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Iron Lady of India: Jayalalithaa was an inspiration for Women, say Tamils in US

"Amma Jayalalithaa was a leader who has not only made an unrepeatable history in India and also become a true role model for millions of women to realise their power in public service and make betterment of the society and nation," Natarajan said

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Washington, December 7, 2016: The legacy of J Jayalalithaa will be fondly remembered forever. The iron lady who battled every odd in her life and most of the times won, lost the battle of life on Monday after fighting bravely and for, perhaps, a long period.
Indian-American Tamils have said with the diaspora condoling her demise and is sad by the loss of their beloved leader.

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Dr. Rajan Natarajan, who served as the Deputy Secretary of State in Maryland and now serving as the Commissioner of Transportation, said, “The legacy of the Iron Lady, as she is fondly remembered by many, who had rocked Indian politics, will be remembered forever. None has shown the courage which Jayalalithaa evinced in her political life.”

Natarajan, the first Indian-born Tamil American who served in the highest administrative position in the history US, said on Tuesday, “An authoritarian, a visionary and a leader full of guts and grit, she has left a huge void in Indian Politics. Amma (mother), as she was always fondly referred to by the masses, she is indeed a mother of many comebacks in her political life.”

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Natarajan interacted and worked with Jayalalithaa’s cabinet and her government officials when he was serving as Maryland’s chief diploamat. He worked with her on many projects like Sister State, education, energy, transportation, and medical technologies

He had led a 20-member business delegation from the US and also participated at the Global Investor Summit in 2015, upon her invitation. Natarajan said that it was his very first opportunity to meet Jayalalithaa in person. He also mentions that it was one of the shining moments for him and to admire her leadership,

“She is like the legendary bird Phoenix. Bounced back from every challenge, when the world thought she gone every time. I wish she could come back to life again like a Phoenix, throwing out the challenging god has imposed on her and to work on her dreams and vision to make them a reality.”

“Amma Jayalalithaa was a leader who has not only made an unrepeatable history in India and also become a true role model for millions of women to realise their power in public service and make betterment of the society and nation,” Natarajan said.
He mentioned her as an exemplary and extraordinary leader for the ordinary people. She was a leader for the poor and the middle class. And, implemented numerous welfare programs and rural development schemes for the ordinary citizens, which no other chief minister in any state still has been able to do.

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Natarajan said, “After Secretary Hillary Clintons meeting with Chief Minister Jayalalithaa back in 2013, Clinton mentioned she is incomparable and strongly determined leader, and she has been an embodiment of woman empowerment.”

by NewsGram team with PTI inputs

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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?