CHENNAI WEDNESDAY MAY 15, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 26 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 `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. 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. SLOWDOWN BLUES MAY DAMPEN NEXT GOVT’S SPIRIT 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. P15 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 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 Top team deserts 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 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 airline, which stopped flying last month due to cash crunch. Vinay Dube 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 Dhabi-based airline had offered `1,700 crore for a minority stake. KAMAL TAKEN TO DELHI HC OVER GODSE REMARK While BJP moved the Delhi HC seeking EC action against the actor, police filed a case in Aravakurichi, where he spoke | P5,8 BSc VS BA Dad confiscates certificates, girl calls cops E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai IN an interesting turn of events, a girl from near Chennai approached the police on Tuesday to lodge a complaint against her father who had confiscated her school certificates and insisted that she join a graduation course of his choice. The Class-XII passout from Vepampattu in Thiruvallur district sent a WhatsApp message to police’s common complaints number (7997700100) seeking help. When they asked her to file a written complaint at the nearby police station, she called the child helpline (1098) and they in turn asked Sevvapettai police to help the girl. “My father wants me to join BSc Physics or Chemistry and become a teacher. But, I want to study journalism or BA (Defence),” she said. PARENTS SEPARATED In March this year, the girl’s parents separated over differences. It was when her father left their house that he took away the certificates. Later, he went to school and also took her TC. “Since I refused to join the course of his choice, my father is not giving me my certificates,” she told Express. The girl’s parents separated in March this year. “When he left the house, he took my Class-X certificates. He said he would return them when I needed it. Later, without my knowledge, he went to my school and collected tje transfer certificate.” Speaking with Express later in the day the girl said that personnel from , Sevvapettai police station contacted her and asked her to come to the station on Wednesday as her father had agreed to hand over the certificates. 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 . 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 | P13 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 | P12 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 | P13
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