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11 Indians detained and 2 deported from UAE on charges of planning to join Islamic State

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

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Abu Dhabi/Dubai: UAE has detained 11 Indian nationals since early August and deported another two people back to India on charges of planning to join the Islamic State. They have also been charged for recruiting, financing, and providing logistics to those who wanted to join the Islamic State.

UAE security services came across two groups of people who were involved in online discussions and sharing on social media regarding issues related to IS. They were also allegedly trying of establish contact with IS leaders through internet. Eight Indian nationals were detained from the group based in Abu Dhabi and another 5 Indian nationals were detained from the group based in Dubai. A Pakistani and a Bangladeshi national have been detained as well, according to a report in Times of India.

Among the 13 Indians detained, two persons who hailed from Kerala have been deported back to India. They had done their education in UAE and were living there from many years.

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TikTok Still Unavailable on Google, Apple App Stores: Report

TikTok refused to share anything more than what it had said on Wednesday

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The logo of the TikTok application is seen on a screen in this picture illustration taken Feb. 21, 2019. VOA

TikTok remained unavailable for download on both Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store on Thursday – a day after the Madras High Court’s Madurai Bench lifted the ban on the short video-sharing app.

Sources in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said that official communication to the technology companies would be made after it receives the court directive.

The IT ministry had earlier asked Google and Apple to block the app following the Supreme Court’s refusal to stay the Madras HC’s call for ban on the app on April 3.

Deciding the case filed by advocate Muthukumar, the Madurai Bench on Wednesday vacated its interim order banning the app, subject to conditions that pornographic videos will not be uploaded on it, failing which contempt of court proceedings would begin.

Owned by Chinese company ByteDance, TikTok claims to have over 120 million monthly active users in India.

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TikTok has over 54 million monthly active users (MAUs) in India. Pixabay

A search for the app on Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store on Thursday did not yield any result.

While Google and Apple refused to share any official statement, the companies would be able to reinstate the app only when they receive an official directive revoking the ban.

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TikTok refused to share anything more than what it had said on Wednesday.

“We are glad about this decision and we believe it is also greatly welcomed by our thriving community in India, who use TikTok as a platform to showcase their creativity,” TikTok had said. (IANS)