TIRUCHY 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 assures all cooperation for TN BSY facing full-blown rebellion, fire-fighting attempt by Delhi fails door exercise ended on a con@ Bengaluru troversial note after H Vishwanath declared to the media that IF the intended purpose of BJP Yediyurappa no longer had the general secretary Arun Singh’s spirit or the strength to continvisit to Karnataka was to iron ue as chief minister. He folout the differences in the state lowed it up with allegations unit, Thursday witagainst the CM and nessed its undoing. his son B Y Marathon The simmering disVijayendra. meetings sent against Chief “No minister is hapMinister B S Yediy- Yediyurappa met py with the YediyMLAs and urappa among securappa government ministers in the tions of BJP leaders because of his famirun-up to their burst out with legislaly’s interference. His tors making allega- interaction with son interferes too Arun Singh. At a much in every departtions of corruption, private hotel, scams and kickbacks. ment. Recently the Ir, another set of Barely hours after rigation Department BJP leaders — Singh urged state has called a tender for most of them leaders to refrain from `20,000 crore without with a long list of due permission from making public statecomplaints ments, MLC H Vishthe Finance Departagainst wanath and MLA ment or approval from Yediyurappa — Arvind Bellad made the board. Is this not also held scathing allegations, corruption? About meetings as if to defy the diktat. 3,660 acres of land was Legislators S R Vishgiven to Jindal at wanath and M P Renukacharya throwaway prices. He (Vijayendefended Yediyurappa. dra) says he has to give money Arun Singh was scheduled to to central leaders. Are central meet legislators and party of- leaders taking money from ficer-bearers on Thursday and him? These are the questions I hear out their concerns. What asked Arun Singh,” said was supposed to be a closed- Vishwanath. Chief Minister MK Stalin presents a long list of 63 demands under 25 sectors 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, after a meeting headed by former Chief Minister and AIADMK joint coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami. 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 said, “During elections, Sasikala said she was moving away from 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. She is not even a party member.” It added, “She triggered caste feelings and tried to create chaos among cadre, who are living like a family Sasika. la 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-beP2 ing of one 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 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi /Chennai Chief Minister MK Stalin greets Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the latter’s residence in New Delhi on Thursday evening Key demands made by Stalin Reversal of three Dropping hydrocarbon schemes, Neutrino farm laws and the Citizenship Amendment Act 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 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 SC approves CBSE’s 30:30:40 plan for class XII board results K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi THE 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 . As for CISCE, they decided to take the average of the last six years instead of three. The CBSE board has asked schools to form a five-member panel for computation of results. The results will be out by July 31. According to the affidavit, the 40% weightage from Class XII will be based on unit test/ mid-term/pre-board exams, 30% from Class XI based on theory component of the final exam, and the remaining 30% HOW WEIGHTAGE WORKS Theory marks 80 70 60 50 30 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 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 will be calculated according to the existing policies. Theory marks will be based on performance in one or more unit test(s), theory exam, but the school may decide what should be given weightage. P7 X 24 21 18 15 09 XI 24 21 18 15 09 XII 52 58 64 70 82 Form panel, says CBSE As for CISCE, it will take the average of the last six years instead of three. CBSE tells schools to form panel to compute results We will continue our fight, say released Delhi activists Natasha Narwal (L) and Devangana Kalita outside Tihar prison | PTI 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 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 SC may hear police plea today 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 it needed time to verify their addresses and sureties. The activists filed a plea for their release, but a city court on Wednesday reserved its order. The high court 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 SC is likely to hear an appeal by police against the bail order on Friday. 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 , 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 Karna- taka’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. Stalin said, “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 Tamil Nadu have with the Centre, Stalin 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 must 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.
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