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New Delhi, November 12, 2016: Noted lyricist-writer Gulzar has been chosen for one of the most popular literary festivals, Tata Literature Live, this year. During the 7th edition of the Mumbai LitFest, Poet Laureate award will be presented to him on November 17.

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The 82-year-old poet said, “It is a great honour to be receiving this award; it gives you a little more confidence and assurance in your work.”

He would also be reading a few of his works at the festival.

In 1972, he won his first National Film Award for “Koshish”, after which he won numerous accolades and trophies which also includes an Academy award for ‘Jai Ho!’ from ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.

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He was also awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the Padma Bhushan, the Sahitya Akademi Award, five National Film Awards and 20 Filmfare Awards.

The Founder and Director of Literature Live, Anil Dharker, said, “Gulzar’s contribution to Indian literature through his heart-rending poetry makes him an obvious choice for the award.”

According to PTI, “The honour, which was awarded to internationally acclaimed poet Vikram Seth last year, carries a citation plaque and a cash prize.”
Authors from all around the world will participate in the 4-day that is begin on November 17 and take place at two venues Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai and National Centre for the Performing Arts.

The festival also coincides with the 400th death anniversary of William Shakespeare, and Gulzar is scheduled to present a tribute to the bard at the event.

Gulzar’s ode to Shakespeare that he has specially penned for the festival reads, “Raise the curtain, Shakespeare/Your characters wait in the wings….Four-hundred years later/With the same conflicts:/To be or not be /Aware that the world’s a stage/And we are merely actors…” (translated from Urdu Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri)
That he has specially penned for the festival.

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“Gulzarsaab is one of India’s best-loved poets and lyricists. The power of his poetic expression has redefined words and has touched the hearts of one and all. It is truly an honour for us to confer him with the Award. We’re looking forward to hearing him speak at the festival,” Harish Bhat, from Tata Sons, said.

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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?