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Prime Minister Narendra Modi wins ‘Reader’s Poll’ for TIME Magazine’s Person Of The Year

The Indian PM was placed well ahead of his closest contenders, including US President Barack Obama

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New York, December 5, 2016: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Monday declared as the winner of TIME Magazine’s Person Of The Year — Reader’s Poll, edging out other world leaders, artists and politicians as the most influential figure in 2016.

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Modi won with 18 per cent of the vote when the poll closed on Sunday. TIME Magazine’s Person Of The Year will be announced on December 7, according to TIME, this year’s poll was in partnership with Opentopic and IBM’s Watson.

The Indian PM was placed well ahead of his closest contenders, including US President Barack Obama, US President-elect Donald Trump and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who all received seven per cent of the “yes” vote.

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Modi also placed far ahead of other prominent figures of this year, like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (2 per cent) and Democratic Party’s nominee in the 2016 US presidential election Hillary Clinton (4 per cent).

Current poll results, analysed by poll host Apester, found that preferences differ across the world and the US. Modi performed particularly well among Indian voters as well as those in California and New Jersey.

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Every year, TIME selects the most influential person of the year, noting, for better or for worse, the person or group of people who have had the largest global impact over the past 12 months.

Last year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was Time’s ‘Person of the 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?