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“Daastan-E-Rafi”: Documentary on based on life of Mohammad Rafi to premiere on his 92nd Birth Anniversary

Rafi took the Indian music industry by storm with his entry as a playback singer in 1941 and never looked back till his sudden death in 1980

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Mumbai, December 20, 2016: “Daastan-E-Rafi”, a documentary based on life of Mohammad Rafi will have its television premiere on the occasion of late legendary composers 92nd birth anniversary.

Set to be aired on Zee Classic on December 24, the documentary chronicles the journey of Rafi’s life with some of Bollywood’s known faces sharing their experiences of working with him.

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Co-directed by Rafi’s fans, Rajani Acharya and Vinay Patel, the documentary, which was made earlier, also shows late actor Shammi Kapoor talking about Rafi’s quirky and naughty side.

Shammi said in the documentary: “An incident I remember is when I heard the song ‘Aasman se aaya farishta’. I was stunned to hear the styles and techniques he incorporated into that track.

“Flabbergasted, I asked how could he exactly capture the emotions and nuances, I would exhibit in this song on screen? Rafi told me, that the moment I knew the song was picturised on you, all I had to do was to bring out the same enthusiasm.”

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“Daastan-E-Rafi” gives insights into Rafi’s life. It also tells about some of his training methods.

Rafi took the Indian music industry by storm with his entry as a playback singer in 1941 and never looked back till his sudden death in 1980 at the age of 55.

As per the documentary, in the early years of his career, Rafi used to go to Marine Drive every morning to practice music. He lived in Bandra and every day around 4:30 a.m., he used to drive up to Marine Drive and practice music there.

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Some of Rafi’s hit songs include “Kya hua tera wada”, “Likhe jo khat tujhe” and “Chura liya hai tumne jo dil ko”.

Rafi left behind a treasure trove of immortal songs — solos as well as duets with all top singers of his era. He sang qawwalis, ghazals, disco and pop in Hindi and various other Indian languages. (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?