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Maharashtra Legal Metrology Department slaps Cigarette Retailers with 33 Cases for selling imported Cigarettes without Mandatory Declarations

The cases have been registered a day before India would host Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

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Mumbai, November 6, 2016: The Maharashtra Legal Metrology Department on Sunday said it has registered 33 new cases against retailers for selling imported cigarettes without mandatory declarations like maximum retail price (MRP) and health warnings.

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The cases were registered during a special drive after the Legal Metrology Organisation received various complaints about imported cigarette packets.

“This drive will be carried further to ensure the protection of consumer’s interest,” Amitabh Gupta, Inspector General and Controller of Maharashtra Legal Metrology, told IANS.

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The cases have been registered a day before India would host CoP 7 WHO FCTC conference, the world’s biggest tobacco control convention. India is hosting the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) CoP7 from November 7 to 12.

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Tobacco farmers have written to the Health Ministry and World Health Organization (WHO) to let them participate in the convention so that the illegal trade of smuggled cigarette in India can be discussed and stopped. (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?