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Former Goa Chief Minister, Ravi Naik asks the Indian Government to Ban Nigerians from India

Calling Nigerians as “negroes”, a senior Congress leader accused the Nigerians of creating “problems” in Goa and everywhere in the country

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Former Goa CM Ravi Naik. Image source: www.thehindu.com
  • According to a Congress leader, Nigerian students, in the pretext of studying are staying here and engaging in illegal activities
  • Goa CM Laxmikant Parsekar finds the lifestyle of Nigerians in Goa as “offending to the Goans”
  • Goa Tourism minister, Dilip Parulekar has accused the Nigerians of selling drugs

With already bizarre reactions of ministers on serious issues lately, the former Chief Minister of Goa, Ravi Naik has raked up another controversy by suggesting Nigerians be deported from India immediately, at a press conference in Tuesday, June 7.

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“The government of India should ban them. They should be probed. It should be checked whether many of them are here to study or for picnics or to sell drugs,” said Naik.

According to the senior Congress leader, Nigerian students, in the pretext of studying are staying here and engaging in illegal activities.  Calling them as “negroes”, he remarked that the Nigerians are creating “problems” in Goa and everywhere in the country. Naik has demanded that documents of these students must be carefully screened and checked for incongruence.

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Only a few days back, the Chief Minister of Goa, Laxmikant Parsekar had objected to the lifestyle of Nigerians in Goa as “offending to the Goans.” Tourism minister for the State, Dilip Parulekar had reverberated the same when he accused the Nigerians of selling drugs.

Rights Group Condemns Racist Attacks On Nigerians In India. Image source: informationng.com
Rights Group Condemns Racist Attacks On Nigerians In India. Image source: informationng.com

Naik’s comments come a few weeks after the Delhi High Court expressed anguish over the attack on Masonda Ketada Oliver, an African national, who was beaten to death in Delhi’s Vasant Kunj. Following the same, about seven Africans were allegedly targeted in three separate incidents in Delhi’s Chhatarpur neighbourhood.

“There is a let up from crime against women. Now Delhi is becoming racist. There have been attacks on African nationals. We do not know what is happening in the city,” a bench of justices BD Ahmed and RK Gauba observed in the above series of incidents.

-by Maariyah, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @MaariyahSid

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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)