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Former Cuban President and Revolutionary Icon Fidel Castro Passes away at the Age of 90

Raul Castro, his younger brother, announced with a shaking voice that Fidel Castro is no more and he passed away at 10:29pm

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Havana, November 26, 2016: Former Cuban President Fidel Castro who embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 US Presidents during his 50 years of rule, has died at the age of 90.

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According to PTI, on Friday night, Raul Castro, his younger brother, announced with a shaking voice that Fidel Castro is no more and he passed away at 10:29pm.

• Fidel Castro was born August 13, 1926, in the eastern Cuba’s sugar country, where his immigrant Spanish father worked for US sugar companies and later on built up his own prosperous plantation.

Castro’s reign was marked by the US-backed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 over the island-nation 90 miles from Florida. A year later, in 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis brought the world to the brink of a nuclear war.

• The revolutionary icon survived more than hundreds of assassination plots, but died after suffering for eight years due to ill health, and it forced him to formally hand power over to his brother, Raul Castro.

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• For decades, he was as an inspiration and a source of support to revolutionaries from Latin America to Africa.

• Castro’s commitment to socialism was unwavering, in 2008, he had to hand over the presidency to Raul, at first provisionally and then permanently due to his ill health.

• Castro was committed to the Moto of “Socialism or death” even when Western-style democracy swept the other communist regimes across the globe, also in China and Vietnam.

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• His life as that of a rebel started in 1953 with a reckless attack on Moncada military barracks in the Santiago’s eastern city.

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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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Pichai met with senior Republicans on Friday to discuss their concerns, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said. Wikimedia Commons

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?