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JK Rowling, the "Harry Potter" author has gifted a young girl living in war-torn Syria with copies of her famous boy wizard books

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London, November 26, 2016: JK Rowling, the “Harry Potter” author has gifted a young girl living in war-torn Syria with copies of her famous boy wizard books.

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Seven-year-old Bana has been watching the films of “Harry Potter” in order to distract herself from the bombings and fighting in her hometown of Aleppo.

“After watching the film earlier this week, Bana’s mother Fatemah reached out to Rowling via Twitter, revealing her daughter and other local children were interested in reading the books the movies are based on,” reported CNN.

The author, Rowling was so moved by the message that she replied, saying, “Bana, I hope you do read the book, because I think you’d like it. Sending you lots and lots of love xxx.”

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The 51-year-old writer subsequently sent her electronic copies of all the books in the franchise.

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Bana’s mother shared her gratitude with the author on Twitter, and said, “Thank you my friend Jk Rowling for the books”, to which Rowling responded, “Thinking of you, keep safe #Aleppo.

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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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Google was yet to comment on the new development.

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“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.

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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)

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