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State Bank of India (SBI) sets up Currency Exchange counters at ongoing WHO Meet for convenience of Foreign Delegates

Every foreign individual can exchange up to Rs 4,000 every day till the conference concludes on November 12

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Greater Noida, November 10, 2016: The State Bank of India (SBI) on Thursday set up a currency exchange counter at the venue of the ongoing WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) for the convenience of foreign delegates.

The move comes in the wake of the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes by the government on November 8.

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The counters were set up after receiving complaints from foreign delegation members about the difficulty they faced in using the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes after arriving in the country.

According to the bank officials at the counter, every foreign individual can exchange up to Rs 4,000 every day till the conference concludes.

“This counter will remain open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. from today (Thursday) onwards till the conference concludes on November 12. Every foreign individual can exchange only up to Rs 4,000 every day against their old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes,” the bank official told IANS.

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A senior health official, who is part of the Brazilian delegation at the WHO FCTC, told IANS: “The sudden decision by the Indian government to demonetise some of its currency notes is a problem.”

“We arrived last week and had exchanged our currencies which mostly included Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 currency notes. However, this bank (SBI counter) will solve the problem to some extent,” the official said.

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Members from the Indian delegation told IANS that after listening to the complaints of foreign delegation members, Additional Health Secretary Arun Panda is said to have called the District Magistrate of Greater Noida, who asked a local SBI branch to set up the counter and facilitate the foreign guests.

A total of 1,500 members from 185 countries are participating at the ongoing seventh edition of the WHO FCTC — the world’s biggest anti-tobacco policy-making convention. (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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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?