Happy Dasara The ofﬁces and press of TNIE will be closed today and there will be no issue dated October 16 tirupati l friday l october 15, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION Duel in the desert: KKR, cSK face off in summit clash Chennai Super Kings take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL final in Dubai today. The match will kick off at 7.30 pm IST Super Kings’ batting might Chennai’s line-up is studded with batsmen who can put opposition bowlers under pressure at any stage of the innings. Ruturaj Gaekwad has been the star, with Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali, MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja providing experience and explosive power ■ `10 cr Knight Riders’ spin theory Slow pitches in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi have helped Kolkata’s spin-oriented attack. Varun Chakravarthy, Sunil Narine and Shakib al Hasan provide variation and pose a threat for any team. The team will depend on them against Chennai’s formidable batting line-up | P11 Prize money Winners take home : `6.25 cr 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 CBSE Class X, XII first term exams in Nov Express News Service @ New Delhi The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on T h u r s d ay s a i d t h a t t h e datesheet for Class X and XII examinations, to be held in two terms in offline mode, will be published on October 18. As per a statement released by the board, term I exams are to be held in November-December. The exams will have multiple-choice questions covering only the first half of the rationalised syllabus for a duration of 90 minutes. The second term exams, on the other hand, will have short and long answer type questions for a duration of two hours. The exams will be held in March-April depending on the Covid-19 situation. The CBSE is offering 114 subjects in Class XII and 75 subjects in Class X, which means the exams will cover 189 subjects. “If the exams of all subjects are conducted, the entire duration will be 40-45 days minimum,” said the board. “Hence, the CBSE has decided that subjects will be divided into major and minor subjects.” As major subjects are offered by almost all the affiliated schools, exams will be conducted by fixing the datesheet as done earlier. SIT recreates Lakhimpur crime, Tikait alleges bias N a m i ta B a j pa i @ Lucknow The Special Investigation Team probing the Lakhimpur Kheri violence recreated the crime scene on Thursday by taking the four accused persons, including Ashish Mishra, the son of union minister of state for Ajay Mishra Teni, to the spot where the violence took place. Amid heavy security arrangements, the SIT took Mishra, his close associate Ankit Das, Das’s body guard Latif and Ankit’s driver Shekhar Bharti to the spot of the crime and recreated the scene using police vehicles. Eight persons, including four farmers, had died after Mishra and others in at least two SUVs allegedly ploughed into a crowd of protesting farmers on October 3. But the farmers appeared to be dissatisfied with the investigation with Bharatiya Kisan Union spokesman Rakesh Tikait reiterating their demand for the dismissal of Teni. Alleging that the investigating agency was going soft on Mishra’s interrogation, Tikait termed the probe a guldaston wali puch-tach (investigation where bouquets are being presented). “The red carpet arrest of the minister’s son, who is the main accused in the incident, has fuelled anger among the protesting far mers,” the BKU leader said near Aligarh. He claimed that the minister was influencing the SIT investigation. “The whole world understands that no justice can be given if the minister whose son is being investigated continues to hold his chair. We are completely dissatisfied by the manner in which investigations are being conducted,” Tikait said. Before taking the accused to the spot, the SIT cross questioned them. History will judge if we are right or wrong: FM Buggana dismisses Oppn charge of indiscriminate borrowings; says Jagan’s Navaratnalu helped common man in Covid times K a lya n T h o l e t i @ Vijayawada Strongly defending the YSRC government’s handling of State finances, Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath Reddy on Thursday turned the tables on the Opposition, questioning whether it was more important, under the circumstances, to spend money on public welfare or on something that is going to take shape after 30 years” — in an apparent reference to the TDP’s Amaravati capital city project. In an exclusive interview with TNIE, Buggana minced no words in defending the government’s economic performance. “They (oppn) say the State has never faced this kind of a situation. Now, who is not facing financial stress? We have an unprecedented situation not just in Andhra but also the country and for that matter, across the world due to Covid-19! We are doing in right earnest what we had always intended to do, mainly in the areas of education, healthcare and uplift of Right now, given the situation, it is more important in the short-term to spend on welfare helping the common man live rather than on something that is going to take shape after 30 years Buggana Rajendranath, Finance Minister women, and it became all the more important during Covid time,” he explained. Elaborating further, he said following the Covid outbreak, the choice before the government when the economy was contracting was either to stop all programmes and sit tight or spend on welfare programmes or infra- structure. “Right now, given the situation, it is more important in the short-term to spend on welfare helping the common man live rather than on something that is going to take shape after 30 years. Yes, we have stretched our finances... not that our welfare programmes were designed in anticipation of Covid but they became all the more necessary because of Covid and we have to implement them,” he reasoned. Throwing the gauntlet at the opposition, Buggana wondered why were they making such a big fuss and pointed out that the extra spending on welfare was around `30,000 crore more than the usual. On the allegation that the government was raising too many loans, he shot back: “The State’s financial situation was already bad by the time we came to power. Covid struck soon after. The TDP gave pensions for only three months. Theirs was drama. We are earnest. History will judge whether we are right or wrong.” P5 express read AP to transfer Srisailam components to KRMB Vijayawada: The Water Resources Department has issued an order handing over the major outlets of Srisailam, sanctioned posts and allied infrastructure, in line with the decision taken at the KRMB meeting for the phased implementation of Centre’s jurisdiction notification, which came into effect from Thursday. P4 CM directs officials to ensure no power cuts in State Vijayawada: Directing the Energy Department to ensure that there are no power cuts in the State, Chief Minster YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has asked officials to procure coal from anywhere in the country. He said there was no dearth of funds and necessary quantity of coal should be bought to operate all thermal plants. P4 on golden chariot The processional deity of Lord Malayyappa Swamy on the occasion of Rathotsavam as part of the ongoing annual Brahmotsavams in Tirumala on Thursday | Express Top Maoist leader RK dies of severe illness E j a z K a i s e r @ Raipur Top Maoist leader Akkiraju Haragopal alias Rama Krishna (RK), who was a Central Committee member of the outlawed CPI (Maoist), died of chronic illness at some unknown forest terrain close to Pamed in Bijapur district on Thursday reli, able sources confir med to TNIE. Hailing from Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh and incharge of Andhra Odisha Border (AOB) Special Zonal Committee, the 55-year-old was taking treatment for his chronic illness somewhere in south Bastar’s remote jungle of Pamed, 450 km south of Raipur. He was popularly known as Saket in AOB. He was a member of the Maoist central team that negotiated peace talks with the government of Andhra Pradesh in Sept 2004. He was also overseeing the Maoist technical wing. In 2016, he managed to escape from a fierce encounter with Greyhounds at Odisha’s Malkangiri, in which 28 Maoists were killed. RK’s wife Padma was a former Maoist, while their son Munna was killed in an alleged encounter in 2016.
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