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‘How Healthy are the Children of the Indian Sundarbans?’ : The Film Documents Plight of Children Living in Climate Hit Islands of Sunderbans

The movie was screened at the Global Health Research Symposium held in Vancouver.

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November 24, 2016: Recently a short documentary film on the challenges faced by the children living in the Sunderban’s  climate hit islands was screened at an international symposium. The film is made jointly by Future Health Systems (FHS) and Health Management Research (IIHMR) University.

The film was titled ‘How Healthy are the Children of the Indian Sundarbans?’ The 27 minutes film was selected with three other films to be screened last week at the Global Health Research Symposium held in Vancouver.

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According to PTI, the film provides an illuminating audio-visual proof of the troubles and predicaments of these isolated communities, living in the UNESCO World Heritage site, that are defenseless to the harsh climate change.

Professor at Future Health Systems (FHS), Barun Kanjilal said, “It was a challenge to present the scientific evidence from our study report in an aesthetically attractive manner and a taut storyline to retain audience’s attention.”

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The film focuses on the healthcare demands of the communities living in the Sunderban’s Islands. The film depicts the complex interplay of responsibilities of all the health officials and providers who work against the backdrop of a region which is prone to climate shocks.

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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?