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Seven teenage boys of a school recently climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa (19,336 feet)

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Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa (19,336 feet)
  • Seven teenage boys of a school here recently climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa (19,336 feet)
  •  The seven adventurous students, from classes 9 and 10 of the Indus International School are Siddharth Singh, Tarush Harris, Mihir Kansal, Aryaman Verma, Jasmeher Singh, Rahul Rao and William Joseph
  • The expedition team spent the first night in a hut in a rain forest, followed by a two-night halt at Horombu Hut in the grasslands, before ascending

Bengaluru, October 10, 2016: Seven teenage boys of a school here recently climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa (19,336 feet), said the school on Sunday.

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“Our seven students had set foot on the summit on September 29 after trekking 36 km through the Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania during the 10-day expedition (September 24-October 3),” the statement quoted expedition in-charge Captain Mohit as saying.

The seven adventurous students, from classes 9 and 10 of the Indus International School are Siddharth Singh, Tarush Harris, Mihir Kansal, Aryaman Verma, Jasmeher Singh, Rahul Rao and William Joseph.

“The moment I had set foot on the peak, I broke down. I felt honoured and proud that life had presented me with such an opportunity,” said Harris in the statement.

Kansal, the first among them to scale the peak, said since childhood, his dream was to pursue extreme sports when he grew up.

“As my goal is to scale seven highest peaks in seven continents, this was one step towards realizing my dream. My joy knew no bounds, when I was given this opportunity,” he said.

The expedition team spent the first night in a hut in a rain forest, followed by a two-night halt at Horombu Hut in the grasslands, before ascending.

“The last lap of journey (6 km) was challenging, as we had to negotiate a steep climb to conquer the peak after a 6-7 hours struggle,” said Mohit.

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The peak is located on the rim of a dormant volcano, with a spectacular view of the crater in the centre and glaciers on the periphery.

“The expedition taught me that I am capable of overcoming pain. I became more self-reliant and independent in the process because in the wilderness, you don’t have gadgets or any tools, the environment pushes you to help yourself,” said Rao.

The school said its training institute imparts experiential leadership to its wards through outbound sessions to develop risk-taking, problem solving, resilience and self-reliance, and the Kilimanjaro expedition was one of such endeavours.

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“We believe in preparing students for life challenges. By providing them with such opportunities, we inspire and motivate them to face challenging situations and develop leadership qualities,” said school Principal Sarojini Rao in the statement. (IANS)

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    Hats off to those seven brave teenagers!

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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?