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Satellite Beachside Festival returns to Goa in December, will bring together Peers and Supporters from Dance and Music Community

To be held from December 28, the four-day fest has been conceptualised by Pearl and Nikhil Chinapa

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Panaji, December 21, 2016: Satellite Beachside festival, which started off as an idea to bring together peers and supporters from the dance music community, will return to Goa with its second edition later this month.

To be held from December 28, the four-day fest has been conceptualised by Pearl and Nikhil Chinapa.

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“Pearl has for the longest time wanted to set up an alternative music festival, and has been talking about it for the last four years,” Nikhil said in a statement.

“Very early on, she saw where the large festivals were headed to and she thought that we needed to support alternative music that could be more popular, since the clubs were turning into mini-festivals themselves, with confetti canons and lasers, which we earlier saw only at big festivals.

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“She wanted to work closely with her counterparts in the music scene and we both came up with the hare-brained idea of doing a festival in Goa in the monsoon when supposedly very few people come to Goa. After that first edition in August when more than 600 people came for the music, we knew we would be doing Satellite again,” he added.

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It has an impressive line-up of Indian talent and top names from Anjunadeep, a premier deep-house music label. Indian producers and DJs like Arjun Vagale, BLOT, Ash Roy, Praveen Achary, Pearl and Nikhil will be playing at the fest. (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?