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Divya Goyal


Divya Goyal is our Punjab correspondent. Email at

The vaccine caretakers who keep the chain running in Punjab
Wed, May 12, 2021

A look at the working of Punjab govt’s vaccine store, where staff work overtime to ensure that vaccines reach the districts on time. Punjab, Chandigarh police also keep an eye on the stock 24x7.

Punjab: Only 852 construction workers get vaccine on Day 1 of drive for 18+
Tue, May 11, 2021

After receiving the first batch of 1 lakh Covishield doses from the Serum Institute of India (SII) against its order of 30 lakh doses, Punjab started with vaccinations for 18-44 age group Monday with construction workers as the priority beneficiaries in the first round.

Punjab: 2.19 lakh construction workers to get jabs as vaccination for 18-44 age group begins today
Mon, May 10, 2021

VK Janjua, principal secretary, department of labor, Punjab said that currently the state has 2.94 lakh valid registered construction workers of which 2.19 lakh were in the 18-44 age group.

Punjab construction workers in queue as vaccination for 18-44 age group begins today
Mon, May 10, 2021

VK Janjua, principal secretary, department of labor, Punjab said that currently the state has 2.94 lakh valid registered construction workers of which 2.19 lakh were in the 18-44 age group.

Explained: Supply chain of Covid-19 vaccines and how they reach districts
Sat, May 08, 2021

Coronavirus vaccine: Vaccination remains free for healthcare workers, frontline workers and 45+ population at all government centers. For the 18-44 category too, the jabs remain free of cost at government centres.

Punjab way behind Haryana, Rajasthan in jabs for 18-45
Thu, May 06, 2021

Private hospitals in Punjab, in contrast, have vaccinated only 1,530 people in this age group.

In Ludhiana, mourners shell out more money for cremations as price of LPG cylinder skyrockets
Wed, May 05, 2021

Before the pandemic, Ludhiana’s gas crematoriums were largely dysfunctional and were made operational only after Covid-19 cases started spiking in the city.

Punjab reports record 7,327 Covid cases, 157 deaths
Mon, May 03, 2021

The maximum number of cases was recorded in Ludhiana (1,404), SAS Nagar (1,045), Jalandhar (725), Patiala (602) and Bathinda (582). With this, the total infections in the state reached 3,85,270 and total active cases in Punjab stands at 60,108.

Centre allocates 6 lakh vaccine doses for 45 yrs + age group, Punjab govt says not enough
Sun, May 02, 2021

As per the state-wise allocation of doses released by the ministry Saturday, Punjab will receive 4,63,710 doses of Covishield and 1,52,810 doses of Covaxin.

In Moga, Covid patients left dependent on private facilities even for Level-2 care
Sat, May 01, 2021

No ventilator or Level 3 bed in govt-run Moga Civil Hospital

Punjab: Covid cases surging but government teachers still coming to schools
Wed, Apr 28, 2021

As Covid cases started surging in March, schools were declared closed for students on March 12 but teachers were told to report as usual.

Ludhiana: Actor Jimmy Sheirgill, others booked for violating Covid norms
Wed, Apr 28, 2021

The FIR was registered against Sheirgill, director Eshwar Niwas from Mumbai, and two other crew members — Akashdeep Singh from Ludhiana and Mandeep Singh from Zirakpur.

Punjab yet to get SII nod for Covishield supply
Wed, Apr 28, 2021

Till now, the vaccines (Covishield and Covaxin) are being supplied to the states by the Union ministry of health and family welfare (MoH&FW). But now when the drive opens for population above 18, states can directly procure from the manufacturing companies.

In Ludhiana, families ferry Covid dead in auto, cart; DC orders probe
Tue, Apr 27, 2021

Families alleged private vehicles demanded as much as Rs 2,500-3,000 to ferry the bodies for few kilometres and since they were unable to afford the amount, they had no option left.

Post-sacrilege police firing case: Justice delayed, our own govt also responsible for it, says Randhawa
Sun, Apr 25, 2021

A number of protestors were injured in Kotkapura of district Faridkot on October 14, 2015 after police allegedly opened fire at them when they were staging a dharna against the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib.

Death rate low, but new Covid infections spiral in Punjab
Sat, Apr 24, 2021

The average Covid fatality rate of Punjab, which stood at around 2.6 per cent since the virus outbreak, has dropped to 2 per cent during the second wave, and was only 1.4 per cent last week.

Pak trust offers ambulance fleet to India in Covid crisis, writes to Modi
Sat, Apr 24, 2021

Speaking to The Indian Express over phone, Faisal Edhi (44), Managing Trustee of the foundation, said that his late father Abdul Sattar Edhi had started the foundation way back in 1951 and currently it is having a fleet of 1,800 ambulances running across Pakistan.

Ludhiana: 141 items stolen from PAU’s rural museum
Fri, Apr 23, 2021

According to the varsity officials, the theft took place on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday and they informed the police Monday. However, the police claimed that PAU officials informed them only on Wednesday.

Punjab’s daily Covid tally crosses 5,000-mark; over 37,000 cases in 8 days
Fri, Apr 23, 2021

In testing too, Punjab touched a new high Thursday with 60,432 tests conducted.

Congress leader joins protest, asked to leave, farmers say ‘don’t want politicians taking part’
Thu, Apr 22, 2021

However, farmers made it clear that they do not want any politician participating in their protest and asked him to leave immediately.

Ludhiana Central Jail superintendent suspended for ‘flouting norms’, giving ‘celebrity treatment’ to Punjab singer
Wed, Apr 21, 2021

It is alleged that people were also allowed to take selfies with Punjabi singer Karan Aujla inside the jail premises, and that Aujla and his friends' mobile phones were also not checked.

Punjab: Video of govt school principal thrashing student goes viral, probe ordered
Tue, Apr 20, 2021

In the purported video, the principal can be seen chiding the girl on why she laughed and then she slaps the girl multiple times, pulls her ears and hair.

Amid vaccine hesitancy in Punjab, this Moga village is leading by example – 370 inoculated, 175 are 60+
Fri, Apr 16, 2021

In Saffuwala village in block Daroli Bhai of Moga, 370 of its residents (above 45 years of age) have already gotten vaccinated, including 175 aged 60 and above.

Tika Utsav concludes, Punjab fails to hit its daily target even once
Thu, Apr 15, 2021

On April 11, which was day one of Tika Utsav, Punjab administered just 69,129 doses. The number jumped to 94,719 on April 12, the highest in four days of the Tika Utsav. Then on day 3 (April 13), a total of 64,961 doses could be administered and on the last concluded day (April 14), a total of 75,137 doses were administered.

Separated by a year, deaths of two infants who had Covid-19 confound experts
Wed, Apr 14, 2021

What remains a mystery in both cases is the source of infection in the infants as none from the hospital staff who treated the babies or their families, tested positive.