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A Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Leader Yamini Gomar in Punjab quits Party, says it has become “dictatorial and corrupt”

Gomar said AAP volunteers in Punjab were reduced to becoming slaves of AAP leaders and observers from outside the state

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Jalandhar, Dec 13, 2016: A senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader in Punjab, Yamini Gomar, on Tuesday resigned from the party’s primary membership claiming that the AAP had become “dictatorial and corrupt”.

She also accused AAP leaders Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak of manipulation in the allotment of tickets and while managing party affairs in Punjab.

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“AAP leaders incharge of party affairs in Punjab are indulging in corruption and other wrongdoings. There is no democracy in the party,” Gomar told the media here, 160 km from Chandigarh.

Gomar, who belongs to the Dalit community, was a member of the AAP National Executive. She polled over 2.13 lakh votes in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Hoshiarpur (Reserved) seat as an AAP candidate.

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She alleged that the AAP leadership had become ‘anti-Dalit, anti-Sikh and anti-Punjab’.

Gomar said AAP volunteers in Punjab were reduced to becoming slaves of AAP leaders and observers from outside the state.

Party insiders however said Gomar was expecting a party ticket for the 2017 assembly election but was not allotted one.

The Dalits comprise nearly 32 per cent of Punjab’s total population of over 2.8 crore. (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”.

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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)

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