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Actress Roopa Ganguly of ‘Draupadi’ Fame gets nominated to Rajya Sabha

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October 4, 2016: Roopa Ganguly, the actress-turned-politician and a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party has been nominated to the Rajya Sabha.

The actress who is well known for playing the role of Draupadi in 1988 epic TV series, ‘Mahabharat’ contested in the recently concluded assembly elections in West Bengal but lost to cricketer-turned-politician Laxmi Ratan Shukla.

The BJP’s women’s wing is headed by Ganguly in West Bengal. She had joined the party in January 2015.

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Apart from ‘Mahabharat’, the actress is well-known for many other television serials due to her roles in serials like ‘Karam Apnaa Apnaa’ and ‘Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo’.

Roopa Ganguly. Twitter.
Roopa Ganguly. Twitter.

She has acted in Hindi as well as Bengali films like Goutam Ghosh’s ‘Padma Nadir Majhi’, Aparna Sen’s ‘Yugant’ and Rituparno Ghosh’s ‘Antarmahal’.
She bagged the National Film Award in the best playback singer category for the Bengali film ‘Abosheshey’ (At the End of It All).

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Ganguly is nominated for the seat vacated by the cricketer turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, who have recently resigned it.

The government had nominated Subramanian Swamy, Narendra Jadhav, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Suresh Gopi, Swapan Dasgupta and Mary Kom as new Rajya Sabha members, in April.

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In May, Pranav Pandya was also nominated, head of All World Gayatri Pariwar, as Rajya Sabha member but he declined it. Government nominated Sambhaji Raje, a descendant of Shivaji was nominated to the Rajya Sabha, in his place.

– by Pinaz Kazi of NewsGram. Twitter: @PinazKazi

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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?