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Modi, Sharif hold brief interaction on sidelines of climate talks

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Paris: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif had a brief interaction on the sidelines of the United Nations climate change conference in Paris on Monday, days after the latter said that Islamabad was ready for an unconditional dialogue with India to resolve all unsorted issues.

It is not yet clear what all they discussed during their brief meeting in Paris. The UN climate change conference will conclude on December 11.

Sharif had said, Pakistan wants sustainable peace and so his country was ready to hold talks with India without any preconditions.

However, Nawaz Sharif expressed solidarity with the separatists groups of Kashmir. He even pledged to support them in their endeavors.

Nawaz Sharif made the sensational statement during a meeting with his British counterpart David Cameron on the sidelines of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Valletta, Malta on Friday. He further mentioned that Pakistan aims at maintaining a friendly relation with its neighbouring countries including India and Afghanistan. Islamabad follows a policy of friendship towards all and malice towards none, Sharif added.

Mentioning that Pakistan is a victim of terrorism, Sharif condemned the recent attack on Paris. Pakistan is against all kinds of terrorism and militant manifestations, he said during the meeting.

(Inputs from Agencies)

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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)