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Encephalitis Disease kills 71 children in Odisha’s Malkangiri, District Administration Take all possible measures to check the Outbreak

Mohan Pradhan, Joint Director of National Vector-Borne Disease Control Programme said there is no medicine for the killer disease

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Bhubaneswar, November 1, 2016: Encephalitis disease has claimed the lives of 71 children in Odisha’s Malkangiri district, an official said here on Tuesday.

“A total 71 children have died till Monday. While 26 died due to Japanese Encephalitis, rest 45 died due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome,” said Madan Mohan Pradhan, Joint Director of National Vector-Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP).

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According to sources, three more deaths were reported in Malkangiri district due to the killer disease on Tuesday. However, there was no official confirmation yet.

Sources said Ramesh Padiami of Daniguda, Ramesh Pujari of Katapali in Mathili block and Rasi Madhi of Dangasakhal in Korakanda block succumbed to the killer disease at the district headquarters hospital.

Meanwhile, the state government admitted that the situation is grim.

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“The situation has remained grim even as the district administration has taken all possible measures to check the outbreak. The toll has risen in last three-four days. The District Collector is in touch with the expert team, which will visit the district after November 3,” Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Nruparaj Sahoo said.

He has been camping in Malkangiri to monitor the government efforts to curb the spread of the disease.

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NVBDCP Joint Director said there is no medicine for the killer disease.

“We are reiterating that there is no medicine available for Japanese Encephalitis and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, but supportive treatments can be provided like for dengue,” said Pradhan. (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?