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List of Top 5 Indian Cities to celebrate Incredible Christmas!

Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more

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December 20, 2016: Christmas is a sacred religious festival that is celebrated worldwide. It is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ on December 25, every year. People exchange gifts, decorate their homes, share meals and wait for Santa Claus.

With around 27.8 million Christians, Christmas is one of the major festivals of India. It is a great time to be with friends and family. But if you are not planning on staying indoors this Christmas, here are the top 5 places for celebrating Christmas in India:

  1. Mumbai

If you want a traditional Christmas or the modern one with late night party, Mumbai is the place for you. The city has a large Catholic community with many churches. These churches are renowned for their Christmas Eve celebration. If you want a space, you better arrive early as thousands of people line up to attend the midnight mass. These churches include Mount Merry Church, Holy Family church, Mahim Shrine, etc.

Malls and Markets are all filled with Christmas decorations and amazing offers. Bandra and Hill Road have sidewalks lit up with Christmas trees.

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2. Shillong

Christians form the majority in Meghalaya. So, the celebration of Christmas brings joy and gaiety as people of other religion join in to welcome the Prince of Peace of Jesus Christ. The Christmas carols bring sunshine to the city of orchids and pines. People visit the Cathedral church, one of the oldest churches in Northeast India, to attend the Midnight Mass.

At All Saints Cathedral, as part of the pre-Christmas celebration, the century-old fir tree is illuminated. The warm greetings, carols, bells and the tall Christmas tree all add up to the festivities. You can hear some local bands play Gospel music in the churches. Local dance troops perform across the city.

3. Puducherry

Puducherry, also known as Little France, has major western influence because of the presence of Anglo-Indians. The Christmas celebration in Puducherry reflects classy moments in a unique way. Midnight masses are organised at all the churches.  Official leaders from the Christian missionaries deliver their official messages to people.

The Church, Sacred Heart of Jesus, is decorated beautifully. Special service is conducted in churches like Church of our Lady Lourde at Villianoor. The observation of huge Cathedral is totally different from the rest of the places.

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4. Lansdowne

If you are looking to celebrate Christmas away from the crowd, Lansdowne is the place for you.  Plan your own little celebration with some music, bonfire and a Christmas tree. The Ottawa Farmers’ Market’s Christmas Markets could be a special treat. They have live local music.

There are over 100 vendors who sell locally grown food, and arts and crafts. It is a great stop for shopping gifts, stocking stuffers and buying ingredients for the delicious holiday dinner.

5. Kerala

People attend Midnight masses at the Church. The relaxed ambience in the houseboats mixed with the atmosphere of festivity has a charm of its own. Carols are sung in all the churches.

People make traditional dishes like Kappa biryani, Acchapam cookies, kappa stew and Neyyappam. Families recreate the birth of Jesus by making cribs and place paddy and hay to capture the actual nativity.

 by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53

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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?