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Washington: A leading Indian community organisation will honour a US senator as a Friend of India with five outstanding achievers of the Indian American community at its annual awards banquet in Stamford Saturday.

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The Connecticut chapter of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) has selected senior Democratic senator from Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal, for the “Friend of India” award.

Blumenthal serves on several important Senate committees including armed services, commerce, judiciary, veterans’ affairs and science and transportation.

“With increasing US-India cooperation in Defence, Commerce and Science & Technology, Senator Blumenthal helps to improved bilateral relations between the two countries,” GOPIO said.

Five Indian Americans to be honoured for their achievements in profession and community service are: Prof. Akhil Reed Amar, Dr. Vinod Srihari, Nisha Arora, Dr. George Joseph and Moh Sharma.

Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, is being recognized for his achievement and contribution to Arts and Letters.

Author of several books, his work has won awards from both the American Bar Association and the Federalist Society.

He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2008 received the DeVane Medal – Yale’s highest award for teaching excellence.

Srihari, Yale faculty member and Associate Director of Yale’s Psychiatry Residency Training Programme, is being recognized for his achievement and contribution in Medicine.

His clinical work and research has been focused on the care of individuals with schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses.

Since 2006 he has served as the founding director of an Early Intervention service for adolescents and young adults with psychotic disorders at the Connecticut Mental Health Centre in New Haven.

Arora, Co-founder of Indian Community Centre (ICC) of Greenwich will be honoured for Community Service and Promotion of Indian Arts and Culture.

ICC promotes Indian arts and culture in the Lower Fairfield and Westchester areas. Its programmes include visual and performing arts, culinary experiences and a speaker series highlighting Indian-American leaders.

Joseph, Deputy Director of the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Centre for International and Area Studies at Yale University, is being honoured for his contribution to International Relations and Connecting India to the USA.

He also supports Yale’s engagement, strategy, and visibility in South Asia. Since 2007, Joseph has devoted significant time and energy to advancing the Yale India Initiative and the India-Yale Parliamentary Leadership Programme that over seven editions engaged more than eighty Indian parliamentarians.

GOPIO-Connecticut President’s Young Achiever Award went to Moh Sharma who serves as a Policy Advisor for the House Democratic Caucus.

Earlier, Moh had worked for several government agencies and public institutions as well as served in several non-profit and advocacy groups. (IANS)

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Google, Apple Block TikTok Download in India

With over 54 million users every month, TikTok allows its users to create and share videos and these may have inappropriate content

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The Google logo is seen at a start-up campus in Paris, France, Feb. 15, 2018. VOA

Google and Apple have blocked the download of TikTok from Play Store and App Store respectively in India, following a request from the government to ban access to the Chinese short video-sharing app that has been downloaded over 230 million times in the country.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology had asked Google and Apple to block the app following the Supreme Court’s refusal to stay the original Madras HC court order on April 3.

The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday refused to lift the ban on TikTok and set April 24 the next hearing date.

A Google spokesperson told IANS: “As a policy, we don’t comment on individual apps but adhere to the law in countries we operate in.”

TikTok said in a statement that the company has faith in the Indian judicial system.

“We are optimistic about an outcome that would be well received by over 120 million monthly active users in India, who continue using TikTok to showcase their creativity and capture moments that matter in their everyday lives,” a TikTok spokesperson said.

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The logo of the TikTok application is seen on a screen in this picture illustration taken Feb. 21, 2019. VOA

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to interfere, for now, with the Madras High Court’s order banning Chinese video app TikTok, and directed further hearing in the matter on April 22.

Expressing concern over the “pornographic and inappropriate” contents of the TikTok, the High Court had, on April 3, directed the Centre to ban the app.

The ban order came after the court noted that children were being exposed to pornographic and inappropriate material.

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With over 54 million users every month, TikTok allows its users to create and share videos and these may have inappropriate content.

The rise of Chinese short video-sharing app TikTok in India has been so spectacular over the past year that it is now nearly impossible for any social media user to not have come across its content.

These user-created videos that often contain memes, lip-syncing songs and sometimes sleazy posts regularly find ways to other popular social media sites including Facebook, WhatsApp and ShareChat. These are the platforms where most adult social media users are now getting introduced to TikTok. (IANS)