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The truck carried FedEx mail that was to be delivered at their destination by the postal service

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New York, Dec 22, 2016: An Indian-origin truck driver carrying packages for the Christmas season has been killed after his vehicle hit a mini van and overturned on a California highway, according to media reports.

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Ravikesh Kumar was driving the box truck for the postal service and FeEx from Sacramento to San Jose when he met with the accident at Danville, about 45 km from San Francisco, early on Monday morning.

“The young Sacramento man behind the wheel was being paid to be a Santa of sorts when a crash took his life, but loved ones say his generous spirit made Kumar very much like the jolliest elf all year round,” Fox40 TV said.

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Kumar had immigrated to the US from Fiji and his wife had only recently joined him here, according to Fox40 TV.

“He was always taking care of his family,” his uncle Jitendra Ram told the TV station. “If you needed help, he’s always there for everybody.”

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“We send our condolences to that family,” US Postal Service spokesperson Gus Ruiz told the East Bay Times. “It’s unfortunate that it happens any time of the year but there could not be a worse time of year.”

According to Ruiz, the truck carried FedEx mail that was to be delivered at their destination by the postal service under an arrangement between the two organisations. (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?