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Arts and Writers Festival in Goa to discuss Ban on Pakistani Artists in India

The annual Goa Arts and Literary Festival is scheduled to be held in the state from December 8 to 11

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Panaji, October 25, 2016: An upcoming arts and writers festival in Goa will discuss the issue involving the raucous demand for a ban on Pakistani artistes in India, an organizer of the festival said on Tuesday.

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“It is a complex issue, ideas will definitely come up. Such a premier festival of literature and arts is a platform to take stock of situation,” Damodar Mauzo, an organizer of the Goa Arts and Literary Festival, said.

“There will be opportunities to reflect on these issues. It is a complex issue… One thing is sure, we will not compromise on the issue of freedom of expression,” Mauzo said.

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The annual Goa Arts and Literary Festival, which has hosted Pakistani writers in the past, is scheduled to be held in the state from December 8 to 11.

The latest edition of the event will focus on Indian literature and put the spotlight on writers and poets across regions, Mauzo said.

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The festival will be inaugurated by Jorge Barreto Xavier, former Secretary of State for Culture, the government of Portugal, and Sivakamim, an acclaimed writer and activist.

Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan will also be honoured at the event with a concert by Meghalaya-based musician Lou Majaw. (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”.

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?