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New Delhi: The urban development ministry on Tuesday released about Rs.120 crore to states and union territories for the preparation of Service Level Improvement Plans (SLIP) for each of the 482 cities identified under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).

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“In the first release of funds under the Atal Mission, each city has been given an advance assistance of Rs.25 lakh for preparation of SLIP,” a ministry statement said here.

SLIP for each selected city/town should identify the gaps in the provision of water supply and sewerage connections and draw up detailed plans for bridging the gaps, the statement added.

Ministry Secretary Madhusudan Prasad has written to all state chief secretaries urging them to send state annual action plans at the earliest.

The ministry has so far identified 482 cities and towns each with a population of above one lakh under AMRUT.

Under AMRUT, the primary purpose is to cover all urban households with water supply and sewerage, before taking up other projects related to storm-water drains, urban transport, and provision of public and green spaces.

(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)