospital two days ago after he complained of breathlessness and other issues.

Akali Dal veteran and 3-time MLA Tota Singh passes away at 81
Sat, May 21, 2022

Having won the polls two times from Moga and once from Dharamkot, he was a close confidant of SAD patron Parkash Singh Badal.

Explained: The Sikhs of Peshawar, their unique identity, and struggle in Pakistan
Wed, May 18, 2022

The Sikh history in Peshawar goes back to the times of tenth Sikh master Guru Gobind Singh, whose disciple Bhai Joga Singh was from Peshawar.

Fight for plates at Mann’s event: Seven teachers summoned
Wed, May 18, 2022

The incident dates back to May 10 when CM Bhagwant Mann held a meeting with government school principals and education department officials in Ludhiana.

Two Sikh men shot dead in Pakistan’s Peshawar
Tue, May 17, 2022

This is the second incident against the Sikh minority community in Peshawar in the last eight months.

Punjab: 25-yr-old dies after taking drugs, his friends dump body in drain
Fri, May 13, 2022

Meanwhile, the youth's father alleged that for four days since his son went missing on May 8, he was made to run from one police station to the other as cops refused to register the FIR.

Mann’s ‘Delhi model’ for Punjab schools: training tours abroad, portal to share ideas
Wed, May 11, 2022

All praise for the Capital school story, Mann said that teachers from the state will be sent to sent to countries such as Finland, Switzerland and Singapore for training, 'just like Delhi government does'.

For Bhagwant Mann’s meeting with school heads, edu officials: Private resort, 57 AC buses
Mon, May 09, 2022

The list of 2,688 participants includes district education officers (DEOs), deputy DEOs, government school principals, headmasters and block primary education officers (BPEOs) from all districts of Punjab.

Elderly couple hacked to death inside posh Ludhiana colony residence
Thu, May 05, 2022

Based on the statement of the victim's daughter, Rupinder Kaur, the police said that the incident took place around 9.15 pm. Rupinder told the police that she was speaking to her father on the phone when the suspected killer entered the house. 

50 Patiala varsity students test positive in 48 hours
Thu, May 05, 2022

The university, in view of the sudden outbreak of the virus, has also decided to temporarily postpone its end term examinations, an order issued by the university's Registrar read on Wednesday.

Punjab: Declared ‘wanted’ in rape case, former MLA Simarjeet Bains claims ‘political vendetta’ on Facebook
Wed, May 04, 2022

Bains (52), founder-cum-president of his Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) and two-time MLA from Atam Nagar, was booked in an alleged rape case filed by a 44-year-old woman last year.

Explained: Why in land of Guru Nanak, Patiala clash is an aberration
Wed, May 04, 2022

Beyond the shallow and false narrative that has been created with the clash of fringe elements from a Shiv Sena faction and pro-Khalistan elements in Patiala on Friday lies the unbreakable and deep bond between Hindu and Sikh communities in Punjab.

Explained: In spat between Ajay Devgn & Kiccha Sudeep, old debate on Hindi as ‘national language’
Wed, May 04, 2022

Ajay Devgn and Kiccha Sudeep have engaged on Twitter over the status of Hindi as "rashtriya bhasha". The spat has set off reactions in faraway Punjab as well. How does the state fit it?

Year-long farmers’ agitation against three farm laws now a chapter in Class VI textbook
Wed, Apr 06, 2022

The year-long farmers’ agitation, which forced PM Narendra Modi-led central government to withdraw the three farm Laws, is now a chapter in Class VI Punjabi textbook, titled ‘Kisan Andolan’.

Pakistan’s champion of Punjabiyat remembered on his death anniversary 
Mon, Apr 04, 2022

For more than five decades that he remained a music legend in both ‘lehenda Punjab’ (in Pakistan) and 'chadhda Punjab' (in India) on both sides of the border, Shaukat Ali, who passed away in Lahore last year at 77, continues to bridge both countries with his music, even after his death.

Cong says workers assaulted, killed, asks AAP if this is the ‘new badlav’
Sat, Apr 02, 2022

While families of both victims claimed that party rivalry was one of the reasons behind the attacks, police denied and said that in both cases, they had some personal enmities and there was “no political angle”.

‘No fear of death, protests against Taliban won’t stop till schools for girls reopened’
Thu, Mar 31, 2022

As per estimates, around 3 million girls in classes 7 To 12 are out of school in the country

Explained: Punjab CM’s announcement barring private schools from increasing fees, and where the law stands
Thu, Mar 31, 2022

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has barred private schools from effecting any fee hike in the next academic session. What is the reason for this? What does the law state?

It was a very peaceful country: Punjab AAP MLA recalls her years in Ukraine as a medical student
Sun, Mar 27, 2022

Two decades ago, she was a medical student in Ukraine. Now, 39-year-old Dr Amandeep Kaur Arora is one of Aam Aadmi Party’s 92 MLAs in Punjab, having defeated actor Sonu Sood’s sister, Malvika Sood of the Congress, in Moga this month.

Now, a ‘Prahari Club’ in each Punjab school to keep children away from drugs
Fri, Mar 25, 2022

The project proposes to set up 'Prahari Club' in each school with a teacher and students from class 6-12 as its members.

Committed to implement Delhi Model of education: Hayer
Wed, Mar 23, 2022

Punjab Education Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer Tuesday confessed that he has no prior experience of working in education sector but promised that he was committed to implement the AAP's Delhi Model in state and make government schools better than private ones.

Explained: Controversy over Bhagat Singh photograph at Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann’s office
Wed, Mar 23, 2022

A photograph of Bhagat Singh in Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann's office has run into a controversy. What is the objection? How has Singh's family responded?

Big day ‘reunites’ father Mann with his children
Thu, Mar 17, 2022

AAP's proud moment in Punjab was also an emotional one for Mann as he was reunited with his children after almost four years, a close friend of the new CM told The Indian Express.

Bhagwant Mann swearing-in: ‘He was always in my prayers, will always be..,’ says ex-wife; children reach India to attend ceremony
Wed, Mar 16, 2022

In her first comments after Mann's and AAP's massive victory in the Punjab assembly polls, Inderpreet Kaur while speaking to The Indian Express from the US, said: "Both our children have reached India and they will attend Bhagwant's swearing-in ceremony at Khatkar Kalan. They are overwhelmed and very excited."

Indian returnees are back in class in Ukraine as teachers go online
Tue, Mar 15, 2022

“We are so relieved...At least, we can keep pace with the syllabus. We are just so thankful to our teachers who are taking classes even during the war,” said Ahtesham Zahid, a third-year MBBS student at Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University in the city of Lviv, who is now back home in UP.