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Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association Raises Money for Local food Bank in Washington

Some of the money the runners raised is going to the Capital Area Food Bank, which serves Washington and surrounding communities in Virginia and Maryland

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association hosted a 5K run/walk to raise money for a local food bank and an international charity in Washington, D.C., Oct. 1, 2016. It was chilly; most runners dressed in black sweatpants and blue T-shirts. (VOA)

October 3, 2016: It was cool and unusually rainy Saturday in Washington, not the best day for an outdoor event, but that didn’t stop more than a dozen members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association from hosting a 5K run/walk to raise money for a local food bank and an international charity.

Most of the runners were dressed in long black sweatpants topped with blue T-shirts. A few brave souls wore shorts. Some topped their running clothes with rain ponchos and struggled to keep them from flapping in the breeze.

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Some of the money the runners raised is going to the Capital Area Food Bank, which serves Washington and surrounding communities in Virginia and Maryland. The funds are for anyone who needs them, not just for Muslim communities.

“We want to give to our neighbors first,” said Haris Raja, national director for the event, known as Walk for Humanity USA. “We want to serve our local communities first and make an impact in America.”

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Raja, a systems engineer with a degree from the University of Maryland, near Washington, said the news media and politicians sometimes saddle Muslim youth with a negative image. He said his group’s charity work is meant to show that young Muslims can be, and want to be, productive members of the community.

Haris Raja, national director for the event known as Walk for Humanity USA.
Haris Raja, national director for the event known as Walk for Humanity USA.

“We’re doing this in America to tell our fellow Americans that our religion is about helping humanity, our religion is about serving people,” he said. “The people who know us, and the people who know good Muslims, they will tell you that a blanket statement of saying Islam is bad or all Muslims are bad is not true.”

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In addition to the food bank, another charity receiving proceeds from the event is Humanity First USA, which works on disaster relief and human development projects.

Nudrat Salik, the group’s finance director, said the charity does international work, sending nurses and doctors to Guatemala to train local health care providers on women’s and children’s issues. They also do career training for women, helping them learn career skills.

“We establish sewing centers, for example, in certain African countries. We try to provide women skills … so they can provide for their families if they need to,” Salik said.

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The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, a group with 70 chapters and more than 4,000 members across the United States, sponsors Walk for Humanity USA events in a number of large U.S. cities, including Philadelphia, New York, Houston and Los Angeles. The event has raised more than $250,000 since it began in 2012. (VOA)

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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)

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