October 16, 2016: A Rs 180 crore memorial along the lines of Hiroshima Memorial will be built at the premises of defunct Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) pesticide plant here, a Madhya Pradesh Minister said on Sunday.
“Like Hiroshima Memorial, a memorial of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy will be built,” Minister of State for Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation Vishvas Sarang said here after inspecting the defunct factory.
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He said that the structure has been planned and the construction should begin in two-three months.
Sarang said that the work to remove the toxic waste at the plant has also begun. As an experiment, the Pithampur-based Ramky Enviro Engineers Ltd. has removed 10 tonnes of highly toxic industrial waste from the plant.
He said the Madhya Pradesh government will request the Central Pollution Control Board to remove the remaining waste.
The Bhopal gas tragedy, considered the world’s worst industrial disaster, occurred on the intervening night of December 2-3, 1984 at the UCIL plant here with over 500,000 people were exposed to methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas and other toxic chemicals. The immediate toll was 2,259 but the later the government put the toll at 3,787 while the health of thousands of others was affected. (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)