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Amid PM Modi’s Demonetization Move, Gods come to Rescue the Banks in Andhra Pradesh

Many temples are coming forward to the rescue of banks which have been struggling to meet the needs of the public

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Andhra Pradesh, Nov 20, 2016: Several temples in Srikakulam district are depositing hundi collections in banks to help with the hardship of small currency in the wake of Demonetization. From Major to Minor, many temples are coming forward to the rescue of banks which have been struggling to meet the needs of the public.

Under the guidance of N. Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh- the administration of Srikakulam has suggested that all the temples should deposit their hundi collections in the banks where they have accounts, mentioned The Hindu report.

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Sri Suryanarayana Swamy Temple present at Arasavalli collects around Rs. 15 Lakh/month through the Hundi offerings. Other major temple named Sri Kurmam collects approximately Rs. 5 Lakhs, mentioned The Hindu.  About 100 temples such as Sri Mukha Lingam, Endla Mallikarjuna at Ravivlasa, Shiva Balaji, Koteswara Alayam, Vinayaka Panchayatana, Uma Rudra and others gave an assurance to deposit hundi collections as they receive offerings in smaller denominations of Rs. 100, Rs. 50, Rs.20, Rs. 10 and coins

Lakshmi Narasimhan, Collector at Srikukalam told The Hindu, “We directed the Endowment Department to take necessary steps immediately to count the hundi collection and deposit the amount in banks. It certainly eases the stress on the bankers who could not give notes of smaller denominations.” He further added, “We asked the government to provide Rs. 50 and Rs. 100 notes worth of Rs. 100 crore to Srikakulam district. We hope the RBI and departments concerned will respond positively.”

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A POS Machine, Wikimedia

Point of Sale (POS) Machines-

Along with this officials have taken steps to keep POS machines in public places such as petrol outlets, Rythu Bazaars, RTC bus-stands and several other places to provide cash to people. POS machines work like ATMs at the public places. User charges will not be collected till December 30, 2016, from the customers who withdraw money from POS machines.

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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?