KOLLAM l WEDNESDAY l MAY 15, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l CITY EDITION WHATSAPP SPYWARE CAN INFECT YOUR PHONE WITH JUST A CALL The malware was able to penetrate phones through missed calls alone via the popular app’s voice-calling function FIRM URGES UPDATE AFTER SERIOUS BREACH ■ 1.5 bn ‘NOTHING YOU COULD HAVE DONE’ The exploit affects Android devices and Apple’s iPhones, among others. WhatsApp urged its users to update the app to protect themselves from the “serious security” breach. The spyware is sophisticated and would be available to only “highly motivated actors”, it claimed. The Financial Times reported that Israel’s NSO Group had developed the malware ■ John Scott-Railton, a researcher with internet watchdog Citizen Lab, called the exploit “a scary vulnerability”. “There’s nothing a user could have done, short of not having WhatsApp,” he told AP NSO works with many governments. Its Pegasus spyware was implicated in journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder by the Saudis PEOPLE USE WHATSAPP GLOBALLY, OF WHICH 200 MN ARE FROM INDIA 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 ‘CM show shifted from C-Dit due to technical reasons’ E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @T’Puram THE state government on Tuesday said that it had to shift the shooting of ‘Naam Munnottu,’ Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s weekly show, from the Centre for Development of Imaging Technology (C-Dit) to Kairali TV due to non-availability of the floor for shooting. Express had reported that the government had replaced C-Dit with the CPM-controlled Kairali TV channel to produce the show through an arbitrary selection process. Technical support for the TV show was provided by C-Dit. Since the live telecasting of the draw of lots of the state lottery is held on the same floor by noon every day, smooth conduct of the shooting was not possible. So, the government arranged a studio floor with post-production facilities in the heart of the city and invited an expression of interest (EoI) from TV channels or production houses for the technical execution of the project. As many as three agencies, including C-Dit, expressed interest. The agency which quoted the lowest rate was entrusted with the production charge. This is expected to reduce the cost by around `1 lakh, the Information and Public Relations Department said in a statement. BJP workers try to reinstall vandalised party hoardings, banners and posters ahead of party president Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata on Tuesday | PTI Clashes mar Shah Kolkata roadshow BJP president escapes unhurt after arson, stone pelting by Trinamool Congress workers SC BAIL TO WOMAN JAILED FOR DIDI MEME The SC on Tuesday directed the release of BJP youth wing leader Priyanka Sharma on bail. She had been held by police for posting a Mamata meme on social media. But the court’s move to ask her to tender an apology drew criticism. AIYAR AT IT AGAIN Ah Aiyar! Just when we thought he was missing all the election fun, Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar wrote a signed piece justifying his neech barb against PM Modi, for which Rahul Gandhi had earlier suspended him. Expect fresh action against Aiyar. P R A N A B M O N D A L @ Kolkata CLASHES broke out between BJP workers and the Trinamool’s student wing during Amit Shah’s massive roadshow in Kolkata on Tuesday afternoon. Trouble started when the BJP president’s convoy, which passed through College Street in central Kolkata, was allegedly pelted with stones from inside a college where TMC supporters had assembled. In retaliation, BJP supporters stormed the college and went on a rampage vandalising the statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. The BJP president escaped unhurt and was escorted to safety by police. Girl, mother end lives fearing loan recovery; bank rules out ‘pressure’ E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @T’Puram A 41-year-old woman and her 19-year-old daughter from Marayamuttom near Neyyattinkara committed suicide by immolating themselves after a nationalised bank decided to initiate revenue recovery proceedings against them for defaulting on a loan repayment. Lekha Chandran and her daughter Vaishnavi set themselves on fire at their residence in Marayamuttom by Tuesday noon. Family sources said Lekha had got calls from the Neyyattinkara branch of Canara Bank in the morning informing her that the time given by the bank has elapsed and the house will be attached on Wednesday . Later, the two women locked themselves in the room and set themselves on fire after dousing Local people and police officers stand in front of Vaishanavam house, where the girl and mother committed suicide | BP DEEPU them with kerosene. Vaishnavi died immediately on the spot, while Lekha succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment at the Medical College Hospital here. Marayamuttom police said Lekha’s husband Chandran had taken a loan of `5 lakh from Canara Bank in 2005. The family had repaid about `8 lakh and still owe dthe bank about `6.5 lakh for which the bank had lodged a case also. Chandran had earlier worked in a gulf country . It was during that time he took the loan to build the house. After returning from the Gulf, he did not have the means to repay the loan and started working as a carpenter, which was even not adequate to fund the education of his daughter. Vaishnavi was doing graduation at White Memorial College in Panachamoodu. Since the burgeoning interest was tormenting him, Chandran was planning to sell off his house and the 12- cent property to settle ● More on P6 the dues. EXPRESS READ Periya case: 2 CPM leaders arrested Ban on LTTE for five more years Lankan techie had key role in blasts Kannur: Two CPM leaders were arrested in the Periya twin murder case on Tuesday and later released on bail. The arrested are K Manikantan (45) and N Balakrishnan (58). P4 New Delhi: The Centre on Tuesday extended the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for five more years, saying the terror group remains a “grave threat” to the nation. Colombo: Aadhil Ameez (24), a Lankan software engineer, provided technical support to National Thowheed Jamath that carried out the Easter attacks, Reuters reported on Tuesday. “There was an attempt by Trinamool hooligans to attack me. Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal CM) tried to provoke violence,” Shah said. He blamed the Kolkata police for being spectators while clashes erupted all around. “They (police) deviated from the planned route and took a way where there were traffic jams. I was not allowed to reach Swami Vivekananda’s house to pay tributes and I am saddened by it,” Shah said. Shah started his roadshow from Esplanade and he was heading towards Swami Vivekananda’s residence. Clashes broke out when Shah’s convoy reached Vidyasagar College JUNE 4 MONSOON ONSET Top team deserts Jet, staff worried EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE top team of Jet Airways has deserted the troubled carrier. On Tuesday the , company informed stock exchanges that its CEO Vinay Dube, deputy CEO and CFO Amit Agarwal, and Company Secretary Kuldeep Sharma have resigned from the company . Some reports said Chief People Officer Rahul Taneja has also put in his papers though the company is yet to confirm this. The exodus comes at a time when the lenders led by SBI are struggling to find an investor to revive the airline, which stopped flying last month due to cash crunch. With top management executives leaving, employees have no one to look up to for help and guidance in recovering their pending salaries. The back-to-back resignations signal that the offer by Etihad, the only investor to submit a non-binding bid, may not take off. RAMADAN ATHAZHA PAATTU Past 30 years, they woke up hearing Basha’s songs B I J U E PA U L @ Alappuzha Muhammad Basha IN the past three decades, during Ramadan months, Muslim homes under the Chathanad and Kaichoondi juma masjids in Alappuzha have been waking up to the Muhammad Basha’s Urdu ballads, accompanied by arbana (drum) beats. The Andhra Pradesh native did not disappoint the believers and turned up in the coastal district last week and continued his ritual, which is known as athazha paattu. “I come here every year during Ramadan month for athazha pattu, the custom to wake up the believers. I’ve been visiting homes and singing songs in Urdu to wake them up. They give me zakat (donation) for my songs at the end of the fasting period,” said Basha. “I belong to the Fakeer community, which performs the age-old ritual in Andhra Pradesh. For the past several decades, members of where a group of around 100 Trinamool supporters had assembled with black flags and started shouting “Go back Amit Shah”. “Stones were thrown on the procession in which some of the BJP supporters were injured,” a police officer said. The agitated BJP supporters then threw stones. “They locked the gate of the hostel and set three motorcycles parked on the pavement on fire,’’ police said. Hitting back at Shah at a rally in Behala, Mamata labelled the BJP chief a “goonda”. She also announced a protest rally on Thursday against the vandalisation of Vidyasagar’s bust . my community have been travelling to various locations of the country to sing during the month of Ramadan. I first came here 30 years ago with my father and I’m continuing the custom even after his death,” said the 50-year-old, a native of Mallasamudram in Chittoor district. Apart from the ones in Urdu, they opt for Malayalam songs, particularly that of Moyinkutty Vaidyar and other Mappila artists. The Southwest Monsoon is likely to arrive in Kerala on June 4, weather forecaster Skymet said. Slowdown blues likely to dampen next govt’s spirit A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi WHICHEVER party or alliance forms the next government at the Centre, they will have a tough time steering the economy as almost every economic indicator is pointing towards a slowdown. This, according to economists, will unfold further over the next few quarters. “The economy is going through a cyclical slowdown and it has nothing to do with elections,” D Joshi, chief economist at CRISIL, told TNIE. The first sign of stress in the econWeak omy became evident when the Monthmonsoon ly Economic Report released by the Agriculture Department of Economic Affairs earcontinues to lier this month conceded there’s inremain the deed a slowdown. “India’s economy appears to have economy’s sore spot and the slowed down slightly in 2018-19. The forecast of a proximate factors responsible for this slowdown include declining growth weak monsoon of private consumption, tepid in- this year means the situation crease in fixed investment, and muted will worsen exports,” the report said, adding the implied real GDP growth is lower in Q4FY19 at 6.5 percent while for FY19, the GDP growth rate is seen at 7 per cent. The numbers are startling. GDP is projected to grow at 6.98 per cent in 2018-19 against 8 per cent growth in ● More on P13 2015-16.
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