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Girl Scout troop in New York Raise Money for First Women’s Statue in Central Park to spread Awareness

The girls have joined activists raising money for a park monument to two women who revolutionised the country: suffragists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony

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NYC No Womens Statues: In this Oct. 6, 2016 photo, front row, from left, three Girl Scouts: Lila Steinhardt, Sophia Singh, Pippa Lee, and back row, from left: statue project organizer Pam Elam; Skye Lucas and Jackie Hahn from Manhattan`s Dwight School; and Ariel Deutsch from Manhattan`s LaGuardia High School gather in Central Park to raise money for a Central Park monument to women in New York. In Central Park, none of the sculptures or busts honoring illustrious people is a woman. Now, activists are raising money to erect the park’s first monument to women who changed history: suffragettes Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. VOA

October 11, 2016: A Girl Scout troop in New York is raising awareness and funds for the first statue of a woman in New York City’s famed Central Park.

If you discount fictional characters like Mother Goose and Alice in Wonderland, all the 23 statues or busts of real humans in the park honour famous men.

“There are no statues of women, and there’s tons of men,” says Pippa Lee, 10, a scout with Manhattan’s Girl Scout Troop 3484. “We really need a woman’s statue for girls to look up to, not just Mother Goose or Alice in Wonderland. They don’t count.”

The girls have joined activists raising money for a park monument to two women who revolutionised the country: suffragists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.

“We’re trying to crack the bronze ceiling,” deadpans Pamela Elam, who is spearheading the effort along with Stanton’s great-great-granddaughter, Coline Jenkins.

So far collective efforts have raised $150,000 of the $500,000 needed to create and maintain the monument.

During one weekly scout meeting in Central Park, the fifth-graders collected $123 from passers-by on a sidewalk near the future statue site, while chanting “Where are the women?” Sunflowers graced the girls’ hair, a symbol of the suffrage movement that began its march to victory with a convention in upstate New York in 1848.

The Girl Scouts plan to collect donations on Thursdays until winter. (VOA)

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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?