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Delhi to Host ‘Green’ Photography Festival titled “Habitat Photosphere”, will focus on Pollution and Environmental Degradation

The exhibition would be held at the India Habitat Centre and at Jor Bagh and Mandi House metro stations for a month

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New Delhi, November 28, 2016: At a time when the debate around pollution and environmental degradation is at its peak, an upcoming photo exhibition titled “Habitat Photosphere” will take a look at the issue through the aesthetic prism.

The exhibition would be held at the India Habitat Centre and at Jor Bagh and Mandi House metro stations for a month, starting December 1.

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The photography festival that aims to bring into focus sustainable development and environmental awareness was curated and conceptualised by renowned art connoisseur Alka Pande.

The exhibition will feature Pande’s animation work on River Ganga, artist Ashim Ghosh’s light-based installation titled “Illume on view”, while Swiss artist Ursula Biemann would be showcasing a video work called “Deep Weather”.

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In addition, at the Jor Bagh Metro station, authors Kavita Singh Kale and Santosh Kale would be showing images from their graphic novel project called “17 Seen Unseen” that was published for young adults commissioned by Unesco’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

“Photosphere is a concept and an umbrella which addresses the seminal concern of sustainable development in the world using democratic and immediate medium of visual culture, namely photography.

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“We are a festival with a green conscience evoking the bhaav (emotion) of sustainable developments across all genres of photography.

“The exhibition will act as a sign-post for the nation, urging them to ruminate on environmental issues — a matter of critical importance, through the lens of photography,” said Photosphere’s Artistic Director Pande. (IANS)

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

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However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

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Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?