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PUBG ban lifted in Ahmedabad in India

The ban on Tencent owned game PUBG in Ahmedabad, in the Indian state of Gujarat has been lifted, according to the Times of India, or allowed to lapse, according to DNA. It's not clear whether the ban has been lifted in other cities in Gujarat, including Rajkotm Surat, Bhavnagar, Gir Somnath and Panchmahal. In fact, the ban was first issued in Rajkot on March 8th, and was applicable from March 9th to April 30th 2019. In January, the Gujarat government banned PUBG in all state schools, stating that children were getting addicted and their education was being adversely affected. It seems that the Ahmedabad commissioner has linked the banning to exams, as per DNA, citing them as a direct trigger to initiating the action, and with exams now over, they don't intend to renew the order. "We have also taken public reaction into account", he said. They're considering a helpline and still do see the "extreme use of the game" as a cause for concern. In March, Gujarat police arrested another eight people in Ahmedabad and Himmatnagar areas. The Rajkot police had also arrested 10 people for playing the game, and booked them for violating a government order. The Rajkot city police has also included, in its PUBG ban order, a prohibitory order under Section 144 order under the CrPC which disallows assembly of more than four people in an area. Jagruti Pandya, the Gujarat state chairperson for the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), had recommended the ban,…

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