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"Though I was concerned on how to carry it (the bag full of coins) but I gladly agreed... at least it is valid money,' Mr Alam said after he got Rs. 20,000 in 10 rupee coins from the bank

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New Delhi, November 19, 2016: A PR professional, Imtiaz Alam after standing in the bank queue for four hours, his pockets finally got heavy, literally. The bank gave him Rs. 20,000 in 10 rupee coins, according to NDTV report.

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Mr Alam, on Friday, stood in line for four hours outside the Jamia Cooperative Bank to exchange his Rs. 500 and 1,000 notes. He was told by the manager that the funds were not sufficient and that he could only exchange Rs. 2,000. After Mr Alam explained to the manager that a larger amount is needed, he finally agreed, but said, he will get all money in 10 rupee coins.

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“Though I was concerned on how to carry it (the bag full of coins) but I gladly agreed… at least it is valid money,’ Mr Alam said.

Coins. Pixabay
Coins. Pixabay

Mr Alam already used some of the coins for cab fares and restaurant bills.

The demonetization move was announced suddenly by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8 in order to fight against black money and counterfeit notes.

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In the past 10 days, the government made several additional announcements to ease the crisis for people.

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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?