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Delhi Poetry Festival (DPF) by Poets Corner is all set to begin here from December 16

There is also going to be Mushaira, a play on the famous poet Nazeer Akbarabadi

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New Delhi, December 15, 2016: The fourth season of Delhi Poetry Festival (DPF), organised by Poets Corner, is all set to begin here from December 16.

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Held at the NCUI Auditorium and Convention Centre here, the event will be attended by many illustrious and eminent speakers, including William Dalrymple, Annu Kapoor, Sanjna Kapoor, Vidya Shah, Waseem Barelvi, Manglesh Dabral, Anamika, Vinita Nangia, Malini Awasthi, Jeet Thayil, Kuldip Singh, Atul Tiwari, Arundhathi Subramaniam, Keki Daruwalla, Sukrita Paul Kumar, Danish Iqbal, Hirawal Group, Madan Gopal Singh, Harpreet Singh and Joy Sengupta.

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There are going to be interactive sessions with the speakers and panel discussions like ‘Main Na Sone Di’ where role of poetry and art in challenging the stereotypical mind-sets will be discussed while ‘Poetry on Love and Relationships’ will explore different shades of love through verses.

Apart from these, there is also going to be Mushaira, a play on the famous poet Nazeer Akbarabadi — performed by Atul Tiwari and Kuldeep Singh — and a satirical play titled Muktibodh Ki Aulaad — presented by a youth theatre group. Folk singer Malini Awasthi, popular for her rendition of wedding songs, will be singing some of her most popular ‘vivah geets’.

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“It is our effort to bring new forms around poetry every year at DPF. This year, there are more poetry based performances to draw people to poetry. Delhi Poetry Festival promises to become the landmark festival of Delhi,” Dolly Singh, founder of Delhi Poetry Festival, said in a statement. (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?