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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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  • 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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Other projects look at the sustainability of news organisations, including work on new business models and programmes to support a healthy news ecosystem

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Ten media outlets from India have been selected for receiving YouTube innovation funding as part of the Google News Initiative (GNI) to help newsrooms and publishers strengthen their online video capabilities and experiment with new formats for video journalism.

These 10 news organisations – Asianet News Media and Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., Bharatiya Digital Party (BhaDiPa), FACTLY, Gaon Connection, India Today Group, Live Data Visualisation Pvt. Ltd., NDTV, NYOOOZ, ShepHertz and Video Volunteers — are among the 87 selected from 23 countries.

“Today’s announcement reinforces our commitment to supporting a strong future for news video,” Timothy Katz, Director of News Partnerships, YouTube, said in a blog post on Tuesday.

“Hailing from 23 countries around the world, they represent a diverse array of broadcasters, traditional and digital publishers, local media, agencies and creators, but all share a commitment to quality journalism and a spirit of innovation,” Katz added.

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As part of the launch of Google News Initiative in March, YouTube committed $25 million funding to support the future of news.

Many of the projects selected for the innovation funding are focused on expanding newsroom video operations and trying out new ways of reporting news through video — from reaching younger audiences online to exploring live and fact-checking formats.

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Other projects look at the sustainability of news organisations, including work on new business models and programmes to support a healthy news ecosystem.

“Over the coming months, we’ll be sharing insights gained from the projects and giving newsrooms the opportunity to benefit from the learnings,” Katz added. (IANS)