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Amitabh gets US embassy award for fighting TB

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Amitabh gets US embassy award for fighting TBMumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan was given an award by the US Embassy in appreciation for his invaluable contributions to the US-India partnership on tuberculosis, an official said here on Monday.The award was presented on January 8 by US Ambassador to India Richard R. Verma to the legendary actor who is also a tuberculosis survivor and brand ambassador for the initiative.Speaking on a live video-chat with Facebook users, the two discussed the US Embassy’s collaboration to end tuberculosis in India and the US-India partnership among other issues.”I thank Mr. Bachchan for his dedication to support the cause and for sharing his story as a tuberculosis survivor to reduce the stigma associated with tuberculosis,” Verma acknowledged.

He added that more lives can be saved and ease the burden the disease places on families, communities, corporations and India, referring to the high incidence of tuberculosis-related deaths in the country.”It is inspiring that India and the US are natural partners with a long history of collaboration on tuberculosis prevention, treatment, research and cure and I hope to continue to do my bit in this partnership to end tuberculosis in India,” Amitabh reciprocated. Verma and Amitabh first collaborated to work on tuberculosis during an event here two years ago on September 10 and it soon grew into a common passion around the cause of eradicating tuberculosis.In March 2016, Amitabh attended a reception at the US Embassy in New Delhi as tuberculosis brand ambassador and a survivor of the disease.

 

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“Indian ban on apps violates WTO rules” says China

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The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, in new notices to the apps last week, has said that their answers and clarifications following the ban were found to be inadequate. As a result, the temporary block has now been made permanent.

 

China on Wednesday said that the decision took by Indian Government to continue a ban on 59 Chinese apps was a violation of the World Trade Organization’s fair rules of business which would hurt Chinese firms. 

The government had banned 59 Chinese apps in June last year mentioning to them as being “prejudicial” to India’s sovereignty, integrity and national security. The list included TikTok, Cam Scanner, Likee and Helo besides others. 

The apps were blocked under section 69 A of the Information Technology Act and relevant provisions under IT rules 2009.

On September 2, 2020, the government had banned 118 more apps and in November it blocked 43 new Chinese mobile apps in the country, including shopping website AliExpress. Besides that, one of the most popular online game PubG Mobile was also banned including Camcard, WeDate and others.

 Chinese embassy spokesperson Ji Rong said in a statement, “We urge the Indian side to immediately correct its discriminatory measures and avoid causing further damage to bilateral cooperation.”

 

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