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India’s First fully air-conditioned Bus Terminus, Mohali Busopolis inaugurated in Punjab

The facilities at the new bus terminus include food court and retail outlets, free Wi-Fi, ATMs, cyber cafes, medical aid and pharmacy

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Chandigarh, Dec 16, 2016: The country’s first fully air-conditioned bus terminus, the Mohali busopolis, was inaugurated in Mohali town in Punjab on Friday.

Resembling an airport terminal, the unique bus terminus will be operational 24×7 and cater to nearly 1,900 buses.

The terminus would have facilities to shop, eat, sleep and entertainment.

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The inter-state bus terminus (ISBT) is the first phase of the Rs 700 crore project that will be completed in three phases. The project will also have a commercial hub, a hotel and even a helipad.

The bus terminus, constructed by C & C Constructions, was inaugurated by Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

“This bus stand is most unique, constructed at a cost of Rs 100 crore. It will offer facilities at par with an airport terminal,” Badal said after the inauguration of the terminus.

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All buses from Mohali town, adjoining Chandigarh, will now ply to various destinations across Punjab and neighbouring states from the new terminus.

“We are delighted to offer to the people of north India a world class air-conditioned busopolis – a one stop facility for their travel, entertainment, shopping and daily needs. This complex offers a complete lifestyle experience for the user, backed by Wi-Fi, electronic surveillance and a competent facility management service,” Gurjeet Singh Johar, Chairman, C & C Constructions Ltd., said.

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The facilities at the new bus terminus include food court and retail outlets, free Wi-Fi, ATMs, cyber cafes, medical aid and pharmacy, multi-level parking, cloak rooms, tourist information booths, AC dormitories and waiting lounges and sniffer dogs to ensure safety of passengers, a spokesman said here. (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?