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Call 112 for emergencies; TRAI recommends all purpose helpline number to government

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has proposed an all purpose emergency helpline for India. The number 112 will serve similar purposes like USA’s 911 or UK’s 999.

The proposal suggested emergency numbers like 100 (police), 101 (fire), 102 (ambulance) and 108 (disaster management) to be included under the new national emergency number 112, a news report said.

The number was chosen for some practical reasons. 112 is an inbuilt emergency number on GSM phones. Plus numbers like 100 wasn’t considered due to the stigma attached to it as a police emergency number, the Times of India reported.

But TRAI officials have said the implementation of the proposal will be a mammoth task. Inadequate infrastructure and police being a state list subject can be hurdles in achieving the goal.

‘There are many issues that fall under the ambit of the state governments and thus it will be better to implement this in a phased manner through coordinated action between various establishments.’ TRAI secretary Sudhir Gupta said.

TRAI has made its formal recommendations to the government which take a decision soon.

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Facebook to Help French Police Crack Down on Hate Speech

Like many countries, France has been battling violent and racist content online, and has been hit by deadly extremist attacks

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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

Facebook is agreeing to help French police identify hate speech suspects, in what the French government is celebrating as a global first.

France’s digital affairs minister, Cedric O, said that it will provide authorities “IP addresses to help identify authors of hateful content.” Speaking on broadcaster France-Info, he expressed hope that the cooperation could be expanded to other countries.

Facebook said in a statement that it will help provide “basic information in criminal hate speech cases” to French authorities but will “push back if (the request) is overbroad, inconsistent with human rights, or legally defective.”

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Facebook is agreeing to help French police identify hate speech suspects, in what the French government is celebrating as a global first. Pixabay

Like many countries, France has been battling violent and racist content online, and has been hit by deadly extremist attacks in recent years.

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The move came after Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg came to Paris last month and met with French President Emmanuel Macron. (VOA)