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President Pranab Mukherjee and Israeli Counterpart Reuven Rivlin to Inaugurate CII Agro-Tech 2016 in Chandigarh

Israel is the partner country while 12 other countries are actively participating at the event this time

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Chandigarh, Nov 18, 2016: The 12th edition of the Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) biennial agro technology and business fair, Agro Tech 2016, will be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee and his visiting Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin here on Sunday.

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Presidents Mukherjee and Rivlin will inaugurate the fair at the Parade Ground, CII vice president and Bharti Enterprises Vice Chairman Rakesh Bharti Mittal told media here on Friday.

“CII Agro Tech 2016 is India’s premier biennial agro technology and business fair with 92 domestic participants and significant international presence, including 47 foreign exhibitors from as many as 13 countries this year.

“The 12th edition of CII Agro Tech 2016 is one of the biggest confluences of stakeholders from agriculture and allied sectors. For the first time in the history of Agro Tech, since its inception in 1994, two heads of the states – President Pranab Mukherjee and President of Israel Reuven Rivlin, are coming together to inaugurate the fair,” Mittal said.

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Punjab and Haryana are the host states for the four-day international agricultural expo while Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat are the partner states.

Israel is the partner country while 12 other countries are actively participating at the event this time.

Mittal said that Agro Tech 2016 is focusing on ‘Technology Intervention’ in a big way.

“On the international participation, we are proud that Israel is the partner country with Canada and Germany as focus countries and Great Britain as guest country. 47 overseas companies from 13 countries, including Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, South Africa, Spain, The Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA, have made it a global event,” he said.

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Chairperson, CII Northern Region Rumjhum Chatterjee said that the Agro Tech was providing a common platform for technological innovation, industry and the farming sector. (IANS)

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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”.

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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.

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“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?