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Eminent Gujarati playwright Taarak Mehta passes away at the age of 87

The nation is mourning the passing away of Taarak Mehta, well known author, humorist and columnist, and misses his humor already!

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Ahmedabad, March 1, 2017:  Following a prolonged illness, Eminent playwright and humorist and Taarak Mehta, widely known for his Gujarati column “Duniya Ne Undha Chasma”, breathed his last today at the age of 87.

According to family sources, “the writer died at 87 after a prolonged illness due to age-related problems at his residence in the city.”

The writer’s family has made the decision to donate his body to be used in medical research purposes.

Mehta’s famous columns were first published in Gujarati weekly magazine ‘Chitralekha’ in 1971. His columns were adapted into a popular TV serial, “Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma” in 2008 which made him a household name all across the country.

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Through Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his tributes to the writer in a series of tweets.

According to PTI reports, Modi tweeted, “Taarak Mehta’s writings always reflected India’s unity in diversity. His characters like Tappu live in people’s hearts.” The PM also said Mehta was a man who “never left the company of his pen and satire”, Along with a photo taken with Mehta.

“Tributes to famous playwright and humourist Taarak Mehta.He spent a lifetime dedicated to satire and pen.I have had the good fortune of meeting Taarak Mehta. I had also met him when he was honoured with the Padma Shri award,” he added.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also expressed his condolences following the writer’s demise. In his tweets he said, “Gujarati writer and Padma Shree (sic) Tarak Mehta ji passes aways. May his soul rest in peace.”

“Tarak Mehtaji will always be remembered for his rich contribution to society and the laughter he gave to millions,” in a tweet, BJP President Amit Shah stated, expressing grief over Mehta’s death.

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In the memory of Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Mehta is the person “who always brought smile to our faces.” He tweeted, “Saddened by the death of Tarak Mehta – humorist and columnist. He always brought smile to our faces.My condolences to family members.”

In his visit to Mehta’s residence to pay homage, the Senior state Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil said, “The beauty of the writings of Tarak Mehta was that it had nothing against anyone, nothing vulgar and not even a bad word, but it made us all laugh. The loss is very grave.”

Mehta has authored numerous comedy plays and books. A number of columns in newspapers on contemporary issues have been penned by him as well.

Actor Jitendra Thakkar, who has acted in many plays written by Mehta, said, “His writing was a class apart. His writings did not have any vulgarity, but made generations laugh till pain in our stomaches.”

Several film and television actors have mourned his demise.

“Extremely saddened by the passing away of Shri Tarak Mehta… a great humorist in any language! RIP Mehta Saheb,” Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal tweeted.

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Actress Richa Chaddha stated, “Rip Tarak Mehta. Thank you for the humour. You shall be missed.”

According to Munmun Dutta, who plays the character of Babitaji in “Taarak Mehta ka Ooltah Chashma”, the writer was full of life despite poor health: “Saddened by the news of #TaarakMehta sir passing away.Last time when I met him, I could see his health failing him.He was still spirited… and full of life… My respect to him.”

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang

 

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Home Minister Amit Shah Inaugurates Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre

Citizens now can report cyber crimes online

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Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre is a citizen-centric initiative that will enable citizens to report cyber crimes online. Pixabay

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday inaugurated the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) and also the dedicated National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal to the nation, a citizen-centric initiative that will enable citizens to report cyber crimes online.

This state-of-the-art Centre is located in New Delhi.

The scheme to set up I4C was approved in October 2018 at an estimated cost of Rs 415.86 crore to deal with all types of cybercrimes in a comprehensive and coordinated manner. It has seven components — a national cyber crime threat analytics unit, a national cyber crime reporting portal, a national cyber crime training centre, a cyber crime ecosystem management unit, a national cyber crime research and innovation centre, a national cyber crime forensic laboratory ecosystem and platform for joint cyber crime investigation team.

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The scheme to set up Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre was approved in October 2018 at an estimated cost of Rs 415.86 crore to deal with all types of cybercrimes in a comprehensive and coordinated manner. Pixabay

At the initiative of the Ministry for Home Affairs (MHA), 15 states and Union Territories (UTs) have given their consent to set up regional Cyber Crime Coordination Centres at their respective regions, a government statement said.

“National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal (www.cybercrime.gov.in) is a citizen-centric initiative that will enable citizens to report cyber crimes online through the portal. All the cyber crime related complaints will be accessed by the concerned law enforcement agencies in the states and UTs for taking action as per law.”

This portal was launched on pilot basis on August 30, 2019 and it enables filing of all cyber crimes with specific focus on crimes against women, children, particularly child pornography, child sex abuse material, online content pertaining to rapes and gang rapes.

So far, more than 700 police districts and more than 3,900 police stations have been connected with this portal, said the statement. After its successful completion, this portal can improve the capacity of the law enforcement agencies to investigate the cases and will improve success in prosecution and also focuses on specific crimes like financial crime and social media related crimes like stalking and cyber bullying.

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This portal will also improve coordination amongst the law enforcement agencies of different states, districts and police stations for dealing with cyber crimes in a coordinated and effective manner, said the statement, adding the MHA is committed to provide and create an eco system for dealing with the cyber crimes in a comprehensive and coordinated manner.

“In future, this portal will provide for chatbot for automated interactive assistance system to the public for guidance on cybercrime prevention and how to report incidents on the portal.” (IANS)