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Michelin Star Chef Vikas Khanna joins Amritsar Farmers for Diwali at ‘Organic Diwali Farmers Fest’

More farmers are now shunning chemicals to produce non-toxic food

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Amritsar, October 31, 2016: Michelin Star chef Vikas Khanna opted to be a surprise visitor at the ‘Organic Diwali Farmers Fest’ here on the occasion of Diwali on Sunday to promote organic farming.

Khanna, who originally hails from Amritsar and is now an internationally acclaimed master-chef, headed straight for the event after landing at the international airport here, President of Dilbir Foundation and chair EcoAmritsar Gunbir Singh said.

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The fest was part of the weekly marketplace of organic products held by the Dilbir Foundation.

“A divine effort has been made in my city and I am delighted to have witnessed it,” Khanna said after visiting the marketplace.

“He tasted salted chhaach made from cow’s milk and marvelled at the taste. He also appreciated other items,” Gunbir Singh said.

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The marketplace on Sunday had a potter spinning out fresh diyas for Diwali, along with other clay and terracotta products.

Exotic vegetables such as broccoli, red and yellow capsicums, delicious and golden variety apples, as well as fresh kiwi from farms were new additions to the fest.

“Most satisfying is the excitement in the farm circles about a growing demand for natural produce, and more farmers are now willing to shun chemicals and get into the pure foods movement by producing non-toxic foods,” Gunbir Singh said.

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Sikh holy city Amritsar is about 250 km from Chandigarh. (IANS)

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  • Antara

    Great initiative by the celeb Chef!

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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?