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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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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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