Saturday, July 11, 2020

Amazon asks employees to delete TikTok cellphones

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San Francisco [US], July 11 (ANI): Amazon has asked its employees to delete TikTok from their cellphones citing "security risks", The New York Times reported citing a company email on Friday.

The development comes days after India banned 59 Chinese apps, including Tik Tok and UC Browser, saying that they are "prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity and defence" of the country.

In the email, which was obtained by The New York Times, Amazon officials said that employees must delete the app from any devices that "access Amazon email".

As per the report, employees had to remove the app by Friday to remain able to obtain mobile access to their Amazon email. However, Amazon workers are still allowed to view TikTok from their laptop browser.

Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had confirmed that the White House is "looking at" banning the Chinese social media apps including TikTok.

"With respect to Chinese apps on people's cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too. I don't want to get out in front of the President [Donald Trump], but it's something we're looking at," Pompeo was quoted as saying, by CNN during an interview with Fox News.

The US politicians have repeatedly criticised TikTok, owned by Beijing-based startup ByteDance, of being a threat to national security because of its ties to China. (ANI)

Strong India-UK ties on display at India Global Week Conference in london

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New Delhi [India], July 11 (ANI): The strength of the India-UK relationship was on show on Friday at the India Global Week conference organised in London, with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab leading a senior UK delegation that also included Home Secretary Priti Patel, Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Trade Secretary Liz Truss.

According to a release from British High Commission here, the inaugural address for the annual conference, held virtually this year from 9-11 July, was delivered by Prime Minister Modi.

"It brought together influential participants from the private and public sectors to discuss India, the UK and the world. This included a special address by the Prince of Wales - who visited India last year - highlighting enduring UK-India bilateral ties and the importance of building a green, sustainable future," the release said.

The UK Foreign Secretary gave a speech by video, discussing the way Britain and India are maximising research and innovation links to tackle the challenges posted by Covid-19 and climate change.

"As leaders in the international Covid-19 response, the UK and India also co-authored the G20 Action Plan, providing an immediate package of $200 billion of global support to the most vulnerable countries around the world. A vaccine developed in Britain and manufactured in India, if successful in clinical trials, will reach a billion people across the developing world, thanks to Oxford University and India's Serum Institute," Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab was quoted as saying.

"We also believe our friendship with India will be crucial as the UK fulfils its ambition to be an even stronger force for good in the world. When the UK hosts COP26 in 2021, we will need to be key partners in tackling climate change."

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: "Our relationship with India is deeply rooted in shared history, culture and our people to people ties. It is difficult to think of two other countries so deeply intertwined as the living bridge between our nations strengthens. Our partnership for the future is based upon our shared values and determination to be a force for good as we collectively embark upon new challenges and new shared opportunities."

According to the release, other senior UK speakers included Lizz Truss, Trade Secretary, who spoke about the expansion of the UK-India trade and investment relationship, including the path towards a possible free trade deal, Matt Hancock, Health Secretary who highlighted the strong collaboration between the two countries on health-tech and pharmaceuticals during the pandemic, the invaluable contribution of Indian professionals to the National Health Service, and new opportunities to work together in areas like genomics and bioinformatics.

Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth, thanked the Government of India for its support in the UK's repatriation efforts and praised the living bridge that links the two countries, the release informed.

India Global Week is organised annually by London-based India Inc. This year's event was entitled '#BeTheRevival: India and A Better New World'.

The UK is a top partner for India on climate change issues, having joined the India-led International Solar Alliance last year. In March 2020, the UK became the first co-chair of the Governing Council on the India-led global Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI).

The UK has committed £313m to research and development to support the development of a possible vaccine to Covid-19, and AstraZeneca is leading the development work with Oxford University and India's Serum Institute.

There are currently 15 Indian-origin MPs in Parliament, three of whom are Cabinet level.

Nepal PM Oli seeks to play down intra-party rift, talks of patience, restraint

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Kathmandu [Nepal], July 11 (ANI): Amid pressure from sections of ruling party, Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Friday ruled out his resignation and sought to play down the rift, saying pending political issues will be decided through dialogue which require "patience and restraint".

Oli in address to the nation referred to COVID-19 said the government should perform its duty of protecting lives of people.

"No one can move away from their duty of protecting people's lives by involving themselves in internal disputes or problems. I have always been reiterating that the government would never step back from its duty to protect people from disease and hunger. Therefore, the government under my leadership has focused entirely on protecting the lives and property from pandemic and calamities." Oli said.

Oli government has faced domestic criticism over its handling of COVID-19 situation.

He also said that the ongoing political scenario might have increased concern about political stability but he will strive to increase unity.

Oli, whose government has created a border row with India, said he would stand firm to "uplift the national self-respect" and protect sovereign power and territorial integrity.

In an apparent reference to the rift in the ruling party, he said the attention of people must have been dragged by the political issues and references but these are internal issues to be sorted out internally.

He said dispute and discussion between any political party are internal issues.

"It is common to have such kind of interest and enthusiasm. Rise of the political issues at the time of dealing with the pandemic and natural calamities is not new.

Dispute and discussion between any political party are internal issues. Responsibility of taking that sort of discussion to a conclusion lies on the concerned political party and the leaders. These sort of discussions, consultations and dissent are entirely their internal and sometimes a regular phenomenon. These issues will be solved by the party and concerned leaders through dialogue. Patience and restraint are required for it," Oli said.

Demands for resignation of Prime Minister from the post has been rising in the ruling Nepal Communist Party. These have also been voiced high during Central Standing Committee meeting.

The Central Standing Committee meeting has been postponed time and again as Oli and his co-chair in party Pushpa Kamal Dahal have stuck to their stances. The meeting has again been postponed by a week. (ANI)

Trump to sign immigration bill to protect 'Dreamers'

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Washington (ANI): US President Donald Trump on Friday (local time) said that he is planning to sign an executive order on immigration within the next month that will introduce new measures to protect "Dreamers" -- people who were brought to the United States as children by undocumented parents.

In an interview with anchor Jose Diaz-Balart of Telemundo, a North American Spanish language news, Trump said, "You have breaking news. I am gonna do a big executive order -- I have the power to do it as president. I am going to make Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) a part of it."

He said that the Supreme Court's DACA decision has granted him "tremendous powers" that would allow him to sign an executive order granting DACA recipients "a road to citizenship".

"If you look at the Supreme Court ruling (on DACA), they gave the president tremendous powers...based on the powers that they gave. I am going to be doing an immigration bill. One of the aspects of the bill...will be DACA. We will give them a road to citizenship," he said.

Trump blamed Democrats from walking away from a deal on DACA and said the Supreme Court's decision last month blocking his administration's plan to end the Obama-era programme gave him "tremendous power".

The White House attempted to clarify Trump's remarks a short time after the interview aired, saying any immigration deal would not include amnesty.

"As the President announced today, he is working on an executive order to establish a merit-based immigration system to further protect US workers," Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said in a statement cited by The Hill.

"Furthermore, the President has long said that he is willing to work with Congress on a negotiated legislative solution to DACA, one that could include citizenship, along with strong border security and permanent merit-based reforms. This does not include amnesty," it said.

However, it is unclear whether the president can unilaterally grant a category of undocumented immigrants -- DACA beneficiaries -- permanent legal status with a road to citizenship.

When former President Barack Obama created the programme through a Department of Homeland Security memorandum in 2012, he was criticised for executive overreach, although DACA only provides temporary deferral from deportation and a work permit to certain undocumented immigrants who meet a set of conditions.

After Trump rescinded that memo in 2017, he gave Congress six months to pass a statutory replacement for DACA, sparking a flurry of legislative activity that ultimately ended in a deadlock, as the White House nixed a nascent bipartisan agreement.

That legislation was replaced by a Republican-led bill, which included provisions unacceptable to Democrats, such as severe reductions of family-based immigration and the diversity visa programme.
Negotiations fully broke down after Trump's rescission was blocked by the courts, starting a two-year process that ended in June's Supreme Court ruling. 

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