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Master Stroke by PM Narendra Modi to curb Black Money: 500, 1000 Rupee Notes Not Legal Tender Anymore

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 will not be used from midnight onwards

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New Delhi, November 8, 2016: While addressing the country on Tuesday night, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 will not be used from midnight onwards. The notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 must be deposited at post offices and banks by the end of December.
PM Modi further added that the move was necessary to fight “the disease of black money.”

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Here are the highlights from his address:

  • Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes will not be “legal tender from midnight tonight” and these will become just worthless pieces of paper.
  • However, notes in the lower denomination of Rs 100, Rs 50, Rs 20, Rs 10, Rs 5, Rs 2 and Re 1 and all coins will continue to be valid.
  • The new notes of Rs 2000 and Rs 500 will be introduced.
  • Sab ka sarkaar, sab ka vikas – governance and progress for all is our motto. We are focusing on the empowerment of the poor. A series of schemes we have introduced all aim at this.
  • Corruption and black money are diseases which are deep rooted in the country, and they are becoming obstacles to our success.
  • This solid step to fight black money is essential and people have 50 days to turn them into banks and post offices.

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  • On November 9 and in some places on November 10, ATMs will be working.
  • Though, for the sake of people, in the initial 72 hours, government hospitals will be accepting old Rs. 500 and 1000 notes till 11 November midnight.
  • Petrol pumps and retail outlets will have to keep a record of every single entry of cash transaction with 500 and 1000 notes till November 11.
  • Apart from these, crematoriums and cemeteries will also be allowed to transact 500 and 1000 notes for the initial 72 hours.

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  • There will be no change in any other form of currency exchange be it DD, cheque, payment via debit or credit cards etc.
  • If for some reason, citizens unable to deposit Rs. 1000, Rs. 500 notes by December30, they can change them till March 31, 2017, by providing ID proof.

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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?