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After Demonetisation, Scrapped Indian Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 Currency Notes sail to Dubai to end up as Furniture

The firm started using the pulp of the invalid notes as one of the raw materials that are mixed with wood pulp for making hardboard and fibreboard

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Dubai, Dec 13, 2016: After demonetisation, Indias invalid Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes are now on their way to Dubai and may end up in your living room as a piece of furniture or a photo frame, says a report in Gulf News.

About 30 to 40 percent of the hardboard and fibreboard products made by recycling the scrapped notes are being exported through Dubai, P.K. Mayan Mohammad, whose firm in Kerela was chosen by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to recycle the demonetised currency notes, told the Dubai-based newspaper.

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“We are exporting the fibreboards to various countries in Europe, Africa and also to Australia,” the paper quoted Mohammad, who was in Dubai, as saying.

The locally imported boards are used for making furniture such as wardrobes, shelves, drawer bottoms, photo frames and mirror frame backing and for making partitions.

Explaining to the newspaper how it all started, Mohammad said the RBI’s regional office in Thiruvananthapuram inquired about his firm’s capability to recycle shredded currency notes a couple of weeks before the government made the demonetization announcement.

The RBI approached Mohammad on October 20. However, he said he had no idea a demonetisation move was afoot at that time.

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“I thought they had decided to recycle the soiled notes instead of burning them. I, too, got to know about the demonetisation plan only when the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) announced it,” he was quoted by Gulf News as saying.

The company made use of the thermomechanical pulping method. “We are the only facility with this technology (in India). It uses high electrical energy, steam pressure and temperature,” he said.

The firm started using the pulp of the invalid notes as one of the raw materials that are mixed with wood pulp for making hardboard and fibreboard.

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Once that became a success, the RBI asked the company to lift more truckloads of shredded notes.

“We have been picking up almost 60 tonnes of shredded notes a week,” Mohammad told the paper. (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?