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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Agra: After religious comments on a social media platform led to violence between two religious communtites, tension prevailed in Agra district of UP. But, the Agra police has assured that the situation has calmed now.

Police said a Facebook group had posted some material described as biased and highly provocative by members of another community. The Facebook group coordinator was roughed up on Thursday by those objecting to the posted material, leading to a clash in Shamshabad town, 30 km from here.

Police then resorted to lathi-charge and fired rubber bullets to disperse the clashing mob. More than a dozen people, including three policemen, were injured.

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Additional forces had been rushed to beef up security in the town and prevent trouble spilling over in the rural areas, as reports suggested that tempers were rising high and communal elements had begun mobilizing the villagers for a showdown.

Inspector General of Police, Agra zone, D.C. Mishra, the deputy inspector general, district magistrate and other senior officials spent several hours on Saturday to diffuse tension and work for restoring normalcy at the earliest.

Senior Superintendent of Police Rajest D. Modak appealed on FM radio to people not to pay heed to rumours and maintain peace at all costs.

Meanwhile, Fatehpur Sikri MP Choudhary Babu Lal of the Bharatiya Janata Party was prevented from entering troubled Shamshabad town.

A flag march was organised on Saturday afternoon and several companies of Rapid Action Force and the state police’s Provincial Armed Constabulary were deployed.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Facebook, T-Hub Pick 10 Indian Start-ups for Support Programme

The other start-ups that were shortlisted include Greenturn Idea Factory, Sensegrass, Marut Drones, Shortlist Professionals and Innerhouse

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FILE - The logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square, March 29, 2018. VOA

Social media giant Facebook and T-Hub, a Hyderabad-based global start-up catalyst, on Wednesday announced the 10 start-ups they have selected for the second edition of their “India Innovation Accelerator” programme.

Announced in May, the programme will support the growth of start-ups focused on finding solutions for social challenges using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in areas of good health and wellbeing, agriculture, clean water and sanitation, decent work and economic opportunities, industry, innovation & infrastructure, climate change and peace and justice and strong institutions.

“At Facebook, we believe Artificial Intelligence will be key to finding disruptive solutions to address societal challenges like access, affordability, and skill shortage. We are excited to champion next generation of tech start-ups applying AI for social good and accelerate their development by giving them access to expertise,” Manish Chopra, Head and Director of Partnerships, Facebook India, said in a statement.

The 10 cohort start-ups include Mumbai-based ftcash which aims to empower micro-merchants and small businesses with the power of credit using digital payments.

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FILE – Attendees walk past a Facebook logo during Facebook Inc’s F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, United States. VOA

While another start-up, StaTwig, is building Blockchain based solutions to ensure that every child is vaccinated with high quality vaccines, Signzy has built a digital trust infrastructure which enables completely secure digital on-boarding using the AI assisted on-boarding (RealKYC), Algorithmic Risk Intelligence (ARI), and Blockchain technology to store and verify consumer information.

Blue Sky Analytics, a geospatial data intelligence start-up, and Pensieve that aims to democratise legal data and make it accessible to the common man were also selected.

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The other start-ups that were shortlisted include Greenturn Idea Factory, Sensegrass, Marut Drones, Shortlist Professionals and Innerhour.

The India Innovation Accelerator will support the growth of these start-ups in many ways. A panel of mentors, industry experts, investors, will provide hands on operational support and mentoring with specialised training on product development, marketing, partnerships, management. (IANS)