HYDERABAD SATURDAY JANUARY 05, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 28 LATE 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 P11 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 Bofors buried Cong, but Rafale will give Modi a new term, says Nirmala Chief secy snubs SEC, asserts MCC will not affect Cabinet expansion & Assembly meets E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad SK Joshi, Chief Secretary U-TURN The Telangana SEC in a U-turn on Friday said the MCC would not apply to the GHMC, municipal corporations and municipalities where there are no panchayat polls. BAD BLOOD? “We may face MCC-related problems even during municipal elections due in a few months as Nagi Reddy’s tenure will continue till Nov 2019,” an official said. THE TRS government on Friday dismissed the view of the State Election Commission (SEC) that Cabinet expansion and Assembly sessions should not be taken up when the model code of conduct (MCC) is in vogue ahead of the gram panchayat elections. Chief Secretary SK Joshi on Friday visited State Election Commissioner Nagi Reddy to invite him to a video conference with collectors and SPs on gram panchayat polls. During his over-half-an-hour stay, the Chief Secretary is understood to have made clear the government’s take on the MCC. Though the SEC “wishes” Cabinet expansion and Assembly sessions be put on hold until the panchayats polls are wrapped up on January 30, the State government seems to be in no mood to comply with the suggestion. In fact, sources close to the Chief Minister confirmed officials had been directed not to stop the distribution of Rythu Bandhu cheques even though the MCC is in force in contradiction to directions from the SEC. TRS leaders TNIE spoke to questioned why the cheques could not be disbursed now when they were distributed during the Assembly elections. Nagi Reddy, according to sources, told the Chief Secretary that his “wish” was to not expand the Cabinet or convene Assembly sessions in the period as voters could be influenced. “As long as it is just a wish of the SEC and there is no official order there is no problem,” a top official told TNIE. “We may face MCC-related problems even during municipal elections due in a few months, as Nagi Reddy’s tenure will continue till November this year,” an official quipped. Reddy’s tenure as State Election Commissioner will end in November 2019. The State government cannot remove him, he can only be impeached. Bengaluru: Unsure of the prospects of Rahul Gandhi winning from UP in the coming general elections, the party’s considering fielding its president from Bidar in K’taka | P6 Jan 10 WHEN SC WILL FIX DATE OF HEARING IN AYODHYA CASE Within 30 seconds, the CJI disposed of the case saying a threemember bench will be set up to hear the temple title suit P7 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 3-day Sangh Parivar meet near Chennai from Sunday Citizenship Bill tweak RaGa to fight from Bidar? @ New Delhi AYODHYA EXPRESS READ Guwahati: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that the Centre was working hard to get the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 passed in Parliament EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 159 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi RUNS 189 BALLS 15 FOURS 1 SIX PANT ON FIRE India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant celebrates after reaching 150 on Day 2 of their fourth Test against Australia, in Sydney on Friday | AFP KEEPING THE FAITH HISTORY BECKONS Pant’s ton is the first for an India stumper in Australia. His score is also the thirdhighest for an India wicketkeeper, behind MS Dhoni (224) and Budhi Kunderan (192). Pant, Cheteshwar Pujara (193) and Ravindra Jadeja (81 n.o) ensured that India declared at 622/7. The massive total has put India, who lead the series 2-1, in control in the decider. P14 CLOSE on the heels of the BJP’s electoral reversals in three major states, the creme de la creme of the Sangh Parivar will go into a huddle for three days at Uthandi, about 27 km off Chennai, from Sunday . While RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is already in Chennai, the BJP will be represented by general secretaries Ram Lal and Ram Madhav. At the time of going to Press, there was no clarity on BJP chief Amit Shah’s participation. With the Ayodhya issue on top of the parivar’s mind, the meeting is expected to strategise on the way forward, given the Sangh position that the construction should begin before the end of the current NDA government’s ter m in of fice, though Prime Minister Narendra Modi said a few days ago that he would wait for the judicial process to be over. About 50 top leaders of the Sangh Parivar will participate in the meeting. A senior RSS functionary here described it as a routine meeting for collating inputs and exchanging ideas from the delegates. CONDUCIVE ECOSYSTEM TS emerges ‘leader’ in startup ranking E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad THE appointment of a Chief Innovation Officer for overseeing startup activities, formation of an ‘Innovation Policy’ and the establishment of T-Hub have propelled the State to becoming the “leader” in the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s State Startup ranking exercise 2018. The report released by the Centre on Friday termed T-Hub, the PPP between the State Government, three academic institutions — IIIT Hyderabad, ISB and NALSAR — and key private sectors, as “the fastest growing incubator in India”. As of now, the State has supported the setting up of four incubators at Tier 2 cities such as Karimnagar, Warangal, Khammam and Nizamabad. The States were ranked based on their performance in seven areas. Telangana is above the national average in incubation support, awareness and outreach, simplified regulations and startup policy and implementation, but did not do very well in easing public procurement, funding support — angel and venture funding and seed funding support, the report said. 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 A combative Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday gave a point-by-point rebuttal to Congress allegations on the Rafale deal and asserted it will help Prime Minister Narendra Modi retain power, unlike the Bofors gun scam that brought down the then Rajiv Gandhi government. Hurling the khandan (dynasty) barb at Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Sitharaman sought to contrast it with her and Modi’s poor rather modest 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. Alleging that the UPA government 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 down 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 the Congress government. But the Rafale deal would help bring Modi stay in power,” remarked 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 (Anil Ambani), there’s a Q and RV” - alluding to Quattrocchi (Bofors) and Robert P9 Vadra (shady deals).
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