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Chefs are going to visit the spice market in Old Delhi and will go to Agra and Jaipur, where they will be enjoying camel and elephant rides

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October 26, 2016: Indian food comes with a perfect balance of fresh vegetables and fruits, that can be teamed up with high notes of spices like turmeric, cumin, cardamom, cinnamon and saffron which makes a dish full of flavour, colourful and aromatic.

This week India is going to host the Annual meet for Head of State Chefs, including personal chefs to the US President Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, French President François Hollande, and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau.

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Montu Saini, the executive chef to President Pranab Mukherjee said to HT, “India has been a member of this club for three decades and never once had it hosted the general assembly.”

Saini wants to show them the flavours of Indian cuisine and culture. Chefs are going to visit the spice market in Old Delhi and will go to Agra and Jaipur, where they will be enjoying camel and elephant rides.

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White House chef Cristeta Comerford, who cooks for Barack and Michelle Obama and their children- wants to take Indian spices back as much as she can, considering the luggage she will be allowed to carry, mentioned the HT report.

Michelle Obama laughs with White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford. Flickr
Michelle Obama laughs with White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford. Flickr

On her return to Washington DC, President Barack Obama and his family is going to enjoy some Indian spicy curries.

Not only spices, India also have a wide range of mouth-watering and pocket-friendly street food. All guests are eager to taste some authentic Indian street food during their visit.

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The British royal chef, Mark Flanagan, says London has many Indian restaurants, but the country’s street food is so rich that he has to try it here, where it originated.

According to HT, Christian Garcia, chef to Prince Albert II of Monaco, said they were looking forward to becoming “ambassadors of Indian gastronomy” after their visit.

– Prepared by Ruchika Kumari of NewsGram. Twitter: @RuchiUjjaini

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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?