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Visited by over 2 Million Tourists annually, Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) in Mumbai declared as Eco-Sensitive Zone

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Mumbai, Dec 6, 2016: The Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), located in north Mumbai and southern Thane, has been declared an “Eco-Sensitive Zone”, an official announcement said.

The ESZ will cover 59.46 square km of which 19.23 square km is lush forest land and the rest a non-forested area, according to the final notification of Union Environment Ministry.

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However, an area of 1.65 sq. km land for the Mumbai Metro Rail shed has been excluded from the notification issued on Monday.

The ESZ will have a minimum extent of 100 metres and maximum upto four kms from the SGNP’s boundaries, and would serve as a buffer to further protect the already-protected area of the park.

Considering the large population of leopards in SGNP, the central government has also suggested that in the housing complexes in its vicinity, a high wall with fencing may be erected to avoid man-animal conflicts.

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The move follows a draft notification issued in January 2016 seeking views from various individuals and groups from the ecological and environmental point of view to regulate developmental activities around the SGNP.

However, due to the unique location of SGNP within a bustling mega-city, any new construction within ESZ will be as per the laws of the Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act and ESZ provisions.

The SGNP spread across three districts – Mumbai Suburban, Thane and Palghar over an area of 104 square kms- is home to several species of flora and fauna, including around 800 species of flowering plants, 45 species of mammals, 43 species of reptiles, 38 species of snakes, 12 species of amphibians, 300 species of birds, 150 species of butterflies, including the world’s biggest, the Atlas Moth.

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The important animals living here include leopards, wild boars, four-horned antelopes, black-naped hare, wild cats, jackals, porcupines, Indian cobras, vipers, and birds like lesser grebe, purple heron, pariah kite, among others.

The area, housing a tiger and lion safari, the origins of Mumbai’s only river, the Mithi, and the 2,400-year old Kanheri Caves complex, is visited by over two million tourists annually. (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?