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Failure to construct any community toilets in 2020: BMC

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Nicole Ryall & Ashwanth Vidhya, Mumbai Uncensored, 24th June 2021:

A report by the Praja Foundation details that the 2019 target of building 22,774 toilets valued at Rs.422 crores has not been accomplished. Only 20% of the civic body approved project has been completed in two years. The number of community and public toilets recorded in 2021 is the same as last year, according to the report. 

According to Milind Mhaske, Director at the Praja Foundation, the unprecedented circumstances of the previous year caused the BMC to keep the work aside but the toilets account for long-term basic needs of livelihood that impact the health and safety levels in society. Therefore, the project must be prioritized.

Civic officials blame the delay of construction of the toilets in Mumbai on the COVID-19 lockdowns. On the other hand, activist Supriya Sonar, from the Right to Pee campaign, has said, “We understand and communicate with people that it is an unusual condition. They have started the work after seven months but it is going at a snail’s pace and will take decades to complete.” 

Census data reveals that there is currently one toilet seat for 42 men and 34 women illustrating the daily difficulties in the lives of the people. Kiran Dighavkar, Assistant Municipal Commissioner and Nodal Officer for the Swachh Bharat Mission stated that the work stopped completely during the months of April-October 2020 during the first wave but resumed soon after the removal of restrictions, but many blocks are yet to be completed.

According to Ruben Mascarenhas, Working President of the Aam Aadmi Party Mumbai, The BMC puts more effort into its Public Relations (PR) rather than actual work, by exaggerating the efficiency of the “Mumbai Model” and blame the pandemic for them not doing enough on improving hygiene in the city by building more toilets. He pointed out the dehumanizing situation of a slum near Prem Nagar (Andheri West) which only has 18 ill maintained toilet blocks to cater to the needs of over at least three thousand people. “The BMC needs to get its act together and its basics right and stop touting the Mumbai Model which is nothing but a stroke of luck”, he said.

“The BMC has failed in building community toilets, while the people need more clean and hygienic toilets. Their failure can be attributed to the situation prevalent in the city due to the pandemic” said Aditya Sarfare, Producer turned Social Worker.

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H.R College students reach out to cancer patients, help them with medicinal, financial and emotional support

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22nd November 2022, Mumbai Uncensored:

The Student United Way chapter in HR College collaborated with V Care Foundation, an NGO with the objective to provide free medical, financial and emotional support to cancer warriors and their family members under the guidance of V Care Foundation’s professional patronage. The students got the opportunity to interact and assist the cancer patients in their fight against the disease. The financial help given to them was utilised to fund their daily medicinal and basic hygienic needs.

Student United Way of H.R. College (SUW) is a student body extension of United Way (Mumbai); an International NGO that focuses on social welfare, especially in the fields of education, health, and environment. Students from the college volunteer for the various events the NGO conducts around the city. SUW conducts several general body meetings throughout the year to prepare for the calendar of events and chalks out a concrete plan to implement the projects in the pipeline.

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Marburg Virus kills two people, the first cases confirmed in Ghana.

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Khushi Thapa, Mumbai Uncensored, 21st July 2022:

Ghana officially confirmed two cases of the Marburg virus, a highly contagious disease comparable to Ebola, on Sunday, after two patients who subsequently died tested positive for the virus earlier this month.

On July 10, tests carried out in Ghana revealed positive results; however, the World Health Organization stated that the cases had to be confirmed by a laboratory in Senegal.

Ghana Health Service (GHS) released a statement saying that additional testing at the Institute Pasteur in Dakar, Senegal, “has validated the results.”

Despite the fact that none of the contacts has yet shown any symptoms, GHS is taking steps to lessen the chance of the virus spreading, including isolating all of them.

The Marburg virus has just recently spread to West Africa twice. Guinea reported the region’s first incidence of the virus last year, but no other cases have been found.\

“(Ghanaian) health authorities have responded swiftly, getting a head start preparing for a possible outbreak. This is good because, without immediate and decisive action, Marburg can easily get out of hand,” said Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

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Wimbledon 2022 Women Singles Final Highlights: Elena Rybakina defeats Ons Jabeur 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, clinches Maiden Wimbledon Title

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Shobit Chandola, Mumbai Uncensored, 16th July 202:

On 9th July, 2022 the Wimbledon got its winner in the Women’s Singles with none other than Russian born Kazak, Elena Rybakina who defeated the Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur with 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. Wimbledon this year, for the first time in a while, witnessed 2 finalists seeking their maiden title. What could be termed as unpredictability is that the fan’s favourite contenders were all eliminated before. While the Record 7 Wimbledon title winner Serena Williams was shocked by H. Tan in  the 1st Round, it was Paula Badosa underperforming in the Round of 16 and  the astonishing defeat of the Former Wimbledon Champion Simona Halep in the Semifinal.That too came from the end of Elena Rybakina who vanquished Simona in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.

As could be seen in the epic thriller, the first set was won by Ons Jabeur whose drop shots and forehand made Rybakina go for many unforced errors. But post conceding the 1st set, Rybakina changed the gear for all the trailing in 1st set and ensured enough aces and volley to make it 6-2 in the 2nd set for 1-1 tie. For the 3rd set, Elena led with 2-0 but got holded by Jabeur to make it 3-2 but outshined Jabeur with a 5-2, finally breaking the latter’s serve in the decider.

Not to forget the incredible journey of Ons Jabeur so far. It was the World No 2 Ons Jabeur who became the first Arab and african women to become the Wimbledon finalist but wasn’t at her best to defeat the 17th seed Elena Rybakina who switched her nationality to Kazakhstan in 2018 (owing to the lack of funding and infrastructure for her game) before representing Russia. Just like Elena who wrote the history as the first kazakh to be claimed as winner in the Wimbledon, it could have been the same to Ons too being the first Arab and African women.Though the losing cause made the Ons emotional, it was her grit, determination and the post match interview which reflected her strong character.

In the Post Match Interview, the Introvert Champion Elena had her say on the Wimbledon title. She stated “I was super nervous before the match, during the match and I’m happy it’s finished, to be honest. Really I have never felt something like this. I want to thank the crowd for the support, it was unbelievable these two weeks,” the 23-year-old said. But also I want to congratulate Ons for a great match and everything you have achieved. I think you are an inspiration for everybody. You have an amazing game. We don’t have someone like this on tour and it is a joy to play against you. I ran so much, I don’t think I need to do fitness anymore”. With this title, Elena became the youngest player to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish since 2011.

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