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26-year-old Indian-American Man Ram Jayakumar goes missing in the US city Boston

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Washington, May 17, 2017: A 26-year-old Indian-American man has gone missing in the US city Boston and police have urged people to come forward to help with information about him.

Ram Jayakumar, a resident of Lexington, Massachusetts, parked his car on Deerfield Street in Boston last week and has not been seen since then, said police officials.

Jayakumar’s parents contacted the police to report that their son was missing, India New England News reported on Tuesday.

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According to police, Jayakumar is of Indian descent, has black hair, is 5’6″ tall and weighs 120 pounds (54 kg). He graduated from Brown University in Providence, Richmond.

The news report did not mention where in India his parents hail from.

“Ram wears glasses and was last seen with a blue backpack. He left home in Lexington on May 11 at 7.15 p.m. in his car and informed his parents that he would be back in an hour but did not return,” the police statement said.

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Indian-American actress Poorna Jagannathan said in a Facebook post that Jayakumar is her cousin.

“Need your help urgently. Please share this in your communities. Please be on the look out and let the Lexington police know if you have any leads,” Jagannathan wrote on the social networking site.

Jayakumar’s vehicle was located on Friday morning parked on Bay State Road near Silber Way in Boston, according to the report. (IANS)

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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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”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

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.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

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?