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Cambodia urges India to stop Angkor Wat ‘replica’ plan

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Phnom Penh: Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong on Tuesday requested the Indian government to tell an Indian trust, Mahavir Mandir, to abandon its plan to build a near replica of Cambodia’s famed Angkor Wat temple, a spokesman said.

Angkor Wat Temple. Photo Credit: sacredsites.com
Angkor Wat Temple, Cambodia. Photo Credit: sacredsites.com

He raised the request during a meeting with outgoing ambassador of India to Cambodia Dinesh K. Patnaik, Xinhua quoted Cambodian foreign ministry spokesman Chum Sounry as saying.

“The deputy prime minister said Angkor Wat temple is the national symbol of Cambodia and requested Indian government to “completely stop” the company’s plan to build the replica of Angkor Wat temple,” he said.

In response, Patnaik promised to convey this request to the government of India.

Mahavir Mandir, a Hindu trust based in Bihar, delayed in June its plan to construct a near-replica of the world famous Angkor Wat temple in Bihar after the Cambodian government had sent a protest note to India.

Located in Cambodia’s Siem Reap province, Angkor Wat temple is the country’s most popular tourist destination.

According to government figures, the 12th century site attracted nearly 1.24 million foreign tourists in the first seven months of 2015, earning $35 million from ticket sales.

(IANS)

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This is How Twitter Ads Transparency Centre Will Work in India

No login or Twitter account would be required to access the Ads Transparency Centre

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As India gears up for the coming general election, Twitter has announced to bring its Ads Transparency Centre to India on March 11 that allows everyone to view political ads with details like ad spend and targeting demographics.

In the Ads Transparency Centre dashboard, people can view ads that have run on Twitter within the last seven days from any Twitter handle.

“If an ad is reported and taken down from Twitter, it will be archived in the Ads Transparency Centre within approximately 24 hours,” Twitter India said in a statement.

If the account was suspended, Tweets will not be shown in the Ads Transparency Centre. The same applies to deleted Twitter accounts and Tweets.

“For India political advertisers that fall under the Political Campaigning Policy, you will be able to see further details, including billing information, ad spend, and impressions data per Tweet,a said the micro-blogging platform.

Additionally, it would show demographic targeting data for the ads being served, both intended by the advertiser and actually delivered by Twitter.

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“We are making it clearer who is advertising Indian political campaign content on Twitter by including a visual label and disclaimer information on promoted content from certified accounts.

“This will allow users to easily identify political campaign ads and to know who paid for them,” said Twitter that is facing the heat in the country on presence of political bias on its platform.

No login or Twitter account would be required to access the Ads Transparency Centre.

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Only certified advertisers will be allowed to run political campaigning ads on our service. Political advertisers must apply now for certification and go through every step of the process,” said Twitter, adding that the Indian election is a priority for the company.

Twitter has been accused by the government of being “slow” in removing “objectionable content” from its platform.

The Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology (IT) has summoned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on February 25 over measures taken to ensure the safety and security of the users and allegations that the social media site is discriminating against “nationalist” posts on its platform. (IANS)