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Indore-Patna Express Derails near Kanpur: Over 100 Killed, nearly 200 Injured

Fourteen coaches of the Indore-Patna Express rolled off the track a little, around 3 am in Pukhraya that is 100 km from Kanpur

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November 20, 2016: The Indore-Patna Express derailed near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh killing more than 100 people and injuring nearly 200 people on Sunday morning.

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• Fourteen coaches of the Indore-Patna Express rolled off the track a little, around 3 am in Pukhraya that is 100 km from Kanpur. The train carrying more than 500 passengers were mostly sleeping at that point of time.

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• Passengers heard a bang, they were jolted awake and were thrown around. “We heard a deafening noise…I am lucky to be alive and safe,” a passenger said, according to a report.

• “There must be a fault in the track as 14 bogeys have derailed and this happened despite regular checking of the tracks,” said the Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha.

• “More bodies were pulled out from the two coaches that fell on the side,” said Daljeet Singh Choudhary, a senior police officer.

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• Hours after the accident, a team of army personnel, doctors joined along with 250 rescue workers.

• Many of the survivors were moved to a nearby town so that they can leave via trains or buses.

• As the rescuers have not been able to access one of the coaches, it is feared that the number of deaths may rise.

Representational image. Pixabay
Representational image. Pixabay

• Rs 3.5 lakh exgratia will be given for the families of those killed in the derailment and Rs 50,000 for those grievously injured, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said.

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• Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “anguished beyond words” and also said that he had spoken to Suresh Prabhu who was monitoring the case closely.

-by NewsGram team with inputs from various agencies

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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?