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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: The appointment of a brand ambassador for the ‘Digital India’ campaign has sparked yet another controversy.

Even as news was doing the rounds that self-proclaimed ‘ethical hacker’ Ankit Fadia, 30, has been named brand ambassador for the campaign, a statement by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology denied any such claims.

“There were certain news reports that there is a move to appoint a brand ambassador for ‘Digital India’ programme of the government. This is to clarify that there has been no such move to appoint a brand ambassador as reported,” it said.

Curiously, an hour after the post on the government’s publicity web site, it was withdrawn.

“It was posted inadvertently by one of our officials without securing proper sanction. We will get back to you by evening with the actual position,” a spokesperson for the department told IANS, when asked for a response.

Fadia, who shot to fame when he was 15 years old, with his book ‘Unofficial Guide to Ethical Hacking’, stood his ground and said the appointment letter was issued on July 1 and signed by then IT secretary Ram Sewak Sharma, now chairman of the telecom watchdog.

“Yes! I posted the certificate on Facebook yesterday. I have emails from government as proof as well,” Fadia told IANS in an SMS. The said post on Facebook alluded to his claims, pointing out that he had been retained for a period of one year to propagate products and applications.

His Facebook post also said: “Humbled and honored to be appointed as one of the brand ambassadors to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Digital India’ initiative.”

(With inputs from IANS)

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On his favourite social media personality, he said: "It is ‘The Rock', Dwayne Johnson. I think we all have something to learn from that man."

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Actor Varun Dhawan says the Indian film industry is now harnessing the power of the Internet to reach the masses.

The “Badlapur” actor, who connects to his fans via social media frequently, received the Best Digital Personality of the Year Award at the Digital Marketers’ Awards by IAMAI and moneycontrol here on Wednesday, read a statement.

Varun Dhawan then took to answering a few questions, talking about trolls, media personalities and about India going digital.

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He said: “Most of the youth is on the Internet. In fact, when I was shooting for my film ‘Sui Dhaaga…’ in Chanderi, most televisions didn’t work and there were no cinemas. But everyone had high-speed internet, which is probably how they know me; through my songs and videos on YouTube.

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“Digital India is way bigger than we think and our film industry has woken up to its importance and now uses it to reach out to the masses.”

On his favourite social media personality, he said: “It is ‘The Rock’, Dwayne Johnson. I think we all have something to learn from that man.” (IANS)