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Gandhian activist and Husband of Gandhi’s Granddaughter Mewa Ramgobin dies at 83

The husband of Mahatma Gandhi’s granddaughter and a South African struggle icon, Mewa Ramgobin died at the age of 83 after a prolonged illness

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Johannesburg, October 20, 2016: The husband of Mahatma Gandhi’s granddaughter and a South African struggle icon, Mewa Ramgobin died at the age of 83 after a prolonged illness.
The former president of the Natal Indian Congress, Ramgobin fought discrimination against Indians in South Africa. He breathed his last at the Cape Town hospital on Monday.

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A family member said that he was admitted to the hospital on October 8.
Ramgobin was married to Ela Gandhi who is herself a human rights activist and the granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi.

According to PTI, “He was among the first supporters of the Release Mandela campaign. He was charged for treason in 1985.”

“The couple was involved in the activities of the Phoenix Settlement Trust that was established in 1904 by Gandhi near Durban during his tenure in South Africa.”

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Ela departed for Sweden, just hours before Ramgobin’s death. She went to Sweden with one of their daughters Asha, who is due to receive an honorary degree there.
Their son Kidar confirmed that the family members will be meeting on Wednesday to discuss about the funeral arrangements, as his mother and his sister were due to return only on Sunday.

“He was among the first to join the Release Mandela Campaign after the infamous treason trial that sent Nelson Mandela to prison for 27 years before he became South Africa’s first democratically-elected president.”

He faced intense persecution from the apartheid-era security forces which banned him for 17 years, many of those under complete house arrest.

“He also faced high treason charges after riots broke out in 1994 near the Phoenix Settlement between Indians and the indigenous Zulu community which had lived peacefully side-by-side for decades, but was acquitted a year later.”

His commitment to the Gandhian cause led him establish a Gandhi museum and a library. He also organized Annual Gandhi Lecture to educate people from different race groups on the philosophies of Gandhi.

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He is also an author of books ‘Waiting To Live’ and ‘Prisms Of Light’ who would have turned 84 on November 10.

“In 1983, Ramgobin made international headlines when he and five other members of the resistance movement United Democratic Front sought refuge in the British consulate.”

– prepared by NewsGram team with inputs from PTI

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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)

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