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Kathmandu: Police in Nepal on Monday shot dead an Indian national during protests in the country’s Birgunj city close to the Indian border, officials said.

The deceased was identified as Asish Kumar Ram, 24. He belonged to Raxaul in Bihar.

Nepal’s Home Secretary Surya Silwal confirmed that a protester had been killed in a clash with police.

The man died after being caught in police firing near the Shankaracharya Gate, the main gateway to Nepal from India.

He sustained bullet injuries on the head and was declared dead at the Narayani Hospital.

Its medical director Imamul Haq said Ram was dead even before reaching the hospital.

The police reportedly fired dozens of bullets and tear gas after being heavily pelted with stones by protesters near the Indian border.

Several protesters were injured by rubber bullets fired by the security forces, a police official said.

The Birgunj-Raxaul border point has come under the control of protesters, one account said.

Later, when the police chased them away, they reached the bridge that links Nepal and India.

They again stoned Nepal’s security forces from Indian territory, witnesses said.

All the major Nepal-India entry points have been tense for the past one and a half months after the promulgation of a new constitution in the Himalayan nation triggered protests in areas close to the Indian border.

The Madhesh-based political parties in Nepal are unhappy over the new constitution and the concept of federalism.

They have been demonstrating at the border points, choking the supply of essential supplies from India and causing widespread shortages.

Birgunj is a key point from where essential commodities and fuel from India enter Nepal.

Around 50 people have been killed in Nepal since the agitation began in Nepal’s southern plains.

(IANS)

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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)