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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Divya Goyal


Divya Goyal is our Punjab correspondent. Email at

Farmers fall back on Bhagat Singh to wage their war: ‘He saw 90 years back what we are facing now’
Sun, Sep 27, 2020

Amid massive protests against the three farm Bills in Punjab and Haryana by the farming community, Darshan Singh, block secretary, for Budhlada of Mansa, Bhartiya Kisan Union (Dakonda), recently put this song calling for the country's needs to have Bhagat Singh again, as his caller tune.

Punjab protests: With deft strokes, calligraphist breathes life into farmers’ slogans
Sat, Sep 26, 2020

Painting at least fifty placards on the spot, Nagi keeps moving his brush to bring out slogans requested by farmers -- ‘Kisan di awaaz, Punjab di awaaz’ (Voice of farmers, voice of Punjab).

Political compulsion for Capt, Akalis to show they are supporting farmers: agricultural economist Sardara Singh Johl
Sat, Sep 26, 2020

The question is about the motives with which corporates work. There is still time before the President signs the Bills. Government should sit, talk and remove their (farmers') apprehensions, says Johl

World’s oldest marathoner Fauja Singh now a superhero in a children’s book
Wed, Sep 23, 2020

The book 'Fauja Singh Keeps Going -- A true story of the oldest person to ever run a marathon’, narrates the story of the 109-year-old, who became the world's oldest runner to complete a marathon in 2011 at age of 100.

Patiala woman viral video: Kin accuse staff of negligence; authorities say she walked out herself, role of staff still under probe
Tue, Sep 22, 2020

Karnail Kaur, a resident of village Phumanwal of Sangrur, died around 5.30 pm on Saturday at Rajindra Hospital, the same day she was admitted.

Afghan women in Doha talks team: ‘Taliban have to face, respect us’
Thu, Sep 17, 2020

Today, the three women in the Afghan government’s 21-member team that is holding peace talks with an all-male Taliban delegation in Qatar’s Doha have drawn the line for any roadmap that emerges: “We are here to tell the Taliban that it has to face, respect and accept the new Afghanistan.”

No longer a Covid hotspot, Ludhiana old age home limps back to normalcy
Wed, Sep 16, 2020

The homestay was denotified as a containment zone on September 7.

Moga: Villagers abuse health team undertaking Covid cremation, threaten it with immolation
Fri, Sep 11, 2020

Villages, who gathered at the spot, abused the four-member team calling them “dalals (middlemen) of the Captain government” who were “declaring people Covid positive to mint money”.

Moga Khalistan flag hoisting & Tricolour desecration case: NIA takes over probe on MHA orders, files case
Thu, Sep 10, 2020

While Jaspal and Inderjit allegedly hoisted the Khalistan flag and desecrated the Tricolour, Akashdeep made their video, which they sent to the WhatsApp numbers given by the SFJ, said the Moga police.

In 7 days of Sept, Punjab Police lose 7 to Covid-19
Tue, Sep 08, 2020

21 cops, including 19 from lower ranks, have died during pandemic after getting infected in the line of duty.

Punjab: Per day Covid fatality nearly doubles to 106 in 24 hours, minister blames late arrival
Thu, Sep 03, 2020

State Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu on Wednesday said "delayed diagnosis in patients reporting for testing/treatment at Covid facilities was the main cause of the high mortality rate".

Amrita Pritam’s 101st Birth Anniversary: ‘Wo yahin hai, ghar par hi hai, kahin nahi gayi…’
Tue, Sep 01, 2020

Amrita. Immortal. The one who lives forever. More than 15 years after her death in 2005, Amrita Pritam is still a constant presence in the life of Inderjeet alias Imroz, an artist whom she met nearly 63 years ago. The two never married, but had a live-in relationship for 40 years.

Khalistan flag case: Among arrested, one was to get married on Oct 1, other who had set online business
Mon, Aug 31, 2020

Speaking to The Indian Express, Chamkaur Singh, said his son has been arrested because he did took part in the act.

Fair enough in Covid times: PAU Kisan Mela to go online this year
Sun, Aug 30, 2020

While it was not possible to let the gathering of at least one lakh farmers take place on the campus physically due to coronavirus, the varsity administration has decided not to let the Kisan Mela tradition discontinue and now it will be held online for the farmers.

6% of Ludhiana city police force infected
Fri, Aug 28, 2020

Ludhiana police commissioner Rakesh Agrawal said that the entire Ludhiana city police force has been tested at least once.

‘My son was misled, we do not believe in Khalistan ideology’
Wed, Aug 26, 2020

Baljinder only managed to have a brief conversation with his son after the latter’s arrest.

Tension in Moga village as locals object to ‘temporary cremation site’ for COVID patients
Sun, Aug 23, 2020

The land in question is part of the de-addiction centre at Janer, which is run by Red Cross Society and the district administration.

Middleman charged `3,500 per test from NRIs, promised ‘negative’ report
Thu, Aug 20, 2020

Moga MLA Dr Harjot Kamal had also alleged that NRIs are being ‘cheated’ at Moga Civil Hospital and Rs 3,500 per test are being ‘extorted’ from them.

Fresh controversy erupts at Moga Civil hospital: Middleman charged `3,500 per test from NRIs, promised ‘negative’ report
Wed, Aug 19, 2020

Speaking to The Indian Express, Dr Naresh Amla, the Moga district epidemiologist, denied the allegations,. He said that he never took any money for Balwinder Kaur's test or for that of the 48 NRIs.

Explained: Why TrueNat testing for NRIs has become a matter of political prestige in Punjab
Thu, Aug 20, 2020

A chip-based test for coronavirus, the TrueNat testing involves three steps: elution (RNA extraction), screening and confirmatory test. How well-equipped is Punjab for these tests?

Meet little Sarah—talking to children about good touch, bad touch in conservative Pakistan
Wed, Aug 19, 2020

"Mera Jism Mera Hai", a colorful, illustration book in Urdu, is a considerable development for Pakistan, where conversations around child sexual abuse prevention are still rare; and the country reports 'at least 10 child abuse cases each day'

Punjab: Duo hoist ‘Khalistan’ flag at Moga DC office building, ‘desecrate’ Tricolour
Sat, Aug 15, 2020

After the incident, a video also went viral on social media in which one part showed the saffron flag being raised on the Moga DC’s office building and the other had visuals of the tricolour being torn in two.

Punjab smartphone scheme: Among beneficiaries, those who would beg or borrow to complete school assignments
Thu, Aug 13, 2020

Free smartphones to students was a key pre-poll promise of the Congress, which Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh finally started fulfilling Wednesday, three years after coming to power.

Hours after Punjab cop dies of Covid, visually impaired daughter also dies of shock
Wed, Aug 12, 2020

As per the family members, she kept calling for 'Daddy ji' every few minutes, collapsed, fell unconscious and died of shock late on Monday.

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.