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The Never Ending Battle Against Garbage

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Khushi Shah – Mumbai Uncensored, 24th April 2022

Mumbai, the city as we all know a home to beaches, seven of  them. What we don’t know is it also has three of the dirtiest  beaches. A report in 2019 showing Chowpatty beach as one of  the most polluted all over India. 2020 the year of the  pandemic, we saw reports on how the beaches looked cleaner  than they ever did in the past, helping us to narrow down the  obvious problem, us. We citizens were unable to pollute the  city’s coastline during the lockdown marking the usually  littered beach more or less pristine.  

This year, on Earth day 2022 was celebrated all over Mumbai’s  beaches, mangrove locations and river points through massive  beach clean ups on 23rd and 24th of April by students and  families. On 22 April 2022, earth day we say the Canadian  consulate as well who came and clean the ‘Carter Road  mangroves, Bandra.’  

Project Mumbai who has been playing the role of a catalyst  ensuring social transformation through initiatives of scale.  Jallosh, a Project Mumbai initiative started in 2019 enables the  cleaning of waterbodies across Mumbai. In the year 2019 8.

tonnes of trash was collected along River Mithi stretches  where 5000 citizens came together and cleaned up nearly 20  tonnes of trash. Despite of the Covid-19 situation in the year  2020 the ‘Jallosh – Clean Coasts’ initiative was carried out but  at a smaller scale.It also finds itself in the ‘Limca Book of  Records-edition 2020’ as one of the largest public-private people led initiatives across India for such a cause.  

 Jallosh-Clean Coasts has been the beginning and part of  Project Mumbai’s Citizens for Sustainability initiative under  the tag line, ‘Mumbai ke liye, Kuch bhi Karega.’  

This year the clean up along with Carter Road was held in  sixteen different locations all over mumbai where the collected  plastic waste that had been ruthlessly tangled in the  mangroves, choking the life out of these plants were clean.  Citizens patiently untangled the plastic, collected it and was  then all sent for recycling.  

REDUCE, RECYCLE AND RE-LEARN. Should be a motto  everyone should follow. Besides removing garbage and plastics  from our eco-systems to beat this garbage pollution we need to  re- learn our way of living through a minimalist approach.

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Mumbai Court gives orders to Rustom Ice Cream to vacate its premises

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Mumbai’s famous ice cream parlour told to vacate premise part of Brabourne Stadium

Khushi Shah – Mumbai Uncensored, 19th May 2022

Iconic Rustom ice cream parlour was recently ordered small causes court in Mumbai, to vacate its premises at the North Stand Building, part of the Brabourne Stadium, within two months. The decision resulted from a 26 year old suit filed in 1996 by the Cricket Club of India (CCI).

The story began in 1953 with K. Rustom and his family selling bars of ice-cream on beautiful glass and porcelain plates to tourists and families of Marine Drive, but several years and disappearing plates later, they came up with what they’re now best known for their ice-cream biscuits. K Rustom was the first tenant of the reclaimed land from Marine Drive to Churchgate. He bought the property at the rate of 1 Rs per square yard. At the small causes court, CCI had submitted that they were landlords of the said property under the Bombay Rent Act. 

The land, upon suggestion from Lord Brabourne, was decided to use the space for CCI.The CCI told the court that they “need” the space.It was submitted that the club requires the premises for its activities. It said that the list of the club’s members has gone up substantially in the last 14 years and it needs more space to meet the growing requirement of the members. It said that it wants to start a coffee shop at the suit premises for its members as the current one at CCI is insufficient.

However, it has fought till the end, ensuring that the 84-year-old shop doesn’t shut down.
After the latest development in the long-standing legal battle, the news has sparked talk of a shutdown of the ice cream shop, with some urging Mumbaikars to “go and eat your last ice cream at K Rustom”.

The property in dispute comprises 3,070 square feet and a mezzanine floor of 950 square feet. The family has said that they will be filing an appeal against the order. The CCI submitted that a substantial portion of the premises were not in use by Rustom. CCI claimed that it was being paid a monthly rent of Rs 527 per month, ‘far below the standard rent’. Rustom replied by calling it an “incredible” statement as it does not mention the payment of electricity and water charges. 

The owner also claims that they have been a tenant of the suit premises prior to the declaration of the Second World War “when premises were freely available” in Mumbai. Rustom also denied that a portion of the premises is not in use and said that both the ice-cream shop and a shop selling readymade clothes were working full time. It also said that it has no other premises to do business and will be out on the streets if asked to evict the premises.

After the latest development in the long-standing legal battle,, the Court of Small Causes directed Rustoms “to hand over quiet, vacant and peaceful possession” of its premises. 

“It is already held that the plaintiffs have proved that, the suit premises are reasonably and bonafide required by the plaintiffs for their personal use for club activities and no hardship will be caused to the defendants if the decree of ejectment is passed in favour of the plaintiffs therefore, they are entitled to recover quit, vacant and peaceful possession of the suit premises,” Judge Todkar ordered.

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India’s bridge between localisation and globalisation

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Reduce slavery to foreign goods, be vocal for local, urges PM Modi.

Khushi shah- Mumbai Uncensored, 7th May 2022

The concept of ‘Swadeshi’, which was first used by Bengali radicals to agitate against the British rule, was carried on to suit the need of the hour by Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, and now Narendra Modi. 

The Prime Minister said that our path and destination for the future are clear. Inaugurating the Jain International Trade Organisation’s ‘JITO Connect 2022 business meet via video link, Modi said the stress should be on the vocal for local’ mantra and reducing the use of foreign goods. 

JITO is a global organization connecting Jains across the globe and JITO Connect is an endeavour to help businesses and industry by providing opportunities for mutual networking and personal interactions.

The Prime Minister Modi urged the gathering to work for the ‘Earth’. He elaborated that ‘E’ means prosperity of the environment. He also urged them to discuss how they can support the efforts to build at least 75 Amrit Sarovar in every district by August 15 next year. ‘A’ means to make agriculture more profitable and invest more in natural farming, agricultural technology and the food processing sector. The ‘R’ stands for Recycling and Reusing, Reducing and Working towards Recycling with an emphasis on cyclical economy. ‘T’ means to take technology to as many people as possible. 

The entry of China into the market economy and its successful positioning as the manufacturing backyard of the world changed global trade. Being vocal for local is, in the real sense of the term, the recognition and promotion of the intrinsic strength of Indian entrepreneurship waiting to be freed from the shackles of inextricable tangles of land, labour, liquidity and laws as PM Modi pointed out. Now people from remote villages, small shopkeepers and self-help groups can directly sell their products to the government. A self-reliant India is our path as well as our resolve, Modi said.

“Ever since the government e-marketplace that is GeM portal has come into existence, all purchases are done on one platform in front of everyone. Now people from remote villages, small shopkeepers and self-help groups can sell their products directly to the government, today more than 40 lakh sellers have joined the GeM portal,” PM Modi said.

India is engaged in a major reset at this time, moving from market-driven global integration to strategic trade and investment policy, what Prime Minister Narendra Modi has labelled self-reliance. 

Today the country is encouraging talent, trade and technology as much as possible. Today the country is registering dozens of start-ups every day, creating a unicorn every week. The youth members of JITO are innovators and entrepreneurs, Mr. Modi asked them to invest in natural farming with zero cost budget, food processing and farming technology, circular economy focused on recycling and reuse, technology and health care.

The Prime Minister further said that the government is ensuring proper arrangements like health care, and medical colleges in every district of the country. 

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A SOCIAL CREDO: ‘AYESHA’ by H.R. College of Commerce and Economics

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KHUSHI SHAH – Mumbai Uncensored, 27th April 2022

Nowadays young generation is widely considered the core in the development of every  country. The college experience is valuable for people from all walks of life. At college,  one is able to learn more about themselves, the world, and how to converse with those  different from themselves. There is great emphasises on the need for a multi dimensional approach in our curriculums in this modern era. 

The students of HR college of Commerce and Economics, located at Churchgate [BMS  program] recently did a major social service activity to serve the underprivileged and  needy sections of society in Mumbai by organising a multi-dimensional collection drive  called AYESHA to serve the vulnerable and underprivileged section of society. This type  of initiative prepares students to grow up as active, responsible, and reflective members  of society. 

This gives the students a significant experience in skills that serve them when they enter  the real, corporate world as well. The students started by collecting various forms of  donations such as toys, clothes, stationary, blankets and pillows, along with monetary  donations within the college campus. The collection drive collected over Rs. 55,000/-  via monetary donations, and various other items in kind. They develop communication  skills and how to interact with authority figures. School life is not all about academics,  games, friends and fun. In fact it is also about learning to interact with other people,  being aware of the social inequities and learning to amend the deformities present in our  society. 

These students have shown us that you are never too young or immature to start making a difference in the  community and translating the social issues. The proceedings from the monetary donations were used to serve  food to more than 250 people at the TATA Memorial Hospital for Cancer Patients and KEM Hospital, as well as  to buy 300 kilos of food grains for labourers in Naigaon who don’t have regular access to food. In addition to  this, clothes were also gifted to the residents of All Saints Home, Mazgaon and of Shanti Daan, Borivali.  Students spent time with the residents of All Saints Home and performed various interactive activities as well.  The residual income from these donations will be donated to the education fund for underprivileged children to  support their education.  

Mudit Makhija, Student chairperson of the B.M.S Committee of H.R. College said, ‘The smile on the  underprivileged is my true wealth. As the chairperson I look forward towards getting sheer happiness and joy in  the easiest and simplest way possible. Every single person went out of their way to donate whatever they could  with immense pride. I can say that we made a difference in ones life which will keep us going all year round.’’ 

Our world is desperately waiting for a change. If everyone in this world undertakes at least one social  responsibility, then the world will definitely be a better place to live in. The students of H.R. College are an  example for all young people showing us how little but effective efforts can have genuine influence on the  world around us.

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