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Indian Navy commissions new fast attack Craft ‘INS Tihayu’ for Patrolling

The ship is capable of operating in shallow waters at high speeds and is equipped with enhanced firepower

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Visakhapatnam, October 19, 2016: The Indian Navy on Wednesday commissioned a highly manoeuvrable fast attack craft ‘INS Tihayu’, which will now be deployed along the eastern coast for patrolling.

The ship was commissioned by Vice Admiral HCS Bisht, AVSM, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Eastern Naval Command.

Tihayu is the second ship of the four follow-on Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (FO-WJFAC), built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE).

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The production of Car Nicobar-class vessels designed and built by GRSE was fast-tracked after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.

The ship is an improved version of WJFAC, earlier constructed by GRSE.

“Conceived, designed and built indigenously, the ship’s commissioning completes addition of another chapter to the nation’s ‘Make in India’ initiative and indigenization efforts in warship design and construction,” an official statement said.

Named after Tihayu island (presently known as Katchal island) in the Nicobar group of islands, the 320-tonne INS Tihayu, measuring 49 metres in length, can achieve speeds in excess of 35 knots.

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The ship is manned by a team of four officers and 41 sailors. Commander Ajay Kashov has been appointed the commissioning Commanding Officer.

The ship is capable of operating in shallow waters at high speeds and is equipped with enhanced firepower.

Built for extended coastal and offshore surveillance and patrol, the warship is fitted with advanced MTU engines, water-jet propulsion, and the latest communication equipment.

The ship’s armament consists of a 30-mm CRN 91 gun manufactured by Ordnance Factory at Medak in Andhra Pradesh. An electronic day-night fire control system, namely Stabilised Optronic Pedestal (SOP) manufactured by Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL), controls the gun.

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The ship is also equipped with two 12.7-mm heavy machine guns and multiple medium machine guns, besides shoulder-launched Igla surface-to-air missiles to combat aerial threats.

The vessels feature improved habitability with fully air-conditioned modular accommodation, on-board reverse osmosis plant for desalination, and a sewage treatment plant. (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”.

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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?