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What makes Hindu Festival Durga Puja so popular in India? Know its Meaning and Significance

Durga means one who is difficult to approach since she is the mother of the Universe

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October 6, 2016: Durga Puja, one of the most auspicious, astonishing and marvellous occasion celebrated in India. Durga Puja also known as Durgotsav or Sharadotsav. The amalgamation of two words “Durga and Utsav” which unites and means the joyous occasion to celebrate the festival of Goddess Durga.

The event is the greatest and grandest occasion celebrated by the religious people with great enthusiasm in the month of Ashwin or October. It is occasion mainly celebrated in West Bengal, Assam, Tripura, Jharkhand, Odisha and Manipur.

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Goddess in the form of the Divine Mother is worshipped in three forms. The first three days as Durga who hold various weapons in her ten hands and rides a Lion. The other three days as Lakshmi who is the Goddess of Fortune and Wealth.

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Durga means one who is difficult to approach since she is the mother of universe. She is the personification of tender love, wealth, power, beauty and all virtues. Durga as a manifestation of Shakti or the Power of God. She assumes different forms at different times  to destroy the Danavas or workers of Evil.

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On of these was Mahishasura, who was terrible demon and the dwellers of heaven does not knew how to get rid of him. Then the Goddess Durga armed with all the dazzling weapons and accompanied by her favorite Vahan (animal) the lion marched against the ferocious Danava. It resulted into the terrible victory that marks the epoch of universal rejoicing and festivity amongst the Hindus. The occasion teaches that No matter how powerful the Evil Forces are, the Ultimate victory will always be in the hands of the virtuous.

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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?