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PUBG Corp. Responds to India’s PUBG Mobile Ban

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In a recent turn of events, the Indian Government following up on the ban of various Chinese applications released a new list of 117 applications last week that were to be henceforth banned. In that list featured the much loved application PUBG which is a crowd favourite in India. While the netizens were deeply perturbed by this news, the PUBG Corp. has responded to this ban and stated that Tencent Games will no longer have publishing rights for the game in India. The statement released stated in unequivocal terms that in light of the recent ban in India, the PUBG Mobile Franchise i.e. Tencent Games will no longer function in India. In the statement the corporation also noted that they wished to provide the PUBG experience for Indian users and will continue to look for ways to do the same in a localised and healthy way for its fans. The reason for the ban was Tencent Games, as the same is a Chinese company and thus fell under the list of banned apps due to India’s cyberspace security concerns. In light of these events, PUBG mobile now will solely be looked after by PUBG Corp. which is in actuality a South Korean Company. It is interesting to note that even after the Corp. decided to undertake all administration from its headquarters in South Korea, the app remains to be on the banned list of applications. The corporation also noted that they will make sure that they share updates as soon as they can. Also the ban doesn’t mean that it cannot be played by people who had it already installed in their phone, just that new updates like PUBG Mobile 1.0 shall no longer be available for India users. It remains to see what will be the further course of action. Till then we hope PUBG fans find respite in some other game.

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Groping without skin contact, not sexual assault, rules Bombay High Court

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The Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court has set aside the conviction of a man who was found guilty under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act for groping a 12-year-old girl four years ago, committing his punishment.

“In view of the above discussion, this court holds that the appellant is acquitted under Section 8 of the Pocso Act and convicted under minor offence u/s 354 of IPC {Indian Penal Code} and sentenced him to undergo RI (rigorous imprisonment). for one year and to pay fine of ₹500/-, in default of fine to suffer RI for one month. The sentence for the offence punishable under Section 342 of the IPC i.e. six months and fine of ₹500/-, in default to suffer RI for one month, is maintained,” noted the bench.

The POCSO Act defines sexual assault as when someone “with sexual intent touches the vagina, penis, anus or breast of the child or makes the child touch the vagina, penis, anus or breast of such person or any other person, or does any other act with sexual intent which involves physical contact without penetration is said to commit sexual assault”.

The court, in its verdict, held that this “physical contact” mentioned in the definition of sexual assault must be “skin to skin” or direct physical contact.

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Assam BJP Leader Protests, Says No Beef For Tigers At Guwahati Zoo

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Hardline Assam BJP leader Satya Ranjan Borah has a problem with serving beef – not just to people, but also to carnivorous animals in zoos, specifically tigers.

On Monday a small group of protesters led by Mr Borah – claiming to be anti-beef activists – attempted to block the main gate at Guwahati Zoo as vehicles carrying beef for tigers were trying to pass. Zoo authorities managed to disperse them with help from the police, official sources said.

The protesters shouted slogans demanding a carpet ban on cow slaughter.

“In Hindu society we give importance to protection of cow, but it is the staple food for carnivores in the zoo and part of government supply. Our objection is – why serve beef? Why not other meat?” Mr Borah asked reporters.

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Parle & Bajaj Refuse to Advertise on News Channels Carrying ‘Toxic Content’, Social Media Likes That

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After fake TRP manipulation racket by several news broadcasters, Parle Products and Bajaj have decided not to advertise on news channels that are broadcasting ‘toxic and aggressive content’

“We are exploring possibilities wherein other advertisers can come together and sort of put a restraint on their advertising spends on news channels, so that there is some sort of a clear signal to all the news channels, that they better change their content,” Krishnarao Buddha was quoted as saying.

Industrialist Rajiv Bajaj, who is managing director of Bajaj Auto, also declared that his company has blacklisted 3 news channels for endorsing toxic content.

Last week, the Mumbai Police claimed to have busted a major TRP manipulation scheme by at least three TV channels, including Republic TV. Mumbai Police alleged that households were paid to keep channels switched on the entire day and boost the TRPs for certain channels.

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