Ludhiana: Bains brothers start anti-corruption helpline
Brothers Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains, both Independent MLAs, have started a helpline for people who want to share their grievances and are keen to join hands against corruption. The helpline number is 02261934691.
The Bains brothers have already announced a satyagraha (agitation) against the Akali-BJP government over the sand mafia’s activities in Punjab. Volunteers from various sections of society are approaching their camp to become members of their Team Insaaf.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Simarjit said, “This is just the beginning. Team Insaaf will not rest till it takes this crusade against corruption to its conclusion.”
He admitted to being inspired by Anna Hazare’s movement. “It is good to follow in someone’s footsteps in the interest of society. We have donned saffron caps and ribbons to remember the sacrifice of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev,” Simarjit added.
He revealed that people from across the state were approaching Team Insaaf. Simarjit claimed that during a recent visit to Nawanshahr, more than 600 people were waiting for him, including many who were holding copies of FIRs. “I am warning the Badal government that the registration of fake FIRs will boomerang against them in the next assembly elections. Despotic ways will not last long,” the MLA said.
When asked about his plans for the 2017 assembly polls, Simarjit stated that after consolidating Team Insaaf, he would announce the formation of a front that would take the SAD-BJP alliance head-on. “We will ensure that honest, educated and hard-working individuals make it to the assembly,” he added.
Taking a jibe at the Punjab Congress, he claimed that the party unit had failed to act as a strong opposition due to vested interests. Referring to state party president Partap Singh Bajwa, Simarjit said he had facilitated the Shiromani Akali Dal in carrying on with its high-handed approach.
Question for CM
Simarjit posed a question to Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal: “Despite news reports pointing towards the Badal family’s links with the sand mafia, why has the CM failed to act against the mafia?”
To mark International Emergency Medicine Day, the department of emergency medicine at King George's Medical University organised a discussion on Friday wherein speakers stressed upon the importance of early interventions in emergency to reduce morbidity and mortality. HoD emergency medicine at KGMU, Prof Haider Abbas said the National Medical Commission has made it mandatory for all medical colleges across the country to have department of emergency medicine since majority serious patients reach this department first.
Soon after the Narcotics Control Bureau on Friday gave a clean chit to son of actor Shah Rukh Khan, Aryan Khan, in the Cordelia drugs bust case, the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi came down on the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Central government for its “attempts to defame the state and Bollywood”. Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi said “truth prevails” and slammed BJP for trying to “demonise” Maharashtra by “misusing Central agencies.”
Samajwadi Party's Lal Bihari Yadav has been recognised as the Leader of Opposition in Vidhan Parishad, the Upper House of Uttar Pradesh Legislature, according to an order issued by Parishad chairman Kumwar Manvendra Singh here on Friday. He replaces SP's Sanjay Lathar whose tenure as a Member of Legislative Council ended on Thursday. A resident of Azamgarh, Yadav is an MLC representing Varanasi teachers' constituency since 2020. His tenure will end in 2026.
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren has questioned the lack of “official briefings” by the Enforcement Directorate on its ongoing raids in the state in connection with the alleged MNREGA scam. The series of ED raids in connection with alleged embezzlement of ₹18.06 crore of MNREGA funds started on May 6, when the federal agency searched multiple locations in four states, including official residence of Jharkhand's mines & industry secretary Pooja Singhal.
Armed robbers looted ₹37 lakh and gold worth ₹15 lakh from a Bank of India (BoI) branch in Bihar's Araria district on Friday, police said. Police said the crime was committed in just 10 to 12 minutes. Before fleeing, they took the digital video recorder (DVR) of CCTV cameras installed in the bank.