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Panaji, Dec 18, 2016: Increase in tourism has put the coastal state’s resources under stress and care needs to be taken to ensure that Goa does not lose its identity because of excessive tourism, Governor Mridula Sinha said on Sunday.

“Due to an increase in terms of tourists in the state, there has been a stress on the resources and land. Tourism, without doubt, is the cornerstone of our economic progress. To make the tourism sector strong, it is desirable to improve the basic requirements of this sector,” Sinha said in a speech on the eve of Goa Liberation Day on Monday.

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Goa, a former Portuguese colony, was liberated by the Indian armed forces on December 19, 1961.

“We have to be very careful to see that, in the name of development of tourism, we do not lose our identity and cultural values,” she added.

Goa is one of the top beach and nightlife tourism hubs in the country and attracts over four million tourists every year.

The Goa Governor also said that despite recent attacks on the country’s borders, the spirit of unity and nationalism was evident across the country.

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“The nation expects from all its responsible citizens to prevent any anti-national activities in our country. The recent attacks on our boundaries are an issue of great concern. But in spite of all the upheavals, we can see unity and nationalism throughout our country,” she said.

Sinha also said that despite economic progress, there was a deterioration in social morality, adding that there is erosion of love, honesty, dedication and accountability in our society.

“The lure of money has made people forget about our moral values. It is unfortunate that our youth today is moving away from the moral values set by our ancestors. We are slowly forgetting the moral values and principles given by our ancestors,” she said. (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?