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India fails miserably on social progress parameters; ranks dismal 101

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

According to a survey conducted by  Social Progress Imperative, a US-based non-profit organization set up in 2012, India ranks 101 among the 133 countries measured for their social progress.

India is even below some of its  immediate neighbors such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

The index is seen as a measure of relationship between income inequality and social progress by using the commonly deployed Gini coefficient on income inequality.

The countries are judged on parameters of  health, water and sanitation, personal safety, access to opportunity, tolerance, inclusion, personal freedom and choice.

“If the world were a country, it would score 64.39 out of 100 on the Social Progress Index based on a simple average of countries and 61.00 on a population-weighted basis,” the organization said in the latest report.

India’s score of 53.06 is even below that.

On the parameter of “Tolerance and inclusion”, which according to the American NGO is the most difficult parameter, India fares even worse with a rank of 128.

On “health and wellness”, India is at the 120th place, where the US ranks 68th.

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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)