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Colourful Rallies and Cultural Shows mark the Formation Day of Karnataka

The southern state was carved out on November 1, 1956 by merging the old Mysore region with parts of the Bombay province, Madras Presidency, Hyderabad region and coastal areas and named Mysore

Mysore Palace, Karnataka. Wikimedia commons.

Bengaluru, November 01, 2016: Colourful rallies, cultural shows and revelry across Karnataka marked the state entering the 61st year on Tuesday.

The day-long celebrations began with the hoisting of the state flag, rendering of the state anthem, parade by the state police, colourful processions and folk dances by troupes in cities and towns across the state by the people, about 500 Kannada organisations, political parties and the state government.

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The southern state was carved out on November 1, 1956 by merging the old Mysore region with parts of the Bombay province, Madras Presidency, Hyderabad region and coastal areas and named Mysore. It was renamed Karnataka on November 1, 1973.

“Karnataka has a splendid history of over 2,000 years. With a common language (Kannada), culture and hoary tradition, we are celebrating the diamond jubilee of a unified state,” said a statement by the state information department.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the state government was taking steps to protect and encourage Kannada, the language of the land and its soil. “Kannada is our mother tongue; it is language of this land and soil.

Showing our Kannadiga pride only on November 1 or during this month is not enough, it should be a life-long commitment,” he said at the main function here.

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Recalling the state’s united fight on the Cauvery water issue, the chief minister said being in power was not permanent, but the land, water, culture and language of the state were paramount.

“It is our responsibility to protect even at the cost of power and the state government is committed to it,” he asserted.

Addressing a huge gathering at the Kanteerva stadium, the chief minister said Kannadigas felt injustice was being done to them in matters concerning the state’s boundaries, language and water.

“We should not lose patience, harmony and sensitivity. Our stand on making Kannada as the medium of instruction has not changed. We will prevail upon the central government to amend the Constitution to promote our mother tongue,” he reiterated.

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At Gadag in the state’s northern region, state Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister K.H. Patil said Kannada language had a rich cultural legacy and retained its uniqueness by adapting to the digital era.

The event was also celebrated with gaiety and fervour at Mysuru, Mangaluru, Hubli-Dharwad, Belagavi, Shimoga, Bellary, Bidar, Kalaburgi and Vijayapura. (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?