New York, November 09, 2016: Kamala Harris who is California’s Attorney General, on Wednesday made history as she won the US Senate seat from the state. This makes her the first Indian-American to reach the feat.
Apart from that, 51-year-old Harris, who defeated fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez, is also the sixth black individual to be elected to the US Senate. US President Barack Obama was the fifth black elected Senator.
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Kamala was born in Oakland, California. Her mother Shyamala Gopalan came from Chennai to United States, to study science, specifically endocrinology and complex mechanisms of cancer, mentioned PTI.
Harris’ father Donald grew up in Jamaica, where he became a national scholar and earned the opportunity to study economics.
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A two-term Attorney General of California, Harris defeated L Sancez from her own party.
She would replace Barbara Boxer who announced her retirement in 2014 after serving more than two decades in the Senate.
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“Kamala will take the oath of office as California’s next Senator on January 3, 2017,” said the office of the Senate elect, mentioned PTI.
Described by former US President Obama as “fearless”, Harris may push for strong India-US ties. Considered to be protege of Barack Obama, she is expected to be a fierce advocate of India and US relationship.
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”.
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)