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China, India Keen on Joint Ventures For e-vehicles

He also proposed to the two sides to hold a meet in the first half of this year in Beijing to explore cooperation possibilities between their firms

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China and India, the world’s two largest greenhouse gas emitters, are keen on joint ventures in manufacturing electric vehicles as companies from both countries held talks at a three-day event in Beijing.

India’s leading automakers such as Maruti Suzuki, Tata, TVS and industry associations participated at the 5th China EV100 Forum in Beijing where e-vehicle manufacturing firms from across the world were present.

The three-day event, which concluded on Sunday, was organised by China EV100, a private electric vehicle association of over 200 leading Chinese electric mobility industries.

Anil Srivastava, Principal Advisor at NITI Aayog, who headed the Indian delegation, met Chen Qingtai, President of China EV100.

According to McKinsey, China has emerged as the leader both in the supply of and demand for electric vehicles.

However, some Chinese firms believe India will surpass China in terms of demand for these vehicles.

Earlier, in an interview to IANS, the General Manager of China’s leading electric vehicle company, Sunra, Victor Lu, said he sees India emerging as the world’s biggest market for electric bikes.

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Addressing the forum, Srivastava talked about India’s policy for the promotion of electric mobility, the current state of play and future roadmap.

He mentioned that India is committed to global environmental commitments and will encourage the development and adoption of clean energy and new energy transportation.

He also said that that Chinese electric vehicles companies can pay a substantive role in helping India achieving its ambitious goal of electric mobility by 2030.

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He mentioned that EV industries of both countries should have more interaction and proposed to establish a formal interaction mechanism between them.

He also proposed to the two sides to hold a meet in the first half of this year in Beijing to explore cooperation possibilities between their firms.

While meeting Srivastava, Chen said India was an important country for Chinese electric vehicle players and encouraged Chinese industries’ participation and investment in the Indian market. (IANS)

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WhatsApp and NASSCOM To Come Up With Digital Literacy Training To Curb Fake News

"This training educates people throughout India to be mindful of the messages they receive and to verify the facts before forwarding,"

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The first training will be on March 27 in Delhi and will be followed by more planned interventions like hosting training workshops for representatives from rural and urban areas along with roadshows across numerous colleges. Pixabay

As part of the partnership, WhatsApp and NASSCOM Foundation will train nearly 1,00,000 Indians to spot false information and provide tips and tricks to stay safe on WhatsApp.

The co-created curriculum, which includes real-world anecdote tools that can be used to verify a forwarded message and actions that users can take like reporting problematic content to fact checkers and other law enforcement agencies, will be disseminated in multiple regional languages.

“We are excited to expand our partnerships with civil society to advance crucial digital literacy skills that can help combat misinformation share on WhatsApp,” Abhijit Bose, Head of India, WhatsApp, said in a statement.

“This training educates people throughout India to be mindful of the messages they receive and to verify the facts before forwarding,” he added.

The training will be imparted by volunteers from NASSCOM Foundation who will launch the “each one teach three” campaign that mandates every volunteer to share their learnings with three more persons leading to a network effect.

These volunteers will post their takeaways from the workshops on their social media handles to increase the reach of these safety messages.

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As part of the partnership, WhatsApp and NASSCOM Foundation will train nearly 1,00,000 Indians to spot false information and provide tips and tricks to stay safe on WhatsApp.
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The first training will be on March 27 in Delhi and will be followed by more planned interventions like hosting training workshops for representatives from rural and urban areas along with roadshows across numerous colleges.

“The use of technology platforms like WhatsApp are inherently meant to foster social good, harmony, and collaboration, but are sadly being used by a small number of miscreants to entice anger and hatred by spreading false and doctored information,” Ashok Pamidi, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation, said.

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“This training educates people throughout India to be mindful of the messages they receive and to verify the facts before forwarding,” he added. Pixabay

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“I would like to urge all the connected citizens who want to join this fight against the spread of fake information, to come and help volunteer towards the cause,” Pamidi added.

Aspiring volunteers can register at www.mykartavya.nasscomfoundation.org

NASSCOM Foundation is the social arm of the industry body, National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM). (IANS)