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Kolkata celebrates with Crackers as Atletico de Kolkata lifts the ISL title for the Second Time in 3 Years

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Kolkata, Dec 18, 2016: People burst crackers, donned the team colours and hit the roads on bikes as celebrations broke out in the city after Atletico de Kolkata lifted the ISL title for the second time in three years on Sunday.

Soon after ATK pipped Kerala Blasters 4-3 (1-1) on penalty shootout in an excruciating final in Kochi, sports buffs poured out on to the streets in strength, singing paens to the team and their coach Jose Molina.

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With the final being held in the weekend, the streets of Kolkata – the soccer crazy city of cricket mad India – were largely deserted as people preferred to watch the live action on television.

The tension was intense as the match rolled into the tie-breaker, and ATK’s Canadian striker Iain Hume’s first penalty was blocked by Kerala custodian Graham Stack.

But the Kolkata side came roaring back, and Jewel Raja clinched the issue by calmly placing the ball into the net, triggering wild cheers in the home of ATK.

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Children and youths celebrated the moment, breaking the silence of the night with the sound of incessant cracker bursts.

The soccer fans put on caps and jerseys of ATK and came out on the streets. Some youths rode bikes with the ATK colours fluttering from their vehicles.

“We must salute Molina. He missed a number of players due to injury and card issues. But still he stitched together a good team. He has filled into the shoes of Antonio Habas very well,” said a youth celebrating ATK’s success in south Kolkata’s Bhowanipore. (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?