Cause, they care: More NGOs join Sunday run
The Tata Mumbai Marathon (TMM) 2020 will see its 14,000 participants supporting more social causes, as the number of NGOs has gone up to 291, from 272 last year. According to the organisers, while there are 12 main causes, the same as last year, the list of sub-groups under them has become longer, although the exact number is not yet known. A total of 55,000 people have registered for the run.
For the second time in the run, a non-government organisation called Rubaroo will field participants for their campaign against child sexual abuse. Other charities include children’s education, improving health care, opportunities for livelihood and safeguarding the environment, among others.
“The philanthropy platform of the Tata Mumbai marathon is cause-agnostic and provides equal opportunity to all non-profits to raise funds. Causes like education, health, and child welfare have a greater recall with people, because of the very nature of the subject, but it is only this platform that helps provide a level playing field for NGOs promoting lesser-known and less-visible causes such as preservation of art and culture, tribal welfare,” said Jayanti Shukla, CEO, United Way Mumbai, philanthropy partner for the event.
“We are supporting education and rehabilitation of people with intellectual disabilities. In a space like marathon, the sportsmanship spirit makes people more accepting,” said Archana Chandra, CEO, Jai Vakeel Foundation and Research Centre.
At least eight migrant labourers were crushed to death, while six others were grievously injured, when an iron rod-loaded truck in which they were travelling met with a major accident on NH-57 on Monday morning. Confirming the deaths, sub-divisional police officer SK Saroj said the labourers, all residents of Rajasthan, were heading to Jammu from Siliguri in West Bengal when the driver lost control and toppled on the roadside.
The Delhi fire control room received at least 20 calls until 9 am on Monday related to the uprooting of trees and wall collapses because of the heavy rain and gusty winds. The calls were received from places such as Delhi Cantonment, Civil Lines, Main Rohtak Road, and Dhaula Khan. The rains and the gusty winds up to 70 km per hour also led to traffic jams in many parts of the city.
The traffic police advised people to avoid stretches such as Narsinghpur area, Jharsa Crossing, Sector 29, Sector 38, Sector 50, Rajeev Chowk, Sheetla Mata Road, Civil Lines, Golf Course Extension Road, Vatika Chowk, Sector 52 and Daulatabad Flyover. “We have deployed teams, and are pumping out water through motors to ensure smooth flow of traffic, but congestions are being reported from many areas,” Ravinder Kumar Tomar, deputy commissioner of police (traffic) said, warning commuters to plan their journeys accordingly.
New Delhi: The heavy rain and gusty winds uprooted trees and led to water logging in Delhi on Monday and triggered power cuts across the city. The India Meteorological Department said thunderstorms were expected to continue in the city accompanied by gusty winds with a speed of 60-90 kilometre per hour. Officials urged residents, especially children, to stay away from electricity poles, sub-stations, transformers, and streetlights.
Delhi was much in need of a relief amid intense heatwave over the last few weeks and heavy rain and thunderstorms did just that. The mercury dropped by around 11 degrees Celsius in nearly 1.5 hours on Monday morning. “Today, between 5:40 am and 7 am, temperature fell by 11 degree Celsius, from 29 degree Celsius to 18 degree Celsius,” the India Meteorological Department said as per news agency ANI. Power blackouts were also reported.