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Over 1 Million Street Vendors across 25 States to be Trained to conduct Digital Transactions with Customers to tide over current Cash Crunch

The National Association of Street Vendors of India has tied up with the mobile wallet MobiKwik to enable cashless transactions

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Mumbai, Dec 16, 2016: Over a million street vendors across 25 states will be trained to conduct digital transactions with customers to tide over the current cash crunch, an official said on Friday.

The National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) has tied up with the mobile wallet MobiKwik to enable cashless transactions.

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NASVI founder Arbind Singh said the livelihood of small and street vendors has been hit to a great extent following demonetisation and the partnership with MobiKwik will help them at this juncture.

“Following demonetisation, street vendors across India have lost 70 per cent of their businesses and this solution will enable them to keep their businesses running,” Singh said.

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Co-founder of MobiKwik Upasana Taku said the company constantly strives to develop solutions to bridge the gap between Bharat and India in tune with its motto ‘Desh Ke Liye, Desh Ka Wallet’.

“This association is imperative for us to support street vendors by educating them about the various e-payment options available to get payments from customers,” Taku said.

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Over the next three months, it will train a million street vendors on this cashless facility and later extend it to over three million street vendors earning a livelihood in 24 states in India. (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?