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British PM Theresa May likely to visit India in November

May will visit India from November 6 to 8 accompanied by a business delegation, according to a statement issued by the External Affairs Ministry

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting British PM Theresa May at the 2016 G20 Summit. Wikimedia

October 16, 2016: In what can be seen as a significant diplomatic gesture, British Prime Minister Theresa May, in her first bilateral visit outside of Europe, will come to India in November.

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May will visit India from November 6 to 8 accompanied by a business delegation, according to a statement issued by the External Affairs Ministry.

“She will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and review all aspects of India-UK Strategic Partnership,” the statement said.

“The Joint Economic and Trade Committee meeting will be held on the sidelines of the visit,” it stated.

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In July, May succeeded David Cameron who resigned as Prime Minister after 52 per cent of voters in Britain opted to exit from the European Union in a historic referendum held on June 23.

Modi met with May on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, in September.

“During the visit, Prime Minister May alongside Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate the India-UK Tech Summit in New Delhi jointly hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industry and the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India,” the External Affairs Ministry statement said.

“The Summit will be an opportunity for the two sides to strengthen business-to-business engagement in the areas of technology, entrepreneurship and innovation, design, IPRs (intellectual property rights) and higher education,” it stated.

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The two sides agreed to hold the summit when former Prime Minister David Cameron hosted Modi during a bilateral visit to Britain in November 2015.(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?