MANGALURU SATURDAY JANUARY 05, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 18 CITY EDITION MASSIVE DATA LEAK TARGETS TOP GERMAN POLITICIANS RUSSIAN HACKERS BEHIND THE ATTACK? Hackers stole the personal data of hundreds of German politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, and released it online MERKEL’S EMAILS ACCESSED Even though the details were leaked last month, the breach came to light only now after daily Bild and public broadcaster RBB reported it and the government, too, confirmed it. While nobody has claimed responsibility so far, the involvement of hackers linked to Russian intelligence is suspected ■ ■ ■ The personal data contained sensitive information such as residence addresses, personal mobile phone numbers, letters, invoices and copies of identity documents Several letters to and from Merkel were released online The details were released through Twitter account @_0rbit 18,000 THE NO. OF FOLLOWERS THE TWITTER ACCOUNT WHICH LEAKED THE DATA HAD CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Rahul looks for safe seat in Bidar? R A M U PAT I L @ B e n g a l u r u BIDAR in North Karnataka may have a VIP candidate in the coming general elections with the Congress said to be looking at the possibility of party president Rahul Gandhi contesting from the seat currently held by the BJP . Bidar is billed as a safe seat for the Congress given the party’s impressive performance in the last assembly elections - it won five of eight assembly segments in the parliamentary constituency. The party cannot say the same about Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, which Gandhi currently represents, as four out of five assembly segments in Amethi are currently represented by the BJP and one by the SP . According to a Congress leader from the Hyderabad-Karnataka region, the possibility of Bidar becoming Gandhi’s second seat is being discussed among party leaders in the region. “At a party meeting in Kalaburagi recently, a senior leader hinted that Rahul Gandhi may contest from Bidar and party workers need to start preparations,” he said. Rahulji had played an important role in giving special status to the Hyderbad-Karnataka region after the BJP had rejected the demand Eshwar Khandre, Karnataka Congress working president CM, Champa lock horns over English medium in govt schools When asked, Karnataka Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao said: “Anything is possible. He can contest from anywhere. Why only from Karnataka?” However, he added that he has not come across any discussion in this regard. “So far, no one has discussed the issue with me,” he said. “We will sweep whole of Hyderabad-Karnataka region if Rahul Gandhi contests from Bidar. We will also have an advantage in around 2025 seats in Hyderabad-Karnataka, Telangana and Maharashtra,” said Karnataka Congress working president Eshwar Khandre. “There is no such proposal now, but we welcome Rahul Gandhi if he decides to contest from Bidar,” said Khandre. P5 Nirmala snubs Congress, claims Rafale will help Modi ride into new term Instead of answering any of my questions, the defence minister started doing drama that ‘I have been insulted, I was called a liar’... She just ran away -Rahul Gandhi Typist at Soudha held with `25L unaccounted cash P R A M O D K U M A R V A I D YA @ Dharwad THE contentious proposal of the Congress-JD(S) coalition government to start English medium of education in at least 1,000 government schools from the upcoming academic year sparked a debate during the inauguration of the 84th Kannada Sahitya Sammelana which kicked off here on Thursday . While the president of the previous meet, Chandrashekhar Patil (Champa), vehemently opposed the move, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy defended his government’s stand quoting from Sammelana president Chandrashekhar Kambar’s speech regarding poor students not getting quality education. Patil raised the issue in his speech and came down heavily on the coalition government while referring to former chief minister Siddaramaiah’s stand. Patil tried to caution Kumaraswamy that the latter was running a coalition government and that Pay more for fuel from today as state hikes taxes EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru PETROL and diesel in Karnataka will cost `2 more from Saturday with the state government deciding on Friday to reimpose taxes that it had withdrawn in September last year. With this, tax rates on fuel in the state will be back at 32% on petrol and 21% on diesel. Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy in his July 2018 , budget, had hiked the tax on petrol from 30 to 32% and on diesel from 19 to 21% in a bid to raise revenues. The price of petrol was hiked by `1.14 and diesel by `1.12 per litre. After the nationwide uproar over rising fuel prices, the Union government had refused to roll back central taxes, but Karnataka was one of the first states to cut P6 taxes by `2 per litre. Sabarimala SL WOMEN IS LATEST TO ENTER SHRINE While the woman Sasikala told reporters on Friday that she was denied darshan by the police, CM Pinarayi Vijayan confirmed that she had indeed entered the temple P6 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy in conversation with 84th Kannada Sahitya Sammelana president Chandrashekar Kambar in Dharwad on Friday | D HEMANTH the stand of the coordination committee chairman should be respected. He also accused the CM of not following ‘coalition dharma’ and said, “Kannada is a big tree. Kumaraswamy should not become ‘Katharaswamy’ (one who uses an axe to cut a tree) for Kannada.” Even as Patil was speaking, Kumaraswamy was visibly agitated and made his dissatisfaction known to Kambar and Kannada Sahitya ParP5 ishat president Manu Baligar. HIGH drama was witnessed at the Vidhana Soudha on Friday after a typist employed there tried to escape from police on his two-wheeler carrying unaccounted cash of `25.76 lakh. The stash has since been recovered from him. Police said Mohan (52) works in the office of Backward Classes Welfare minister C Puttaranga Shetty However, the . minister has denied any links with him. Police said around 4.30 pm, Mohan was passing through the West Gate on his bike carrying a bag. Based on a tip-off, the securitymen stopped him. On seeing the police, he took a Uturn and tried to escape but the police chased him in a jeep and caught him. The bag contained currency notes of `2000, `500 and `200 denomination, totalling P6 `25.76 lakh. Bofors was a scam, Rafale is not. Bofors brought you (Cong) down. Rafale will bring Modi back to transform India and remove the Cong corruption stink -Nirmala Sitharaman EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi COMBATIVE Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday gave a point-bypoint rebuttal to Congress allegations on the Rafale deal and asserted it will help Prime Minister Narendra Modi retain power, unlike the Bofors gun kickbacks that brought down the Rajiv Gandhi government. Hurling the khandan (dynasty) barb at Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Sitharaman sought to contrast it with her middle class and Modi’s poor background while wrapping up the Rafale debate in the Lok Sabha, adding the deal was done in the interest of national security . The first jet would arrive in September, while all 36 would be in by 2022. Rahul later claimed Sitharaman had not responded to any of his posers. The minister, who was repeatedly disrupted by Con- gress members, informed the House that the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) was auditing the Rafale deal, and her ministry would soon submit replies to queries raised by it. Claiming that the UPA gover nment did not go ahead with the Rafale deal because kickbacks weren’t given, Sitharaman said that defence deals during the NDA government did not have middlemen. “Defence Ministry has run without dalals (middlemen) under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi. Bofors was a scam. But Rafale is a deal done in national interest. Bofors (scam) had brought 18 VERSUS 36 JETS While the UPA deal was for 18 Rafales in flyaway condition, the NDA bought double the number. “You didn’t conclude the deal, because it didn’t suit you. The deal didn’t get you money,” Sitharaman told the Congress president down the Congress government. But the Rafale deal would help bring Modi stay i n p o w e r, ” c h a r g e d Sitharaman. Rahul, during his intervention, sought full disclosure on pricing and the offset contract to the Anil Ambani-led firm. Seeking specific replies from the minister, he claimed that price wasn’t part of the secrecy clause. He also wanted to know who put the Ambani firm on the offset list. Referring to the acerbic attack on her and Modi’s integrity, Sitharaman said the PM came from a poor background, while she grew up in a middle class family. “I don’t have a khandan to boast of. I’ve my honour intact. The PM has his honour intact,” the defence minister stressed. She also gave it back to Rahul for his offset barb, saying for every “AA, there’s a Q and RV” - references to Quattrocchi (Bofors) and Robert Vadra (shady deals).
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