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Divya Goyal


Divya Goyal is our Punjab correspondent. Email at

Soldier from Patiala dies in J&K gunfight; ‘Proud of a soldier’s sacrifice but pain of losing my son is unbearable’
Wed, Jul 08, 2020

Speaking to The Indian Express, Avtar Singh (57), father of the deceased soldier, said, "I am proud of my son's sacrifice and what he did for the country.. but how many more? Can the government answer the families of soldiers who are losing their sons on a daily basis?

Expecting ‘major investment’ from Japan firms, Punjab govt to train its teachers in Japanese
Tue, Jul 07, 2020

In the first batch, 35 teachers from government schools in Ropar (Roopnagar), Fatehgarh Sahib and Mohali have been selected for the training. Their 'orientation programme' will be held at the Punjab Skill Development Mission Centre, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.

Day after bus accident, tiny Sikh community in Pakistan mourns a sea of loss
Sun, Jul 05, 2020

At least 22 people, including 20 Sikhs were killed when the driver of a coaster bus they were travelling in reportedly tried to take a shortcut to avoid a railway crossing and rammed the vehicle into a passenger train near Farooqabad in Sheikhupura of Punjab province.

Punjab’s Covid survey app for ASHAs suffers outage, health dept suspects Chinese ransomware attack, then finds ‘tech glitch’
Sun, Jul 05, 2020

While earlier in the day, the Department communicated to district level community mobilisers that the app had been 'attacked by Chinese ransomware', it clarified in the evening that it was only a ‘technical glitch’

TikTok made a brick kiln worker’s daughter famous overnight, but they say ‘nothing more important than country’s interest’
Wed, Jul 01, 2020

Noor’s father Satnam Singh and mother Jagvir Kaur say that they support the government’s decision to ban TikTok, but the app had helped their daughter’s talent reach millions and make them realize that daughters are no less than sons.

As son returns home wrapped in Tricolor, a proud mother says:’Wo to desh ka bachha tha’
Sun, Jun 28, 2020

The soldier's family was told that he was in a boat and part of a team involved in engineering work near a river in Galwan valley area of Ladakh. He died as the boat capsized.

2 more deaths in Galwan: Soldiers building bridge drown in river accidents
Sun, Jun 28, 2020

The families of the two soldiers said they were told that the two men were part of a team involved in “constructing a bridge” in the area.

Punjab: Within 24 hrs, Faridkot lab’s ‘positive’ Covid report reversed to ‘negative’ by Patiala lab
Sat, Jun 27, 2020

Even before, samples of a few patients from Moga were declared negative, positive and again negative, within days by the Faridkot lab. The samples were then sent to PGIMER Chandigarh lab for confirmation and seven out of eight of them had finally tested negative and were discharged.

Singer booked for promoting gun culture is Punjab Police’s poster boy
Sat, Jun 27, 2020

A video shared from the Twitter handle of Fatehgarh Sahib district police on Friday -- which was observed as International Day Against Drug Abuse -- showed Aulakh appealing to people to give up drugs and urging addicts to get treated.

Punjab tests 26 per cent of its police force, 0.84 per cent found positive for coronavirus
Thu, Jun 25, 2020

Of 119 who tested positive since June 1, only two are symptomatic. Maximum positive cases have been reported from Jalandhar (25) while 59 out of total 180 personnel who tested positive since the outbreak have recovered.

Lockdown leaves Ludhiana’s iconic ‘Hawai Adda’ in shambles, but owners hopeful it will take off again
Wed, Jun 24, 2020

Since the lockdown started in March, the ‘flight’ from ‘Hawai Adda’ hit rough weather and stopped operations. Even after the Punjab government issued orders allowing home delivery, the restaurant did not resume operations.

In Afghanistan to perform sewa at gurdwara, Sikh man abducted
Mon, Jun 22, 2020

The Indian government condemned the abduction and said it is in touch with the Afghan government to secure his safe and early release.

When soldiers’ mothers carry the heaviest load: their sons’ coffins wrapped in tricolour
Sun, Jun 21, 2020

The act in defiance of societal norms was the way Kashmir Kaur (65) and Sandeep Kaur (19) wanted to give the family braveheart a befitting send-off for making the supreme sacrifice for the nation.

Six supporters of pro-Khalistan SFJ end hunger strike in jail
Sat, Jun 20, 2020

Authorities allow gurdwara visits, phone calls to family, but demands of TV and outside food turned down

Naib Subedar Mandip Singh laid to rest: ‘Those who want a war should ask soldiers’ kin first’
Fri, Jun 19, 2020

Mandip Singh, from Medium 3 Regiment (Artillery), was among 20 soldiers of the Indian Army who died in a clash with Chinese troops at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) at Galwan Valley of Ladakh.

Ghar Bhejo initiative: Not joining politics or any party, only motive is to help migrants reach home, says Sonu Sood
Wed, Jun 17, 2020

“I am not going to campaign for BJP or any other party. I don’t see myself comfortable doing any such election campaigning... Earlier also there have been many such offers but I am not doing it,” Sonu Sood said.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Covid-19 hit livelihood of 65% elderly, finds survey
Wed, Jun 17, 2020

Most above 60 still working to earn a living; infection, starvation were biggest fears among elderly during lockdown.

Punjab govt residential schools: Their hostels now quarantine centres, students uncertain of what lies ahead
Mon, Jun 15, 2020

The senior secondary schools in Punjab provide free education, boarding, lodging, food, and extra coaching for competitive exams to needy students.

From revenge firing to putting updates on FB: Ludhiana jail inmates plan all on cellphones
Sun, Jun 14, 2020

On Saturday, the division number 7 police station registered an FIR against two inmates — Gurjant Singh and Jagroop Singh — after they were allegedly caught red-handed while talking on mobile phone.

A Pakistan woman’s ‘dua’ against domestic violence, marital rape, echoes in India
Wed, Jun 10, 2020

A revamped version of Allama Iqbal's 'Lab pe aati hai dua' in Pakistan finds resonance in India

Punjab: Buffalo is black gold for farmers, says new GADVASU V-C
Sat, Jun 06, 2020

Dr Inderjeet Singh is known as the 'Murrah Man' for his extensive research and expertise in this breed of buffaloes.

Punjab woman’s decapitated body found in Meerut: ‘Tantrik’ held; kin thought she was alive as he kept changing her WhatsApp photo 
Fri, Jun 05, 2020

Nearly a year after Uttar Pradesh Police recovered the body of a young 'unidentified' woman with the head and hands chopped off, from a field in Meerut on June 14, 2019, the case was finally solved Tuesday. 

Behind Sonu Sood’s drive to help migrants, a sense of ‘Punjabiyat’ and a desire to make his parents proud
Wed, Jun 03, 2020

"When I saw those migrants walking on the roads, with their kids, elders, those were the most disturbing visuals of my life. I decided I am not going to just sit at home and crib about it," Sood said.

Ludhiana: Two ‘small’ schools with big hearts: Fee waived for two months
Tue, Jun 02, 2020

Parkash Memorial School and Red Rose Model Senior Secondary School have both issued circulars to parents declaring that they won’t have to pay fee for April and May.