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Data Protection Bill: ‘Amazon refuses to appear before Parliament committee’.

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Amazon India has refused to appear before Joint Committee of Parliament on Data Protection Bill on October 28, BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi said on Friday.

The joint committee led by Lekhi has 20 members from the Lok Sabha and 10 from the Rajya Sabha. Lekhi told PTI that Amazon’s refusal to appear before Parliament committee amounts to breach of privilege.

Parliament committee unanimous on action by government against Amazon for refusing to appear, she said. Meanwhile, the committee also issued summons to Facebook in order to seek its “oral evidence” on the issues of data protection and privacy. Twitter too is said to have been directed for appearance next week.

The agenda of Friday’s meeting read: “Oral evidence by the representatives of Facebook India Online Services Pvt Ltd on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019.”

However, the summon to Facebook and Twitter is strictly pertaining to the issue of citizen’s personal data protection. The summons to Twitter assumes significance as these come close on the Centre’s letter to the microblogging site’s chief Jack Dorsey.

Taking strong exception to the “misrepresentation” of India’s map, the government wrote a stern letter to the Twitter CEO, saying that any attempt by the platform to disrespect the sovereignty and integrity of India, which is also reflected by the maps, was totally unacceptable.

Last month, amid severe criticism of Facebook and Union government over the alleged collusion of Facebook India executive Ankhi Das and the BJP, Union Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad wrote a hard hitting letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, blaming the Facebook India management of alleged bias against people supporting the right-of-center ideology.

(With ANI inputs)

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ICICI Bank sets up presence in Nepal

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Lending major ICICI Bank on Thursday launched its operations in Nepal, via a representative office, to become the first Indian private sector bank to set up its presence in the country.

The bank opened a representative office in Kathmandu which will closely work with the domestic banks in Nepal to facilitate investment, trade, payments and treasury business between the two countries.

According to the bank, the current foray has expanded its global footprint to 15 countries including India.

“India and Nepal have significant trade and investment links between them. We believe that ICICI Bank’s on-ground presence through the new representative office coupled with its strong business partnerships with banks in Nepal, will help us further our participation in the economic flows between the two countries,” said Sriram H. Iyer, Head – International Banking Group, ICICI Bank.

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