KoCHI l friday l june 18, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l 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 inputs 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 HC dismisses PIL SC okays CBSE’s 30:30:40 formula for XII results against L’dweep admin’s reforms K a n u S a r d a @ New Delhi High Court rules that only a draft of the reform proposal is currently in place E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Kochi Appear before cops: HC to Aisha The High Court on Thursday directed filmmaker Aisha Sultana, who is arraigned in a sedition case by the Dweep police, to appear before the Kavaratti police for interrogation on June 20. Aisha was booked for allegedly saying that the Centre had used ‘bio-weapon’ against Lakshadweep residents. P5 High Court directs the Lakshadweep administration to file a statement on a petition filed by Congress MPs Hibi Eden and T N Prathapan seeking a directive to the administration to grant them permission to visit the islands. P3 The High Court on Thursday dismissed a PIL (public interest litigation) filed by a Congress leader challenging the Lakshadweep administration’s reform measures including the move to introduce Lakshadweep Development Authority Regulation 2021 (LDAR), which proposes to develop towns on inhabited Lakshadweep islands, and the Prevention of Anti-Social Activities Act (PASA). The court ruled that only a draft of the administrative reform proposal was currently in place. A division bench comprising Justice S V Bhatti and Justice Murali Purushothaman issued the order on the petition filed by K P Noushad Ali, secretary of Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee. Ali had said the draft bill gave sweeping powers to the administration and its bodies to directly interfere with the islanders’ right to possess and retain their property . However, the bench observed that examination of the legality of the draft regulation which was under the consideration of the administration was completely premature and the draft stipulation could not be challenged through a PIL. The court also noted that it was well settled that championing the cause concerning service matters by way of a PIL was impermissible and also unavailable on the ground that the petitioner lacked the locus standi to question the legality of the decision. The petitioner, in the name of PIL, could not expand the consideration with inchoate (incomplete) knowledge about the inhabitants of the island, the court said. Will continue fight: 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”. “For many months 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. Natasha Narwal (L) and Devangana Kalita outside Tihar prison | PTI 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 Assessment criteria 40% Marks based on unit test/ mid-term/pre board exam Thursday’s RESULTS Italy bt Switzerland 3-0 Ukraine bt North Macedonia 2-1 Denmark lost to Belgium 1-2 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 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Malappuram A STALKER stabbed a 21-yearold girl to death and severely injured her teen sister after sneaking into their house in Perinthalmanna on Thursday . D r i s hya , d a u g h t e r o f Balachandran from Eladu, is the deceased. Vineesh Vinod, 21, her former schoolmate, has been arrested. Drishya died on her way to hospital while her sister Devasree, 13, who sustained injuries on her chest and hand while trying to fight the assailant, has been admitted to a hospital. The police said Vineesh, from Muttungal, had been troubling Drishya — a law stu- Vineesh Vinod Drishya dent — for a while and her family had lodged a complaint with the Perinthalmanna station in April. The police had warned him against disturbing Drishya. Malappuram dis- XII X XI 20 24 24 52 70 21 21 28 30 21 21 58 60 18 18 24 40 18 18 64 50 15 15 20 50 15 15 70 30 09 09 12 70 09 09 82 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 Youth panel initiates suo motu proceedings 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. pitch Performances of the two captains — Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson — will be crucial during the WTC final | AFP Pitch is expected to be on drier side but if it’s going to be covered, expect there to have some degree of sweating 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. FRIDAY’S MATCHES SATURDAY Sweden vs Slovakia 6.30pm trict police chief Sujith Das said the incident occurred around 8am. “Vineesh sneaked into the house of Drishya and went upstairs to meet her. He stabbed Drishya and Devasree and escaped,” he said. He cooked up an accident story to escape in an autorickshaw, but its driver, Jouhar N, took him to the police station cleverly and handed him over to officers with his friend’s help. “Considering the gravity of the case, we will complete the Kerala State Youth Commission initiated suo motu proceedings in the case. Chairperson Chintha Jerome said the panel would see to it that the culprit is punished. She also said the commission will organise awareness campaigns to avoid such incidents in future. Weather threat on Day One Croatia vs Czech Republic 9.30pm $1.6million Prize money for the winners Live: Star Sports Network at 3.30 pm saturday’s MATCHES Chile vs Bolivia Argentina vs Uruguay England vs Scotland 12.30am Legislators S R Vishwanath and M P Renukacharya defended Yediyurappa. If the intended purpose of BJP Singh’s scheduled closedgeneral secretary Arun Singh’s door meeting with legislators visit to Karnataka was to iron and party officer-bearers endout the differences ed on a controversial brewing in the state note after H VishwaMarathon unit, Thursday witnath declared to the meetings nessed its undoing. media that YediyurapThe simmering dissent Yediyurappa met pa no longer had the MLAs and against Chief Minister spirit or the strength B S Yediyurappa burst ministers in the to continue as chief out with legislators run-up to their minister. He followed making serious allega- interaction with it up with serious altions of corruption, Arun Singh. At a legations against the private hotel, scams, nepotism and CM and his son B Y another set of even kickbacks. Vijayendra, who is the Barely hours after BJP leaders also p a r t y s t a t e v i c e held meetings Singh urged leaders to president. refrain from making “No minister is happublic statements, MLC H py with the Yediyurappa govVishwanath and MLA Arvind ernment because of his famiBellad made scathing allega- l y ’s i n t e r f e r e n c e, ” s a i d tions, as if to defy the diktat. Vishwanath. @ Bengaluru X XI XII 80 24 24 32 XII 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/ STALKER stabs 21-YR-OLD to death inside her HOUSE, INJURES SISTER BSY facing full-blown rebellion, firefighting attempt by Delhi fails E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e 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 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. Practical/ Theory marks Total marks IA marks ■ Class XII ■ Class XI ■ Class X Who is the boss? The Test begins 6-5 combination for match how weightage works 2.30am 5.30am Full coverage page 11 June 16 Take 32,62,233 doses your June 17 shot 29,64,596 doses Total doses: 26,86,65,914 Jab-o-meter NATIONWIDE june 16 june 17 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 62,224 1,07,628 2,542 statewide june 16 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 62,229 87,928 1,587 june 17 13,270 15,689 12,469 13,614 147 88 investigation immediately We . will ensure that the culprit gets the punishment he deserves,” the officer added. A relative of the victim said: “Devasree and mother were in the kitchen and Drishya was upstairs. When she heard Drishya screaming, Devasree ran upstairs. Vineesh stabbed her when she tried to protect Drishya. When I reached the house, I saw Drishya lying on her mother’s lap. We rushed both sisters to a nearby hospital,” the relative said. On Wednesday, a fire broke out at the shop owned by the victim’s father at Perithalmanna. The police suspect the involvement of the accused Vineesh in that incident. P4 Private buses with odd, even numbers to ply on alternate days from today E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram/Kochi THE state government has allowed private buses to operate services from Friday on alternate days on an odd-even basis. There will be no service during weekends. Buses with odd numbers will ply on Friday. Next week, those having even numbers will ply on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Bus operators have been asked to adhere to Covid protocol. Transport Minister Antony Raju said the odd-even system was introduced as all private buses could not be allowed to ply everyday because of the prevailing Covid situation. Kerala Private Bus Operators’ Federation president M B Sathyan said the odd-even system was not feasible. “On some routes, only one or two buses are running services. What if both have odd numbers?” asked Sathyan. He said the government should not think that all buses would hit the roads on Friday . “Fuel prices have gone up A private bus plying on the Kaloor-High Court route on Thursday | Albin Mathew On some routes, only one or two buses are operating. What if both have odd numbers? B Sathyan, Kerala Private Bus Operators’ Federation president and restrictions on the number of passengers are in place, so it is difficult for bus owners to start services from Friday. One owner told me that a day’s service involving 160km fetched him only `2,400 while the fuel charges alone cost him `3,600,” said Sathyan. “Most bus owners are waiting for more relaxations and fuel prices to come down to relaunch services,” he added. 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 will be calculated according to the existing policies. 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) P7 theory examination. 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 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. e x press re a d Woman injured in RCC lift collapse dies T’Puram: A 21-year-old woman from Pathanapuram, who was under treatment at the Medical College Hospital here after suffering serious injuries in a lift collapse at the Regional Cancer Centre, died on Thursday. Nadeera had met with the accident on May 15 when she came to the RCC to take care of her mother, Naseema, who was undergoing treatment there. P5 16 pages, including 4 pages of KOCHI Express SECOND BEST IN COUNTRY Mahe gives first dose of vaccine to 90% residents M A R a j ee v K u m a r @ Kannur When Shivaraj Meena took charge as the Regional Administrator (RA) of Mahe, the Covid situation in the district, which is located between Thalassery and Vadakara, two main towns of Kannur and Kozhikode, respectively, was precarious. Health experts had raised an alarm regarding a second wave and warned that it would be more dangerous. But things have changed for good as this district of Puducherry has become the second best in the country with around 90% of the total population being given the first dose of vaccines. The number of cases too has come down. Only 13 persons tested positive on Thursday . “When I took charge, I felt a bit confused as people were reluctant to take the vaccines fearing side effects. I called a meeting of political and religious leaders and health work- ers and told them about the need to expedite the process, lest the second wave hit us badly Luckily for me, they realised . the gravity of the situation and we could carry out our plans,” said Meena. Now, as per the Union health department data, the district stands second, after South Delhi, in vaccinating more than 90% of the popula● More on P2 tion.
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