KOCHI l WEDNESDAY l MAY 15, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 20 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 ■ 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 Girl, mother end lives fearing loan recovery; bank rules out ‘pressure’ BJP-Trinamool clashes mar Shah’s Kolkata roadshow EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE P R A N A B M O N D A L @ Kolkata A WOMAN and her teen daughter from Marayamuttom near Neyyattinkara died at Tuesday noon as they immolated themselves after a nationalised bank decided to initiate revenue recovery process against them for defaulting on a loan repayment. Lekha Chandran, 41, and Vaishnavi, 19, set themselves on fire at their residence. Family sources said Lekha got a call from Canara Bank’s Neyyattinkara branch in the morning informing her that the time given by it had elapsed and the house will be attached on Wednesday The two women . later got into a room, doused with kerosene and set themselves on fire. Vaishnavi died at the spot while Lekha succumbed to injuries at the Medical College Hospital. Marayamuttom police said Lekha’s husband Chandran had taken `5 lakh as loan from the bank in 2005. The family repaid about `8 lakh, but found it still owed the bank `6.5 lakh for which it had lodged a case as well. Chandran, who had previ- 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 resi- @ T’Puram Local people and police officers stand in front of Vaishanavam house, where the girl and mother committed suicide | BP DEEPU L5 lakh L8 lakh was taken as loan by the family from Canara Bank in 2005 was repaid L6.5 lakh was still owed to the bank ously worked in the Gulf, had taken the loan back then to build a house. After his return, he started working as a carpenter, but his income was not enough to meet the expense for Vaishnavi’s education even. She was doing graduation at the White Memorial College in Panachamoodu. With the bank interest and pressure mounting, Chandran planned to sell off his house and 12-cent land to settle the ● More on P5 dues. BJP chief escapes unhurt after arson, stone pelting by Trinamool workers BJP workers try to reinstall vandalised party hoardings, banners and posters ahead of party president Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata on Tuesday | PTI dence. 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. Top team deserts Jet, staff left helpless 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 com- JUNE 4 MONSOON ONSET The Southwest Monsoon is likely to arrive in Kerala on June 4, weather forecaster Skymet said. EXPRESS READ Periya: Two CPM leaders arrested Kannur: Two CPM leaders were arrested by the Crime Branch in the Periya twin murder case on Tuesday and later released on bail. The arrested are K Manikantan (45) and N Balakrishnan (58). P4 LTTE ban stays for five more years 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. Lankan techie had key role in blasts 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. 20 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS pany Some reports said Chief . ing last month due to cash People Officer Rahul Taneja crunch. With top management has also put in his papers executives leaving, employees though the company is yet to have no one to look up to for confirm this. help and guidance in recoverThe exodus comes at a time ing their pending salaries. Vinay Dube when the lenders led by SBI The back-to-back resignaare struggling to find an investor to tions signal that the offer by Etihadrevive the airline, which stopped fly- may not take off. 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. ‘CM show shifted 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. ● More on P6
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