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US state of Kansas declares Indian American Appreciation Day to honour Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla

Kansas will remain committed to standing with the Indian community Kansas Governor Sam Brownback said at an event on Thursday to commemorate the life of Kuchibhotla

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Washington, March 17, 2017: The US state of Kansas has declared March 16 as Indian American Appreciation Day to honor Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla who was killed in an apparent hate crime.

Kuchibhotla 32 was killed and his friend Alok Madasani was injured when Adam W. Purinton a white man who earlier served in the US Navy shot them at the Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe on February 22.

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Purinton reportedly got into a row with the victims and hurled racial slurs. He yelled Get out of my country and terrorist before shooting them. An American Ian Grillot was injured in the attack.

Kansas will remain committed to standing with the Indian community Kansas Governor Sam Brownback said at an event on Thursday to commemorate the life of Kuchibhotla.

Brownback issued a proclamation at the event to recognise March 16 as the Indian American Appreciation Day reported The Kansas City Star.

We will always reject acts of violence and harm. We reject hatred in all its forms he said in Topeka the state capital.

This is a deplorable act that happened Brownback said. We will not let it define us as a people.

Both Madasani and Grillot attended the event to honour Kuchibhotla. During a brief speech Madasani thanked people for their support.

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It means a lot to all of us and we really appreciate it he said.

Kuchibhotla of Hyderabad and his colleague Madasani from Warangal district in Telangana were working as aviation programme managers at Garmin an MNC here.

Purinton has been charged with first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. The FBI is investigating the shooting as a hate crime. (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?