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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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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)