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Fast drying Khanpur dam is Resulting in Severe Water Crisis in Pakistan’s Twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad

The officials also confirmed that the water level in the reservoir had reached an alarmingly low level

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Islamabad, December 12, 2016: A severe water crisis looms over the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad as the Khanpur Dam is drying up fast owing to the prolonged dry spell.

Dam officials told Dawn on Sunday that due to the decrease in the inflow of water, prolonged dry weather and no major rain in the catchment areas, underground rocks and the dam’s bed had become visible at some points, which was an alarming sign.

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The officials also confirmed that the water level in the reservoir had reached an alarmingly low level. On the other hand, experts also said the water table in Taxila and Wah was receding sharply, reducing the water available through tubewells.

The water level in the dam on Sunday was 1,952 feet above sea level – just 42 feet above the minimum level of 1,910 feet. The inflow into the dam was just 25 cusecs while the outflow to different civic beneficiaries for municipal water supply, including the CDA Islamabad and the cantonment board Rawalpindi, remained at 187.18 cusecs per day.

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According to the officials, due to the prevailing dry spell the water level in the dam had decreased by 30 feet which may cause a supply shortage in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. They feared that the curtailment in the water supply for irrigation purposes would be inevitable if the catchment areas did not receive rains soon.

Khanpur Dam is located on the Haro River which originates from Abottabad. It is situated near Potohar Plateau and the village of Khanpur, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, about 40 km from Islamabad and 15 km from Haripur.

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The dam caters to domestic water supplies in Rawalpindi and Islamabad besides supplying water to the agricultural and industrial areas surrounding the twin cities. The dam was completed in 1983 after a 15-year construction period at a cost of Pakistani Rs 1,352 million. It is 167 feet high and stores 110,000 acres feet of water. (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?