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29-year-old Rafia Qaseem Baig is the first Pakistani woman to join Bomb Disposal Unit (BDU)

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Peshawar, December 11, 2016: The first Pakistani female to join the Bomb Disposal Unit (BDU) is a 29-year-old woman from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the restive province that frequently witnesses terror attacks.

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According to PTI, Rafia Qaseem Baig joined the police force seven years ago as a constable; she will be working in BDU after completing the 15-day training along with 31 other male members at Nowshera’s School of Explosive Handling.

During her training session, she will be learning about the types of bombs, their identification and the ways to defuse them.

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Rafia belongs to a highly educated family, she said that a blast seven years ago, near a sessions court motivated her to join the force.

She completed her post-graduation in International Relations and then pursued another master’s degree in Economics and also worked at International Rescue Committee and there she developed a knack for law and enrolled in an LLB programme that is currently under way.

Given her academic qualifications, she got job offers from various companies and also from non-government organisations. However, Rafia chose to join the police force in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

According to PTI, “After her appointment, she was asked to undergo training sessions in areas including Adezai, Michni and Salman Khel in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. These were the declared red zones at that time.”

Rafia spent 10 days patrolling these localities with a large number of male police personnel.
She was also the only female member of an investigation team that rescued physician Dr Intikhab Alam of Lady Reading Hospital, 48 hours after his abduction in 2010.

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She says, “The police force is not just a profession. It’s a passion and inspiration for those who have a spirit of devotion for the country.”

by NewsGram team with PTI units

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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.

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)

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