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Stance of Indian Army on Terrorism no less than of Israel, says PM Narendra Modi while addressing Rally

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October 18, 2016: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday sought to compare the surgical strikes by the Indian Army across the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir last month to swift military retaliatory action by the Israel army on terror outfits and said the world was talking of the bravery of the Indian armed forces.

Addressing a rally here, Modi paid his respects to both serving and retired soldiers.

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Describing Himachal Pradesh as “veer bhumi (land of the brave)”, Modi said almost every family in the state has members in the armed forces.

Modi made a veiled reference to the surgical strikes carried out on terror launch pads by the Indian Army across the Line of Control on September 29 and said the entire country was talking about it.

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“These days in the entire country there is talk of the valour of Indian army. It used to be said that Israel carried them out (swift military reprisal). The country saw that the Indian army is not less than anyone,” Modi said.

The Indian Army’s surgical strikes came days after the terror attack on an army camp in Uri town of Himachal Pradesh that killed 19 soldiers.

Modi also said his government has implemented the long pending demand of one rank one pension for the armed forces. (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?