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An unruly mob carried out a brutal attack on the minority Hindu community of Nasirnagar upazila in Brahmanbaria district on October 30

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November 3, 2016: An unruly mob carried out a brutal attack on the minority Hindu community of Nasirnagar upazila in Brahmanbaria district on October 30. Condemning the act, several political parties and a Non-Government Organisation on Wednesday urged the government to take an immediate action against the attackers.

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The mob demolished over a dozen temples and Puja pavilions. They also vandalised and looted more than 100 houses. According to Dhaka Tribune, at a rally that held in front of National Press Club in Dhaka, Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) Secretary General Syed Abu Zafar Ahmed said, “ The government failed to protect Hindus and minority community for which, radicalised and communal groups succeeded attacking them for several times.”

“If the local administration would have taken necessary initiative immediately, the attack to Hindu families and their temples would not have been turned to such massacre,” he added

He informed, “CPB will hold countrywide demonstration programme on November 8 condemning attack on minorities.”

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“Democratic Left Alliance, a combined group of eight left-leaning political parties also organised a protest programme in front of National Press Club protesting communal violence, attack on Hindu temples and also against targeted killing.”

They urged the government to arrest the attackers responsible for the communal attacks that took place in Brahmanbaria and Habiganj districts.

On the other hand, Bangladesh Jamaat-e- Islami blamed the local administration for the attacks.

In a press statement issued on Wednesday, Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general Mia Ghulam Porwar said, “if the local government would had taken immediate action against the person who defamed and criticised Kaba Sharif, then the incident could not have been made.”

Condemning such attacks, he added: “None should take administrative power on their own hands. Everyone should respect laws while the government should re-establish administrative rules and restore public confidence”

In a statement issued on Wednesday, non-government organisation Manusher Jonno Foundation condemned the attack, expressing grave concern and anger.

“Their objective (who carried out the attack) is to drive out the minority people from the country and seize their rights. Such incident is an ill intention to humiliate the image of Bangladesh around the world,” the release said.

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Meanwhile, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque, termed the incident shameful and has blamed the local administration for their incompetence and lack of initiatives to save the Hindu families and their temples in Nasirnagar upazila of Brahmanbaria district four days ago.

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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”.

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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?