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Google trains Kashmir scribes on fact checking, verification of online information

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Srinagar, Oct 29: Search giant Google on Monday organised a workshop at Kashmir Press Club (KPC) Srinagar on fact checking and verification of online information for journalists in Kashmir, to safeguard them from falling prey to false stories and bogus data.
Journalists from across the Valley participated in the workshop and received hands-on training. The workshop was organised in collaboration with Kashmir Press Club and New Delhi based media organization named Data Leads.
“Google has started the initiative to guard journalists from falling prey to false news stories,” the press club, which is the local partner for the initiative, said.
The focus of this workshop was fact checking, online verification and digital hygiene for journalists.
We are really happy that we could organise this workshop. The aim of such events is to build capacity among our members and journalists working in the Valley.
“We thank Google for giving us this hands-on training and we hope to organise more such events in future, press club said.
Google, as part of its project for scribes, will train 8,000 journalists in English and other languages in India. For this, a network of certified trainers is being built who in turn will train more journalists across the country.
Leading trainers delivered lectures from Delhi on fact checking and the urgency of learning tools to debunk fake news stories and data, the KPC said.
The press club said a detailed training manual was shared with the participants of the workshop.
A detailed training manual was shared with the participants of the workshop
“It is building a network of certified trainers who in turn will train more journalists across the country,” said the trainer.
Besides apprising scribes about identifying fake news, pictures and videos on different social networking sites and web, they were also given practical lessons on the topic. “I learned a lot from the session. The tools which are used to differentiate fake and real pictures are worth,” said one of the participants at the workshop.
Surabhi Malik, who leads Google’s News Lab programme in India through video conference, explained the fact checking and online verification of the stories to the participants.


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Sniper attacks on border: ‘Pakistan shall be punished’

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Udhampur, Nov 16: The Army’s Northern Command chief, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, said Friday Pakistan shall be “punished” if it carries out activities detrimental to India and asserted that befitting replies were given to the neighbouring nation for violating ceasefire.
The Army commander’s comments come in the wake of fatalities in sniping incidents along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Jammu region in the last few days.
“The message is very clear for the troops on the ground that should Pakistan not stop from carrying out activities, which are detrimental to our national interest along the LoC, they (Pakistan) shall be punished accordingly,” Lt Gen Singh told PTI on the sidelines of a function here to felicitate teachers of Army Goodwill schools.
Three Army soldiers and a porter were killed and four others were injured in sniping incidents along the LoC in Jammu’s Rajouri and Poonch district last week.
“There has been regular sniping incidents from an area along the LoC and we have regularly (lodged) protests with our Pakistani counterparts on their sniping activities. If they have carried out any ceasefire violation, we have given them a befitting reply,” Singh said.
The lieutenant general also said that “as far as infiltration attempts from across the LoC are concerned, Pakistan has continued with its efforts to give impetus to infiltration.”
The Indian Army is deployed all along the LoC and “we have been able to thwart all attempts by Pakistan to push in militants toward our side”, he said, adding the security situation in the state’s hinterland is stable, but remains fragile.
Goodwill schools were started in 1998 and currently, the Northern Command runs 45 such schools under Project Sadbhavana.
Twenty-four teachers received awards from Lt Gen Singh for their innovative skills in teaching.
The project provides education to 15,000 students and employs 1,000 teaching and non-teaching staff.

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Rights Commission seeks admission details from schools

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Srinagar, Nov 16: State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has asked the Directorate of School Education Kashmir and private schools in the valley to share within two weeks their admission procedures with respect to the quota for poor.
Chairman SHRC, Justice (Retd) Bilal Nazki, issued the order in response to a petition filed by the International Forum for Justice and Human Rights Muhammad, Ahsan Untoo.
The petition urges the commission to inspect the “shoddy procedures” adopted by the private schools in giving admissions.
“The poor section people are deprived of all the opportunities for improving their fate and are left with no option other than to admit in local schools,” reads the petition, urging the commission to see whether the downtrodden sections of the society were provided their “due share in the admissions as per the Supreme Court guidelines”.
The petitioner also seeks transparency in the schools’ admission procedure.
“There are reports that brokers manage admission against hefty sums,” the petition reads.
The petition claims that the schools have been charging parents for heating arrangements but not keeping the facility available to the students.
Private Secretary SHRC, Khazir Mohammad Shah, told The Kashmir Monitor that following the petition, notice would be sent to the Directorate and all leading private schools of the valley on Monday.

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Div Com Jmu asks DCs: ‘Identify state land for security forces’

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Jammu, Nov 16: Divisional Commissioner, Sanjeev Verma, Friday convened a meeting with Deputy Commissioners of Jammu division and officers of Security forces regarding identification of land for Police/ CRPF/BSF.
The meeting was attended by IGP Jammu Dr. S D Singh, DIG CRPF North Jammu, P C Jha, DIG CRPF Jammu sector, M P Bahuguna, DIG BSF Jammu, Indraj Singh, Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Ramesh Kumar, Deputy Commissioner Samba, Sushma Chouhan and senior functionaries of JDA besides all Deputy Commissioners of Jammu Division attended the meeting through video conferencing.
Senior officers of security forces apprised the Div Com of their requirement of land in various districts of Jammu division.
The DCs apprised the Div Com about the availability of land in their respective districts.
The Div Com asked the DCs to hand over the land identified by them in their respective districts to the security forces at the earliest.

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