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Female Athletes take part in Three-Day Wheelchair Basketball League in Afghan capital Kabul

In 2015, the International Committee of the Red Cross has brought Jess Markt to Gaza to train local referees and coaches


October 20, 2016: Female athletes kicked off the fall season of the wheelchair basketball league in the Afghan capital in October. The three-day basketball tournament was organised by International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) held in Kabul on Thursday. Some 180 Afghan women played in the wheelchair basketball league.

The tournament was organised between four teams from Herat, Balkh and Kabul. The event was a huge success, drawing large crowds of supporters to cheer on the players, although, most of the players had to give up their hijabs while speeding around the court.

In the final, Kabul took an early lead but in the end, it has lost the game to the Balkh province team.

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Women in wheelchairs playing Basketball.
Women in wheelchairs playing Basketball. Wikimedia

In 2015, the International Committee of the Red Cross has brought Jess Markt to Gaza to train local referees and coaches. Now, he is back to train players and organise tournaments between wheelchair teams.

According to the head of the ICRC orthopaedic program in Afghanistan Alberto Cairo, the best players from the tournament from the western city of Herat will be selected for the National team.

Aziza Ahmadi, a 23-year-old athlete has a paralysed left foot from the mortar attack on the Kabul when the shrapnel hit her home 18 years ago. Now, she is hoping to get selected for the national team. “My dream is to go to play in European countries like Italy, Germany and France,” she said.

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Kamila Rahimi, a 19-year-old player from Balkh team, scored 5 goals for her team. She lost her ability to walk when she was a toddler, owing to a disease. But when she’s in court, she forgets everything and none of it matters.

“I feel very happy to be playing basketball because I like the company of my teammates. When I laugh, they laugh with me, when I cry, they cry with me,” she said.

– by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53

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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?