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India threatens 7 years jail term and upto $15 million fine to those who portray wrong map of country

The proposed Bill also makes it mandatory to take permission from a government of India before acquiring, publishing or distributing any geospatial information of India

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VOA reports: Incorrectly depicting India’s borders on a map could land violators in jail for 7 years and cost them fines of up to $15 million, if a proposed bill becomes law.

Citizens and stakeholders will have 30 days to comment on the proposed bill, released to the public Wednesday.

“No person shall depict, disseminate, publish or distribute any wrong or false topographic information of India including international boundaries through internet platforms or online services or in any electronic or physical form,” the draft Geospatial Information Regulation Bill 2016 stated. “Whoever acquired any geospatial information of India in contravention of the law shall be punished with a fine ranging from Rs 1 crore ($150,000) to Rs 100 crore ($15 million) and or imprisonment for a period up to seven years.”

The ruling BJP in India has been critical of Western depictions of the country, which often show parts of neighboring Jammu, Kashmir, and Arunachal Pradesh as parts of Pakistan and China.

In April of 2015, all Al Jazeera programming was taken off Indian airwaves for five days after the network showed parts of Kashmir in Pakistan. New Delhi insisted that the entire territory be depicted as part of India.

Social media sites and Wikipedia have also been condemned by New Delhi as incorrectly portraying their borders.

The state of Jammu and Kashmir has been claimed by both India and Pakistan since the two countries’ partition in 1947. An eastern region of the state that borders Tibet has been controlled by China since 1962. (Voice of America)

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Facebook to Bring Specific Tools to Boost Election Engagement

Both the new tools are being made available in 12 local languages across India

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This photo shows a Facebook app icon on a smartphone in New York. VOA

Social-networking site Facebook on Tuesday launched two new India-specific tools — “Candidate Connect” and “Share You Voted” — to boost civic engagement on its platform during the general elections that commence in April.

While “Candidate Connect” will help people learn more about candidates, the “Share You Voted” will provide people with polling information and enable them to announce and celebrate their vote, the company said in a statement.

“We have more than tripled the team working on safety and security to 30,000 people, introduced unprecedented transparency requirements for political advertising, improved our ability to detect and remove fake accounts and stepped up our efforts to fight false news and misinformation,” said Samidh Chakrabarti, Director, Product Management for Civic Integrity, Facebook.

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A photo shows the Facebook app icon on an iPhone in New York, Feb. 19, 2014. VOA

Starting next week, voters in India, either through a bookmark in their settings, or through a message in their News Feed would be able to watch 20-second videos of candidates contesting from their respective constituencies.

The company said that the questions included in “Candidate Connect” are outcomes of locally conducted consumer research programmes.

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“We aim to better equip our users as they look forward to participating in the political process of the country,” Chakrabarti further added.

Both the new tools are being made available in 12 local languages across India. (IANS)