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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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Union Home Minister Amit Shah Enforces ‘Zero-Tolerance’ Policy Towards Terrorism in J&K

Shah has so far held more than four meetings on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir

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Home Minister, Amit Shah, Zero-Tolerance Policy
Do whatever is in the interest of the nation' has been the instruction of the new Home Minister in all his meetings since June 1 when he took charge of the ministry. Flickr

In a series of meetings since assuming charge, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has been focused on carrying on a “zero-tolerance” policy towards terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir with clear instructions to the security establishment to “completely eradicate” terror outfits operating in the state.

Also, the Intelligence Bureau and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) – mandated to provide internal security in Jammu and Kashmir – have been instructed to handle “each input” with utmost care and pass it on to the concerned authorities promptly.

“‘Do whatever is in the interest of the nation’ has been the instruction of the new Home Minister in all his meetings since June 1 when he took charge of the ministry,” said highly-placed sources.

Shah has so far held more than four meetings on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Home Minister, Amit Shah, Zero-Tolerance Policy
Union Home Minister Amit Shah has been focused on carrying on a “zero-tolerance” policy towards terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir with clear instructions to the security establishment . Flickr

He has also instructed the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to take “harsh action” against separatist leaders who are instrumental in fuelling terror activities in the state and put them behind bars.

Noting the decline in terrorist activities and new militant recruits in Jammu and Kashmir due to elimination of as many as 101 terrorists between January 1 and May 31, Shah has given the nod to continue the operations until the last terrorist is not eliminated, the sources said .

On an average, 20 terrorists are being killed by security forces every month in the state.

The security forces deputed in Jammu and Kashmir have also been assured of all help from the Centre towards the NDA government’s anti-terror policy aimed at providing relief from terrorism to the people of the state.

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In a detailed internal security meeting earlier this week that was specifically focused on Jammu and Kahsmir, the Home Minister discussed about terrorist organisations active in the state and the number of their members.

The meeting followed a revision in the list of top 10 terrorists operating in the state who need to be eliminated.

The list includes wanted terrorists of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Hizbul Mujahideen and Al Badr based on inputs shared with the ministry by the Jammu and Kashmir Police, CRPF and the IB.

Six of the top 10 militants named in the list belong to the Hizbul Mujahideen, two from JeM, and one each from LeT and Al Badr.

The Intelligence Bureau and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) – mandated to provide internal security in Jammu and Kashmir. pixabay

LeT commander Wasim Ahmed alias Osama, active in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, and Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo alias Mohammed Bin Qasim are mentioned on the top of the list.

Hizbul Mujahideen’s Anantnag district commander Mohammad Ashraf Khan, Baramulla district commander Mehraj-ud-Din, Srinagar’s Saifulla, Pulwama district commander Arshad-ul-Haq and Azaz Ahmad Malik, probably appointed as Kupwara district commander, are on the list.

The list also includes Javed Matoo alias Faisal, divisional commander of Al Badr in North Kashmir, Zaheed Sheikh alias Omar Afghani of JeM, and chief operational commander of JeM Hafiz Umar, a resident of Pakistan.

The Home Minister in his first meeting on internal security had also discussed the issue with Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, IB chief Rajiv Jain, RAW chief Anil Dhasmana and senior officials of the Home Ministry.

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It is learnt that Shah has directed officials in the Home Ministry and security agencies to continue with the zero-tolerance policy not only in Jammu and Kashmir but also across the country.

He has been so far apprised on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly in border areas by the Jammu and Kashmir Affairs Division which deals with counter-terrorism, the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act and coordination between ministries, including external affairs and defence.

In addition, the Home Minister further has stated that establishing rule of law and taking action against the high and mighty alleged to be involved in corruption will remain a top priority of his ministry.

The Home Minister has given clear instructions to the security forces to not let any criticism affect them and continue with the zero-tolerance policy.

What has still become a major issue of concern for the Home Ministry is the fact that despite these successes, homegrown terrorism is yet to be brought under control.

Several youths in Jammu and Kashmir have joined various pro-Pakistan terror outfits in the recent past.

The BJP government had last year stopped anti-terror operations during the holy month of Ramzan but terror activities continued in Jammu and Kashmir which claimed the lives of over 10 people in more than 30 attacks. (IANS)