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TikTok distanced itself from China in letter to Modi govt before India banned it: Report

In a 28 June letter, TikTok CEO wrote to India that the Chinese government has never requested user data, and the firm wouldn’t turn it over if asked.
Made in China products

Green tea to underpants, China’s grip on Indian lives goes beyond phone apps

There is no way Indians can live without most of the 8,000-odd stuff the country imports from China. So it's just better to wait for the tensions at LAC to simmer down.
Chingari was launched in November 2018

Video-sharing app Chingari, the ‘accidental’ Indian start-up that’s replacing TikTok

Chingari has hit 10 million downloads on Google Play Store in no time. But despite its similarity to TikTok, users complain about it being a ‘buggy’ app.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends a cabinet meeting Monday | Photo: ANI

Modi govt’s silence on China gave ‘satellite warriors’ a free run. India will rue the damages

If the LAC crisis prolongs, the satellite warriors will only get better at their interpretations and Modi govt's silence will be seen as capitulation or a cover-up.
Volunteers serve food to the needy in Patna during the Covid-19 lockdown in May | Representational image | ANI

No dal fry — why states have to make do with chana under Modi govt’s new round of food aid

In the first round of the PMGKY lockdown aid, from April-June, states could decide what pulses to distribute among beneficiaries of the scheme. Not anymore.
PM Modi's Covid-19 address on 14 April. Photo | YouTube

Unlike Indira Gandhi, this is why Modi era isn’t producing strong new foes

Unlike the Emergency, the processes of democracy have been left intact by Modi, preventing the opposition from highlighting the seriousness of the situation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

Modi’s rajniti unable to tackle India’s three big crises. Time for lokniti

The nation wants to know the reality of the coronavirus spread, the situation at the LAC, and the condition of economy. But the Modi government is washing its hands off.
Dinesh Pawar of Jamde, Maharashtra, dances to a 1990s Bollywood song with his two wives while a neighbour films them | By special arrangement

‘We’re devastated, my wives cried’ — TikTok stars in Maharashtra village crushed by app ban

TikTok, one of 59 Chinese apps banned by Modi govt, had emerged as one of India’s most popular social media portals, even finding appeal in small towns and villages.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an election rally in Delhi's Karkardooma. | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

PM Modi will lose over 2 lakh Chinese followers with Weibo ban

Weibo is one of the Chinese apps that were banned by the Modi government in India Monday over national security-related concerns.
Pedestrians

All products sold via any channel must state country of origin, demands traders’ body

In a letter to Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, CAIT says details about the composition of products must be inscribed and violations must invite penalty.

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File photo | Sushant Singh Rajput | Facebook/SushantSinghRajput

Nepotistic privilege should be a matter of social shame. It holds India back

Woke young millennials should start looking down upon friends who take the easy route of following up on their parents’ careers.
Workers at a metro construction site in Mumbai (representational image) | Photo: ANI

India added 7 crore jobs in June — mostly daily wagers, farmers and small businesses

About 12 crore jobs were lost due to the lockdown in April, but things are gradually improving. However, only 39 lakh new salaried jobs have been created.

Defence

State Councillor and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval at the 22nd meeting of Special Representatives (SR) for India-China Boundary Question, in New Delhi last December | ANI file

Ajit Doval talks to Chinese foreign minister, both agree on ‘earliest complete disengagement’

MEA statement says both sides have re-affirmed they should strictly respect & observe the LAC, and not take any unilateral action to alter the status quo.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.