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Himachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (HPSLSA) deploys Paralegals as Volunteers to help in Currency Exchange from Banks

The volunteers were asked to educate the public about the formalities required to be completed for depositing or withdrawing money

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Shimla, November 22, 2016: The Himachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (HPSLSA) on Tuesday directed all the district legal services authorities to deploy paralegals as volunteers to help the people in exchanging demonetised currency notes from banks.

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A decision in this regard was taken on the direction of Himachal Pradesh High Court Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir, HPSLSA Member Secretary Yashwant Singh Chogal was quoted as saying in a statement.

He said the volunteers were also asked to educate the public about the formalities required to be completed for depositing or withdrawing money from banks, besides for exchange of high-value demonetised currency notes.

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Chogal said the demonetisation has resulted in long queues outside banks and at times the public is not aware of the procedure for exchange of notes and filling up of forms, limits of withdrawal or other legal formalities.

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“Some people are misusing the scheme by depositing money in accounts of other people on false pretexts, which could invite penal consequences. Therefore, the authority has decided to deploy the paralegals as volunteers to render legal services to the masses,” he added. (IANS)

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  • Ruchika Kumari

    good job….this is really going to help people who are fearing to exchange the currency notes

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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”.

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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)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?