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Bhubaneswar: A farmer committed suicide in Nuapada district of Odisha owing to crop loss and debt burden while another was battling for life after consuming pesticide for the same reason.

Bhubaneswar Behera is said to have hanged himself at his home at Barpadar village.

His family said Behera had raised a loan to sow paddy on two-and-a-half acres of land. However, the crop failed due to scanty monsoon rains, forcing him to take the extreme step.

The farmer was supposed to get a compensation of Rs.10 lakh for a portion of his land acquired for the construction of a canal in the area, his family said.

Another farmer, Judhistir Putel, was battling for life at a government hospital in Kantabanji in Bolangir district after an alleged suicide attempt on Wednesday.

Family sources said he had grown paddy and vegetables on four acres of land, for which he had taken Rs.50,000 from a cooperative society and another Rs.30,000 from a bank.

However, his crop too was damaged due to weak monsoon.

(IANS)

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Google Announces to Train Indian Journalists For Fair Election Coverage

For 2019, Google plans to train another 10,000 journalists in India under this programme

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The Google logo is seen at a start-up campus in Paris, France, Feb. 15, 2018. VOA

As India elections inch closer, Google on Thursday announced to train journalists in online verification and fact-checking, digital safety and security, YouTube for elections coverage and data visualization for elections.

Google News Initiative, in partnership with independent, third-party organisations DataLeads and Internews would host training sessions in 30 cities between February 26 and April 6 in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Bangla, Kannada, Gujarati, Odia, Tamil, Telugu and Marathi, the company said in a statement.

“The Google News Initiative is proud to be supporting journalists in India as they prepare to cover the upcoming elections. Since 2016, Google has trained more than 13,000 journalists in India, across over 200 newsrooms and in 40 cities,” said Irene Jay Liu, Google News Lab Lead, Asia-Pacific.

Working journalists and freelancers covering elections can apply for the free training workshops.

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Google would organise the training session in the Delhi-NCR region on February 26.

Google launched the “Google News Initiative India Training Network” last year, focused on online verification and fact-checking.

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In six months, the Network onboarded 241 trainers in seven languages, who have so far trained 5,260 journalists across over 40 cities in India.

For 2019, Google plans to train another 10,000 journalists in India under this programme. (IANS)