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For Hindus on Long Island, a New Temple in the Making for 3 Decades

The temple also includes an assembly hall, an indoor basketball court, a dining area, and classrooms

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October 15, 2016, Melville, New York: Three decades-long effort to bring up a Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha temple to Long Island is finally over.

According to The New York Times, Samir Bhatt, a volunteer who lives in Hicksville and works as a lawyer said, “We’re not building a church; we’re building a Hindu temple.”

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“And while we are New York, and we’re still a very progressive, liberal state, it took some time.”

The golden temple, with flags and domes stand out against a backdrop of trees, office buildings, houses and stands on the Deshon Drive. The 50,000-square-foot B.A.P.S. temple, , sits on five acres of land.

Spiritual volunteerism brought the project¸ after nearly three decades, a volunteer at the temple said.

“Our spiritual leader, His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s dream, was to build a temple for the Indian community in Suffolk and Nassau Counties,” said Dr. Vipul Patel, an oncologist who is also a volunteer.

B.A.P.S. temple is a worldwide socio-spiritual organization and is made “for the nurturing and the growth of the individual,” he said.

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The temple also includes an assembly hall, an indoor basketball court, a dining area, and classrooms. SAT preparation classes can be taken by the youths or study other subjects like music, dance or different languages.

“The style, the architecture, is authentic and consistent with the ancient Indian traditions,”

The building’s exterior is made of a material called FRP, or fiber-reinforced polymer — “a fancy word for, like, hard plastic,” Mr. Bhatt said — and was shipped in puzzlelike pieces from India then assembled by volunteers.

“The style, the architecture, is authentic and consistent with the ancient Indian traditions,” Mr. Bhatt said.

There is also a book stall inside, which offers Hindu scriptures at various reading levels, and dry meals, like “the Indian Chex Mix” is also available.

B.A.P.S. worked for years to overcome the logistic and financial struggles

38-year-old Ms. Joshi, a New Hyde Park resident said, she is looking forward to the flexibility that the new temple would offer to her family.

“In New York, which is metropolitan, you get Indian food at every corner, but to learn how to cook and eat ethnic food is different, and an important part of understanding the culture,” she said

Steve Bellone, the Suffolk County executive, addressed the hundreds of people who had gathered, and thanked them for building the temple.

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“Long Island, Suffolk County, this nation, this world, is enriched, is made better, by all of the people inside this room here today, and what you believe, and what you preach, and what you practice every day in your life,” he said.

-by NewsGram team with The New York Times inputs

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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?