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New Delhi: The importance of diaspora in Modi’s diplomacy is reflected in the Indian communities related programs since PM Modi had taken the charge of the nation on May 2014. The government launched year-long consultation program on diaspora related subjects. It includes the investment from Indian diaspora members for PM’S flagships projects. This comes just after a month of the tie-up between Ministry of Overseas Affairs and MEA.

The 1st consultation of this series was held on Saturday, including Ministers, senior officials, stakeholders and sovereign people.

The main motto of this plan is to generate various ideas for promoting the schemes like Start Up India, Digital India, cleaning of Ganga, flagship projects and so on along with making people aware of the healthcare, development, and tourism promotion issues.

According to authorities, one consultative meeting will be organized every month to discuss on one such issue related to Indian diaspora. The Saturday meeting was held on the issue of how to carry out the program where money is donated by diaspora timely, sources said.

Modi government uses Non-Resident Indians and Indian diaspora as the key element of foreign policy. They established many Trusts and authorities to focus on diaspora. One such authority is The Indian Development Foundation of Overseas Indians ( IDF-OI ) chaired by Sushma Swaraj, which was established in 2008 to engage NRIs in the development and social projects of India.

IDF-OI  connected with Modi government’s flagship program like Swachh Bharat and Namami Gange in 2015-16 and also make easy for Indian overseas to contribute to these projects. It is also connected with State governments to present projects of State governments.

Nearly after 12 years of diaspora improvement program, the government in January decided to merge Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs with External Affairs Ministry with the principle of minimum government, maximum governance. The merger program was cleared by Modi and following the suggestion from Sushma Swaraj who was earlier holding MEA and MOIA portfolios.(inputs from agencies)

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India Second to US in Demanding Facebook User Data, Requests Up by 37%

Globally, in the first half of 2019, government requests for user data increased by 16 per cent from 110,634 to 128,617

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The US government sent Facebook total 50,741 requests about users' data in the same period. Pixabay

The Indian government was second to the US in requesting Facebook for access to users’ data in the first six months of this year — an increase of nearly 37 per cent from the second half (July-December period) last year.India

The Indian government sent Facebook 22,684 queries about users in the above mentioned period and the social networking giant provided data in 54 per cent of the request, according to Facebook’s Transparency Report.

The US government sent Facebook total 50,741 requests about users’ data in the same period.

Globally, in the first half of 2019, government requests for user data increased by 16 per cent from 110,634 to 128,617.

India, US, Facebook
The Indian government sent Facebook 22,684 queries about users in the above mentioned period and the social networking giant provided data in 54 per cent of the request, according to Facebook’s Transparency Report. Pixabay

“Of the total volume, the US continues to submit the largest number of requests, followed by India, the UK, Germany and France,” said Chris Sonderby, VP & Deputy General Counsel, said in a statement on Thursday.

In the US, Facebook received 50,741 requests, representing an increase of 23 per cent more requests than last half, which is consistent with trends over time.

“We always scrutinise every government request we receive for account data to make sure it is legally valid. This is true no matter which government makes the request.

“If a request appears to be deficient or overly broad, we push back, and will fight in court, if necessary. We do not provide governments with a back doors’ to people’s information,” said Sonderby.

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During the reporting period, the volume of content restrictions based on local law decreased globally by 50 per cent from 35,972 to 17,807.

“This decrease follows an unusual spike last half in which we restricted 16,600 items in India based on a Delhi High Court order. Of the total volume, 58 per cent of restrictions originated from Pakistan and Mexico,” said Facebook.

The company also identified 67 disruptions of Facebook services in 15 countries, compared to 53 disruptions in nine countries in the second half of 2018.

“During this reporting period, we took down 3,234,393 pieces of content based on 568,836 copyright reports, 255,222 pieces of content based on 96,501 trademark reports and 821,727 pieces of content based on 101,582 counterfeit reports,” informed Facebook. (IANS)