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November 25, 2016: The officials of the Kerala assembly denied entry to a man wearing a white check ‘lungi’ into the visitor’s gallery of the Kerala assembly. They said that it was an ‘informal’ dress. The man has filed a complaint against the officials in the Human Rights Commission. The state has asked a clarification from the officers.

Kunjimoyin from Kondotty in Malappuram, was in a group of 38 people. He has come to attend the assembly proceedings on November 8. He was denied permission because of his clothes.

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Kunjimoyin went to Kerala Human Rights Commission and filed a complaint which stated that he was allowed entry at the gate and the assembly building. But he was denied entrance to the visitor’s gallery.

According to PTI, Commission has asked for a clarification from VK Babu Prakash, legislative Secretary, on whether there was a dress code in the gallery.

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The Assembly speaker said in response to the complaint that ‘informal dressing is not allowed inside the house and gallery’. He said that decorum needs to be followed. This is the usual practice. The official said, “We are adhering to the procedures followed by Parliament on dressing. Only exception is given to religious symbols. The ‘Kallimundu’ is an informal dress and so the person was not allowed.”

The complainant said it is the Malabar’s custom to wear a kallimandu and a white shirt during auspicious occasions. He said that if there are any rules against people visiting the house wearing kallimandu, these needs to be amended soon.

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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”.

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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?