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India seeks release of detained sailors in Iran

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New Delhi: The Indian government here on Friday urged Iran for the release of nine Indian sailors detained in that country for two years.
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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj made the request during a meeting with her visiting Iranian counterpart Javed Zarid.

“I had a good meeting with Foreign Minister of Iran HE @JZarif today. I raised the issue of nine Indian sailors detained in Iran,” Sushma Swaraj tweeted.

Sushma Swaraj said she asked Zarif to ensure that the $2.9-million fine imposed on the nine sailors was waived and they were released early.

The nine sailors were arrested in late 2013 after their ship, belonging to a Dubai-based firm, was seized by the Iranian government on charges of smuggling oil.

The Indian minister also said she met the family of Sushil Kapoor, one of the nine sailors, here “and apprised them of my meeting with the foreign minister of Iran”.

“I have advised our Ambassador designate to Iran, Mr Saurabh Kumar, to follow this up on priority and secure their release at the earliest,” Sushma Swaraj said in another tweet.

(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)

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