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Amid Cash Crunch Pan-India, Small Vendors Unzip e-Wallets in Odisha to keep their Businesses going

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Bhubaneswar, Nov 20, 2016: At a time when the whole nation is facing cash crunch following the demonetisation of high denomination currency notes, the small vendors in the capital city of Odisha have adopted the smart ways of payment.

They are accepting payment through mobile and online payment services to ease the problems of common people and keep their businesses going.

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Take the case of Raju, who runs a tea shop in the Unit-II area of the capital city. He is not bothered by the demonetisation as he has set up a private ‘e-wallet’ on the popular payment platform Paytm.

“I was worried after the central government announced demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes that led to cash crunch of small notes. Then, I installed a Paytm mobile app on my phone and asked my customers to pay through my mobile wallet,” said Raju.

The street vendors and grocery shops are also accepting money from the customers through e-wallets.

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“Even though the business has suffered following the demonetisation, we are receiving money through e-wallets. It has been a great help to us at the time of cash crunch,” said Tapas Panda, a shop owner in Niladri Vihar area of Bhubaneswar.

Taking advantage of the cash crunch, the mobile wallet companies are visiting the shops and persuading them to install their apps for better money transactions.

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Meanwhile, the city people are facing a new problem. With ATMs and banks now giving away new Rs 2,000 notes, people are witnessing a clamour for change as the banks are dispensing limited number of fresh Rs 500 notes.

“I purchased grocery items of Rs 450 from a shopkeeper and handed him a Rs 2,000 note. But he refused to give back the balance change, saying he has limited Rs 100 notes. He insisted that I spend over Rs 800 to get smaller denomination notes,” said Ranjan Sahu, a resident. (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?