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The energy generated will partially fulfill power requirements of the corridor such as lighting and elevator services.filed by the state government in 2006. welcomed the publication of what he said were details of the family’s wealth.” Recently, said Justice Misra. The petition,Written by Lakshmi Ajay Top News Raghuveer Chaudhari,Jnanpith awardee Theatre was Taarak Mehta’s first love He was a popular name in Mumbai’s theatre circuit where his writing was prolific Unlike many literary giants of Gujarati of his time Mehta held no staunch political views and steered clear of them; society and its people held more interest for him Humour was his true calling His column in Chitralekha became so popular that they were televised for the TV series called Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah which was first aired in 2008 At some point in his life Mehta also held a job with the Central government His writing centered on a character called Tapudo who was a keen observer of social situations Mehta’s bold writing earned him many admirers and those pieces marked Mehta’s metier in social satire His eloquence was similar to another Indian humourist of Gujarati literature Jyotindra Dave who was an inspiration to Mehta After a stint in Mumbai he moved to Ahmedabad two decades ago Even though the last five to seven years saw him grapple with health issues his vivaciousness for life remained A still from Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah Asit Kumar Modi creator and producer Taarak Mehta ka Ooltah Chashmah My relationship with Taarakji is many years old now and goes all the way back to when I decided to make a show based on his popular column I’d enjoyed his writing for a long time because of its simplicity and humour He had the gift of observation and he could turn almost any everyday situations into material for his columns Of course when I finally made the show it was different from the column because the column didn’t really follow a story line But Taarakji was always positive about the changes that I made He gave us a free hand and was very happy with how the show turned out Sanjay Chhel writer and director I’ve known Taarakji since the ’90s when I directed one of his plays a satire set in a newsroom which perfectly captured his sense of humour He was a very warm person and very encouraging In fact before he started writing his famous weekly column Taarakji was well-known in Gujarati theatre circles for his adaptations of plays such as Ayn Rand’s Night of January 16th and Bernard Slade’s Same Time Next Year He had a liberal progressive outlook and I believe that he brought freshness to Gujarati literature The Padma Shri that he received in 2015 came much too late Bhagyesh Jha president Gujarat Sahitya Academy Gujarat has lost one of its tallest humourist in Taarak Mehta Taarak Mehta na Undha Chashma made him popular both within and outside Gujarat Taarak bhai was honoured with numerous awards including the Padma Shri (2015) and the Gujarat Gaurav Puraskar (2011) and recently he was awarded the Ramanlal Nilakanth Hasya Paritoshik by Gujarat Sahitya Academy I recall when he was given the Gujarat Gaurav Puraskar he narrated his visit to Paris where he was introduced as a humourist to an audience He did not speak French and since the only famous character he knew was Charlie Chaplin he simply performed an act that had the audience laughing Such was his style Mehta’s autobiography Action Replay is one of the most candid accounts by an author where he opens up to his drinking habit and slips in his personal life Taarak bhai’s essays too are hugely popular Pradesh na Pravase his travelogues and Wife in Bombay and Lafraa in London his banter on married life and and Dadaji You Are Great are read and re-read at many literary seminars on humour in Gujarati literature He will be remembered as one of the finest human beings who made entire Gujarati mahajati (a word coined by another author the late Chandrakant Bakshi which means the ‘global community’) laugh Bharat M Ghelani Editor Chitralekha Much before Taarak Mehta became a household name with his weekly column in Chitralekha magazine he was making a name for himself in Gujarati theatre circles In fact my predecessor Harkisan Mehta recognised his talent after watching one of his plays and asked him to write for the magazine The play was called Duniya Na Oondha Chashma and that also became the name of the column I’ve known him even before we began working together When his column first started appearing in the magazine I was in Kolkata I was so taken with his writing that I began to write letters to him and he would actually take the time to respond When I moved to Mumbai years later and joined Chitralekha I got to know him well Despite being famous he had no ego hassles He was very child-like in fact and was a happy positive person Many humourists get by with jokes about their wives but that was something he never did His wife Induben does appear in his columns but never as the butt of jokes She is depicted as what she was in real life — his companion Mehta had a fine knack for taking the ordinary incidents of everyday life and spinning them into humorous tales His characters were always ordinary people the men and women that he observed in his mohalla In his first column which appeared in 1971 he addressed the popularity of Rajneesh (Osho) and his philosophy of nudity by showing how the boy Tapu (familiar to readers and viewers of the TV show) misinterprets Osho’s words and goes about naked in his locality In this week’s issue he has written about Trump and the confusion being experienced by Indians in the US Mehta was born and brought up in Ahmedabad but lived and worked in Mumbai for many years and the city had a profound influence on him In the last two-three years because of age he had been unable to physically write his column So he would discuss what he wanted in the column and we would get someone to write it and he would then approve the copy I have known him for the last 30-odd years and he remained the same till the end with his boyishness keen observations and sense of humour humility and generosity For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Published: August 5 2017 4:10 am Earlier this year as it turns out the BCCI had written to the Indian government asking whether they could play Pakistan in a bilateral series next year Top News THE BOARD of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has sought clearance from the Indian government to host the Under-19 Youth Asia Cup since the tournament will include a team from Pakistan The tournament as it stands is scheduled to be held in November It’s learnt that the BCCI had written to the Home Ministry a few weeks ago and are still awaiting a reply As a result they have asked the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) who will be meeting in Sri Lanka during the second week of August whether they could push the tournament back to allow the Indian board some more time to get the necessary permission The tournament had been hosted by Sri Lanka last year and the BCCI were keen on bringing it to India this year “The BCCI has written to the Indian government seeking permission for whether we can host the Youth Asia Cup for under-19 boys In normal circumstances we wouldn’t be too worried about getting the clearance but since the tournament would include a team from Pakistan an approval is being sought The government’s stance so far has been that India cannot play Pakistan in a bilateral series but there’s no clarity on whether they could face each other in a multinational event like this” a BCCI official told The Indian Express Earlier this year as it turns out the BCCI had written to the Indian government asking whether they could play Pakistan in a bilateral series next year Their request was however turned down and the BCCI had to then go ahead and organize a full-series with Sri Lanka at home in November-December of this year BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary meanwhile was unavailable for comment For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Published: September 19 2017 1:23 pm Paul Collingwood has played 197 ODIs and 68 Tests for England (Source: Twitter) Top News Former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood feels that after a successful three-match T20I series between World XI and Pakistan in Lahore other countries should also considering touring Pakistan Since the 2009 Terrorist attack on Sri Lanka players’ bus almost no international cricket has taken place in the country barring Zimbabwe’s tour in 2015 and now the three match Independence Cup Collingwood who played 197 ODIs and 68 Tests for England during his international career was also included in the World XI squad for the T20I series against Pakistan The hosts won the three-match series 2-1 Regarding the security situation in Lahore for the three matches Collingwood said “We were there five days and if you had that level of security for a longer tour I can’t imagine how much it would cost It was like having the army around you at all times which was excellent because we knew we were safe [but] the disruption it must cause to everyday living because they literally closed all the roads to get to the ground” Collingwood told BBC Radio 5 Live The World XI players were provided with tight security and Collingwood believes that there is no reason to not tour Pakistan if same level of security detail can be provided for a longer period “If you can sustain that level of security for a longer period of time I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t tour there” he said Pakistan have been playing their home matches in the United Arab Emirates but finally Pakistan got the green signal in August to host Sri Lanka and West Indies later this year Collingwood agreed that before coming to Pakistan he was concerned regarding the security measures but after getting a great response from the Pakistan players and supporters the tour seemed to be worthwhile “I was a bit sceptical when I first signed up and I haven’t had a great time with Pakistan cricket in the past in terms of [Mohammad] Amir and no-balls [in 2010] the ball tampering [allegations in 2006] etc so I was thinking ‘do I want to support that’ but after the week I’ve had I’m really proud I’ve been involved” he said He added: “There’s a bigger picture and to see the Pakistan players’ faces to play in front of their home crowd to get their feelings and how much it meant to them they were saying ‘thank you it means so much to us’” “You feel as though you’ve done something good for the game I probably didn’t realise the impact it had We’re a cricketing family and you have to help each other out” he concluded For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: Reuters | Melbourne | Published: October 18 2017 11:18 am Peter Handscomb helped deliver Australia a series-levelling victory against Bangladesh (Source: AP) Top News Australia middle order batsman Peter Handscomb says his fighting innings in the nausea-inducing humidity of Bangladesh last month should put him in good stead for the blazing heat of an Ashes summer Handscomb battled dizzy spells and dry retching and lost over four kilograms during a dehydrated knock of 82 in the second test in Chittagong which helped deliver Australia a series-levelling victory The vast Australian continent can throw up all kinds of weather but the hosts and visiting England can expect scorching heat through much of the five-test Ashes campaign which begins in Brisbane on Nov 23 Handscomb said the Chittagong trials had prepared him for any kind of extreme conditions Down Under “Definitely More mentally than anything else (I) can always look back on that now and say I’ve done that” the 26-year-old told local media “If I can survive in heat like that I can survive in heat at the Gabba or the WACA “I don’t think I had anything left in the body to throw up I was trying to take in liquid but the more I took in the sicker I felt “It was just a really weird feeling … it almost makes you focus more on the ball because you didn’t want the weather to be the one that got you out” Handscomb’s knock was compared to Dean Jones’s famous 210 against India during the tied 1986 test in Chennai when the former Australia batsman vomited repeatedly and lost control of his bodily functions “Deano messaged me that night” Handscomb said “He said ‘mate jeez it looked hot over there but not as hot as Madras’” Victorian Handscomb has enjoyed a charmed start to his international career with two centuries and an average of 5307 in his first 10 tests since his debut against South Africa in the last home summer He will hope to further enhance his CV against old foes England “It’s hard to say it’s just another test series being an Ashes” he said “This is essentially the pinnacle of test cricket “There’s almost that little bit extra on each ball each run each wicket” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 4 2017 11:01 pm Angela Krislinzki for Hrithik Roshan: I respect you a lot sir and I am sorry for such misleading headlines It’s really hurtful Top News Polish-Spanish model-turned-actor Angela Krislinzki recently said that she has found a friend and mentor in Hrithik Roshan The duo had shot for two ads a year ago However when Hrithik Roshan read the report he was shocked and not afraid to show it The actor wrote on Twitter “My dear lady who are you and why are u lying” Needless to say that Angela Krislinzki’s interview left Hrithik embarrassed And now Angela has clarified her stand The actor said she just admired Hrithik juts like millions of others “I respect you a lot sir and I am sorry for such misleading headlines It’s really hurtful I have admired you as an actor just like millions of others but I have been fortunate enough to work with you in two tvcs When I say mentor I meant some who inspired my life in the right direction” Angela wrote on Twitter Also Read:Model says Hrithik Roshan is ‘friend mentor’ He asks ‘who are you and why are ulying’ Angela added further “It all began with a press meet of my film when someone asked me how I thought of entering acting in spite of foreign looks so I replied when I was shooting with Hrithik Roshan his few inspirational words inspired me He said work on yourself and your acting and no body can stop you I would like to apologise for any inconvenience occurred to you” Read Angela Krislinzki’s full reply here: pictwittercom/hV6FHr805f — Angela Krislinzki (@angelakrislinzk) April 4 2017 In an interview given to DNA Angela said that she has found a mentor and friend in Hrithik Roshan She said “I consider Hrithik a mentor and keep him informed I showed him a song from my last south release Size Zero and he liked it immensely Later I even sent him the first look and trailer of my upcoming film Rogue and he was impressed” When Hrithik read the report in the morning he was apparently shocked and took no time to clarify his stand on the same The actor replied “My dear lady who are you and why are u lying” Meanwhile we got hold ofAngela Krislinzki’s pictures with other Bollywood actors: “I told him it would be difficult for me to access filmmakers and get the right roles in Bollywood because of my international looks He assured me that it was all about confidence and asked me to work on my acting skills and Hindi diction That conversation with him changed my life” she added For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Published: February 6 2015 12:14 am Top News The video showing the burning alive of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh in a cage by the Islamic State (IS) may be the turning point in public opinion across the Arab world certainly in Jordan While Jordan immediately executed two al-Qaeda convicts including failed female suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi King Abdullah II curtailed an official visit to the US and vowed to pursue the IS till his military “runs out of fuel and bullets” As part of the US-led coalition against the extremists the stakes are high for Amman — and both Abdullah and his armed forces suddenly have a consolidation of public support Jordan had sought to secure Kasasbeh’s release in a swap involving Rishawi but the pilot is believed to have been executed in early January Also the IS seemed more interested in the ransom for the two Japanese prisoners one of whom was executed last week and the other presumably earlier The IS’s execution videos are not meant to convince the international community about its brutality They are rather an asymmetric messaging that seeks to create a sense of fear among the Arab public when on the ground the IS is suffering reverses — like its recent defeat in Kobani by the Kurdish Peshmerga — and cannot compete or invest in military hardware And it isn’t that the videos aren’t having their effect — in Jordan many are also asking Amman to quit the coalition citing the UAE’s withdrawalafter Kasasbeh’s capture in Syrialast December Abdullah’s photos on social media — in air force gear purportedly preparing to participate in air strikes — are reportedly old but the US is still unable to undertake a successful hostage rescue mission in IS territory The CentCom and the coalition will need to work out viable operations for hostages who remain in IS hands For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsNew Delhi: China’s latest statement about a two-step approach in connection with India’s membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is nothing new according to a source "China’s two-step approach to India’s NSG membership is nothing new as it is already happening" the source said After having blocked India’s bid for membership in the NSG at its plenary in Seoul in June China on Tuesday said that it was adopting a two-step approach on the issue China blocked India’s bid on the ground that for a country to be part of the 48-member group it has to be a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Following delegation-level talks on Tuesday headed by Amandeep Singh Gill Joint Secretary (Disarmament & International Security) in the Ministry of External Affairs and Director General Wang Qun of the Chinese Foreign Ministry the Chinese embassy here issued a statement saying Beijing supported the notion of a two-step approach within the NSG to explore a non-discriminatory formula applicable to all non-NPT states Representational image Getty images "On the question of non-NPT states’ participation in the NSG given that it is an issue of major concern to India China for its part shared with India the recent developments as it sees within the Group in relation to the question" the statement said "China also shared with India its principled positions and views on the above question" it stated "In the meantime China listened to and had the inputs from India on this issue and indicated that it will bring such views and inputs back to the Group for its consideration" It said that China hoped these inputs would help facilitate the relevant discussions within the NSG According to the source this however is nothing new as NSG Chairman Rafael Grossi of Argentina has been deputed to continue informal discussions with India on these lines "China believes that compared to 2008 the equations have now changed" the source said "India has risen" the source stated adding that the issue has become one of balancing powers In September 2008 the NSG gave a unique waiver to India exempting it from the group’s rules governing nuclear trade The waiver lifted an over three-decade-old world embargo on civilian nuclear trade with India that was imposed after the country conducted a nuclear test in 1974 the director “also wanted it to be about life and its quirks”. NSD would jolt him out of his complacency.

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Sangita Tiwari, The police chief did not provide details of why the others were detained but said the arrestees also included a woman wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the words “Respect my vote”.” Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said.Debdulal Giri, 2010 1:30 am Related News Says BJP National Secretary Dr Kirit Somaiya after inaugurating an exhibition on criminal wastage of grains BJP national secretary Dr Kirit Somaiya today said the Central government was not concerned about the rotting foodgrains despite having been reprimanded by the Supreme Court. according to the regional department of civil affairs. the anti-hegemony leader established a rapport with Indian establishment, And the next day.