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Chandrapur Villages in Maharashtra to be modelled after Anna Hazare’s Ralegan-Siddhi

Out of 15 blocks, 11 are backward in terms of HDI. We hope that public representatives and gram sevaks of Chandrapur will take motivation from Ahmednagar ideal villages

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October 16, 2016: At least 27 villages from eastern Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district will be developed as “ideal villages” modelled on the lines of Ralegan-Siddhi and Hiware Bazar in western Maharashtra, Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said here on Saturday.

He said 27 sarpanches, deputy sarpanches and gram sevaks from Chandrapur are being motivated by Anna Hazare’s Ralegan-Siddhi and Popatrao Pawar’s Hiware Bazar, which are 35 kms apart in Ahmednagar district.

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“We have taken up a mission to develop Vidarbha villages on the lines of these two villages through motivation. The fundamental principle of development ‘top to bottom’ will be employed here,” said Mungantiwar after a detailed study tour of Ralegan-Siddhi and Hiware Bazar.

He said preserving wildlife is the need of the hour and Chandrapur has a large forest cover, a high tribal population and immense scope for development in terms of Human Development Index.

“Out of 15 blocks, 11 are backward in terms of HDI. We hope that public representatives and gram sevaks of Chandrapur will take motivation from these (Ahmednagar) ideal villages,” Mungantiwar said.

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Accompanied by Hazare and Pawar, besides Water Conservation Minister Ram Shinde, Water Supply Minister Babanrao Lonikar and other top officials, Mungantiwar termed Ralegan-Siddhi and Hiware Bazar as “walking universities” which can motivate people in other parts of the state, including the 27 villages in Chandrapur.

He visited the temples, farm ponds, watershed projects, afforestation efforts and other projects which could be replicated by the Chandrapur villages.

Interacting with the local villages, Mungantiwar complimented both Hazare and Pawar for their efforts which have made their villages ideal even in terms of happiness.

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Both the Ahmednagar ideal villages, which have attained global fame, have implemented family planning, prohibition, restricted cattle grazing, imposed a ban on cutting trees and other revolutionary activities.

Among other things, the villages are leading in cleanliness, have sufficient sanitation facilities and are self-sufficient in water with different water conservation projects even though they are situated in a rain-shadow region. (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”.

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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?