VIJAYAWADA l WEDNESDAY l MAY 15, 2019 l `5.00 l PAGES 14 l LATE 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 ‘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 1.5 bn 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 Top team quits Jet, staff to fend for themselves E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE top team of Jet Airways has deserted the troubled carrier. On Tuesday the company informed stock ex, changes that its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Vinay Dube, deputy CEO and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Amit Agarwal, and Company Secretary Kuldeep Sharma have resigned from the company . Some re por ts said Chief People Officer Rahul Taneja has also put in his papers though the company is yet to conVinay Dube firm 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. The Abu Dhabibased airline had offered `1,700 crore for a minority stake. 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. 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. Shah escaped unhurt and was escorted to safety by police. In retaliation, BJP supporters stormed the college and went on a rampage vandalising the statue of Bengali icon Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. “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,” the BJP president said. Shah started his roadshow from Esplanade and was heading towards Swami Vivekananda’s residence. Clashes broke out when Shah’s convoy reached Vidyasagar College where a group of around 100 Trinamool Congress 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 . lower in Q4FY19 at 6.5 percent while for FY19, the GDP growth WHICHEVER party or alliance rate is seen at 7 per cent. forms the next government at The numbers are startling. the Centre, they will have a GDP is projected to grow at 6.98 tough time steering the econo- per cent in 2018-19 against 8 per my as almost every economic cent growth in 2015-16. Gross indicator is pointing towards a value added growth slipped to slowdown. This, accord6.79 per cent in FY19 ing to economists, will from 8.03 per cent in unfold further over the FY15 and the latest IIP next few quarters. numbers hit a 21-month “The economy is golow, projecting a slowing through a cyclical down in industrial slowdown and it has activities. nothing to do with elec“The slowdown in the tions,” D Joshi, chief MONSOON industrial sector is economist at CRISIL, TROUBLE deeper than what many told TNIE. had calculated. The negAgriculture The first sign of stress ative growth in manucontinues to in the economy became facturing for several remain the evident when the months in the last finaneconomy’s sore Monthly Economic Recial year shows slackenspot and the port released by the Deing of demand domestiforecast of a partment of Economic cally besides the impact weak monsoon Af fairs earlier this of global slowdown,” this year means month conceded there’s said Prof N R Bhanuthe situation indeed a slowdown. murthy of National Inmay worsen “India’s economy apstitute of Public Fipears to have slowed nance and Policy . down slightly in 2018-19. The “There is contraction in capiproximate factors responsible tal goods production for three for this slowdown include de- months. This means the impact clining growth of private con- of the slowdown will be felt in sumption, tepid increase in the current financial year as fixed investment, and muted ex- well, because sales of capital ports,” the report said, adding goods is an indicator of new facthe implied real GDP growth is tories being set up,” he added. P11 A day after Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao closeted with DMK chief MK Stalin in Chennai and reportedly invited the latter to be part of his proposed non-BJP and non-Congress Federal Front, party treasurer Durai Murugan on Tuesday met Chief Minister and TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu at the Secretariat in Amaravati . Murugan is learnt to have briefed Naidu about what transpired between Stalin and KCR and reportedly made it clear that the DMK would sail with the Congress-led alliance in which the TDP is also a partner. The DMK, considering the bypolls in four Assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu on May 19, does not want to rock its alliance with the Congress by sending any wrong signal. The DMK senior leader, who came with his family, was received by TDP Rajya P6 Sabha member CM Ramesh. AN uneasy calm prevails in Srungavaram Agraharam, a remote village in Rowthulapudi mandal, where people from the scheduled caste (SC) community are facing a social boycott, and live under constant fear of being attacked. This is even after a posse of over 100 policemen are deployed in the village to prevent violence. The SCs are not allowed to be hired as workers or buy grocer- ies from local kirana stores. They are allegedly being subjected to such inhuman treatment that they are not even allowed to use open lands on the outskirts of the village to attend to call of nature. This village has 25 SC families, while the BCs, including Yadavs and Rajakas, constitute a population of 2,800. Though the relationship between the two social groups has never been better, it hit an alltime low on the night of May 9, after some dalit women were Colombo: Aadhil Ameez (24), a Sri Lankan software engineer, provided technical support and was the link between National Thowheed Jamath and another group that carried out the Easter attacks, Reuters reported. He was under Indian surveillance and was named in an NIA chargesheet | P10 LTTE ban extended for five more years Saudi crude pipeline hit, Gulf on the boil New Delhi: The Union government 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 Riyadh: A major oil pipeline in Saudi Arabia was shut down after a drone attack by Iran-backed Houthi rebels on Tuesday. Coming after the sabotage of Saudi tankers, it further increases tensions in the Gulf | P10 SSC RESULTS OUT, EG ON TOP OF LIST With 98.19% pass percentage, East Godavari is the best performer in the Secondary School Certificate exams. | P5 ALL IS WELL? CM Chandrababu Naidu and Chief Secretary L V Subramanyam all smiles during the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. The CS has been at the receiving end of Naidu for his insistence on implementing the Election Commission’s rules | EXPRESS Woman gets husband’s death certificate E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kakinada RESPONDING to the report, ‘Woman runs from pillar to post for husband’s death certificate’ in TNIE on Tuesday officials of East Godavari , District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) stepped in and ensured that she got the certificate. Manga Gonthi Devi of Chendurthi had hit a roadblock after both police and revenue officials refused to issue her the death certificate. Her husband, Vijay Kumar, had died in a road accident on July 3 last year. As his body was crushed beyond recognition, police records mentioned it as ‘unknown body’. Though Devi identified the body as that of her husband from the clothes he was wearing at the time of ac- cident, police sent the samples for the demise of a person, she was told DNA test. The poor woman of two to approach the Gollaprolu tehsildaughters needed the certificate to dar. But he cited various reasons, claim insurance amount under the including the FIR, which categoChandranna Bima scheme. rised the body as belonging to ‘unBy the time DNA test confirmed known person’ for rejecting Devi’s that the victim was Vijay Kumar, application. On learning about seven months elapsed. Since a her ordeal, the tehsildar on village secretary is authorTuesday issued the certifiExpress cate and handed it over to ised to issue the death cerImpact Gonthi Devi,’’ a release istificate within one month of sued by the office of DRDA Project Director said. DRDA officials further said that they recommended sanction of insurance amount to the woman. “The documents (related to the police department and death certificate) will be uploaded online for sanctioning insurance amount to the woman,’’ the release said. No groceries, no work: SCs face social boycott in EG village @ S Agraharam (East Godavari) Lankan techie had key role in Easter terror E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Vijayawada BACK TO DARK AGE? S TRIMURTHULU EXPRESS READ Stalin with Naidu? DMK leader comes calling SLOWDOWN BLUES MAY DAMPEN NEXT GOVT’S SPIRIT A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi P R A N A B M O N D A L @ Kolkata Revenue officials serving meals to people of the SC community at S Agraharam village in East Godavari district on Tuesday | EXPRESS allegedly disrobed and thrashed by BCs, and a social boycott was imposed on them. On May 9, Chindada Dasu, a local youth, who is pursuing his education in Visakhapatnam, was crossing a street on his two-wheeler with his friend V Samuel. Some objected to this, and thrashed both of them, Kumari, Dasu’s mother, said. She, her husband Ramana and others from the SC community were also allegedly thrashed after they rushed to P6 Dasu’s rescue. Miraculous escape for 32 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Tirumala THIRTY-two bus passengers had a miraculous escape after the APSRTC bus crashed into a parapet wall on Tirumala ghat road, and came to a halt at the edge of the valley . The driver reportedly lost control over the wheel while taking a turn. A major part of the bus was left hanging from the edge of the cliff. Three persons we r e i n j u r e d i n t h e accident. They were identified as D Bharathi, V Poongodi and K Jayarama hailing from Tamil Nadu.
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