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‘Haritha’ Kerala Mission is a comprehensive ‘Green initiative’ to be launched by Chief Pinarayi Vijayan

The massive project aims to clear and remove waste from all the water bodies in the state, ensure disposal of solid waste

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Thiruvananthapuram, December 7, 2016: The ‘Haritha’ Kerala Mission, a comprehensive programme for creating new development perspectives by maximum utilisation of opportunities through waste management, water resources and agricultural development using organic farming will be launched by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday.

A state level task force will oversee the project and Vijayan has already spoken to district collectors to see that this programme is taken to the grassroots and people are involved for its success. He also asked them to seek the support of educational institutions, NGOs, industries among others.

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Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan. Wikimedia
Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan. Wikimedia

The massive project aims to clear and remove waste from all the water bodies in the state, ensure disposal of solid waste and removal of waste water and measures to increase the area of land under cultivation.

State Chief Secretary S.M. Vijayanand, who is playing a stellar role in the project, has drawn up a road map for the successful implantation of this on the lines of past successful programmes including the literacy mission, democratic decentralization and peoples’ planning programmes.

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Among the immediate programmes that will be launched include the cleaning of vacant lands which will be used for vegetable cultivation, and a comprehensive waste management plan to collect, separate and recycle waste in panchayats and municipalities. Power generation from solar energy and wind energy will also be a part of this project, for which the Kerala State Electricity Board has already set the ball rolling.

A state government official told IANS that one unique initiative under this programme would be setting up a ‘swap shop’ at 93 places across the state, where reusable products that are not of use by any family can be conserved and given to another, free of cost.

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It could be a dress, your replaced old mobile phone or even toys which you want to give away can reach the right individual through this, said the official.

The programme is being taken forward in a scientific way by conduct of door to door surveys through a questionnaire so as to get the participation of the people at all levels. (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?