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New Delhi, (IANS): Against the backdrop of the 9 June Indian army surgical strike on northeast militants along their border, India and Myanmar will hold their first Joint Consultative Commission meeting here on Friday.

Co-chaired by Myanmar Foreign Minister U. Wunna Maung Lwin and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, the JCC is a “recently created mechanism” between both countries. Officials of various other Indian ministries, including the defense and home ministries, would attend the meeting, said sources.

The involvement of the other ministries and institutions is expected to give a boost to the bilateral relations.

Wunna Maung Lwin on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here.

During the meeting, Modi fondly recalled his visit to Myanmar in November 2014 to attend the EAS/ASEAN Summits, and his meeting with President U Thein Sein at the time.

Modi said India attaches the highest priority to its relations with Myanmar, and conveyed India’s commitment to deepen the bilateral relationship in all areas, including in political, economic and security spheres and people to people contacts, said an official statement.

He reaffirmed India’s position as a reliable partner in Myanmar’s development and called for greater bilateral collaboration in agricultural technology, research, and energy sector.

Modi also highlighted the importance of Myanmar for peace and stability in the region, and for India’s connectivity with southeast Asia.

Wunna Maung Lwin briefed Modi on the progress in bilateral cooperation in infrastructure, health, and development projects.

Accepting the invitation extended by President U Thein Sein, Modi said that he looked forward to an early visit to Myanmar, said the statement.

This first JCC meeting will review progress on bilateral initiatives in various sectors, identify thrust areas and give directions for further growth of the bilateral partnership. The meeting would also provide a useful opportunity for exchange of views on regional and international issues of mutual interest.

The Myanmar minister is to visit the Foreign Service Institute in New Delhi and also visit Jaipur with his delegation.

The Indian Army carried out strikes on the camps of northeast militants in early June along the border in retaliation for the 4 June ambush by militants on an Army convoy in which 18 soldiers were killed in Manipur.

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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)