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First edition of Wool Conclave focusses on Potential of Wool as Luxurious and Natural fiber for Fashion and Lifestyle Sector

The Woolmark company's 'Grown in Australia, Made in India' initiative was in the spotlight

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New Delhi, November 30, 2016: The Woolmark Company and India Fashion Forum (IFF) on Wednesday flagged off the first edition of Wool Conclave focusing on the potential of wool as luxurious and natural fiber for fashion and lifestyle sector and how India and Australia can work in tandem to multiply and support wool.

The Woolmark company’s ‘Grown in Australia, Made in India’ initiative was in the spotlight at the event as the global authority on wool joined forces with IFF to host a seminar attracting the likes of dignitaries like Australian Deputy High Commissioner Chris Elstoft as well as India’s leading retailers and manufactures.

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The first session kicked off with ace designer Ritu Kumar sharing her thoughts on how Indian art and craft and its journey globally, along with few other members from different brands.

When she was asked if India has evolved in terms of luxury market and if the country has got acceptance worldwide, she said: “I have been working now for 45 years in the street along with here indigenous fashion, we also do four collection in year for Europe and States. I have always found there are two disparate markets and it always remain so.

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“I see India today in a very miraculous kind of form. I thought 10 years back, all our India would start wearing high street London or Paris clothing because we would like the rest of the world to be dictated by Euro Centric handwriting like Mexico, Japan or any other country. (But) that has not happened in India. We have found an indigenous, organic India fashion handwriting in this country. It rarely happens in any other country where it is not imposed by religion or society.”

Talking about the importance of wool, Elstoft said it can prove to be a great opportunity for India and Australia to work together to mutually support wool.

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“The conclave focuses on complete fiber to fashion story. It’s a story about how Australian Merino wool can be transformed into garments here in India,” he said.

Some of the other Industry leaders like Janne Einola, CEO and Country Head of H&M India, and Ram Bhatnagar, Vice President of Raymond Textiles, also chaired discussions on the key drivers of wool growth volumes, the wool market in India and Wool’s communication strategy. (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?