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No Respect for Journalists in Pakistan: Female Reporter Saima Nawal gets slapped by a Guard on Duty

The video of the Frontier Constabulary guard named Hassan Abbas slapping a female reporter of a private TV channel has gone viral on the social media

Reporter Saima kanwal of a local channel in Pakistan gets slapped by a security guard. Source Youtube

KARACHI, October 21, 2016: A case has been registered in the Karachi Police station on Thursday against FC (Frontier Constabulary) trooper who was deployed as a guard at NADRA (National Database and Registration Authority) office in the Nazimabad area of the capital.

The video of the Frontier Constabulary guard named Hassan Abbas slapping a female reporter of a private TV channel has gone viral on the social media. The reporter of channel K-21, Saima Kanwal was covering a live programme concerned with the problems faced by the citizens at the NADRA registration office, police officials said. The video has grabbed the attention of associated authorities and they have taken serious action toward this, mentioned report.

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The Indiatimes report mentioned that police might reach up to FC authorities to take the accused personnel in custody. “Gulbahar police have registered a case against the FC personnel over charges of conducting aerial firing and assaulting modesty of the female reporter of K-21 TV channel by slapping her,” the Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Muqadas Hyder told the reporters. The guard also harassed the channel’s cameraman as well as driver.

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NADRA officials also had given an application to lodge a FIR (First Information Report) against the reporter of K-21 for the “hindrances in official work” she created. The cameraman also recorded the empty shells after the guard’s firing.

– prepared by Chesta Ahuja, NewsGram.  Twitter: @ahuja_chesta


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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?