A US federal judge has temporarily suspended the Donald Trump administration’s order to ban the popular video-sharing App TikTok from US smartphone app stores with effective from midnight on Sunday. According to news agency AP, the judge, Carl Nichols of the US District Court for the District of Columbia, did not agree to postpone the more comprehensive ban, which is scheduled for November, about a week after the presidential election.
A report by the Washington Post said that Sunday’s ruling was the second setback for the Trump administration in its effort to curb US residents’ access to popular Chinese mobile apps. Last weekend, a federal magistrate in San Francisco had referred to First Amendment issues in blocking a proposed ban of the WeChat app.
The Trump government had argued that the measures were responding to fears that the app, which is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, could send data back to authorities in Beijing. According to the New York Times, a Justice Department official, Daniel Schwei, said that TikTok’s “First Amendment rights are not implicated” by the ban.
LIVE UPDATES on this and day’s other big stories will appear below:
18:53 PM: #DelhiPolice Sub-Inspector #SandeepDahiya, who fled the Capital after shooting and injuring his girlfriend after a quarrel late last night, went on to shoot his father-in-law dead in #Rohtak, #Haryana on Monday morning. (IANS)
17:46 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address two public meetings in Himachal Pradesh after opening strategic Atal Tunnel Rohtang on October 3, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur says, asserting all COVID-19 protocols will be followed during function. (PTI)
16:58 PM: A soldier was injured in Pakistani firing with small firearms and long-range mortars in another #LineofControl (LoC) ceasefire violation in Macchil Sector in north #Kashmir’s #Kupwara district, the #Army said on Monday. (IANS)
16:26 PM: DMK, allies protest across Tamil Nadu against the 3 new farm-sector laws. (PTI)
15:24 PM: Nearly 100 #Gujarat Congress workers, including state party president Amit Chavda, detained in Gandhinagar after they staged protest against farm laws: Police. (PTI)
14:16 PM: Police complaint filed after BJP national secretary Anupam Hazra says he will hug Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee if he is infected with #coronavirus to make her feel the pain of families of COVID-19 patients. (PTI)
13:35 PM: In poll-bound #Bihar, a retired sub-inspector of Government Railway Police (GRP) has been gunned down by unidentified men in #Siwan district. This was the second such incident in the north Bihar district in the past 24 hours. (IANS)
12:58 PM: Centre informs Supreme Court a decision is likely in 2-3 days over charging of interest by banks on instalments, which were deferred during the #moratorium period in view of #coronavirus pandemic. (PTI)
12:34 PM: #AnilAmbani has made full and fair disclosure of all his assets and liabilities in proceedings as required in a #UK Court, and he has reaffirmed that he personally holds no assets outside #India.
11:58 AM: Farmer organisations stage protests across #Karnataka over amendments to the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee Act and land reforms act by the Assembly. (PTI)
11:31 AM: The agriculture laws are a death sentence to our farmers. Their voice is crushed in Parliament and outside. Here is proof that democracy in India is dead: Rahul Gandhi
The agriculture laws are a death sentence to our farmers. Their voice is crushed in Parliament and outside.
Here is proof that democracy in India is dead. pic.twitter.com/MC4BIFtZiA
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 28, 2020
10:58 AM: More than 20 protesters gathered outside former #Pakistan Prime Minister #NawazSharif’s residence in #London, hurling slogans and abuses against him, the media reported on Monday. (IANS)
10:14 AM: Fire broke out in ICU section of govt hospital in Maharashtra’s #Kolhapur district; no casualty, blaze has been extinguished: Official. (PTI)
09:32 AM: 82,170 new cases take India’s COVID-19 tally to 60,74,702; toll rises to 95,542 with 1,039 more deaths: Health Ministry. (PTI)