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India accuses Hardeep Nijjar, a Canadian Sikh of running a terrorist camp in British Columbia

Nijjar in his letter to the president said that India’s allegation of him transporting ammunition is absolutely preposterous" and "more like a bad Bollywood movie plot."

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  • Indian government has accused a Canadian Sikh for being a pro-Khalistan extremist
  • Hardeep Nijjar writes a letter to Canadian president saying all allegations against him is just a a”bad Bollywood movie plot”
  • The Canadian Activist feels he is being targeted for his work against anti-Sikh violence 

Hardeep Nijjar is a Canadian Sikh activist who has been accused for running terrorist camp in mission city by the Indian intelligence agency. Nijjar has written a letter to the Canadian President Justin Trudeau saying that allegations made against him by Indian government is just  “fabricated, baseless, fictitious and politically motivated” and calling it a”bad Bollywood movie plot”.

Hardeep Nijjar says he has never been involved with any violent activity. (Sikhs for Justice). Image source: CBC news
Hardeep Nijjar says he has never been involved with any violent activity. (Sikhs for Justice). Image source: CBC news

Indian government has accused Nijjar for being a pro-Khalistan extremist and running a terror camp in mission city of British Columbia. Indian intelligence agencies believe that he is running these camps for carrying out attacks in Punjab. India has also requested to put his name on the Interpol’s wanted list.

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Nijjar in his letter to the Canadian President said that India’s allegation of him transporting ammunition is absolutely preposterous” and “more like a bad Bollywood movie plot.” “I have never believed in, supported or been involved with any violent activity.”

Hardeep Nijjar also claims that he has become a target. He is owner of a small plumbing business in british Columbia and he says that he is being targeted for his work against anti-Sikh violence.

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“I am a Sikh nationalist who believes in and supports Sikhs’ right to self-determination and independence of Indian occupied Punjab through a future referendum”. “My Sikh nationalist activities are peaceful, democratic and protected under the Canadian charter of Rights and Freedom.” He wrote in his letter.

“Because of my campaign for Sikh rights, it’s my belief that I have become a target of an Indian government media campaign to label my human rights campaign as “terrorist activities”, the letter further states.

His lawyer Gurpatwant Singh Pannun in his statement to CBC said “Indian authorities often label Sikh activists as terrorists, who are simply trying to raise awareness in Canada about human rights violations being committed against Sikhs in the Punjab.”

-prepared by Bhaskar Raghavendran (with inputs from VOA), a reporter at NewsGram. Twitter: bhaskar_ragha

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  • Shivang Goel

    This is absurd,on the part of lawyer basically;when quoting Indian authorities often target Sikhs;this isnt 1983;also claiming any1 terrorist isnt fair too;
    Moreover if Najjar gets a green signal from Canadian officials and they too deny the allegations against him than Indian shouldn’t see any prob in coping with the same

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This AI System Can Evade Censorship In India, China and Kazakhstan

Researchers develop an AI tool that evades censorship in India, China and Kazakhstan

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(AI)-based system automatically learns to evade censorship in India, China and Kazakhstan. Pixabay

Researchers have developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based system that automatically learns to evade censorship in India, China and Kazakhstan.

The tool, called Geneva (short for Genetic Evasion), found dozens of ways to circumvent censorship by exploiting gaps in censors’ logic and finding bugs that the researchers said would have been virtually impossible for humans to find manually.

The researchers are scheduled to introduce Geneva during a peer-reviewed talk at the Association for Computing Machinery’s 26th Conference on Computer and Communications Security in London on Thursday.

“With Geneva, we are, for the first time, at a major advantage in the censorship arms race,” said Dave Levin, an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Maryland in the US and senior author of the paper.

“Geneva represents the first step toward a whole new arms race in which artificial intelligence systems of censors and evaders compete with one another. Ultimately, winning this race means bringing free speech and open communication to millions of users around the world who currently don’t have them,” Levin said.\

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This AI system that evades censorship is called ‘Geneva’. Pixabay

To demonstrate that Geneva worked in the real world against undiscovered censorship strategies, the team ran Geneva on a computer in China with an unmodified Google Chrome browser installed.

By deploying strategies identified by Geneva, the user was able to browse free of keyword censorship.

The researchers also successfully evaded censorship in India, which blocks forbidden URLs, and Kazakhstan, which was eavesdropping on certain social media sites at the time, said a statement from the University of Maryland.

All information on the Internet is broken into data packets by the sender’s computer and reassembled by the receiving computer.

One prevalent form of Internet censorship works by monitoring the data packets sent during an Internet search.

The censor blocks requests that either contain flagged keywords (such as “Tiananmen Square” in China) or prohibited domain names (such as “Wikipedia” in many countries).

When Geneva is running on a computer that is sending out web requests through a censor, it modifies how data is broken up and sent, so that the censor does not recognise forbidden content or is unable to censor the connection.

Known as a genetic algorithm, Geneva is a biologically inspired type of AI that Levin and his team developed to work in the background as a user browses the web from a standard Internet browser.

Like biological systems, Geneva forms sets of instructions from genetic building blocks. But rather than using DNA as building blocks, Geneva uses small pieces of code.

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By deploying strategies identified by Geneva, the user is able to browse free of keyword censorship. Pixabay

Individually, the bits of code do very little, but when composed into instructions, they can perform sophisticated evasion strategies for breaking up, arranging or sending data packets.

The tool evolves its genetic code through successive attempts (or generations). With each generation, Geneva keeps the instructions that work best at evading censorship and kicks out the rest.

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Geneva mutates and cross breeds its strategies by randomly removing instructions, adding new instructions, or combining successful instructions and testing the strategy again.

Through this evolutionary process, Geneva is able to identify multiple evasion strategies very quickly, said the study. (IANS)