Bengaluru: As the global pandemic gripped the country in early March followed by countrywide lockdown announced by the Government of India, several migrant workers, poor families, and daily wage earners’ survival was put in question. Several organizations and volunteers across the country came forward and volunteered in helping these sections of the society survive the pandemic.

Rotary Club also came forward and rendered services with the help of its volunteers and distributed over 80,000 food kits to the needy families and migrant workers.

One among such many volunteers was Mohammed Tasleel from Mangaluru, who rendered his services to the affected people in and around Bengaluru. A Rotarian himself, Tasleel led a team of Rotary volunteers and has so far distributed over 80,000 meals to hospitals, COVID-patients, migrant workers, daily wagers, families in sealed down zones in and around the city.

The team has also given away over 10,000 masks, 5000 bottles of sanitizers, face shields, essential items like milk, and vegetable kits to over 16,000 families.

Speaking to Vartha Bharati, Tasleel added that the team of volunteers also distributed more than 400 grocery kits to physically challenged and to the needy families across Bengaluru.

When the second phase of the lockdown began, the team took it upon themselves to help the poor migrant workers struggling to go to their native, to be fed. The team set up its stations at Railway Stations and Bus stop from where these migrants would take buses after registration. The team distributed food kits, snacks, milk, water, and juices to over 36,000 migrant workers and their families to make their journey comfortable.

Tasleel, a resident of Bejai in Mangaluru and son of Halengady Abdul Rahim, moved to Bengaluru 18 years ago in 2002 and has been working as an Interior Designer in the city ever since. He joined Rotary Club in 2016-17 and has since been an active worker of the organization.

Taking note of his relentless services during the time of COVID-19 pandemic, the organization bestowed him with the prestigious Annual McIver Award in the category of Community Service Avenue. He was also recently elected as the President of Bengaluru Rotary Manyata.

Under Tasleel’s guidance, the team has also supplied vegetables on a daily basis to the inmates and fodder to 40-50 cows every day at Goshala of ISKON temple. ISKON also wrote to laud the noble gesture by Tasleel and his team and appreciated their work.

In April, the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute also lauded the efforts of Tasleel for donating food packets for the relief of people affected by the pandemic and the health workers at Victoria Hospital in the city and wrote an appreciation letter to Tasleel and his team.

Apart from Rotary, Tasleel also is an active member of the Bearys Association Bengaluru, Al Madina Association in Bengaluru, and others.

On July 15, the Rotary Manyata team led by Tasleel also launched another program wherein it will provide Oxygen Concentrators and Cylinder Support services for the needy people, free of cost. The new service was launched by DCP Dr. Beemashankar Guled at Primary Health Center, Hegdenagar in the city.

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Southampton: Pakistan slumped to 126-5 before a third stoppage for rain led to an end to play on the first day of the second test against England at the Rose Bowl on Thursday.

Abid Ali struck 60 after being dropped twice early in his 111-ball innings and was comfortably Pakistan's top scorer on a tough day for the tourists in changing weather.

Jimmy Anderson was retained for the match, despite struggling in England's three-wicket win in the first test in Manchester last week, and the paceman repaid that faith by removing Shan Masood (1) in the third over and captain Azhar Ali (20) after lunch. It gave England's record wicket-taker figures of 2-35 and he is up to 592 in tests.

After the toss won by Pakistan was made under sunny skies, Pakistan began batting in overcast conditions and a shower brought up an early lunch. More rain came midway through the second session, which the tourists finished on 85-2.

And only about an hour was possible after tea, when Pakistan lost three wickets including Abid, who edged recalled seamer Sam Curran to Rory Burns at second slip.

Burns had been the second slip fielder to drop Abid before lunch, the right-handed opener having already been given a life on 0 by Dom Sibley's drop diving to his left at third slip.

As with Burns, Sibley made amends by taking a smart catch low down to remove Asad Shafiq (5) to give Stuart Broad his first wicket.

That brought Fawad Alam to the crease for his first test innings in 11 years after being recalled and it last four balls, when the left-hander was trapped lbw by Chris Woakes for a duck. A not-out decision was given but England reviewed and Hawk-Eye showed the ball was hitting the top of middle stump.

Babar Azam was 25 not out when bad light eventually led to stumps being called. Mohammad Rizwan was on 4.

Pakistan trails 1-0 in the three-match series. Another victory for England will clinch a first test series against Pakistan in 10 years, and a second series of this pandemic-affected summer having already beaten the West Indies.