MANGALURU 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 EXPRESS READ Tension mounts as teen raped in Kashmir Srinagar: Even as the Valley is seething with anger over the rape of a minor in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district, tension further increased on Tuesday following reports that a teenage girl was raped in Kashmir’s Ganderbal district. The accused has been arrested. Jet’s top team deserts troubled carrier New Delhi: The top team of Jet Airways has deserted it. 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. TWIN JOYS 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 and 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. Activist Irom Sharmila welcomed her twin daughters into the world on Mother’s Day. The girls, named Nix Shakhi and Autumn Tara, were born at the Cloudnine Group of Hospitals in Malleshwaram, Bengaluru India extends LTTE ban for 5 years more New Delhi: The Centre on Tuesday extended for five years the ban on terror group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), saying it continued to be a “grave threat” to the country. 1ST WOMAN INTO ICC MATCH REFEREE PANEL India’s G S Lakshmi has become the first woman to be appointed to ICC’s international panel of match referees and will be eligible to officiate in international games. Claire Polosak had become the first ever woman umpire to stand in a men’s ODI, earlier this month. 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 s t at u e o f I s h w a r C h a n d r a Vidyasagar. The BJP president escaped un- hurt and was escorted to safety 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 HDK dials Siddaramaiah to ease coalition tensions EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Bengaluru THE coalition politics seem to revolve around Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah these days. On Tuesday morning, in an attempt to cool rising tempers between JDS State president H Vishwanath and Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy himself telephoned the latter . Despite both leaders staying in the same hotel, they didn’t come face to face but had a telephone conversation during which Kumaraswamy is said to have asked Siddaramaiah not to be upset with Vishwanath’s statements. “Siddaramaiah left the hotel before Kumaraswamy woke up and hence they only conversed over the phone. While the conversation was largely about the unfortunate incident of a building collapse in Kundgol, the Chief Minister asked Siddaramaiah not to pay too much at- tention to Vishwanath,” said a source close to Siddaramaiah. Ironically the telephone call , which aimed to ease tensions turned into another area of disagreement between the coalition. The tiff was over the length of the phone conversation. While the Congress camp maintained that reference to Vishwanath was made in passing in the less-than-a-minute phone call, JDS leaders insisted that all differences had been sorted out in the ‘long’ phone conversation. “We were all witness to the phone call. Kumaraswamy spoke with Siddaramaiah to sort out all differences. We are together like brothers and all issues have been addressed. Things will go back to normal,” said Bandeppa Kashempur, JDS leader and minister for cooperation. Senior JDS leader Basavraj Horatti too confirmed the phone call. Siddaramaiah, who had taken to Twitter to lash out at Vishwanath, used the same platform to clarify that he laid no claim to the Chief Minister’s post. “People in rallies and meetings refer to me as the next Chief Minister. I have even asked them to give the Congress majority next time if I should return as CM. I can’t silence people who want me to be Chief Minister out of affection for me. But Kumaraswamy is the chief minister in the coalition government. The discussion over who should be CM is unnecessary,” Siddaramaiah tweeted. ENTREPRENEURS’ PARADISE Have money and Bengaluru connect? startups in IT city beckon the big guns Some prominent investors from state VJ Nikhil Chinappa, actor Dino Morea, actor Deepika Padukone, actor Suniel Shetty, actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra, singer Shankar Mahadevan A V I N A S H B H AT @Bengaluru IT’S no secret that Bengaluru is the country’s startup capital. With a 25 per cent share of the total startups across the country the city is home to a vibrant , tech ecosystem, but also has its fair share of non-tech entrepreneurs looking to make their company the next Unicorn. Perhaps this is what attracts investors to Bengaluru. And for those who already have a city connect, investing in startups comes naturally . Investors from the city more , popular on screen than in boardrooms, include actor Dino Morea, and VJ Nikhil Chinapa, both of whom invested in a city-based startup Veb- bler, a photo-sharing app. Bengaluru girl actor Deepika Padukone, through her firm KA Enterprises, is the latest in a series of investors from the state, who are not from the tech industry. On Monday, she announced an investment in Drums Food, that sells Epigamia yogurt. However, this is not her first investment or venture into entrepreneurship. Noted singer Shankar Mahadevan, while originally from Chennai, launched an online singing academy based in Bengaluru way back in 2010. Actor Hrithik Roshan also invested around Rs. 6 crores in citybased fitness startup Cure.fit last year. Tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi has invested in Sports365, a sports-based ecommerce startup headquartered in the city Director Shek. har Kapur and music maestro A R Rahman, in 2012, launched a social media platform in the city called Qyuki. Actor Saumya Tandon in 2016, invested in auto-rickshaw aggregator, Jugnoo, based in HSR Layout. So what is it that drives investors to the city? While an IT background is preferred, it is not necessary The sheer num. ber of startups looking for investors makes it a very exciting market to invest in, for those who have the money According . to NASSCOM, Beng aluru ranks among the top three cities globally for launch of tech P6 startups. 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 . STANDOFF CM’s security staff send I-T raid team away EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru/ Hubbali IT sleuths who landed up on the 6th floor of Denissons Hotel in Hubballi to raid Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy’s room on Monday, were staved off by the CM’s security personnel. When the security head asked the sleuths for a search warrant, the I-T department men showed on WhatsApp a complaint filed by the BJP before the Election Commission against Water Resources Minister D K Shivakumar, and a subsequent order by the I-T department. A standoff ensued, with the security personnel refusing to allow entry to the IT men because it was a complaint filed against Shivakumar and not the CM. Finally the security , personnel won, and the I-T men turned around and left. Kumaraswamy, Shivakumar and Khan were not available for comP5 ment. SLOWDOWN BLUES MAY DAMPEN SPIRIT OF NEXT GOVT 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 economy became evident when the Monthly Economic Report released by the Department of Economic Affairs earlier this month conceded there’s indeed a slowdown. “India’s economy appears to have slowed down slightly in 2018-19. The proximate factors responsible for this slowdown include declining growth of private consumption, tepWeak id increase in fixed investment, and monsoon muted exports,” the report said, adding the implied real GDP growth is Agriculture lower in Q4FY19 at 6.5 percent while continues to for FY19, the GDP growth rate is remain the economy’s sore seen at 7 per cent. The numbers are startling. GDP is projected to grow at spot and the 6.98 per cent in 2018-19 against 8 per forecast of a weak monsoon cent growth in 2015-16. Gross value added growth slipped to 6.79 per cent this year in FY19 from 8.03 per cent in FY15 means the and the latest IIP numbers hit a situation will 21-month low, projecting a slowdown worsen in industrial activities. “The slowdown in the industrial sector is deeper than what many had calculated. The negative growth in manufacturing for several months in the last financial year shows slackening of demand domestically besides the impact of global slowdown,” said Prof N R Bhanumurthy of National Institute of Public Finance and Policy “There is con. traction in capital goods production for three months. This means the impact of the slowdown will be felt in the current financial year as well, because sales of capital goods is an indicator of new factories being set up,” he added. Two kids among three killed as roof of old house comes crashing on them K I R A N B A L A N N A V A R @ Kundgol THREE people, including two children, lost their lives and three others were injured when a portion of the roof of their house collapsed on them when they were fast asleep. The incident occurred in Yaraguppi village, located 27 km away from Hubballi, in the wee hours of Tuesday The house . was built about 70 years ago. Former chief minister Siddaramaiah, Water Resources Minister D K Shivakumar, Kundgol Congress candidate Kusumavati Shivalli and BJP candidate from Kundgol I S Chikkangoudar, who were in the region for poll campaigning, called upon the family members and paid their last People clear debris at the house where the roof came crashing down in Yaraguppi village near Hubballi early on Tuesday | D HEMANTH respects to the deceased. Neighbours rushed to the spot and with the help of some relatives retrieved the victims and the injured from under the debris. While two of them died on the spot, one of the little girls succumbed in hospital. The deceased are Yallavva Gadad (55), and her grandchildren Jyoti Meti (6) and ShraP4 vani Radhayi (4).
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