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Celebrating the centennial of Gandhi’s return to India: India Discovery Centre, Massachusets

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

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The Indian diaspora, or the Indians living abroad are known to have very firm associations with their roots. Their respect towards Indian culture and staunch belief in Indian values can be easily observed by the many activities they organize.

Celebrating the Indian heritage and the legacy of father of our nation- Mahatma Gandhi, The India Discovery Centre (IDC), a non-profit organization based in Massachusetts, is organizing an event called “India Heritage Weekend.”

The programme will be a celebration of the centennial of Gandhi’s return to India and will consist of a planned set of activities including movies, music concert, exhibition and a lecture.

Gandhi returned from South Africa in 1915 and launched India’s nonviolent civil disobedience movement that helped gain India’s freedom. He is remembered and respected throughout the globe because, along with being the catalyst for the liberation of his own people, he also helped South Africa and many other African and Asian nations to liberate from the British Raj.

Adding to the highlights of the programme, the IDC also plans to conduct a national level essay competition. The contest will be open to all school and college students below twenty years of age. The topic is “Gandhi’s message and its influence on the world.” There will be cash prizes for the winners.

The deadline for submission of essays will be the 30th of September 2015. The results will be announced in the second week of October.

For more details: visit www.IndiaDiscoveryCentre.org  or Contact: Mr. Sanjeev Tripathi at IDCinBoston@gmail.com or by calling him at 781-248-0591.

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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)