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ByteDance TikTok owner demand $60 billion valuation in US deal.



China’s ByteDance Ltd. is seeking a valuation of $60 billion for TikTok as Oracle Corp. and Walmart Inc. take stakes in the short-video app’s enterprise to deal with U.S. safety considerations, in keeping with an individual acquainted with the matter.

Oracle and Walmart have rights to purchase 12.5% and seven.5% respectively of a newly established TikTok Global below an settlement that received the approval of President Donald Trump, the particular person stated, asking to not be named discussing personal negotiations. The two firms would pay a mixed $12 billion for his or her stakes if they comply with that asking worth.

The closing valuation worth had not been set because the events labored out the fairness construction and measures for information safety, the particular person stated. Terms are nonetheless in flux and the proposed valuation may nonetheless change.

ByteDance was pressured right into a deal for TikTok when Trump threatened to ban the app in the U.S. over nationwide safety considerations. After Microsoft Corp. made a proposal for a full buyout of the service, ByteDance as an alternative turned to Oracle’s providing in which the Chinese father or mother will keep a stable majority stake.

“I accepted the deal in idea,” Trump told reporters Saturday as he left the White House for a campaign rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina. “If they get it done, that’s great. If they don’t, that’s OK too.”

ByteDance and Oracle representatives didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

ByteDance might find yourself proudly owning as a lot as 80% of TikTok Global, which would come with the app’s operations in the U.S. and the remainder of the world excluding China. Venture corporations, together with Sequoia Capital and General Atlantic, may purchase fairness in the brand new enterprise.

Under the present proposal, there will likely be 5 seats on the board of TikTok Global. Walmart’s Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon will change into a director, the retailer stated in a press release.

Oracle has given reassurances that it will possibly defend TikTok person information from overseas affect.

“Oracle will rapidly deploy, quickly scale, and function TikTok methods in the Oracle Cloud,” said Oracle CEO Safra Catz in a statement. “We are a 100% confident in our ability to deliver a highly secure environment to TikTok and ensure data privacy to TikTok’s American users.”

The firm will get full entry to assessment TikTok’s supply code and updates to verify there aren’t any again doorways utilized by the corporate’s Chinese father or mother to collect information or to spy on the video-sharing app’s 100 million American customers, in keeping with folks acquainted with the matter.


J&K: Modi Govt’s New Land Policy for state Overturns 7 Decades of Land Reform.



Modi Govt. on Tuesday notified the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (Adaptation of Central Laws) Third Order, enabling a host of new changes to the former state.

Under the new arrangements, no domicile or permanent resident certificate is required to purchase non-agricultural land in the UT. The Union home ministry has also notified the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016, paving way for the acquisition of land in J&K by all Indian citizens. Previously, article 35-A of J&K Constitution, watered down on August 5, 2019, placed prohibitions on the sale of land to those who were not state subjects.

The latest order also empowers the government to declare any area in J&K as ‘strategic’ and intended for the direct operational and training requirement of the armed forces at the behest of an army officer of or above the rank of a corps commander.

If all of this is part of the BJP’s long-standing agenda of ending J&K’s ‘special status’, there is another change that many in the rest of India may not realise the significance of: the government’s order has also abolished the historic Big Land Estate Abolition Act, 1950 – under whose aegis the former state witnessed the radical redistribution of land which paved way for rural prosperity and ended landlordism in J&K.

The fresh enactments have provoked anger in the Union Territory, where suspicions abound that the Centre is gradually disempowering the local population and consolidating control through untrammeled executive power. For more than two years now, J&K has been without an elected government. All the changes being introduced in the UT have been steamrolled by Centre rather than being legislated by elected representatives of the people.

The MHA has revoked 12 state laws as a whole while another 26 have been adapted with changes or substitutes. Laws which are repealed as a whole include the Jammu and Kashmir Alienation of Land Act, Jammu and Kashmir Big Landed Estates Abolition Act, Jammu and Kashmir Common Lands (Regulation) Act 1956, Jammu and Kashmir Consolidation of Holdings Act 1962, Jammu and Kashmir Right of Prior Purchase Act, and the Jammu and Kashmir Utilization of Lands Act.

“The changes represent the operational aspect of the big measure taken in August last year,” said Sheikh Showkat Hussain, a Kashmiri political analyst. “They have taken the repealing of Article 370 and 35-A to its logical conclusion. It was bound to happen. The order is very long. It will take time even for experts to parse through it before they finally wrap their minds around the kind of alteration that has been wrought. But prima facie, the changes enunciated in the order seem to correspond to the larger objectives being plotted with respect to the demographics of J&K.”

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