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Shirdi: Dalit youth killed for keeping Ambedkar song as ringtone

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

A Dalit youth was brutally murdered, allegedly over his ringtone of a song on Dr. B.R.Ambedkar, in the temple town of Shirdi in Maharashtra.

Sagar Shejwal was a second year student of a nursing college in Nagpur. He came to Shirdi to attend a wedding ceremony and went to a local bar at 2 P.M. on May 16 with two of his cousins.

According to the police, “On hearing the ringtone, ‘Kara kitihi halla, majboot Bhimacha killa’ (Shout all you want, Bhim’s fortress is strong), which was in praise of Ambedkar’s work for Dalits, eight youths sitting there got agitated and asked him to switch it off.”

Sagar refused to switch off his phone, which led to an altercation, and one of the boys hit Sagar with a beer bottle and started kicking and punching him. Then, they dragged him out, put him on a motorcycle and took him away to a nearby forest, said the police.

The police said that the body was found on the evening of May 16 near Shingve village.

The attackers belong to the dominant Maratha and OBC communities, and allegedly ran their bike repeatedly over Sagar’s body, mutilating it, said a police officer.

The police stated that Sagar’s mobile was missing, but they are investigating the matter on the clue of CCTV footage.

Already four of the eight assailants have been arrested, two of the attackers were caught from Goa, one from Pune and the fourth from Shirdi itself, an official from Shirdi police station informed.

Those arrested were identified as Vishal Kote, Rupesh Wadekar, S Wadekar and Sunil Jadhav. Four other accused involved in the attack are still absconding, police said.

The attackers have been booked under Sections 302 (murder), 395 (punishment for dacoity), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence), 109 (punishment of abetment) of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 3 (2) (v) and 3 (1) (X) of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

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Facebook Joins Skill India Mission to Train Empower Youth

In 2017, Facebook launched Digital Training Hub which aims to train 500,000 youth and entrepreneurs by 2020

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Social media giant Facebook on Tuesday entered into a strategic partnership with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to empower youth and entrepreneurs with digital skills in India.

The partnership, signed in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, will enable Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) to incorporate Facebook’s training on Digital Marketing Skills in its courses, besides providing trainees with access to local, domestic and international markets.

The programme includes courses on Digital Marketing, Online Safety and Financial Literacy in regional languages with Facebook imparting training to people nominated by the NSDC. This will up-skill job seekers and increase their prospects of employment.

“We are delighted to partner with the National Skill Development Corporation to help in upskilling the youth of the country and also empower local businesses by providing training and resources to build up a digital presence and grow their businesses beyond what the traditional offline economies offer,” Ankhi Das, Public Policy Director, India, South and Central Asia – Facebook, said in a statement.

“This skilled workforce and successful businesses are imperative for boosting employment and economic growth in the country,” she added.

The collaboration will also enable trainees to have access to Facebook’s Jobs tool to easily search for job openings. They can easily search for jobs in their Facebook app or visit www.facebook.com/jobs through their mobile phones while controlling the sharing of information with prospective employers.

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“The partnership with Facebook aims to leverage the digital opportunity which can assist in creating a market place for many businesses and service offerings for candidates getting trained under our skill ecosystem and; also act as an information kiosk for knowledge sharing,” said Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

“With Facebook’s expertise and support, we are taking a step towards utilising the immense potential of digital skills for the economic betterment of the country,” he said.

Under the Skill India Mission, nearly one crore youth in the country are being annually skilled, reskilled and upskilled through various central government programmes.

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Facebook’s previous training programmes on Digital Marketing Skills have upskilled more than 200,000 youth and entrepreneurs under the #BoostYourBusiness programme across 16 states in the country.

Under the network giant’s #SheMeansBusiness programme, another 30,000 women entrepreneurs are currently being trained, the company said.

In 2017, Facebook launched Digital Training Hub which aims to train 500,000 youth and entrepreneurs by 2020. (IANS)

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