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WHAT THE BAN OF CHINESE APP MEANS

The ban on 59 apps originating from China, has been enforced under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 which empowers the government to issue directions for blocking public access of any information through any computer resource in the interest of sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of the State, friendly relations with foreign States or public order or for preventing incitement to the commission of any cognizable offence relating to above.

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The ban on 59 apps originating from China, has been enforced under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 which empowers the government to issue directions for blocking public access of any information through any computer resource in the interest of sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of the State, friendly relations with foreign States or public order or for preventing incitement to the commission of any cognizable offence relating to above. The government, by order, direct any agency of the Government or intermediary to block for access by the public or cause to be blocked for access by the public any information generated, transmitted, received, stored or hosted in any computer resource.

The Ministry of Information and Technology has said that it “has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps… for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorised manner to servers which have locations outside India”. Since this “ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures”, it said.

The notification is expected to be followed by instructions to Internet service providers to block these apps. However, while this will impact apps like TikTok and UC News that need a live feed to serve any purpose, users might still be able to continue using apps that don’t need an active Internet connection to be used. But further downloads of these apps, like CamScanner, are likely to be blocked on Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store.

Some apps on the banned list are very popular in India, especially TikTok, which has over 100 million active users in the country, mainly in the heartland. New social media platforms like Helo and Likee, as well as video chat app Bigo Live are immensely popular among Indians who are not comfortable in English. These users will have to look for substitutes.

Also, most of these platforms have Indian creators, for many of whom this is the only source of income. Many of these apps have offices and employees in India, and a few thousand jobs could be at stake.

TikTok was banned in India on the order of the Madras High Court for a few days last year, but it came back soon after the court vacated the ban. This action, however, is more sweeping, impacts more apps, and has been taken in a specific strategic and national security context. It could be a warning to bigger Chinese businesses in India, and to China itself.

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After winning assembly election, 10 BJP MPs, including 2 ministers, resign from Lok Sabha

In Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Madhya Pradesh, state elections were won by 12 MPs, according to a BJP leader.

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10 members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Parliament, including two union ministers who emerged victorious in the assembly elections, resigned from the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, according to persons familiar with the situation.

Following their meetings with BJP President JP Nadda and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the ten MPs tendered their resignations. They went to the speaker’s office with the party president in tow, where nine MPs tendered their resignation. Kirori Lal Meena, the 10th MP, tendered his resignation to the chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

In Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Madhya Pradesh, state elections were won by 12 MPs, according to a BJP leader.

The ten MPs who have resigned are: Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Diya Kumari, Kirori Lal Meena (a member of the Rajya Sabha); Arun Sao and Gomti Sai from Chhattisgarh; and Narendra Singh Tomar, Prahlad Patel, Rakesh Singh, Uday Pratap Singh, and Riti Pathak from Madhya Pradesh.

Baba Balaknath, a Lok Sabha MP from Rajasthan, and Renuka Singh, a Chhattisgarh native who was elected as the union minister of state for tribal affairs, have not yet tendered their resignations.

The responsibility for agriculture is held by Narendra Singh Tomar, while the state minister for food processing and Jal Shakti is Prahlad Patel.

The fourth minister the BJP fielded in the state elections, Faggan Singh Kulaste, is the minister of state for steel and rural development, however he was unable to win the assembly seat.

These Members of Parliament are expected to tender their resignations, and there have been rumours of a potential reorganisation within the Union Council of Ministers.

In July 2021, the Union Council underwent its most recent major restructuring with the appointment of 43 ministers, comprising 36 new members. The most recent alteration occurred in May when Kiren Rijiju was replaced as law minister by Arjun Ram Meghwal, a minister of state. The position of minister for earth sciences was given to Rijiju.

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DMK MP DNV Senthilkumar expresses regret, withdraws controversial remark made in Parliament

He took to X (formerly twitter) and wrote commenting on the results of the five state elections, he did not use a word in an appropriate way. Not using that term with any intent, he apologized for sending the wrong meaning across.

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DMK MP DNV Senthilkumar S expressed regret over the controversial remark made in Parliament yesterday while targeting the Bharatiya Janta Party and said he was withdrawing his statement. He had apologized for his comments on social media. He took to X (formerly twitter) and wrote commenting on the results of the five state elections, he did not use a word in an appropriate way. Not using that term with any intent, he apologized for sending the wrong meaning across.

He said in the Lok Sabha the statement made by him yesterday inadvertently, if it had hurt the sentiments of the members and sections of the people, he would like to withdraw it. He requested the words to be deleted and he regret it. The ruling BJP termed at as disrespect of the Sanatani tradition and objected to this type of language in the parliament. Opposition leaders including Rajiv Shukla Congress MP’s Karti Chidambaram also condemned the statement.

Congress MP Manickam Tagore said they condemned what the DMK MP had said. He said what the Alliance partner is speaking cannot be attatched to Congress. He said the Congress stands for India and respects all religions. He further added this is a planned conspiracy by the BJP to stop the functioning of the parliament and divert its focus from the real issues.  The remarks were deleted from the DMK MP’s speech by Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla.

The third day of the 2023 Winter session started with shouts of Maafi Mango from BJP MPs even before the speaker started the proceedings of the day in Lok Sabha. Union Minister Piyush Goyal sought an apology from DMK MP TR Baalu for Kumar’s comments in the House. He said Baalu should apologise first. He asked how will the House function like this? Goyal asked how can any person say anything in this house and go? He demanded an apology from the DMK MP.

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Watch: Pakistani woman Javeria Khanum arrives in India to marry Kolkata man Sameer Khan

Sameer said his relationship had started in 2018. He had come back from Germany where he had been studying. He saw Javeria’s photograph on his mother’s phone and expressed his interest. He told his mother that he wanted to get married to Javeria.

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Javeria Khanum, a woman from Pakistan’s Karachi, arrived in India on Tuesday to marry her fiancé Sameer Khan, a Kolkata resident. The Indian government has granted the 21-year-old woman a 45 day visa. Khanum entered India through the Wagah border and was welcomed by her fiancé Sameer Khan and future father-in-law Ahmed Kamal Khan Yousafzai dancing to the beats of dhol.

Talking to the media Javeria said she wanted to thank the Indian government for their co-operation. She said borders do not matter when the intentions are pure. The couple is going to get married in January next year, after which she will apply for a long term visa.

Khanum said it is a happy ending and a happy beginning. She said everyone was very happy in her house. She said she could not believe she got the visa after five years. Maqbool Ahmed Wasi Qadian is a journalist and a social worker. He helped Javeria in getting the visa to come to India. He has helped many Pakistani brides in getting visas.

Talking to the media Sameer said his relationship had started in 2018. He had come back from Germany where he had been studying. He saw Javeria’s photograph on his mother’s phone and expressed his interest. He told his mother that he wanted to get married to Javeria. He said his friends from his time in Germany from Africa, Spain, the United States and other countries are going to attend the wedding in January.

In a similar incident a Pakistani national identified as Seema Haider crossed the Indian border via Nepal to marry a Noida based man Sachin Meena. Their relationship has become a topic of debate and discussion on national media. In another case an Indian women Anju had gone to Pakistan to marry her facebook friend Nasrullah. But she recently returned to India through the Wagah border.

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