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Indo-British ‘Yorkston Thorne Khan’ Band is all set to Perform in India

Yorkston Thorne Khan's debut album "Everything Sacred" was released in January 2016 on Domino Records

Musicians James Yorkston, Jon Thorne and Suhail Yusuf Khan. Facebook

New Delhi, November 21, 2016: The experimental Indo-British collaborative group that includes musicians James Yorkston, Jon Thorne and Suhail Yusuf Khan, is all set to perform in Indian cities.

To be organised by the British Council India, the band will perform in the capital on November 22 at Kamani Auditorium and November 23 at British Council Centre.

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Yorkston Thorne Khan’s debut album “Everything Sacred” was released in January 2016 on Domino Records and received mighty fine reviews.

Their performance will have the three artists playing together as “Yorkston Thorne Khan”. They tackle a wide array of different sounds and songs.

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Alongside pieces of their own songs, there will be a fair chunk of improvisation, and covers of Ivor Cutl’r’s “Little Black Buzzer” and Lal Waters’n’s “Song For Thirza”.

“The folk and jazz sectors have seen successful re-emergence and diversification of the genres, with practitioners and artists conserving traditional music forms and styles,” said British Council India Director Alan Gemmell.

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“These genres have been developing new dimensions that reflect a more contemporary sensibility and sound. We are pleased to support this exciting collaboration and India tour,” he added.

After Delhi, the group will be performing in Chennai on November 25, Kolkata on November 26 and Patna on November 29. (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?