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 32,62,233 doses June 17 29,64,596 doses Total doses: 26,86,65,914 Jab-o-meter Take your shot odisha june 16 june 17 Fresh cases BHUBANESWAR l friday l june 18, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l JEYPORE 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 ■ 3,631 5,579 44 6,240 39 $0.56 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 3,535 Recoveries Deaths ■ 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 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 SC approves CBSE’s 30:30:40 formula to compute class XII board results how weightage works Assessment criteria ■ Class XII ■ Class XI ■ Class X 40% Marks based on unit test/ mid-term/pre board exam Theory marks 30% Marks based on theory component of final exam 30% Marks based on average theory component of top 3 performing subjects out of main 5 subjects K a n u S a r d a @ New Delhi The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thursday infor med 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 202021. As for the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), they decided to take the average of the last six years in- Evidence-based management of lockdown, by districts in Odisha 80 70 60 50 30 stead of three. They are yet to submit their affidavit before the court. The CBSE board has asked schools to form a five-member 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/midterm/pre-board exams, 30% from Class XI based on theory component of the final exam, 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 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 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 given more P7 weightage. As Odisha government begins to relax lockdown restrictions in view of declining cases, top health experts MS Seshadri, Muru Subramani, T Jacob John recommend a calibrated approach in consideration of the key parameters of pandemic dynamics – momentum, new cases, active cases, mortality acceleration and daily death numbers. Full article at : www.newindianexpress.com Vax is not mandatory for 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 USbound 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. CM announces `1,690 cr Covid package for poor Package Break up E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar CHIEF Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday announced a Special Covid assistance package of `1,690.46 crore for socially and economically backward people of the State. The package will benefit landless farmers, construction workers, urban poor, particularly v u l n e r abl e t r i b a l g ro u p s (PVTGs), beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme besides, the differentlyabled students. According to the package, all 17.83 lakh landless farmers, beneficiaries under the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme will be provided a special assistance of `1,000 each. Families of all the landless farmers will get `207 crore assistance in three phases. The Chief Minister announced that all poor people residing in 114 urban local bodies (ULBs) will be provided income generating work worth `260 Landless farmers `207 crore MGNREGS Workers to get `50 `300 crore additional wage Will get `1000, in 3 instalments SFSS under KALIA scheme `92.86 crore MUKTA scheme for urban poor `260 crore 5kg rice to all beneficiaries under NFSA Assistance to PVTGs `33.10 crore Construction workers `360 crore All registered workers to get `1,500 each crore till December, 2021 under Mukhyamantri Karma Tatpara Abhiyan (MUKTA) scheme. Similarly, workers engaged under the MGNREGS will be provided `50 each besides their regular wages. The State government will spend an additional `300 crore for workers who were engaged between April 21 and June 21 this year. The Chief Minister’s Office claimed that six crore mandays were created under the MGNREGS during the period. The Chief Minister also announced that 5 kg rice will be provided free of cost to beneficiaries covered under the NFSA from July to November, 2021 and Pre-matric scholarship `252.35 crore Will benefit 5.4 lakh students Banishreee scholarship `3.62 crore the State government will spend `92.86 crore for the purpose. To help PVTGs during the pandemic, `5,000 each will be provided to the families. Currently, the population of 13 PVTGs in Odisha is 66,214 families. Stating that the government will spend `33.10 crore under the initiative, the Chief Minister said that the money will be deposited in their bank accounts. Similarly, pre-matric scholarship of Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste students between April and September will be deposited in the bank accounts of their parents in two phases. The initiative will cost the State exchequer `252.35 crore and benefit 5.4 lakh CONTINUED ON: P5 students.
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