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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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Celebrations spread over ‘SoBo students’ as HR College wins first podium at Asia’s largest spoken festival.

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21st November 2022, Mumbai Uncensored:

Mumbai: Sameeksha Agarwal from Churchgate’s H.R. College of Commerce and Economics won the first podium in ‘Spoken 22’, which is a fest organised by Kommuneity (A creative collective and media agency based in Mumbai). The event is Asia’s largest festival based on oratory performances and skills such as poetry, singing and debating with a massive foothold over college students in the city. The students from HR college had participated with the guidance of the college’s Public Speaking and Debating Society that houses students gifted with public speaking and oratory skills.

The other participants from the H.R. College were Mit Prajapati, Purvi Jajoo and Avnish Shinde.

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कोईम्बतूर ते शिर्डी : देशातील पहिल्या खाजगी रेल्वे सेवेला सुरुवात

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Kajal Gilbile – Mumbai Uncensored, 16th June 2022

भारत गौरव योजनेंतर्गत पहिल्या खाजगी रेल्वे सेवेला मंगळवारी हिरवा झेंडा दाखविण्यात आला. ही खाजगी ट्रेन मंगळवारी कोईम्बतूरमधून ८०० प्रवाश्यांसह रवाना होऊन आज सकाळी ६.३० वाजता शिर्डी साईनगर स्थानकात पोहोचली. या पहिल्या वहिल्या खाजगी ट्रेनला चांगला प्रतिसाद लाभला असून, या ट्रेनमधून तब्बल ८१० प्रवाशांनी प्रवास केला आहे. रेल्वे प्रशासनाच्यावतीने ही ट्रेन एका सर्व्हिस प्रोव्हायडरला (Service Provider) २ वर्षांसाठी भाडे तत्वावर दिली आहे.

या स्पेशल ट्रेनमधून जवळपास १५००  प्रवासी प्रवास करू शकतात. या खाजगी रेल्वेमध्ये फर्स्ट, सेकंड आणि थर्ड एसी कोच आणि स्लीपर कोच असे एकूण २० कोच आहेत. ही ट्रेन महिन्यातून किमान तीनदा कोईम्बतूर ते शिर्डी धावणार आहे. विशेष बाब म्हणजे, या ट्रेनचे तिकीट दर भारतीय रेल्वेकडून आकारल्या जाणार्‍या नियमित रेल्वे तिकीट दरांइतकाच असणार आहे.  तसेच, या ट्रेनच्या प्रवाशांना शिर्डीच्या साईबाबा मंदिरात विशेष व्हीआयपी दर्शनाची व्यवस्था करण्यात येणार आहे. या ट्रेनची देखभाल हाउसकीपिंग ते संपूर्ण प्रवासातील ठराविक वेळेनंतर ट्रेनची साफसफाई सर्व्हिस प्रोव्हायडर्स करतील. तसेच ट्रेनमध्ये संपूर्ण शाकाहारी जेवणाचीही व्यवस्था करण्यात आली आहे. 

या ट्रेनचे तिकीट दर प्रवाशांकडून सामान्य तिकीट दरांइतकेच आकारले जाणार असून स्लीपर नॉन एसीसाठी २,५०० रुपये, थर्ड एसीसाठी ५,००० रुपये, सेकंड एसीसाठी ७,००० रुपये आणि फर्स्ट एसीसाठी १०,००० रुपये मोजावे लागणार आहे. या रेल्वेमध्ये पोलीस दलासह एक रेल्वे कॅप्टन, एक डॉक्टर आणि खाजगी सुरक्षा कर्मचारीही असतील. देशातील ही पहिली खाजगी ट्रेन दक्षिणेतील राज्यांना शिर्डी कडे जोडणारी असून यामुळे कर्नाटक आणि तामिळनाडू मधून भाविक शिर्डीत साईबाबांचं दर्शन घेण्यासाठी थेट पोहोचतील.

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Kerala High Court reunited a lesbian couple right before Pride Month

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Adila Nazrin and Fathima Noora, briefly got respite when the Kerala High Court allowed them to live together on Tuesday, 31 May.

Khushi Shah – Mumbai Uncensored, 1st June 2022

The end of May and beginning of June we wake up to Pride month. With a gift, better than expected the Kerala high court on Tuesday reunited a lesbian couple and allowed them to live together, days after they were separated by their parents who did not approve of their relationship. “It is a fresh lease of life for us. We thank all who supported us,” the couple told a local channel after the verdict.

Their love story goes back to their school days in Saudi Arabia where Nazrin and Noora had met and fallen in love. When each of them told their parents about their love, they faced severe opposition. The women reportedly had to tell their parents that they called the relationship off. However, they however continued their relationship.

When on 19 may they finally opened up to their parents again they were strongly objected and the couple then ran away and sought help from Vanaja Collective in Kozhikode. Vanaja Collective is an organisation that helps marginalised communities, especially those belonging to the LGBTQIA+ community.

The two sets of parents had carefully plotted to trick the girls so that they could take them away by taking them to a relative’s house in Ernakulam’s Aluva where “they were emotionally blackmailed.”

After filing a Habeas Corpus petition alleging the abduction of Noora against her will, the 23-year-old woman in a social media post claimed that her lesbian partner was forcibly taken away by the latter’s family and also alleged that the police refused to entertain her complaint saying her parents have every right to take or keep their daughter and dismissed it as a ‘’family matter’’. “On May 27 when we inquired with Thamarassery police station about the woman’s partner, they told us bluntly that she was with her parents and they cannot do anything on parents beating their children,” H Gargi, member of Vanaja, said.

 She further claimed that she was assaulted by her partner’s parents when she tried to prevent them from taking the latter away on May 26th and that her partner was locked up in a room by her parents and tortured to end the relationship and change her sexual orientation.

At court, Fathima expressed her desire to leave with Adhila, which was accepted by the court and passed an order for the same. Adhila had earlier stated that Noora’s family is forcing her into ‘conversion therapy’ a practice that aims to change, ‘cure’ or ‘repair’ an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity, is a global problem that causes severe physical and psychological suffering to its victims.

Adhila said though the court allowed them to live together, they were not ‘free’ yet. She said, “It was tough & drained us emotionally. We got a lot of support from people from the LGBTQ community. With the Kerala High Court order, we are happy & free. Actually, we are not completely free as our families are still threatening us.”

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