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Australian Ultra Marathon Runner Samantha Gash completes 12-week Run across India

Samantha has raised a little over Rs.70,86,000 till now for World Vision's projects working in the areas of malnutrition, child marriage and gender bias

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Shillong, November 5, 2016: Australian ultra marathon runner Samantha Gash, on a mission to raise awareness about the multiple barriers to access education in India, on Saturday ended her 12-week run here that started in Jaisalmer .

Kicking off on August 22, Samantha, 31, has run over 3,000 kms from one of the driest deserts in Jaisalmer to the east of India, ending in Shillong, which is one of the wettest places in the world.

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As part of the Run India campaign — Samantha, who is also a passionate advocate for social change — visited 18 World Vision India’s Area Development Projects across the country and got the opportunity to delve deeper into the challenges facing Indian communities.

She crossed eight states in 12 weeks. This 12-week challenge also invited runners and walkers of all ages from across the world to form their own teams, track the distances they have crossed and match it against Samantha’s.

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“I feel privileged to have been able to run across India and use it as an opportunity to experience how other people live. It’s one thing to hear about India’s diversity and richness of culture, but it’s another thing to be able to immerse yourself in it,” Samantha said in a release.

“The focus of this project isn’t about running a large distance across India. For me, it’s been a chance to identify how individuals and the community can come together to overcome adversity,” the Melbourne-based runner added.

Samantha has raised a little over Rs.70,86,000 till now for World Vision’s projects working in the areas of malnutrition, access to water and sanitation, child marriage and gender bias, which all present major obstacles to quality education.

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“The community visits are some of the most powerful moments along this journey that allowed me to connect the dots between what I observed every day during the run. I was inspired by the strength of women I met in Pauri and Lucknow, women who rallied their community together to devise initiatives to support those in need and establish small businesses,” she said.

“I was also confronted by my visit to a malnutrition clinic in Alwar. Here I met ill babies and saw their mothers deal with life and death issues relating to food security, lack of education and resources. It has been powerful to see how the smallest things can help but empowering to realise how much more needs to be done.” (IANS)

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  • Ruchika Kumari

    Congratulations Samantha Gash…..You are running million of miles for such a noble cause

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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?