Divya Goyal

Divya Goyal is our Punjab correspondent

Articles By Divya Goyal

Bargari sacrilege accused murder: Conspiracy or unplanned attack? Jails minister flip-flops

Punjab Jails Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa addressed a news conference in Ludhiana on Monday regarding the killing of Bargari sacrilege case Mohinder Pal Bittu.

Main accused in Bargari sacrilege case killed in jail, two inmates booked

A fact-finding committee, headed by ADGP (Prisons) Rohit Chaudhary, has been asked to submit a report within three days. There will also be a mandatory judicial inquest into the murder. 

AN-32 crash: Samana mourns flight LT Mohit Garg, the man who lived to fly

Mohit’s father Surinderpal and mother Salochna Devi broke into tears as his coffin arrived but his wife Aastha stood numb.

Explained: Why waterlogging continues to haunt Punjab cities

For Ludhiana, Local Bodies Director Karnesh Sharma says, “I have no idea why flooding happens in Ludhiana everytime despite MC getting required funds to clean the drains. It only means that MC fails to get them cleaned..”

Punjab borewell death: ‘Too difficult to forget his face and words, he had just learnt to speak’

Fatehveer’s grandfather, Rohi Singh, said that he will not blame the administration for the boy’s death and that his only regret was that it took too long to pull his body despite their (administration’s) best efforts.

A filmmaker’s quest to document Guru Nanak’s travels across 9 nations

Many of these sites, spread across nine nations — India, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, China (Tibet), Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, are inaccessible due to travel restrictions or being located in conflict zones.

The hawker’s song

A Surat hawker was recently arrested for selling on trains without a licence. Much like him, as Subhash Chander hawks and sings to draw customers — jingles featuring PM Modi and names of companies and universities — he does so in the hope that he will get a licence some day.

AN-32 crash: Lieutenant’s family yet to tell bed-ridden mother that her son is no more

Mohit’s mother Salochana Devi, a heart patient, is bed-ridden. Speaking to The Indian Express, Ashwani, Mohit’s elder brother said that his father has accepted that Mohit is no more.

How Patiala villages ended practice of separate cremation grounds for Dalits

The village got Rs 3 lakh as MPLAD grant, which they used to build boundary walls, a shed and toilets at the common cremation ground. The old cremation ground set aside for Dalits was closed and converted into a park.

Main Lahore Hoon: An ode to Lahore from its Indian son

For Dr Kewal Dheer (81), a retired medical practitioner from Ludhiana who was born in Lahore, the Pakistan city and nine years of his childhood spent there, is a reminder of the Hindu-Muslim-Sikh harmony.

A tribute to Guru Nanak: Creating forests in his name in India, Pakistan

In a tribute to the Guru ahead of his 550th birth anniversary, a unique project — Guru Nanak Sacred Forests — has been set rolling in India (mainly Punjab) and Pakistan, where volunteers are converting empty patches of land into forests.

Missing IAF AN-32 aircraft: In this Punjab family, a mother who doesn’t know her son’s missing, a father who is searching for him

The wreckage of the IAF AN-32 aircraft remained untraced for the third straight day on Wednesday although massive multi-agency search operations are going on, officials said.

Punjab board revises Class 9, 10 computer science syllabus

Computer science is a compulsory subject from class 6 to 10 in government schools of Punjab and students, especially in rural areas, were feeling “overburdened” with the lengthy and difficult topics in the syllabus.

‘Invest India’ or ‘Invest Punjab’: Amid credit war between Amarinder, Harsimrat, stone of Rs 521-crore plant laid

A credit war for bringing Spanish investment in Punjab, broke out between Congress-led Punjab government and Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal — and both took to Twitter claiming credit for the plant that is expected to process 80,000 metric tonnes (MT) of vegetables per annum with special focus on potatoes.

They don’t bleed, but boys at this Punjab village school have special period

The initiative, started by their teacher and in all likelihood the only one of its kind at a government school in the state, is seen as path-breaking in state like Punjab where hundreds of girls in government schools still do not have access to sanitary napkins.

Making Her Voice Heard: In this farm widow’s electoral loss, 2,078 gains

Still under a debt of over Rs 8 lakh, the Anganwadi helper, who earns Rs 2,800 a month, Veerpal crowdfunded her campaign. She got a little over Rs 1 lakh to fund her campaign.

Behind Bittu’s soaring victory margin: AAP rout

AAP had stood second in Ludhiana in 2014 when senior Supreme Court advocate HS Phoolka had given Bittu a neck to neck fight till the very last round.

‘People living in palaces have been defeated by a man living in hearts’: Bhagwant Mann

"I am particularly excited to see Sukhbir Singh Badal in Lok Sabha. It will be fun meeting Badal couple there. Earlier, only Harsimrat knew that Bhagwant Mann cannot be silenced. Now her husband will also know."

Amarinder to take up Sidhu’s ‘outburst’, ‘non-performance’ with high command

Most of the candidates he canvassed for have lost. He also campaigned aggressively for AICC president Rahul Gandhi in Amethi and had claimed he would quit politics if Rahul lost.

Lok Sabha elections: People living in palaces have been defeated by a man living in hearts, says Bhagwant Mann

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: "Till Bhagwant Mann is there, AAP in Punjab will remain in hearts of people. I have eliminated the gap between leaders and people. Now, it is only between aam aadmi and Aam Aadmi Party," Bhagwant Mann said.