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Reports say’s TikTok India Ban Now Permanent, Along With 58 Other Apps.

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TikTok, WeChat, and a total of 59 apps from Chinese companies have been permanently banned in India by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) according to reports. These apps were banned by the government in June 2020, and now, reports quoting sources say that the ban for these apps is permanent now.

In an earlier conversation, sources had told that following the ban, the government had asked for responses from all the companies that were banned about the data being collected, and how it was used. It appears that the government was not satisfied with the response, and issued a notice last week, according to reports.

This does not bode well for the other apps which were banned over the course of 2020 — over 200 by the end of the year. Some, such as the hugely popular smartphone game PUBG Mobile had attempted to remedy the situation by launching a new, India-only version, PUBG Mobile India which was announced in November, after hiring new staff in India. However, later responses to RTIs showed that MeitY had given no permission to the relaunch.

With this latest development, it looks unlikely that the game will be making a comeback in India very soon. It’s also unclear what this announcement means got the hundreds of people employed by ByteDance (Tiktok’s parent company) in India — sources had told  that the team in India was retained after the ban, and was participating in global operations. With India now seeing a permanent ban, will the company continue to proceed in this fashion?

As of now, the company is issuing the following statement to reporters:

“We are evaluating the notice and will respond to it as appropriate. TikTok was among the first companies to comply with the government of India directive issued on June 29, 2020. We continually strive to comply with local laws and regulations and do our best to address any concerns the government may have. Ensuring the privacy and security of all our users remains to be our topmost priority,” a TikTok spokesperson told Mint.

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Bharat Bandh: Markets will be closed in the country on February 26

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The Bharat Bandh has been called on 26 February to demand a review of the provisions of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on behalf of the Federation of Trade Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT). The All India Transporters Welfare Association (AITWA) has supported the call for the closure of CAIT.

On behalf of the All India Transporters Welfare Association, it was said that they will also block the support of CAIT, rising fuel prices and e-way bill. Let it be said that on February 26, under the leadership of CAIT, India has been announced to withdraw the absurd and irrational provisions of GST and demand a ban on e-commerce company Amazon.

CAIT said that there will be protest demonstrations at 1,500 places across the country against the recent provisions of GST. The organization has called for a review of the GST system and further simplifying the tax slabs and making it more logical for traders to comply with the rules.

Mahendra Arya, national president of the All India Transporters Welfare Association, said the association would jam the wheel to support CAIT. AITWA seeks the elimination of the e-way bill. He said that the transport industry is facing problems due to the ever-increasing prices of petrol and diesel in the country. The central government should reduce fuel prices.

A statement issued by CAIT said that all commercial markets across the country will remain closed and picketing will be held in various cities of all states. More than 40,000 traders’ associations across the country will support the shutdown. The statement said that in the last four years, there have been around 950 amendments to GST. The GST portal includes frequent technical glitches and compliance pressures in the system’s drawbacks. Voluntary compliance is the key to the success of the GST system, as more people will join the indirect tax system. This will increase the tax base and increase revenue.

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