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November 6, 2016: Indian filmmaker Leena Yadav, who helmed the acclaimed film “Parched”, has signed on to direct “Secret Sky”, the true and tragic love story between teenage boys in Iran, where homosexuality is illegal and punishable by the death penalty.

Carol Polakoff’s Viewfinder Pictures and Daniel Dreifuss’s Anima Pictures are developing the human rights film based on a true story, reports the online Hollywood Reporter.

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 It follows the two teens as they are put in prison, go to trial and pay the price for their crimes. A female lawyer, inspired by a real person, attempts to fight for their freedom.

Micah Schraft and Abdi Nazemian are writing the film, which is planned as Yadav’s English-language debut. Gersh represents Yadav and Viewfinder, and is presenting the film to foreign buyers this week at American Film Market & Conferences (AFM). It’s slated to be shot in 2017.

“This story, though political in nature and about civil rights, must be delivered through the heart and Leena has shown that she can make a beautiful film… But also deliver a socially impactful punch,” Polakoff said.

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“She has uncommon courage and passion, and holds nothing back,” she added.

Yadav’s most recently “Parched”, which followed the lives of four women in rural India who rebel against century-old cultural practices and patriarchal traditions, and break free to explore the true meaning of what it is like to be alive. (IANS)

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  • Antara

    Looking forward to the success of the project!

  • Ruchika Kumari

    Good decision… All the best Leena Yadav for your movie

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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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Pichai met with senior Republicans on Friday to discuss their concerns, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said. Wikimedia Commons

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?