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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said Russia, "an old friend of India", has cleared its stand on terrorism and backs New Delhi in its fight against terror

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October 15, 2016: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said Russia, “an old friend of India”, has cleared its stand on terrorism and backs New Delhi in its fight against terror.

“Russia’s clear stand on the need to combat terrorism mirrors our own,” Modi said in a joint address to the media with visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Modi said he deeply appreciated Russia’s support of “our actions to fight cross-border terrorism that threatens our entire region”.

The remarks assume significance as it comes in the wake of India’s response to attack on Army camps with surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

India has also launched a diplomatic blitz to isolate Pakistan, a country it accuses of sponsoring and aiding cross-border terrorism.

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The Prime Minister said the ties between the India and Russia were “truly privileged and unique” and used a Russian maxim on friendship, remarking that in Russia they say “an old friend is better than two new friends”.

He praised Putin’s continuous personal attention on strengthening ties with India.

“Your personal attention has been a source of strength to our relationship, your leadership provided stability and substance to our strategic partnership. Ours is a truly privileged relationship.”

The Prime Minister said he and Putin just concluded “highly productive” talks.

The two leaders also inaugurated units 3 and 4 of the Kudankulam nuclear plant after India and Russia signed 16 agreements, including on energy, defence and economic cooperation, and also announced deals across different sectors.

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Modi and Putin earlier held a closed-door bilateral meeting as part of the annual India-Russia summit.

The India-Russian summit is being held on the sidelines of the eighth BRICS summit. (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?