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Paralympian Aditya Mehta gets Human Spirit Award to mark World Disability Day in Mumbai

In his address, Hazare pointed out how he had received crores of rupees as cash awards all this life

Para-athlete Aditya Mehta. Twitter

Mumbai, December 3, 2016: Para-athlete Aditya Mehta was conferred the M.G. Mehta Human Spirit Award of the Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust (RNCT) here.

The award was given away by the veteran social worker and crusader Anna Hazare on Friday night in memory of renowned philanthropist Mahendra Mehta, to mark the World Disability Day today (Saturday), said trustee Rajiv Mehta.

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In his acceptance speech, Mehta said that he had filed a 12-point (Right to Information) RTI to the CISF under human rights violations and finally got a scanner installed at Delhi Airport. Now, he is planning to get this implemented at other airports in the country.

He recalled, how as a businessman, he cared only about money till his accident in 2006 which left him handicapped.

“I am a completely different person now and want to bring about change,” said Mehta, who bagged two silvers at the 2014 Para-Asian Cycling Championship, entered the Limca Book of Records in 2013 for riding fastest 100 kms with an artificial limb.

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Later, he founded the Aditya Mehta Foundation in 2014 to help para-athletes rebuild their shattered lives and was in the news recently for being humiliated at Bengaluru Airport.

In his address, Hazare pointed out how he had received crores of rupees as cash awards all this life.

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“But, I live in a temple and have only six sets of clothes. All the money awards is in a trust, and the interest from it goes towards helping the underprivileged people,” Hazare said.

The RNCT, which empowers disabled people, was selected by Google for its Impact Challenge for Disabilities Award this year. (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?