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92% of arable land has been planted with Kharif crop despite rainfall deficit

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

New Delhi: In spite of a total rainfall deficit of 12% as on Friday, farmers have managed to plant Kharif crops on 92% of the total arable area.

Amritsar: Farmers busy working in their fields on a hot day on the outskirts of Amritsar on June 8, 2015. (Photo: IANS)

The agriculture ministry said that as on Friday, the total area sown this year is 96.78 million hectares as against 95.69 million hectares in the previous year i.e. an increase by 1%, according to a report in Economic Times.

On one hand, the area under Rice cultivation stood at 34.59 million hectares which is more or less same as previous year. On the other hand, the area under cultivation of pulses, coarse cereals, sugarcane, and oil seeds increased by 12%, 3%, 4%, and 1%, respectively. They were cultivated in 10.55 million hectares, 17.25 million hectares, 4.88 million hectares, and 17.46 million hectares, respectively.

Meanwhile, the water levels in the major reservoirs decreased further from 92% of the last 10-year average last week to 88%, according to Central Water Commission as quoted in ET.

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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)