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Although various farmer unions have supported the protest, the agitation is largely led by the growers of relatively well-off states of Punjab and Haryana in India’s north. After calculating the cost of cultivation, the state-run Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) announces Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for more than 22 commodities yearly to set a benchmark. After buying rice and wheat from farmers at MSPs, the FCI sells the staples at highly subsidised prices to the poor. Slideshow ( 4 images )Guaranteed prices offered by the FCI encourage farmers to produce large quantities of rice and wheat. Once in a while, the Indian government gives small quantities of rice and wheat to other countries through diplomatic deals.
Persons: Narendra Modi Organizations: Farmers, REUTERS, Agricultural, Food Corporation of India, FCI, STATE Locations: DELHI, Delhi, Singhu, India, Punjab, Haryana, India’s, Bihar
NEW YORK/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s economy will return to growth in 2021/22 after a sharp contraction in the latest year, and higher public spending will lay the foundation for stronger growth in the next four to five years, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told Reuters on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: India's Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman arrives at her office before leaving for parliament to present the federal budget in New Delhi, India, July 5, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree FadnavisWith the world’s second highest number of coronavirus cases despite a severe lockdown of its 1.3 billion people early in the pandemic, India’s economy is expected to contract nearly 10% in the 2020/21 financial year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government hopes for deeper ties with the incoming administration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden. Sitharaman said the two economies had a lot to gain from each other and defended he role of India’s outsourcing and IT industry.
Persons: Nirmala Sitharaman, Sitharaman, , , Narendra Modi’s, Joe Biden, Donald Trump Organizations: NEW, Reuters, India's, REUTERS, Reuters Global Investment Outlook, Oxford, AstraZeneca, Sputnik, U.S, Washington Locations: NEW DELHI, New Delhi, India, United States, Japan, United Kingdom, U.S
The protests pose a crucial test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ability to reform India’s vast agriculture sector. Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Trade Minister Piyush Goyal have started discussion with nearly three-dozen farmers’ representatives, a government official said. Modi’s government has defended the bill and several hours of talks between farmers’ leaders and the government on Tuesday failed to break the impasse. “We humbly request you to pay heed to the voice of farmers and withdraw completely the implementation of these Acts,” Avik Saha, another farmers’ leader said in a letter written to the agriculture minister on Thursday. “The issue is not about one particular clause, but about the direction in which the government of India is pushing farming in India,” Saha wrote.
Persons: Narendra Modi’s, Narendra Singh Tomar, Piyush Goyal, , , Joginder Singh Ugrahan, ” Avik Saha, ” Saha Organizations: NEW, Agriculture, Farmers Welfare, Trade Locations: NEW DELHI, MUMBAI, Delhi, India
NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) - A fourth round of talks between the Indian government and 40 farmers’ unions over divisive farm laws failed to make headway on Thursday, but a cabinet minister said they would continue discussions on Saturday. India’s Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said Thursday’s talks, which lasted seven hours, were cordial and the government was sympathetic. “The government did propose amendments to the laws but farmers unions still insisted on taking these laws back,” said Kavitha Kuruganti, a leader of the farmers’ group All India Kisan Sangarsh Coordination Committee. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has defended the new laws, and said they only give an option to farmers to sell to private buyers. “We humbly request you to pay heed to the voice of farmers and withdraw completely the implementation of these Acts,” Avik Saha, another farmers’ leader, wrote to the government.
Persons: Narendra Singh Tomar, Thursday’s, ” Tomar, , Kavitha Kuruganti, Narendra Modi’s, , ” Avik Saha, ” Saha Organizations: NEW, India’s Agriculture, Farmers Welfare, India Kisan Sangarsh Locations: NEW DELHI, MUMBAI, Delhi, India
Farmers shout slogans during their 'Delhi Chalo' protest march against the Centre's new farm laws, at Singhu border on December 2, 2020 in New Delhi, India. Tens of thousands of farmers, most of them from northern states of Punjab and Haryana, have taken to the streets in protest against the farm reforms that were enacted into law this year. Under the new bill, farmers can sell their produce both at the mandis and also directly to buyers from the fields. Anecdotal evidence shows that free market prices are generally lower than the designated (minimum support prices). Farmers shout slogans during their 'Delhi Chalo' protest march against the Centre's new farm laws, at Singhu border on December 2, 2020 in New Delhi, India.
Persons: Sonu Mehta, APMCs, Kunal Kundu, that's, Narendra Modi, Kundu Organizations: Hindustan Times, Getty Images, Getty Images SINGAPORE — Government, Reuters, Agriculture, Farmers, Generale, Protesters, Societe Generale, CNBC, Getty Locations: Delhi, Singhu, New Delhi, India, Getty Images SINGAPORE, Punjab, Haryana, city's, Kundu
The middlemen provide quick funds for seeds and fertilisers, and even for family emergencies, said the farmers. The government is holding talks with the farmers to persuade them to end their protest and see the longer-term benefit of the reforms. Many economists, including former government adviser Ashok Gulati, say the reforms would bring fresh investments to the sector. “There is a symbiotic relationship between the two, and for most farmers, middlemen are like ATMs,” Sharma said. The farmers also worry that after initially paying good returns for their produce, corporate buyers could force down prices.
Persons: Sukhbinder Singh, Santokh Singh, Narendra Modi, Modi, , ” Singh, Jasbir Singh, ” Jasbir Singh, ” Modi, Ashok Gulati, ” Gulati, , Devinder Sharma, ” Sharma, Paramjit Singh Sarna Organizations: REUTERS, WalMart Inc, Reliance Industries Ltd, Adani Enterprises Ltd, Reuters, India Agricultural Workers Union Locations: DELHI, city’s, Singhu, Delhi, India, Punjab, Haryana, Bihar
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers the keynote address at the IISS Asia Security Summit: The Shangri-La Dialogue, in Singapore on June 1, 2018. Ministers and representatives of thousands of protesting farmers failed to break a deadlock over a set of new farm laws at a meeting on Tuesday, but both sides were set to meet again on Thursday, a farmers' leader and the government said. India's vast farm sector contributes nearly 15% of the country's $2.9 trillion economy and employs around half its 1.3 billion people. In talks on Tuesday that lasted several hours, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Trade Minister Piyush Goyal met more than 30 farmers' representatives, a government official said. Because of the deadlock, everyone agreed to meet again on Dec. 3," Ugharan told reporters.
Persons: Narendra Modi, Justin Trudeau, Anurag Srivastava, Narendra Modi's, Narendra Singh Tomar, Piyush Goyal, Joginder Singh Ugrahan, Ugharan Organizations: Indian, IISS Asia Security, Growers, Canadian, Farmers Welfare, Trade Locations: Singapore, Delhi, India, Canada, Agriculture, Haryana
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Ministers and representatives of thousands of protesting farmers failed to break a deadlock over a set of new farm laws at a meeting on Tuesday, but both sides were set to meet again on Thursday, a farmers’ leader and the government said. India’s vast farm sector contributes nearly 15% of the country’s $2.9 trillion economy and employs around half its 1.3 billion people. In talks on Tuesday that lasted several hours, Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Trade Minister Piyush Goyal met more than 30 farmers’ representatives, a government official said. Because of the deadlock, everyone agreed to meet again on Dec. 3,” Ugharan told reporters. The protests have intensified since last week when farmers arrived in trucks, buses and tractors at Delhi’s Singhu border with Haryana and blocked the main northern highway into the capital.
Persons: Justin Trudeau, , Anurag Srivastava, Narendra Modi’s, Narendra Singh Tomar, Piyush Goyal, Joginder Singh Ugrahan, ” Ugharan Organizations: Canadian, Agriculture, Farmers Welfare, Trade Locations: DELHI, Delhi, India, Canada, Haryana
Indian government invites protesting farmers for talks on Tuesday
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Mayank Bhardwaj | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Farmers attend a protest against the newly passed farm bills at Singhu border near Delhi, India, November 30, 2020. In a letter addressed to 32 farmers’ unions, Sanjay Agrawal, the most senior civil servant at the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, urged farmers to come forward for talks with government ministers and officials. The government had earlier invited farmers for talks on Thursday but agreed to meet on Tuesday due to cold weather and the coronavirus pandemic, Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said. Earlier, an umbrella group representing different farmers’ unions slammed the government for saying it would engage in talks with the farmers if they moved their protest off the roads into a designated stadium site. If the government is serious about addressing the demands of farmers, it should stop laying down conditions, they said.
Persons: Siddiqui, Sanjay Agrawal, Narendra Singh Tomar, Narendra Modi Organizations: Farmers, REUTERS, Siddiqui NEW DELHI, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Agriculture, Farmers Welfare Locations: Singhu, Delhi, India, Haryana
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian ministers and representatives of thousands of protesting farmers failed to break a deadlock over a set of new farm laws at a meeting on Tuesday, but both sides were set to meet again on Thursday, a farmers’ leader and the government said. India’s vast farm sector contributes nearly 15% of the country’s $2.9 trillion economy and employs around half its 1.3 billion people. In talks on Tuesday that lasted several hours, Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Trade Minister Piyush Goyal met more than 30 farmers’ representatives, a government official said. Because of the deadlock, everyone agreed to meet again on Dec. 3,” Ugharan told reporters. The protests have intensified since last week when farmers arrived in trucks, buses and tractors at Delhi’s Singhu border with Haryana state and blocked the main northern highway into the capital.
Persons: Justin Trudeau, , Anurag Srivastava, Narendra Modi’s, Narendra Singh Tomar, Piyush Goyal, Joginder Singh Ugrahan, ” Ugharan Organizations: Canadian, Indian, Agriculture, Farmers Welfare, Trade Locations: DELHI, Delhi, India, Canada, Haryana
India says may not need to vaccinate entire population to control COVID
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Shilpa Jamkhandikar | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: +2 min
MUMBAI (Reuters) - India may not need to vaccinate all of its 1.3 billion people if it manages to inoculate a critical mass and break the transmission of the coronavirus, senior government officials said on Tuesday. In October, he said that the government was preparing to reach every single citizen as soon as a vaccine was ready. World Health Organization experts have pointed to a 65%-70% vaccine coverage rate as sufficient to reach population immunity. India recorded 31,118 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, the lowest daily tally since Nov. 17, data from the health ministry showed. India’s plan to roll out a COVID-19 shot in the first few months of 2021 wouldn’t be impacted by an alleged adverse reaction during AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine trial, Bhushan said.
Persons: Narendra Modi, ” Rajesh Bhushan, Balram Bhargava, AstraZeneca’s, Bhushan Organizations: Health Organization, Of Medical Research, Serum Institute of India Locations: MUMBAI, India, COVID, Modi, United States, British
Indian PM Modi refuses to back down on farm reforms despite huge protests
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Sanjeev Miglani | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday resisted calls for the repeal of farm reforms that have ignited the biggest protests by farmers in years around the national capital, saying they were being misled and that deregulation would benefit them. Speaking at a public rally during a visit to his political constituency of Varanasi in northern India, Modi dismissed the fears as misplaced. The farm sector contributes nearly 15% of India’s $2.9 trillion economy and employs around half its 1.3 billion people. But Rahul Gandhi, the leader of the main opposition Congress party, said the new laws would benefit big business and accused Modi of crony capitalism. “Our farmers are standing up against the black laws, they have reached Delhi leaving their farms and families behind.
Persons: Narendra Modi, Modi, , Rahul Gandhi Organizations: Indian, Monday, Farmers, WalMart Locations: DELHI, Punjab, Delhi, Varanasi, India
India’s Farmer Protests Challenge Modi’s Market Deregulations
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Vibhuti Agarwal | Eric Bellman | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
NEW DELHI—Angry Indian farmers protested in and around the capital over the weekend, worried that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to deregulate agricultural markets will leave them without a safety net. Farmers from northern India used tractors and motorcycles to block highways on the fringes of New Delhi, creating traffic jams and forcing people to drive around the protest. Authorities have offered to create a place for the protesters to demonstrate that won’t lead to gridlock, but they have declined.
Persons: Narendra Modi’s Organizations: DELHI, Authorities Locations: Farmers, India, New Delhi
Indian farmers defiant against reform as Modi tries to calm anger
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Manoj Kumar | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Slideshow ( 2 images )The government on Saturday invited farmers’ union leaders for talks on new legislation to deregulate agricultural but that has not calmed farmers’ anger over what many see “anti-farm laws”, and their action appeared to be spreading. “From these reforms, farmers will get new rights and opportunities,” he said in his monthly radio address. [L1N2ID09V]But instead farmers from the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh joined in over the weekend, blocking roads to the east of the capital. Media reported protests by farmers in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala on Saturday. Prices of fresh produce prices at wholesale markets in the city began to tick up and commuters have faced travel disruption.
Persons: , Rakesh Tikait, Narendra Modi’s, Modi Organizations: Saturday, Bharatiya Kisan Union, Walmart, Media Locations: DELHI, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala
In a statement on Sunday, an umbrella group representing different farmers’ unions slammed the government for saying it would engage in talks with the farmers if they moved their protest off the roads into a designated stadium site. “The government, if serious about addressing the demands of farmers, should stop laying down any conditions and should come straight out with the solution it is offering,” the statement said. Modi sought to allay farmer concerns during his monthly radio address, saying “farmers will get new rights and opportunities” through these laws. “Farmers are not fools who would not understand what is in their interest,” said Yogendra Yadav, president of Swaraj India - an opposition party. The farmers’ unions called on farmers in other states to expand the protests from Tuesday, while urging farmers in neighbouring states and others to join demonstrations in Delhi.
Persons: Narendra Modi’s, Modi, Modi’s, , Yogendra Yadav Organizations: “ Farmers, Swaraj Locations: DELHI, New Delhi, Swaraj India, Delhi
FILE PHOTO: A research scientist works inside a laboratory of India's Serum Institute, the world's largest maker of vaccines, which is working on vaccines against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Pune, India, May 18, 2020. REUTERS/Euan Rocha/File Photo/File PhotoMUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine producer, sees AstraZeneca Plc’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate as a “very good” option, giving it a major vote of confidence after some experts raised questions around its trial data. He also noted that the AstraZeneca vaccine, along with the vaccine from Novavax - the U.S. vaccine developer that SII has also partnered with - offered a significant edge over the vaccine candidates of certain rivals, which need to be stored at much lower temperatures. “Both our vaccine candidates can be stored in 2 Celsius to 8 Celsius and India has lot of storage and infrastructure for that temperature range. Pfizer’s experimental vaccine must be stored at -70C over longer durations.
Persons: Euan Rocha, AstraZeneca Plc’s, Adar, , Narendra Modi’s, you’re, SII, Poonawalla Organizations: India's Serum Institute, REUTERS, Serum Institute of India, AstraZeneca, AstraZeneca Plc’s COVID, Indian, Moderna, Pfizer Locations: Pune, India, MUMBAI, DELHI, SII’s, Novavax, Poonawalla . U.S
Modi visits key vaccine facilities as COVID-19 case load surges
  + stars: | 2020-11-28 | by ( Nidhi Verma | ) www.reuters.com + 0.98   time to read: +1 min
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi toured three of the nation’s leading vaccine development and manufacturing sites on Saturday as coronavirus case counts continue to soar. India has recorded 9.35 million COVID-19 infections, second only to the United States. In a series of tweets, Modi congratulated the scientists on their progress and assured them of his government’s support. The companies are testing homegrown vaccine options, as well as working on trials of vaccines being developed overseas. India hopes to complete final trials on COVAXIN in a month or two, health minister Harsh Vardhan said earlier this month.
Persons: Narendra Modi, Modi, Harsh Vardhan Organizations: Indian, Serum, India’s, Serum Institute, AstraZeneca, Novavax Inc, Bharat Biotech, of Medical Research Locations: DELHI, India, United States, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, Ahmedabad, Bharat, Hyderabad, Pune
India's Modi visits key vaccine facilities as COVID-19 cases surge
  + stars: | 2020-11-28 | by ( Nidhi Verma | ) www.reuters.com + 1.00   time to read: +2 min
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi toured three of the nation’s leading vaccine development and manufacturing sites on Saturday as coronavirus cases continue to soar. FILE PHOTO: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation during Independence Day celebrations at the historic Red Fort in New Delhi, August 15, 2020. The western state of Maharashtra - home to India’s financial hub, Mumbai - has been particularly hard hit by the virus. Following the visits Modi said India’s role in developing vaccines was a global good and he was pleased with the rapid progress being made. The companies are testing homegrown vaccine options, as well as working on trials of vaccines being developed overseas.
Persons: Narendra Modi, Adnan Abidi, Modi, ” Modi, Harsh Vardhan Organizations: Indian, REUTERS, Serum, India’s, Serum Institute, AstraZeneca, Novavax Inc, Bharat Biotech, of Medical Research Locations: DELHI, Independence, Fort, New Delhi, United States, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, Ahmedabad, Bharat, Hyderabad, Pune, India
Thousands of protesting farmers and police face-off at New Delhi border
  + stars: | 2020-11-28 | by ( Danish Siddiqui | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India deployed hundreds of police and paramilitary forces at a New Delhi border on Saturday as thousands of farmers from neighbouring states blocked major roads into the capital, in protest against recent agricultural deregulation. Both security forces and farmers have installed barricades to prevent a repeat of Friday’s clashes. We want a special parliament session for withdrawal of the new farm laws,” Singh said, adding he hopes farmers from other states will join the protests to pressure on the government. “Our slogan was, ‘Hail the Soldier, Hail the Farmer,’ but today PM Modi’s arrogance made the soldier stand against the farmer. The government says there is no plan to eliminate wholesale markets and that farmers have the choice of buyers.
Persons: Narendra Modi’s, Harbhajan Singh, ” Singh, Rahul Gandhi, Farmer, ” Gandhi Organizations: Farmers, Walmart Inc Locations: DELHI, India, New Delhi, Haryana, Amritsar, Punjab
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s government on Saturday invited leaders of protesting farmers’ unions for talks next week to address concerns about new laws which seek to deregulate the country’s large agriculture sector. They chanted slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and waved the red, yellow and green flags of farmer’s unions. “I appeal to the protesting farmers that the government of India is ready to hold talks regarding your problems. He said farmers’ unions wanted to hold discussions before Dec. 3. “I want to assure you all that as soon as you shift your protest to structured place, the government will hold talks to address your concerns the very next day”.
Persons: Narendra Modi’s, Amit Shah, Shah, , Harbhajan Singh, ” Singh, Rahul Gandhi, Farmer, ” Gandhi Organizations: Saturday, Farmers, Walmart Inc Locations: DELHI, Haryana, India, Delhi, Amritsar, Punjab
Five COVID-19 patients killed in Indian hospital fire
  + stars: | 2020-11-27 | by ( Sumit Khanna | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
AHMEDABAD, India (Reuters) - Five patients were killed in India on Friday in a fire that broke out in a COVID-19 ward, the fourth blaze in a novel coronavirus hospital since the outbreak began, which drew angry questions from the Supreme Court. The early morning blaze in Rajkot city in the western state of Gujrat gutted the intensive care unit (ICU) of the private hospital, television footage showed. “Three of the patients in the ICU died on the spot, and two others succumbed on way to hospital. The two other patients in the ICU were unhurt,” Agarwal told Reuters. In August, eight COVID-19 patients were killed in a fire in the ICU ward of a hospital in Ahmedabad, the largest city of Gujarat.
Persons: Udit Agarwal, ” Agarwal, India’s, Narendra Modi, Modi Organizations: Reuters, Twitter Locations: AHMEDABAD, India, Rajkot, Gujrat, United States, COVID, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Farmers clash with police in protest over market reform
  + stars: | 2020-11-27 | by ( Anushree Fadnavis | Mayank Bhardwaj | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Police fired several rounds of tear gas at some places on the outskirts of Delhi and used water cannons at entry points to stop the farmers coming into the city centre. Television showed plumes of smoke and some people throwing stones at police as thousands pressed against barricades, waving flags and sticks. Many farmer organisations oppose the new law, saying it would leave small growers with little bargaining power. The new law was aimed at making the vast agriculture sector more efficient by freeing up farmers who want to sell directly to big retailers such as Walmart. Suburban train services into Delhi were suspended, the Delhi Metro said in a post on Twitter, in a bid to stop the protesters from riding the trains.
Persons: we’ve, , Sukrampal, Narendra Modi Organizations: Police, Walmart, Delhi Metro, Twitter Locations: DELHI, Delhi
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - New Delhi police agreed to let thousands of Indian farmers stage a peaceful protest inside the capital on Friday after initially blocking demonstrators on the outskirts and firing tear gas and water cannon at them. Clashes ensued, with police unleashing tear gas and water cannon to push back the farmers. It hopes to bring new investment to the farm sector and fix the supply chains that lose one-fourth of India’s produce to wastage. “The new laws holds the promise of bringing revolutionary change to farmers’ lives,” Farm Minister Narendra Singh Tomar told Reuters affiliate ANI. The farm sector contributes nearly 15% of India’s $2.9 trillion economy and employs around half its 1.3 billion people.
Persons: we’ve, , Sukrampal Dhayana, Narendra Modi, Narendra Singh Tomar Organizations: WalMart, National Farmers ’ Forum Locations: DELHI, New Delhi, Punjab, Delhi,
Indian economy contracts for second quarter in a row, recovery seen next year
  + stars: | 2020-11-27 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
A health worker takes a swab sample from a man for coronavirus testing, near Bal Bhawan ITO, in New Delhi, India. The Indian economy shrank for the second straight quarter through September, although it showed signs of a pick-up after the easing of pandemic restrictions that triggered a record contraction in the previous quarter. Annual growth of 3.4% in farm sector and 0.6% in manufacturing during September quarter raised hopes of an early recovery as the government gears up to distribute coranavirus vaccines to a country with about 1.4 billion people. Economists have marginally raised growth forecasts this month after a pick-up in consumer demand for autos, non-durables and rail freight during the festival season. India's tally of COVID-19 infections has crossed 9.3 million to stand as the world's second highest after the United States, with 135,715 deaths in the south Asian nation.
Persons: Bal Bhawan ITO, Majumdar, Narendra Modi Organizations: National Statistical, Deloitte India, Reserve Bank of India Locations: Bal, New Delhi, India, United States, Bihar
SINGAPORE — China has accused India of discriminatory practices that violate World Trade Organization rules after New Delhi banned another 43 Chinese mobile apps. New Delhi issued an order on Tuesday to block those apps, claiming they engaged in activities that threatened India's national security. "This action was taken based on the inputs regarding these apps for engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order," India's information technology ministry said. The affected apps include short-video streaming app Snack Video, which has reportedly dominated the charts in terms of downloads in recent months. Other banned apps include Alibaba's e-commerce platform AliExpress, streaming app Taobao Live and workplace messaging app DingTalk, as well as delivery app Lalamove India and a handful of dating sites.
Persons: Xi Jinping, Narendra Modi Organizations: Indian, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, World Trade Organization, Coordination Center, Ministry of Home Affairs, Tencent Locations: SINGAPORE — China, India, Delhi
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