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This Christmas soak yourself in Yuletide spirit with a special Tour Package covering Mother House and 417-year-old Bandel Church!

Each year over 100,000 visitors, cutting across religious beliefs, visit the Bandel Church during the Christmas season

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Kolkata, Dec 23, 2016: Travellers to West Bengal can now soak in the Yuletide spirit with a special tour package covering Mother House and important Christian centres including the 417-year-old Bandel Church on the banks of the Hooghly river, it was announced on Friday.

The West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation (WBTDC) has announced the start of a special chartered bus service that would take tourists on a tour to the Mother House and well known churches of Kolkata on Christmas eve.

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At the iconic Bandel Church, one of the oldest churches in eastern India that was founded in 1599 by Augustinian monks, visitors will be greeted with a unique display of light, music and water.

“Each year over 100,000 visitors, cutting across religious beliefs, visit the Bandel Church during the Christmas season. This year an added attraction would be a colourful display of light, sound and water at the newly erected musical fountain,” said Prior of Bandel Church, Salesian Fr T L Francis.

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“The visitors would get to see larger-than-life sized statues of popular Christian saints like Mother Mary, Mother Teresa, Don Bosco, St Joseph, St Francis Xavier and others. There is also the life size Station of The Cross depicting 14 scenes from the final hours of Jesus’s life with 54 statues and a Christmas crib depicting the birth of Jesus,” he said.

Other draws include a nine-feet statue of Jesus Christ with open arms in front of the Bandel shrine.

“Also on display would be the historic ‘Mast’ from which the Church and the town get their name and a renovated grand ‘doorway’ that leads to the Church’s precincts,” said Francis.

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The Portuguese ship’s mast was a votive offering to the Church from the captain of the ship that was miraculously saved in a tempest in the Bay of Bengal in 1655. The Archaeological Survey of India had declared the mast a heritage item.

The Bandel Church had last year been restored and put on display the mast that had fallen in a storm in 2010. (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”.

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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?