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“Indian ban on apps violates WTO rules” says China



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.”



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




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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