MADURAI FRIDAY JUNE 18, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 12 LATE CITY EDITION NADELLA GETS MORE POWER, IS NEW MICROSOFT CHAIRMAN Microsoft’s Indian-origin CEO Satya Nadella was on Thursday unanimously elected as the head of the company’s board RIGHT PERSON TO LEAD THE BOARD: COMPANY FIRST AFTER GATES TO HOLD BOTH POSTS The new role will strengthen Nadella’s hold over the US tech giant, which he has helped revamp since taking over as the CEO in 2014. In a statement, the company said Nadella’s deep understanding of Microsoft’s business will enable him to elevate the right strategic opportunities, thereby making him the best person to set the agenda of the board of directors ■ ■ Nadella will continue to be the CEO, becoming the first person after founder Bill Gates to simultaneously head the board too Nadella succeeds John Thomspon, who, as the new lead independent director, will retain significant authority, providing input on behalf of the independent directors on board’s agenda $0.56 QUARTERLY DIVIDEND DECLARED BY THE COMPANY’S BOARD ON THURSDAY 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 Modi assured cooperation for all TN schemes: Stalin BSY facing full-blown rebellion, fire-fighting attempt by Delhi fails tions against the CM and his @ Bengaluru son B Y Vijayendra, who is the party state vice-president. IF the intended purpose of BJP “No minister is happy with general secretary Arun Singh’s the Yediyurappa government visit to Karnataka was to iron because of his family’s interout the differences brewing in ference. His son interferes too the state unit, Thursday wit- much in every department. Renessed its undoing. The sim- cently, the Irrigation Departmering dissent against Chief ment has called a tender for Minister B S Yediyurappa `20,000 crore without due peramong sections of mission from the FiMarathon BJP leaders burst out nance Department or meetings with legislators makapproval from the ing serious allegations Yediyurappa met board. Is this not corof corruption, scams, ruption? About 3,660 MLAs and nepotism and even acres of land was givministers in the kickbacks. en to Jindal at throwarun-up to their Barely hours after interaction with way prices. He (VijaySingh urged state Arun Singh. At a endra) says he has to leaders to refrain from give money to central private hotel, making public stateleaders. Are central another set of ments, MLC H Vishleaders taking money BJP leaders — wanath and MLA from him? These are most of them Arvind Bellad made with a long list of the questions I asked scathing allegations, Arun Singh,” said complaints as if to defy the diktat. Vishwanath, who had against Legislators S R Vishearlier made no secret Yediyurappa — wanath and M P Renuof his disappointment also held kacharya defended over not being part of meetings Yediyurappa. the cabinet. Arun Singh was scheduled to During their individual inmeet legislators and party of- teractions with Arun Singh, ficer-bearers on Thursday and the party seemed to be clearly hear out their concerns. What divided into three groups — was supposed to be a closed- one batting for Yediyurappa’s door exercise ended on a con- continuation as CM, another troversial note after H Vishwa- lobbying for leadership change nath declared to the media that and a third that came with a Yediyurappa no longer had the bunch of complaints against spirit or the strength to contin- the gover nment, but were ue as chief minister. He fol- agreeable to anything that the lowed it up with serious allega- high command decided. Chief Minister presents a long list of 63 demands under 25 sectors; Says this visit has given him hope that all these could be realised EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AIADMK VS SASI Resolution passed as Sasi connects with Salem cadre EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Salem/Chennai THE AIADMK’s Salem rural district unit on Tuesday passed a resolution ag ainst VK Sasikala, one-time confidante of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, after a meeting headed by former Chief Minister and AIADMK joint coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami. The meeting passed a total of six resolutions. The development comes on a day Sasikala spoke to three party functionaries in Palaniswami’s constituency, Edappadi, and asserted that she would be coming back to active politics very soon. The resolution stated, “During the elections, Sasikala had said that she was moving aw ay f r o m politics. But after seeing that the AIADMK has now become very strong, she has been staging dramas, to get political importance, by speaking to some and saying that she was going to capture the AIADMK. Sasikala is not even a member of the party .” It added, “She triggered caste feelings and tried to create chaos among the AIADMK cadre, who are living like a family Sasikala does not have . any connection with the party . Her family, which damaged Jayalalithaa’s name, is now planning to grab the party The . AIADMK, which was grown by MGR and Jayalalithaa, will always remain as a people’s party and will not destroy itself for the well-being of one CONTINUED ON: P2 family .” NATIONWIDE JUNE 16 JUNE 17 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 62,224 67,208 1,07,628 1,03,570 2,542 2,330 June 16 TAKE 32,62,233 doses YOUR June 17 SHOT 29,64,596 doses TOTAL DOSES: 26,86,65,914 JAB-O-METER TAMIL NADU Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths JUNE 16 JUNE 17 10,448 21,058 270 9,118 22,720 210 @ New Delhi /Chennai Key demands made by Stalin Reversal of three farm laws and the Citizenship Amendment Act Scrapping NEET, other entrance exams & NEP Early operationalisation of vaccine units at Chengalpattu, Coonoor Implementation of Sethusamudram project Disbursal of financial resources and GST dues Dropping hydrocarbon schemes, Neutrino project and Chennai-Salem Greenfield Expressway projects Revoking Electricity Amendment Bill, 2020 Expeditious establishment of AIIMS Madurai Establishing AIIMS at Coimbatore OBC reservation under All India quota for UG, PG medical admissions Constitutional amendment to enable States to allocate reservation for MBCs, SCs and STs Special relief package for MSME sector Priority in appointments in Union government offices in TN, to the people of the State SC APPROVES CBSE’S 30:30:40 FORMULA TO COMPUTE CLASS XII BOARD RESULTS K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi ASSESSMENT CRITERIA THE Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that it has decided to go for a 30:30:40 formula — 30% from Class X board, 30% from Class XI exam, and 40% from Class XII assessment to arrive at the Class XII results this year. The court approved the marking policy for more than 14 lakh candidates who had registered for Class XII board exams in 2020-21. As for the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), they decided to take the average of the last six years instead of three. They are yet to submit their affidavit before the court. The CBSE board has asked schools to form a five-member ■ Class XII ■ Class XI ■ Class X 40% Marks based on unit test/ mid-term/pre board exam 30% Marks based on theory component of final exam panel for computation of results. The results will be declared by July 31, the CBSE told the court as it submitted a detailed evaluation criteria, which was decided after the board had to cancel exams last month because of the second Covid-19 wave. According to the affidavit, the 40% weightage from Class XII will be based on unit test/ WEATHER THREAT ON DAY ONE There is a yellow warning in place for most of England. There is a likelihood that thunderstorms could disrupt first day’s play. There is a reserve day. Performances of the two captains — Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson — will be crucial during the WTC final | AFP SWING AND DANCE New Zealand are one side that rely on match-ups. So much so that NZ coach Gary Stead complimented captain Kane Williamson for using his resources perfectly against India last year. The 2-0 drubbing India received in New Zealand is their only series loss in their WTC cycle. Bowling with the Dukes ball, Boult and Southee will test India’s batting unit which has struggled to put big totals on board overseas. PITCH Pitch is expected to be on drier side but if it’s going to be covered, expect there to have some degree of sweating $1.6million Prize money for the winners LIVE: STAR SPORTS NETWORK AT 3.30 PM Tension in Tirunelveli after Dalit youth, two Sri Lankan refugees hacked THINAKARAN RAJAMANI @ Tirunelveli TENSION prevailed in parts of the Tirunelveli district as the caste Hindus of Munneerpallam village hacked a Dalit youth and two Sri Lankan refugees on Wednesday night. The Munneerpallam police registered a case against Sankaralingam, Arunpandian, Arumugam, ‘Vathu’ Mani and two unidentified persons, under different sections of the IPC and SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for allegedly hacking a Dalit youth, Bala Murugesh (19) of Marutham Nagar, due to previous enmity . Following this, a few people of Marutham Nagar went to the street of the alleged perpetrators in Munneerpallam and damaged a house, auto-rickshaw and a two-wheeler. A case has been registered. Condemning this, Munneerpallam villagers staged a road blockade in AmbasamudramTirunelveli Highway and were , later dispersed after police officials held a peace talk. Further, the six caste Hindus, who hacked Murugesh, allegedly went to a Sri Lankan Tamil refugee camp in Gopalasamudram and hacked two refugees — Perumal (70) and one Chinnadurai, due to previous enmity . Perumal is said to be critical and is undergoing treatment at Tirunelveli Medical College. IG (South Zone) Anbu, Deputy IG (Tirunelveli Range) Praveen Kumar Abinapu and SP, Tirunelveli, Manivannan visited Munneerpallam on Thursday. RDO Siva Krishnamoorthy also conducted an inquiry . HOW WEIGHTAGE WORKS Theory marks 30% Marks based on average theory component of top 3 performing subjects out of main 5 subjects Virat Kohli & Co begin slight favourites as Test’s first-ever summit clash starts in Southampton on Friday As has now become customary, the Indian team announced their squad a day before the match. It’s the first time that India will play all of Ishant, Bumrah, Jadeja, Ashwin and Shami in a Test. It’s also been India’s preferred way — rely on bowlers to set matches with their unerring line and length. In batting, Shubman Gill will open with Rohit Sharma. FOR the first time after assuming office, Chief Minister MK Stalin met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Thursday. Stalin handed over a list of 63 demands on behalf of the State to Modi, which fall under 25 different sectors. Some of the key issues raised during the meeting include reversal of the three agricultural legislations and the Citizenship Amendment Act, scrapping of NEET and the New Education Policy early commencement of , vaccine production at the Chengalpattu complex and at Coonoor, revival of Sethusamudram project, dropping of hydrocarbon schemes, Neutrino projects and the Chennai-Salem Greenfield Expressway and disbursal , Chief Minister MK Stalin greets Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the latter’s residence in New Delhi on Thursday evening Who is the boss? The Test begins 6-5 COMBINATION FOR MATCH of financial resources and GST that are due to Tamil Nadu. The demands also included to allow Tamil Nadu to increase the storage level in the Mullaiperiyar Dam to the full level of 152 ft, reject nod for Karnataka’s Mekedatu dam project, declare Thirukkural as a national treasure, and retrieval of Katchatheevu. “It was a pleasant and satisfactory meeting. The Prime Minister assured all cooperation for developmental schemes in TN. He also said that I can contact him at any time regarding any demand relating to the State,” Stalin told reporters at the Tamil Nadu House in the national capital. The meeting between the leaders lasted for around 25 minutes. Mentioning a few of the demands raised, Stalin said, EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 80 70 60 50 30 mid-term/pre-board exams, 30% from Class XI based on theory component of the final exam, and the remaining 30% from Class X marks based on average theory component of the best three performing subjects out of the main five. The new formula is to calculate theory marks for students, while practical and internal assessment components X 24 21 18 15 09 XI 24 21 18 15 09 XII 32 28 24 20 12 Practical/ Total marks IA marks XII 20 30 40 50 70 X 24 21 18 15 09 XI 24 21 18 15 09 XII 52 58 64 70 82 will be calculated according to the existing policies. According to the board’s scheme, theory marks for Class XII for computation of results will be based on performance in one or more unit test(s)/mid-term/pre-board(s) theory examination, but the school committee may decide internally what should be givP7 en more weightage. Will continue fight, say released Delhi activists EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi ELATED after their release from Delhi’s Tihar Jail, student activists Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita, arrested in May 2020 in connection with northeast Delhi riots, thanked people for their “tremendous support” and vowed to continue their struggle against “suppression of dissent”. “ Fo r m a ny m o n t h s we couldn’t believe we’re in jail under such stringent charges,” said Narwal after walking out of the jail following a Delhi High Court order for their immediate release. Narwal and Kalita, both activists of the women collective Pinjra Tod, thanked their friends and well-wishers. Kalita said the delay in their release after the high court granted them bail was “unbelievable”. “We had secured bail two-three days ago… still we were inside jail,” she said. Jamia Millia Islamia student Asif Iqbal Tanha, who was also released on Thursday, said the fight against the CAA, NRC and the NPR would continue. The trio, arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, was granted bail on June 15. But the Delhi Police had not released them, saying Natasha Narwal (L) and Devangana Kalita outside Tihar prison | PTI it needed time to verify their addresses and sureties. The activists filed a plea for their immediate release, but a city court on Wednesday reserved its order. The high court took a grim view of the trial court’s order and said, “The trial court is expected to proceed further with promptitude and expedition and decide the issue placed before it. Our order has to be implemented. There can’t be two views on that.” The Supreme Court is likely to hear an appeal by the Delhi Police against the . bail order on Friday “Some of these are to be fulfilled by the Centre whereas some others are to be implemented by the State; A few more projects have to be implemented jointly by the Centre and the State. This Delhi visit has given me the hope that all these could be realised. We will continue to exert pressure on the Union government for implementing our demands.” Responding to a question as to what kind of approach would the Tamil Nadu government have with the Centre, the Chief Minister said, “Our leader Kalaignar (former Chief Minister K Karunanidhi) has said Urimaikku Kural Kuduppom; Uravukku Kai Koduppom (We shall raise our voice for our rights; We shall extend our hand for friendship). We will follow this CONTINUED ON: P2 advice.” Vaccination is not mandatory for US-bound students: MEA P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi INDIA on Thursday clarified that taking a WHO-approved vaccine is not mandatory for US-bound students to pursue higher education. “There is no uniformity in these requirements... the US government has clarified that vaccination is not a mandatory requirement for travelling to the US for Indian students. I also understand that there are multiple conversations between the students and our universities. We would obviously support our students. I think everyone concerned is interested in ensuring that the students are able to reach the universities and undertake regular classes and we hope that a constructive solution can be found,” MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said. Earlier this week, the US had assured that more visa appointments would be granted for Indian students after a rush for interview slots on Monday led to the embassy portal crashing. Reports had emerged that Indian students who had been taken Covaxin or Sputnik V vaccines were being asked to revaccinate by universities as the two are not approved by the WHO yet. Bagchi said India is also monitoring the emergency use authorisation approval of Covaxin by the WHO. Meanwhile, India said it favours a discussion on vaccine passports and urged it to be linked with vaccine equity as many developing nations are yet to inoculate their citizens. EXPRESS READ `61 cr Kuruvai package for Delta farmers Chennai: Chief Minister MK Stalin on Thursday announced a Kuruvai package worth `61.09 crore for Delta farmers. This would benefit as many as 2,07,259 farmers in districts like Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Mayiladuthurai and Tiruvarur, and parts of Cuddalore, Ariyalur and Tiruchy districts | P2
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