Mumbai Nov 20, 2016: As the Global Citizen India 2016 — the first step of the nation to bring about positive changes in India to fight extreme poverty — took place on Saturday, prioritising on clean India movement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was confident that “the day is not far when the country will be filth free”.
While addressing the youth of the nation and 80,000 attendees of Global Citizen Festival India here in Mumbai MMRDA ground via a video conference, Modi said, “It is amazing to see how the nation is participating in Swachh Bharat movement and cleaning all the corners of the nation. I am convinced that we can and we will build a Swachh Bharat that is free of all forms of filth within one generation.”
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In his speech, he also mentioned that poverty was one of the biggest challenges for any developing country along with malnutrition, unemployment, corruption that posed challenges to grow.
The prime minister said, “We have to work towards our mission shoulder to shoulder to make it successful.”
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Global Citizen India is a movement brought to India by Global Citizen, a social action platform and The Global Education and Leadership Foundation (GELF), an organisation focused on cultivating ethical, altruistic leadership to improve the state of the planet through collective action.
From Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, Vidya Balan, Alia Bhatt and many other Bollywood stars to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fednavis and the iconic English band Coldplay participated to bring people together and stand for a noble cause that celebrate humanity and fight against poverty. (IANS)
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”.
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)