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India Cuts Pak High Commission Staff Strength By 50 Per Cent

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NEW DELHI: India on Tuesday said it will reduce the staff strength in the Pakistan high commission in New Delhi by 50% and would also recall half of its officials from the Indian high commission in Islamabad amid the ongoing diplomatic tussle with the neighboring country.

Raising concern over the activities of Pakistani officials in India, the ministry of external affairs told Pakistan’s Charged affairs to India that their envoys have engaged in acts of espionage and maintained dealings with terror organizations.

India also cited the recent example of two Pakistani envoys who were expelled and sent back over charges of spying. “While their officials indulged in actions that are not in conformity with their privileged status in the High Commission, Pakistan has in parallel engaged in a sustained campaign to intimidate the officials of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad from carrying on their legitimate diplomatic functions,” the MEA said.

The MEA said that Pakistan’s behavior is not in conformity with the Vienna Convention and bilateral agreements on the treatment of diplomatic and consular officials.

“On the contrary, it is an intrinsic element of a larger policy of supporting cross-border violence and terrorism,” it added.

“Therefore, the Government of India has taken the decision to reduce the staff strength in the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi by 50% within the next 7 days. It would reciprocally reduce its own presence in Islamabad to the same proportion,” it said.

Input: Times Of India

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Amitabh Bachchan’s son Abhishek also tested positive for Coronavirus

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MUMBAI:  Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek Bachchan were on Saturday evening admitted to Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai after they tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). The veteran actor made the announcement on social media moments after news broke of his health situation. Abhishek accompanied the megastar to the hospital.

Amitabh Bachchan stays in his Jalsa bungalow with wife Jaya, Abhishek, daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai and granddaughter Aaradhya. His daughter Shweta and her children Navya and Agastya are also in Mumbai currently.

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The legendary actor was last seen in director Shoojit Sircar’s Gulabo Sitabo, where he starred alongside Ayushmann Khurrana.

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As tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China continues, the Government of India has decided to ban on 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok.

The government will be announcing a ban on 59 such Chinese apps, including Tik Tok.

List of 59 Chinese Apps

List of 59 Chinese Apps

A government press release announcing the ban stated: “The Ministry of Information Technology, invoking it’s power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 59 apps since in view of the information available they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of the state and public order”.

The press release further said that the Ministry of Information Technology has received “many representations raising concerns from citizens regarding the security of data and risk to privacy relating to the operation of certain apps”.

“The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) has also received many representations from citizens regarding the security of data and breach of privacy impacting upon public order issues,” the press release mentioned.

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Full statement from the Indian Govt’s Ministry of Electronics & IT

Full statement from the Indian Govt’s Ministry of Electronics & IT

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