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IPF has released a booklet titled "Balochistan - What the world needs to know" edited by Prof Geeta Bhatt of Delhi University

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New Delhi, October 2, 2016: Rebel Baloch leader Mazdak Dilshad Baloch on Saturday thanked India for its support to his cause, saying it meant that they were “no longer alone”.
Participating in a seminar on “Baloch Nationality” at the RSS-backed India Policy Foundation (IPF), he told the gathering, which included top journalists, former diplomats and retired armed forces officers that their’s was “the strongest movement of Balochistan; it is a grass root movement run by Baloch people, not by any Khan or tribal leader”.
Emphasising the importance of Indian support to Baloch movement, he said: “You do not know how alone we were. But now, we are not alone.”
Citing the atrocities meted out to Baloch people by the Pakistani establishment, he said that there is no home in Balochistan which has not sacrificed its member.
“Pakistan army beats our children in school and make them sing the national anthem of Pakistan. I have lived in Pakistan and I can say that the people of Pakistan are no different from Pakistan army.”
On the future governance of Balochistan, he said, “We believe in democracy, our traditional tribal system was closer to democracy. Even during the time of the Khan (of Kalat), we had two house parliament. Future Balochistan will be a democracy.”
Thanking the people of India, he said: “We want ‘Azad’ Balochistan. We don’t want to be with Pakistan. In last 70 years no Baloch has come to India but today we have come here and I want to thank all of you for your support.”
IPF also released a booklet titled “Balochistan – What the world needs to know” edited by Prof Geeta Bhatt of Delhi University. (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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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.

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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.

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