India bans 59 Chinese mobile apps, including TikTok over ‘security’ Jun 30, 2020 0 18 12345 AFPNew DelhiIndia on Monday banned 59 Chinese mobile apps, including the wildly popular TikTok and WeChat, over national security and privacy concerns just weeks after a deadly Himalayan border clash between the nuclear-armed neighbours.Relations between the world’s two most populous nations have been strained following the deaths of 20 Indian troops in hand-to-hand fighting with their Chinese counterparts on the western end of the high-altitude, contested border in mid-June.The apps “are engaged in activities... prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order,” the ministry of information technology said in a statement.“The government of India has decided to disallow the usage of certain apps... This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace.”It was unclear when the ban would come into force.There have been calls for the banning of Chinese businesses, which export goods worth nearly $60 billion to India.Chinese mobiles have an almost 65 percent share in the local smartphone market, while video-sharing apps like TikTok and Helo are popular among India’s youths.Other apps on the banned list include microblogging app Weibo and strategy game Clash of Kings. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Delhi opens huge cardboard-bed hospital to combat coronavirus Jun 30, 2020 0 427 Four killed in attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange Jun 30, 2020 0 274 China forcibly sterilises Uighurs to control population: Report Jun 30, 2020 0 15 Blasts at Afghan market kill 23 civilians AFP Kandahar Multiple explosions tore through a busy market in southern Afghanistan on Monday, killing at least 23 civilians, officials said, blaming the Taliban for the carnage. The latest bloodshed comes as both the .. Chinese coronavirus vaccine approved for military use AFP Beijing China’s military has approved a coronavirus vaccine for use within its ranks that has been developed by its research unit and a biotech firm, the company said Monday. Organisations around the world are racing .. Singapore’s June dengue deaths top those from COVID-19 DPA Bangkok Four people have died in Singapore this month from the mosquito-borne dengue virus, according to Health Ministry data provided to The Straits Times, a local newspaper. Meanwhile ministry statistics .. China says will restrict visas for some Americans over HK row Beijing China warned Monday that it would impose visa restrictions on US citizens who had “behaved egregiously” over Hong Kong, ahead of expected approval from Beijing lawmakers for a controversial national security .. Kazakh leader says restrictions to return as virus surges Nur-Sultan The president of Kazakhstan criticised top officials on Monday for their coronavirus response and ordered the return of lockdown measures as the Central Asian country struggles to control a surge in .. Thailand to ease nightlife lockdown, allow some entry to foreigners AFP Bangkok Thailand’s nightlife will restart with some restrictions this week, the kingdom announced Monday, part of a return to normalcy as it prepares to welcome business travellers and medical tourists after a ban .. Filipino journalist Maria Ressa appeals conviction for cyber libel DPA Manila Filipino journalist Maria Ressa on Monday appealed her conviction for cyber libel, citing “substantial errors” made by the judge in her verdict, which was seen as a blow to press freedom in the Philippines. ..