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According to the migrants, the fire spread from timber wood while one of the families was preparing meals

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New Delhi, November 27, 2016: At least 30 huts were gutted in a fire that broke out at the makeshift Pakistani Hindu migrants’ camp at Majnu ka Tilla in north Delhi on Sunday, destroying most of their belongings. No one, however, was injured.

The fire broke out around 2 p.m. and seven fire tenders were rushed to the camp — a settlement along the Yamuna river bank in north Delhi, a fire department official told IANS.

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“A large number of huts were destroyed in the fire. It was controlled by 2.30 p.m. and no one was injured in the incident,” the official said.

According to the migrants, the fire spread from timber wood while one of the families was preparing meals.

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Pawan Das, who managed to save his passport and visa, said over 120 victims lost their rations, clothes, woollens, documents and the currency they had managed to convert.

“I am left only with the clothes that I am wearing. Luckily, I managed to save the visa documents and passport with me. Everything else has been destroyed,” he told IANS.

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“The fire took us by surprise and all we could manage was to take our children away to safety. We did not even have a chance to save cash and documents. We don’t know what we will eat at night or where would we go,” Mangan, another migrant, said.

At least 1,000 people, comprising over 30 families mostly from the Sindh province of Pakistan, live in the makeshift camp. The first batch of migrants arrived in 2011 and the last in December 2014. (IANS)

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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?