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49,000 Bio-Toilets in over 900 Trains Operational by 2019 to Enhance Cleanliness and Hygienic Condition

The project of installation of bio-toilets in all passenger coaches has not yet been completed

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New Delhi, December 3, 2016: Railway aims to install bio-toilets in all passenger coaches by 2019 in order to enhance cleanliness and hygienic condition at the rail premises. It will also prevent corrosion of tracks. More than 45,000 such toilets have been installed in coaches till October this year.

A senior Railway Ministry official said, “The project of installation of bio-toilets in all passenger coaches has not yet been completed. The project is still in progress.”

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At present, there are over 900 trains in which bio-toilets have been installed, either in all the coaches or in some of the coaches of the trains.

“More and more trains are being progressively augmented with coaches fitted with bio-toilets,” he said. He further added, “All new coached will be equipped with bio-toilets during the manufacturing.”

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“The additional cost of providing bio-toilets in one coach (4 bio-toilets) is Rs 4 lakh approximately and for the in-service coaches, which require replacement of structural members for fitment of bio-toilets, the additional cost is approximately Rs 16 lakh per coach,” according to the railways.

The bio-toilets that are being fitted in passenger coaches uses anaerobic digestion process for the digestion of human excreta. No human excreta are thrown out on the railway track from a bio-toilet fitted in trains.

– by NewsGram team with PTI inputs

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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?