YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 29 C MIN 20 C CONG IS FACING BIG CHURNING IN KERALA AS NEW CHIEF TAKES OVER OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 3 KOLKATA FRIDAY, 18 JUNE, 2021 PG-08, YEAR—8, ISSUE—34 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 29,718,048 TOTAL DEATH: 382,289 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 177,916,623 TOTAL DEATH: 3,851,097 AT A GLANCE PASHUPATI KUMAR PARAS ELECTED LJP PRESIDENT PATNA: Amid the ongoing tussle between Chirag Paswan and his uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras, the latter has been elected as national president of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP). "I had filed the nomination for the post of president and I have been elected unanimously. There was no other candidate who filed the nomination for the post," Paras said here. The executive committee of the LJP has 76 members and the majority of them are with Paras, electing him as the president of the LJP. The election was held at the official residence of strongman leader Suraj Bhan Singh in Patna. CONGRESS SAYS BOTH SONIA AND PRIYANKA HAVE TAKEN COVID VAX NEW DELHI: Amid questions being raised by the BJP over the vaccination of Congress leaders including the Gandhis, the Congress on Thursday said that both Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi have taken the vaccine jab. While Sonia Gandhi has taken both the doses, Priyanka Gandhi has taken her first dose and Rahul Gandhi will take it as per the advice of doctors as he has just recovered from Covid. Randeep Surjewala, General Secretary of the party, said that the Bharatiya Janata Party should focus on vaccinating the citizens. ‘PAK BILL GIVING JADHAV RIGHT TO APPEAL IS FULL OF SHORTCOMINGS’ NATION Morning India CM Mamata re-launches scheme doubling farmers' aid to Rs 10k MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday re-launched her Government's Krishak Bandhu scheme, doubling the assistance to farmer- beneficiaries to Rs 10,000 a year. She said that, day labourers in farmlands and share croppers in possession of at least one katha (0.0165 acre) of land will now receive Rs 4,000 a year, instead of Rs 2,000 they used to get earlier. "Our (Krishak Bandhu) project is more inclusive than the Centre's (PM-Kisan scheme). People having small patches of farmland are not included in the Central project. We think about every section of the farming community," the Chief Minister told a press conference. The Krishak Bandhu scheme, launched in 2018, used to provide farmers having one or more acres of landholding with an annual amount of Rs 5,000 (minimum Rs 2,000 per annum assistance on pro-rata basis). Didi slams Centre on Twitter Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurates "Krishak Bondhu" scheme for farmers at Nabanna Sabhaghar on Thursday Under the PM-Kisan scheme, Rs 6,000 per year in three equal instalments is provided to small and marginal farmer families having a combined landholding of up to two hectares. Around 2.47 acres make one hectare. The Chief Minister said that Rs 290 crore was released by her Government on Thursday for 9.78 lakh farmers for providing the assistance as part of the Krishak Bandhu scheme. The Bengal Cabinet on June 10 gave its green signal to increase the assistance to farmer-beneficiaries from Rs 5,000 per acre per year to Rs 10,000 under the scheme. Around 68.38 lakh small and marginal farmers will be benefitted from it. NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Thursday met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and is believed to have Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin." Banerjee told reporters that the State Government has provided 70 lakh Kisan Credit Cards to farmers and 20 lakh more such cards will be given in future to help them buy equipment. In a Twitter post, she said, "I am happy to announce that GoWB is re- launching the #KrishakBandhu Scheme by doubling the annual financial support for all farmers & share-croppers. "Farmers will now receive an increased financial support from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 for one acre or more of cultivable land." She said that about 2 lakh cyclone 'Yaas' SC approves 30:30:40 CBSE assessment plan for Class 12 RESULTS BY JULY 31 NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday accepted the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) formula for the assessment of Class 12 students. The CBSE, in an affidavit, informed a bench headed by Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and comprising Justice Dinesh Maheshwari that the performance of the students in Class 11 and Class 10 exams will also be factored in while making the assessments for Class 12 students. The CBSE said for Class 12, marks based on unit test/mid-term/pre-board exam will have 40 per cent weightage; Class 11, marks based on the theory component of the final exam will have 30 per cent weightage; and Class 10 marks based on average theory component of the best three performing subjects out of the main 5 subjects will have 30 per cent weightage. The CBSE informed the top court that results for Class 12 will be declared by July 31. Attorney General K.K. Venugopal, representing the CBSE, contended that for Class 12, the marks will be based on unit test/midterm/pre-board exam and 40 per cent weightage will be given. He added that the total The CBSE said for Class 12, marks based on unit test/mid-term/pre-board exam will have 40 per cent weightage; Class 11, marks based on the theory component of the final exam will have 30 per cent weightage; and Class 10 marks based on average theory component of the best three performing subjects out of the main 5 subjects will have 30 per cent weightage. marks awarded should be in consonance with the past performance of the school in Class 12 board examinations. The CBSE finalized the formula after obtaining feedback from 229 Sahodaya School Complex comprising of 7,734 schools and a 13member committee of experts, comprising of IAS officers and education experts, constituted on June 4. According to the policy, a result committee under the principal of the school will be formed in each school comprising of two senior most PGT from the same school and two PGT from the neighbouring schools. The committee has been given liberty to prepare the result by following the policy. Water-logging at Kolkata’s Maidan area on Thursday. briefed him about the law and order situation in the State, where several incidents of violence were reported after the recent Assembly elections. This is the first meeting between Dhankhar and Shah after Mamata Banerjee retained power in Bengal following the Trinamool Congress' victory in the State Assembly polls. "The Governor of West Bengal, Shri @jdhankhar1 Prabir Bhattacharya 'Secondary-Higher Secondary exam results in July' KOLKATA: Secondary (Madhyamik) and Higher Secondary (Uchha Madhyamik) results will be announced in July. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made the announcement at a press conference at Nabanna on Thursday. It is to be noted that Madhyamik Exams 2021 and Higher Secondary Exams 2021 have been cancelled in the pandemic situation this year. Speaking at a press conference in Nabanna, the Chief Minister said, "The decision not to hold SecondaryHigher Secondary examinations is by giving importance to public opinion. How the candidates will be evaluated will be informed within seven days. Secondary and Higher Secondary examinations have been cancelled on the basis of public opinion, recommendations of Government-appointed expert committees and observations by the Supreme Court. However, the board and Parliament are working out a system based on the views of all parties on how to evaluate 21 lakh Bengal Governor meets Amit Shah MI NEWS SERVICE Banerjee claimed that Bengal is an exception from many other parts of the country where farmers die regularly and have to agitate on road for over six months. Stating that her Government has so far spent a huge amount as insurance premium for the farmers, she said, "After the death of a farmer, we give BENGAL Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday slammed the BJP-led Central Government over its "effort to control" Twitter and claimed that the Centre, having failed to influence the micro-blogging platform is now trying to bulldoze it. Drawing a parallel, the Bengal Chief Minister said her Government, too, was being meted out the same treatment by the Centre. Addressing a press conference in Howrah, Banerjee said, "Unfortunately, they (the Centre) cannot control Twitter that is why they want to bulldoze them. Similarly, they cannot control me that is why they are trying to bulldoze my Government. They should stop this." Banerjee refused to acknowledge that political violence took place in Bengal after Assembly polls results and called it a "BJP gimmick". "We condemn violence. Political violence is a BJP gimmick. They should have gone to UP where the dead bodies are floating," the CM said. She also alleged that the Centre has not provided any relief fund to the State after the cyclone 'Yaas'. "No money has been given to the State by the Centre after cyclone Yaas," she added. met Union Home Minister Shri @AmitShah," tweeted the Home Minister's office along with a picture of both Dhankhar and Shah. Sources said the Governor briefed the Home Minister about the prevailing law and order situation in Bengal. Dhankhar arrived in the national capital on Tuesday. A day before his departure from Kolkata, a delegation of BJP MLAs petitioned him on the alleged deterioration of law and order in the State. Dhankhar also wrote a letter to the Chief Minister accusing her of being silent over post-poll violence in the State and not taking steps to rehabilitate the suffering people. candidates in the two exams. The Chief Minister said, 'I want the students not to be in any danger, so that their future is not ruined. They are our little dear companions. In order to ensure that the Secondary and the Higher Secondary candidates do not have any mental problem in the assessment without examination, I will ask the Education Department to check all the aspects well before declaring the results. The decision should be made after considering the students' side, so that they do not suffer. Meanwhile, the Class XII examination was cancelled earlier. The CBSE board informed the Supreme Court how the results will be given to the students after evaluation. The CBSE board has said that the results of class XII will be released by July 31. 12th standard students will be evaluated on the basis of the results of 10th and 11th classes, according to the board's statement in the Supreme Court. affected farmers were being given 'Nona Swarna Dhaan' kit comprising high yield saline water proof paddy seeds and other items required for growing paddy on the land submerged by sea waters in South and North 24 Parganas and Purba Medinipur districts. In the press conference held at the State Secretariat, she said, "Not a single rupee has been received from the Centre as compensation for the damage caused by the cyclone which battered the State less than a month back. On Wednesday night's downpour which lashed the city inundating areas, she said, "Kolkata didn't see such rain in recent times with 179 mm rainfall recorded within a few hours." The administration of districts like Hooghly, Howrah, Paschim Medinipur and Purba Bardhaman were asked to be on guard as neighbouring States release water from barrages during heavy rains, Banerjee said. PM to launch customised crash course for COVID-19 frontline workers today NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the Customized Crash Course programme for COVID-19 frontline workers on June 18 at 11 AM via video conferencing. As per an official release from the Prime Minister's office, the launch will commence the programme in 111 training centres spread over 26 states. The launch The programme has will be followed by been designed as a the Prime special programme Minister's under the Central address. Union Component of Minister of Skill Pradhan Mantri Development and Kaushal Vikas Entrepreneurship Yojana 3.0, with Mahendra Nath total financial outlay Pandey will also of Rs. 276 crore. be present on the occasion. The programme aims to skill and upskill over one lakh COVID warriors across the country. The training will be imparted to COVID warriors in six customised job roles namely Home Care Support, Basic Care Support, Advanced Care Support, Emergency Care Support, Sample Collection Support, and Medical Equipment Support. The programme has been designed as a special programme under the Central Component of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana 3.0, with total financial outlay of Rs. 276 crore. Nadella, Pichai boost Indian tech prowess on world map I t was Sundar Pichai who created a splash on the global tech map when Larry Page and Sergey Brin decided in 2019 that Alphabet and Google no longer need two CEOs and a President, and going forward, Pichai will be the CEO of both Google and Alphabet. With Microsoft now electing CEO Satya Nadella as also the Chairman -- a first in two decades after the legendary Bill Gates, who has now retired from both the positions -- the Pichai-Nadella duo is now the flag bearer of a talent powerhouse, as new faces join the high-profile league of businesses led by Indianorigin tech honchos. "I first met Larry and Sergey back in 2004 and have been benefiting from their guidance and insights ever since. The good news is I'll continue to work with them -- although in different roles for them and me. They'll still be around to advise as board members and co-founders," Pichai wrote in 2019. Pichai had said that this transition won't affect the Alphabet structure or the work. "I will continue to be very focused on Google and the deep work we're doing to push the boundaries of computing and build a more helpful Google for everyone. At the same time, I'm excited about Alphabet and its longterm focus on tackling big challenges through technology," he had emphasised. Born in Madras (now Chennai), Pichai earned his degree from IIT Kharagpur in metallurgical engineering. After an illustrious career, Pichai became the CEO of Google on August 10, 2015. Nadella was born in Hyderabad (present-day Telangana) and earned bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Manipal Institute of Technology in Karnataka. "I always knew I wanted to build things," he once said.