WARANGAL WEDNESDAY MAY 15, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 16 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 Leaders ditch Jet, staff left to fend 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 airl i n e, w h i c h stopped flying last month due to cash crunch. Vinay Dube Wi t h t o p 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. 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 safe- ty by police. “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 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 . SLOWDOWN BLUES MAY DAMPEN THE SPIRIT OF NEXT GOVT GDP g rowth is lower in Q4FY19 at 6.5 percent while for WHICHEVER party or alli- FY19, the GDP growth rate is ance forms the next govern- seen at 7 per cent. ment at the Centre, they will The numbers are startling. have a tough time steering the GDP is projected to grow at economy as almost every eco- 6.98 per cent in 2018-19 against nomic indicator is 8 per cent growth in pointing towards a 2015-16. Gross value slowdown. This, acadded growth slipped cording to economists, to 6.79 per cent in FY19 will unfold further from 8.03 per cent in over the next few FY15 and the latest IIP quarters. numbers hit a “The economy is go21-month low, projecting through a cyclical ing a slowdown in inWeak slowdown and it has dustrial activities. monsoon “The slowdown in nothing to do with Agriculture the industrial sector is elections,” D Joshi, continues to d e e p e r t h a n wh at chief economist at remain the many had calculated. CRISIL, told TNIE. economy’s sore The negative growth in The first sign of spot and the manufacturing for sevstress in the economy forecast of a eral months in the last became evident when weak monsoon financial year shows the Monthly Economic this year means slackening of demand Report released by the the situation domestically besides Department of Ecowill worsen the impact of global nomic Affairs earlier slowdown,” said Prof this month conceded N R Bhanumurthy of National there’s indeed a slowdown. “India’s economy appears to Institute of Public Finance and have slowed down slightly in Policy. “There is contraction 2018-19. The proximate factors in capital goods production for responsible for this slowdown three months... The impact of the slowdown will be felt this include declining growth of private consumption, tepid in- financial year as well, as sales crease in fixed investment, of capital goods is an indicator and muted exports,” the report of new factories being set up,” said, adding the implied real he added. A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi Toddler touches electric motor wire, gets electrocuted EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad A toddler playing outside his house got electrocuted after touching a live wire of an electric motor in Vikarabad district on Tuesday. The incident happened around 8.30 am, when B Virat, who had just started walking, was playing in the verandah. His mother, Swapna, was busy with household chores at their residence in Tarigoppula village of Dharur mandal. After hearing a scream, Swapna ran out to find her child unconscious. The boy was taken to hospital, but declared brought dead. The police visited the spot and said the boy was electrocuted, possibly due to a loose contact in the wiring of an electric motor, used to pump water to the agricultural fields. This was the second death in the family as last year, Swapna , and her husband B Raju lost their elder daughter, then two years old, to an illness. TS HELPS LIGHT UP ODISHA Hyderabad lad killed in US crash, netizens raise over `10 L to ship body E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad A youngster from Hyderabad died in a road accident in North Carolina in the United States on Saturday . On May 11, Nallakunta resident Sahith Reddy, who had been in the States for over a year now, was mowed down by an unidentified vehicle when he was leaving the gymnasium at 4.30 am. He was not imSahith Reddy mediately identified because he was not carrying any official documents, his relatives said. “For two days, the authorities could not contact any family or friend. It was when his friends approached the authorities after he did not return, that they came to know of the matter,” Sahith’s father, Madhusudan Reddy a former BHEL employee, said. , Sahith moved to the US over a year ago in search of a job after completing his Masters in Science in the city and had taken up odd jobs to keep himself afloat , over there. His parents have appealed to the State government and the Ministry of External Affairs to help repatriate their son’s body . Meanwhile, Sahith’s friends, Akshay Reddy Thatikonda and others, started a crowdfunding campaign to help bring his mortal remains to India. Of the $15,000 (`10.5 lakh) target Akshay set, the campaign has already accrued $15,085 (`10.6 lakh). Akshay said that Brown-Wynne Funeral services in North Carolina would take care of the embalming and finish the paperwork. Sahith’s body would then be sent to New Jersey where Habitat for Humanity “will clear , the consulate work and ship him to India”. The Telugu Association of North America has got in touch with Sahith’s relatives and friends in the US and has offered to help. Employees from Telangana carry an electricity pole to help restore power supply after Cyclone Fani, in Odisha on Tuesday | EXPRESS | P4 Panic in IBM as Hyd techies ‘sacked’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad SEVERAL IT professionals from multinational company IBM’s Hyderabad campus have reportedly been laid off over the last week, sparking panic among thousands of other employees. The jobs impacted were allegedly mid-level roles of developers, testers and tech leads in the software services division. These employees were said to be part of a larger group of about 300 professionals in the firm, from cities like Bengaluru, who were laid off without notice. The Forum for IT (ForIT), a union of IT professionals, while making these allegations, said, “We are in touch with some professionals who were laid off without any prior notice. It has caused them extreme mental stress.” The union couldn’t confir m how many people were laid off in Hyderabad, but is trying to get more information and approach the labour department. The company reportedly justified the layoffs, saying they was done “to pioneer new high-value services”, and this was “in line with IBM’s strategy”. However, when Express sought a confirmation from IBM on the same, officials refused to comment. Employees from the company’s software division in Hyderabad too failed to verify the news. “We have not received any such information. However, if we receive complaints, we would swiftly look into the matter,” said R Chandrashekar, joint commissioner, Rangareddy zone, department of Labour. IT sources said attrition levels have been high this season. EXPRESS READ Lankan techie had key role in Easter terror Aadhil Ameez (24), a Sri Lankan software engineer, provided tech support and was the link between National Thowheed Jamath and another group that carried out the Easter attacks, Reuters reported | P10 LTTE ban extended for five more years New Delhi: The Union govt on Tuesday extended the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for five more years, saying the terror group remains a “grave threat” to the nation. OIL PIPELINE HIT BY DRONES, SAYS SAUDI Statement made shortly after rebels in Yemen claimed they carried out coordinated drone strikes against the kingdom P11 LANGUAGE BARRIER Yemeni student in Hyd cheats couple from his country of `5L EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad TAKING advantage of the language barrier faced by a Yemeni couple in the city for cancer treatment, a Yemeni youngster studying here cheated them to the tune of `5 lakh. The Banjara Hills police on Tuesday arrested the youngster, identified as Khwaid Muwad Galal Abdo. According to the police, Abdul Nasin Oteyan Nayan, 68, from Yemen, was diagnosed with gallbladder cancer, and came to India with his wife Azhar Mohd Ali, on hearing that treatment was relatively cheap here. They landed in Mum- Abdo bai a few weeks ago, and soon learnt that treatment there was beyond their budget. Helpless, Abdul took to Facebook, seeking cheaper options. The accused, Abdo, a PG student at Osmania University, noticed the post and got in touch with Abdul. He convinced them to come to Hyderabad, saying he would help, and also arrange accommodation for them. Trusting Abdo, Abdul and Ali landed in Hyderabad in the first week of May Abdo took them to a . flat he arranged in Banjara Hills. When he was about to drop them off at a hospital in Banjara Hills, they expressed their helplessness in communicating, as they didn’t know Hindi or English. Seizing the opportunity Abdo , offered to help them for `1,000 per day He got Abdul admitted, . and told them the treatment would cost `3.5 lakh. But the couple ended up spending `7.65 lakh, apart from the money they gave Abdo for other expenses. Eventually they noticed Abdo , had misguided them, and approached the police. Got in touch through Facebook The accused got in touch with the cancer patient after seeing the latter’s post on Facebook, seeking cheaper treatment options. He convinced him to come to Hyderabad, and promised to also arrange accommodation
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