DHARMAPURI 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 ‘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 `65 crore loan waiver promise for TN weavers E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Coimbatore C H I E F M i n i s t e r E d ap p a d i K Palaniswami on Tuesday assured small and micro-level weavers that capital loans availed by them before March 31, 2017, totalling `65 crore, would be waived by his government. He said this while campaigning for the Sulur Assembly bypolls, scheduled to be held on May 19. The Chief Minister also promised that steps would be taken to waive the principal, interest and penalty on construction loans availed by handloom and powerloom weavers in Cooperative Society. “The AIADMK government is committed to protecting the weaver community he said. ,” Sulur, where he was campaigning, is dominated by weavers. “The government is taking several steps to eradicate their sufferings. The government will also take steps to safeguard the sector from problems faced under the GST regime,” Palaniswamy said. He also recalled that AIADMK government has given 250 units of free electricity for handloom weavers and 750 units of free electricity for powerloom weavers to improve their business prospects. Slowdown may dampen the 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 s l i g h t ly i n 2018-19. The proxim ate factors responsible for this slowdown include declining growth of private consumption, tepid increase in fixed investment, and muted exports,” the report said. The numbers are startling. GDP is projected to grow at 6.98 per cent in 201819 against 8 per cent growth in 2015-16. Gross value added growth slipped to 6.79 per cent in FY19 from 8.03 per cent in FY15 and the latest IIP numbers hit a 21-month low, projecting a slowdown in industrial activities. “The slowdown in the industrial sector is deeper than 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 . 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. “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 Top team deserts Jet, staff left alone 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 exchanges that its CEO Vinay Dube, deputy CEO and CFO Amit Agarwal, and Company Secretary Kuldeep Sharma have resigned from the company . 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. 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 . EXPRESS READ Lankan techie had key role in Easter terror 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 Southwest Monsoon onset on June 4 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. New Delhi: The Southwest Monsoon is likely to arrive in Kerala on June 4, private weather forecaster Skymet said on Tuesday and added it will be “below normal”. The normal onset date for the monsoon is June 1.
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