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Courts running without Judges? Over 500 Judges’ Posts Vacant in High Courts, says Chief Justice of India T. S. Thakur

A large number of proposals are still pending and hope the government will intervene to end this crisis," says Justice Thakur

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New Delhi, Nov 26, 2016: Chief Justice of India T. S. Thakur on Saturday expressed concern over the non-filling up of vacancies in various courts saying there are around 500 judges’ posts lying vacant in the high courts.

“Around 500 vacancies in the high courts today. 500 high courts judges should be working today, but they are not. A large number of proposals are still pending and hope the government will intervene to end this crisis,” Justice Thakur said at National Law Day function organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association.

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Thakur said that due to lack of infrastructure, posts of chairmen in various tribunals are lying vacant.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, however, disagreed with Thakur and said the central government has made 120 appointments this year.

“We have highest regard for the CJI but we respectfully disagree with him. This year we have made 120 judges appointments (second highest appointments up to 2013),” Prasad said.

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“Since 1990, there have been only 80 appointments. There are 5,000 vacancies in lower judiciary in which the Government of India has no role to play. That is something only for judiciary to take,” said the minister.

On October 28, during a hearing a bench headed by Thakur had slammed the Centre for sitting over the top court collegium’s recommendations on the appointment of high court judges, saying the action amounted to paralysing and locking out the judiciary.

In April this year, Thakur during a joint conference of chief ministers and chief justices of high courts, broke down and urged the government to improve the infrastructure and fill up vacancies in the courts. (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?