Punjab Assembly polls: ‘Spoke to Amit Shah on alliance with BJP’, Amarinder Singh hints at formal announcement

He said that a formal alliance with the BJP can be worked on now that the three contentious farm bills have been repealed and other issues raised by farmers are being discussed

Former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh. ANI

Former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh Tuesday said he was in talks with Home Minister Amit Shah on forming a pre-poll alliance with the BJP ahead of the Assembly elections next year, NDTV reported.

In an exclusive interview to NDTV, Singh hinted that a formal announcement could be expected soon. He said, “My only condition for an alliance with the BJP was the resolution of the farmers’ agitation. I have already met the home minister and spoken to him about an alliance. On Saturday, I hope to see the BJP president.”

He said that a formal alliance with the BJP can be worked on now that the three contentious farm bills have been repealed and other issues raised by farmers are being discussed.

The miffed former Congress leader had stepped down from the position earlier this year over alleged “repeat humiliations” and floated his own party – the Punjab Lok Congress.

He further refuted Congress’ claims of not having any support from the MLAs and said that many are rather eager to join him and are just waiting for the model code of conduct to be enforced.

“As of today, our own feedback is that there’s a total swing towards the BJP. Many Hindus are supporting the BJP and my party. There are 36 percent Hindus in Punjab and we are going to take up that chunk, more than the Congress. Hopefully, we will also get a lot of support from farmers,” he said.

Speaking on BJP’s communal language, Singh cited the example of the Akali Dal that was in alliance with BJP for over two decades. “Akalis are a party of Sikhs and they have had no problem with the BJP. Communalism wasn’t an issue in Punjab,” he said.

Earlier on Monday, Singh met Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar at his official residence to discuss the Bill to repeal three contentious farm laws.

Singh, who led the Congress to a two-third majority victory in the 2017 polls, resigned as the chief minister in September following a bitter feud with Congress’ Punjab unit chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.

He is now gearing up to contest the upcoming 2022 Punjab Assembly elections from his family stronghold of Patiala.

Singh also announced his own party called the Punjab Lok Congress and said it would contest all 117 seats in the upcoming assembly elections. He said the seats are not confirmed yet as they will be shared between his party, BJP, and the Dhindsa faction of the Akalis.

The 117-seat Punjab Assembly would go to polls in early 2022. While the Election Commission is yet to announce the dates, it is expected that the polls would be held around January-February.

IPL 2022 Retention highlights: Dhoni, Rohit, Kohli, Williamson retained; Rashid, Hardik, Rahul released

That’s it from us here, hope you enjoyed out coverage. Goodbye and take care

A recap of team-wise players retained:

Here is the list of players Royal Challengers Bangalore have retained:

1) Virat Kohli – 15 crore

2) Glenn Maxwell – 11 crore

3) Mohammed Siraj – 7 crore

Here is the list of players Mumbai Indians have retained:

1) Rohit Sharma – 16 crore

2) Jasprit Bumrah – 12 crore

3) Suryakumar Yadav – 8 crore

4) Kieron Pollard – 6 crore

Here is a list of players Punjab Kings have retained:

1) Mayank Agarwal – 14 crore

2) Arshdeep Singh (uncapped) – 4crore

Here is the list of players retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad:

1) Kane Williamson – 14 crore

2) Abdul Samad (uncapped) – 4 crore

3) Umran Malik (uncapped) – 4 crore

Here is the list of players Chennai Super Kings have retained:

1) Ravindra Jadeja – 16 crore

2) MS Dhoni – 12 crore

3) Moeen Ali – 8 crore

4) Ruturaj Gaikwad – 6 crore

Here is a list of players Delhi Capitals have retained:

1) Rishabh Pant – 16 crore

2) Axar Patel – 9 crore

3) Prithvi Shaw – 7.5 crore

4) Anrich Nortje – 6.5 crore

Here is the list of players Rajasthan Royals have retained:

1) Sanju Samson – 14 crore

2) Jos Buttler – 10 crore

3) Yashasvi Jaiswal (uncapped) – 4 crore

Here is the list of players KKR have retained:

1) Andre Russell – 12 crore

2) Varun Chakravarthy – 8 crore

3) Venkatesh Iyer – 8 crore

4) Sunil Narine – 6 crore

Purse remaining for each team after retentions:

RCB – 57 crore

MI – 48 crore

PBKS – 72 crore

SRH – 68 crore

CSK – 48 crore

DC – 47.5 crore

KKR – 48 crore

RR – 62 crore

Here is the list of players Rajasthan Royals have retained:

1) Sanju Samson – 14 crore

2) Jos Buttler – 10 crore

3) Yashasvi Jaiswal (uncapped) – 4 crore

Here is the list of players KKR have retained:

1) Andre Russell – 12 crore

2) Varun Chakravarthy – 8 crore

3) Venkatesh Iyer – 8 crore

4) Sunil Narine – 6 crore

Here is a list of players Delhi Capitals have retained:

1) Rishabh Pant – 16 crore

2) Axar Patel – 9 crore

3) Prithvi Shaw – 7.5 crore

4) Anrich Nortje – 6.5 crore

Umran Malik joined SRH squad a Covid replacement for T Natarajan. Umran was so impressive and not only bowled fast but showed control.Good to see SRH have invested in him by retaining him.SRH have 68 cr in the purse. No Rashid Khan is a big decision #IPLAuction #IPL2022Retention— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) November 30, 2021

The @ChennaiIPL retention list is out! ?Take a look! ?#VIVOIPLRetention pic.twitter.com/3uyOJeabb6— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) November 30, 2021

Here is the list of players Chennai Super Kings have retained:

1) Ravindra Jadeja – 16 crore

2) MS Dhoni – 12 crore

3) Moeen Ali – 8 crore

4) Ruturaj Gaikwad – 6 crore

Take a look at the @SunRisers retention list ?#VIVOIPLRetention pic.twitter.com/fXv62OyAkA— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) November 30, 2021

IPL 2022 Retention: MS Dhoni to Rohit Sharma, full list of retained players and purse remaining for franchises

The IPL 2022 retention event took place on Tuesday ahead of the much-awaited mega Auction leading up to the next season. Punjab Kings’ KL Rahul, Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Rashid Khan and Mumbai Indians’ Hardik Pandya were among the big names released by their franchises.

As expected, MS Dhoni was retained by CSK for Rs 12 crores, with Ravindra Jadeja (Rs 16 crores), Moeen Ali (Rs 8 crores) and Ruturaj Gaikwad (Rs 6 crores), being the other retentions.

File image of MS Dhoni. Sportzpics

Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and Mohammed Siraj were the players retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

Devdutt Padikkal, Harshal Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal were some of the key players released by RCB.

MI retained their skipper Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard and Jasprit Bumrah.

SRH skipper Kane Williamson was retained, along with uncapped players Abdul Samad and Umran Malik.

For RR, while skipper Sanju Samson was retained along with Jos Buttler and Yashavi Jaiswal, JofraArcher and Ben Stokes were notable released players.

Ahead of the IPL auction, the eight current franchises have released their retention list.

CSK, MI, DC have retained the maximum of four players allowed to be retained while RR have retained three players including skipper Sanju Samson.

According to the retention rules, the current franchises were allowed to retain a maximum of four players (Not more than three Indian players and not more than two foreign players)

The salary cap of the teams is 90 crores. The deductions are applied according to the number of retentions. In case of four retentions, Rs 42 crore is deducted. For three – 33 crore, for 2 – 24 crore and for one – 14 crore.

In case of uncapped player retention, Rs 4 crore was to be deducted.

List of retained players:

RCB: Virat Kohli (Rs 15 crores) Glenn Maxwell (Rs 11 crores) and Mohammad Siraj (Rs 7 crores)

MI: Rohit Sharma (16 crores), Jasprit Bumrah (12 crores), Suryakumar Yadav (8 crores), Kieron Pollard (6 crores)

PBKS: Mayank Agarwal (Rs 14 crore), Arshdeep Singh (uncapped) (Rs 4 crore)

SRH: Kane Williamson (Rs 14 crore), Umran Malik (uncapped, Rs 4 crore), Abdul Samad (Uncapped, Rs 4 crores)

CSK: Ravindra Jadeja (Rs 16 crore), MS Dhoni (Rs 12 crore), Moeen Ali (Rs 8 crore), Ruturaj Gaikwad (Rs 6 crores)

DC: Rishabh Pant (Rs 16 crore), Axar Patel (Rs 9 crore), Prithvi Shaw(Rs 7.5 crore) and Anrich Nortje (Rs 6.5 crore)

RR: Sanju Samson (Rs 14 crores), Jos Buttler (Rs 10 crore) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (Uncapped, Rs 4 crore).

KKR: Sunil Narine (Rs 12 crore), Andre Russell (Rs 8 crore), Varun Chakravarthy (Rs 8 crore) and Venkatesh Iyer (Rs 6 crore).

Purse remaining for each team after retentions:

RCB – 57 crore
MI – 48 crore
PBKS – 72 crore
SRH – 68 crore
CSK – 48 crore
DC – 47.5 crore
KKR – 48 crore
RR – 62 crore

Internet abuzz with ‘Agarwal Ji ka Beta’ memes as Parag Agarwal takes over as Twitter CEO

Indian origin techie Parag Agarwal replaced Jack Dorsey as Twitter’s chief executive officer after Dorsey announced his resignation from the post on 29 November

Parag’s work at Twitter at huge impact on the re-acceleration of audience growth in 2016 and 2017, as per Twitter.

Indian origin techie Parag Agarwal replaced Jack Dorsey as Twitter’s chief executive officer after Dorsey announced his resignation from the post on 29 November.

Agarwal joined a long list of Indian origin people sitting in the top position of tech companies like Google, Microsoft, Adobe and others. Soon after Agarwal’s appointment, India across the globe came together to share their congratulatory messages for his achievement at a young age. An alumnus of India’ premier engineering college IIT Bombay and the Sandford University, Agarwal had joined Twitter back in 2011 and exactly a decade later he was chosen as Jack’s replacement.

Amidst the flood of congratulatory posts for Agarwal, netizens got in action mode to share their hilarious reaction through memes and jokes. The social media started buzzing with “Agarwal Ji ka Beta” memes and we finally had someone to take over the overdelivering abilities of Sharma Ji Ka Beta. But that also means that Indian parents and families will now have more examples to give to their children and add the extra societal pressure.

The much fanfare around Agarwal’s appointment made some users compare it to the swag of Munna Bhaiya from the web series Mirzapur.

Check other hilarious reactions here:

He obviously deserves every bit of attention and praise he is getting right now.

Indian and big tech CEO posts seem to be a match in heaven, no?

Of course, the Agarwal Sweets joke had to come or else it could have been snub to all the Aggarwal eateries out there. From sweets to tweets, a sweet journey for this Agarwal.

Following his appointment, Agarwal shared a note on Twitter expressing his gratitude towards the outgoing CEO Jack and other members of the Twitter family. Agarwal will reportedly be getting an annual salary of $1 million along with a stock compensation of $ 12.5 million for his role as Twitter CEO.

Internet abuzz with ‘Agarwal Ji ka Beta’ memes as Parag Agarwal’s takes over as Twitter CEO

Indian origin techie Parag Agarwal replaced Jack Dorsey as Twitter’s chief executive officer after Dorsey announced his resignation from the post on 29 November

Parag’s work at Twitter at huge impact on the re-acceleration of audience growth in 2016 and 2017, as per Twitter.

Indian origin techie Parag Agarwal replaced Jack Dorsey as Twitter’s chief executive officer after Dorsey announced his resignation from the post on 29 November.

Agarwal joined a long list of Indian origin people sitting in the top position of tech companies like Google, Microsoft, Adobe and others. Soon after Agarwal’s appointment, India across the globe came together to share their congratulatory messages for his achievement at a young age. An alumnus of India’ premier engineering college IIT Bombay and the Sandford University, Agarwal had joined Twitter back in 2011 and exactly a decade later he was chosen as Jack’s replacement.

Amidst the flood of congratulatory posts for Agarwal, netizens got in action mode to share their hilarious reaction through memes and jokes. The social media started buzzing with “Agarwal Ji ka Beta” memes and we finally had someone to take over the overdelivering abilities of Sharma Ji Ka Beta. But that also means that Indian parents and families will now have more examples to give to their children and add the extra societal pressure.

The much fanfare around Agarwal’s appointment made some users compare it to the swag of Munna Bhaiya from the web series Mirzapur.

Check other hilarious reactions here:

He obviously deserves every bit of attention and praise he is getting right now.

Indian and big tech CEO posts seem to be a match in heaven, no?

Of course, the Agarwal Sweets joke had to come or else it could have been snub to all the Aggarwal eateries out there. From sweets to tweets, a sweet journey for this Agarwal.

Following his appointment, Agarwal shared a note on Twitter expressing his gratitude towards the outgoing CEO Jack and other members of the Twitter family. Agarwal will reportedly be getting an annual salary of $1 million along with a stock compensation of $ 12.5 million for his role as Twitter CEO.

Day of Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Warfare 2021: History and significance

The day also highlights the pledge taken by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to eliminate the threat of chemical weapons

According to a 2013 report by United Nations, several countries in the world have given up or destroyed their stockpiles of Nuclear Weapons but several are yet to do so. Image credit: Shuttershock

The Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare by the United Nations is observed on 30 November. The day is marked to pay tribute to the victims of chemical warfare. The day also highlights the pledge taken by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to eliminate the threat of chemical weapons. Chemical weapons were produced and used on a large scale during World War I, resulting in people dying in thousands. The usage of these lethal weapons was completely curbed in World War II.

History

The Chemical Weapons Convention was adopted in 1993. However, the convention came into force on 29 April, 1997. As per the official website of the United Nations, “the Chemical Weapons Convention is determined to completely exclude the possibility of the use of these lethal weapons for the sake of mankind and to maintain world peace.”

At the 20th session of the convention, the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons declared that November 30 will be observed as a Memorial Day for the victims of chemical warfare. Finally, the first ‘Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare’ was observed in 2005.

As per the Forbes, The Chemical Weapons Convention, which is signed by 189 countries, prohibits the use, production and storing and transfer of chemical weapons on a large scale. It allows the production of chemical weapons (in a very limited quantity) for research purposes only.

Related observances:

21 September – International Day of Peace

29 August- International Day against Nuclear Tests

24-30 October – Disarmament Week

African lion plays tug-of-war with tourists on a safari ride; video goes viral, watch here

Some users found the clip amusing while several others expressed security and safety concerns regarding the tourists who were on the tour and felt that it was a reckless move by the tourist company

The clip shows the big cat digging his paws before wrapping the jeep’s rope around a nearby tree for better grip. (Credits: Facebook)

A tourist group from South Africa was in for the biggest surprise of their lives when a lion came to help their safari vehicle, which was stuck in the middle of a ditch.

The incident took place in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve Part of Kruger National Park, South Africa. And, now the clip of the African lion helping the group and tugging playfully at a rope has gone viral on the Internet.

The Baobab Ridge Game Lodge was conducting a tour headed by tour leader, Jabulani Salinda. The group was going through the Baobab Ridge when the safari vehicle got stuck in a jungle trail. The group was well prepared for such conditions and they took out a tow rope to bail them out from the situation.

The tow rope was then attached to the vehicle for rescue purposes but to everyone’s surprise, a lion appeared near the rope and began to tug at the rope. The lion grabbed the rope in its teeth and initiated a tug of war, as the jeep tried to move forward. The video was shared by the Baobab Ridge Game Lodge on their Facebook page.

Watch the hair-raising video here.

In the clip, the lion can be seen tugging at the rope and also trying to wrap it around a tree in an attempt to stop the safari from going forward. It also follows the safari till a certain distance while grabbing the rope in its teeth.

Some users found the clip amusing while several others expressed security and safety concerns regarding the tourists who were on the tour and felt that it was a reckless move by the tourist company.

The tourist company has given an explanation for the incident in a Facebook post and said that the guide could not get down as the lion had appeared and neither could he remove the rope. Hence Salinda, the guide, tried his best to move away from the lion along with keeping in mind not to provoke the animal in fear of initiating a chase.

Meanwhile, Salinda told the New York Post that the group was worried about seeing the lion and he tried to calm them. He said that initially they felt that the lion was angry but it was only a few moments later when they realised that the lion was playing. Everyone then enjoyed the fearless feline’s tug-of-war and it was for the first time in his career of 19 years that Salinda had seen a lion play this way.

Insolvency cases have gone up substantially in COVID-hit corporate world, but India can heave sigh of relief

The reasons for quick recovery by the corporate sector in India can be attributed to the fact that debt financing by Indian corporates is not very high as compared to global levels

Representational image. PTI.

Early days of the COVID-19 pandemic witnessed severe lockdowns in the country as around the world, disrupting businesses and raising alarm about likely increase in insolvencies.

In this context, the credit insurance company Euler Hermes, in July 2020, forecasted a +35 percent cumulated increase in its Global Insolvency Index over a two-year period. Similarly, the IMF, in July 2020, projected that the insolvency of SMEs may triple from 4 percent to 12 percent and insolvency in the service sector may increase by 20 percent. These forecasts came in the backdrop of big business houses of the aviation, hospitality, fitness centres and energy sectors such as Virgin Atlantic, Gold’s Gym, Avianca, CMX Cinemas and Apex Parks going into bankruptcy during the pandemic period. There are a number of studies by the World Bank and IMF indicating increasing levels of corporate stress and likely increase in insolvencies.

Parallels between the present crisis and the 2008 global financial crisis (GFC) have been drawn in terms of risk of rise in insolvencies, given that the latter had resulted in a spike in corporate bankruptcies in many developed countries like Japan (4.9 percent), UK (5.88 percent), Germany (11 percent) and US (40 percent). However, there are some differences between the situations in present times as compared to GFC.

Situation before the pandemic

Globally, the corporate sector was in stress even before the pandemic. The global non-financial sector corporate debt levels, as percentage of global GDP, going into the present crisis, was 91 percent in the beginning of 2020, as compared to 73 percent in 2007 in the run up to the GFC. Private debt increased by 176 percent in developed markets and 973 percent in emerging markets between the period 2005-07 and 2017-19. Thus, the situation of corporate debt was precarious given that the sector was already on high leverage. Unlike the crisis of the past, the pandemic directly impacted the balance sheets of corporates with the potential to spill over to balance sheets of banks and financial institutions (See Table below).

Particulars
2008 GFC
2020 COVID-19 pandemic
Initial shock to the balance sheet of
Households; Banks
Businesses; “Non-bank” high yield lenders (collateralised loan obligations, mutual funds)
Sources of capital
Limited private capital; Official sector
More transparent and better capitalised banks; Private capital
Non-financial sector Corporate leverage (% of Global GDP)
73%
91%
Household leverage (% of Global GDP)
57%
60%
Public sector debt(% of Global GDP)
58%
88%

Source: Report of G30, “Reviving and Restructuring the Corporate Sector post Covid”.

In the Indian context, on the macro-economic front, in the run up to the pandemic, bank credit to the industrial sector was slowing down. Outstanding credit of SCBs to the corporate sector was about 45 percent of total outstanding as in March 2020. Gross non-performing assets (GNPA) ratio was projected to increase from 7.5 percent in September 2020 to 11.5 percent for FY 2020-21. Credit growth had decelerated to 5.4 percent in 2019-20.The health of the corporate sector was showing signs of stress in general.

During the pandemic

The domino effect of the crisis spreading to multiple sectors and economies resulted in global output contraction at -3.3 percent in 2020.The pandemic also led to a decrease in global trade volume which contracted -8.5 percent in 2020 and FDI flows which were projected by UNCTAD, to fall by 40 percent in 2020, falling well below the low reached during the GFC. India’s real GDP growth rate contracted by 7.3 percent in FY 2020-21, the first contraction since 1980-81, with activity in the manufacturing and service sector decelerating sharply during this period. Credit growth decelerated further to 2.5 percent in 2020-21.

Aftermath

While 2020 saw contraction in all output indicators, recent projections by the IMF have ignited hopes of economic recovery as the global economy is projected to grow by 6 percent in 2021 and 4.9 percent in 2022. Backed by generous government fiscal support and regulatory forbearance policies, businesses in India have also shown resilience in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. According to the RBI, 77.5 percent of MSMEs were granted loan moratorium by lenders, which was 69.29 percent of the total exposure of the financial sector to them. As regards the corporate sector, 31.31 percent of companies availed the facility, which was 34.28 percent of the sector’s total loans. GNPA ratio actually stood at 7.5 percent in 2020-21 as against the projected 11.5 percent.

Corporates are already showing signs of recovery after the government eased restrictions and lifted lockdowns, since Q3 FY2020-21. There has been across-the-board improvement in net sales, PAT, operating profits and PBDIT from September 2020 onwards for non-financial NSE 50 and NSE 500 companies. RBI has reported that after deterioration in H1:2020-21, private corporate activity revived during H2:2020-21 after gradual opening of the economy. Nominal sales of 724 listed private companies increased by 6.8 percent and 31.7 percent in Q3 and Q4 of FY 2020-21. The IT sector also experienced 6.5 percent growth in sales during Q4.

Mitigating factors in India

Several factors have mitigated translation of financial stress into insolvency of corporates in India. Examining the degree and scale of exposure of the banking sector to the corporate sector in India, on the demand side of credit it is seen that over the last two decades, Indian firms have been using equity financing (retained earnings and fresh issue of equity) more than debt financing, with credit from banks being the largest source of external finance. Thus, to a certain extent the reasons for quick recovery by the corporate sector in India can be attributed to the fact that debt financing by Indian corporates is not very high as compared to global levels.

On the supply side of credit to corporates, the growth of non-food credit by SCBs slumped to half its rate in 2019-20 vis-a-vis the previous year and further declined to 4.9 percent in 2020-21, reflecting weak demand and risk aversion among banks. The unabated weakening of economic activity, coupled with deleveraging of corporate balance sheets and risk aversion by banks due to asset quality concerns, were accentuated towards the close of 2019-20 by the pandemic, leading to a reduction in the incremental credit-deposit ratio from 77.7 in 2018-19 to 76.4 in 2019-20 and further to 72.7 in 2020-21. The credit-to-GDP gap has been wide, ranging from 50-53 percent over the period 2011-12 to 2019-20. It widened during 2020-21 to 56.4 percent, reflecting the slack in credit demand. Data on sectoral deployment of bank credit for March 2020 points to a broad-based slowdown. Credit growth to industry fell sharply from 6.9 percent in 2018-19 to 0.7 percent in 2019-20 and further to 0.4 percent in 2020-21.

Concluding

In the Indian context, based on the mitigating factors, identified above, as compared to advanced countries, corporate level stress is not expected to be too high. However, the threat of corporate stress turning into insolvencies still exists, especially for those sectors that were most affected by the pandemic. There is a need to prepare for early interventions to address any corporate financial stress. It would be extremely crucial to triage corporates into those that need aid and those who do not for efficient allocation of resources to those who need it the most.

Sushanta Das and Medha Shekar are officers in the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India. Views expressed are personal.

UPPSC Technical Education Service Exam 2021 on 12 December; check details here

Candidates have to check the website regularly to know the release date of admit cards. They can download the hall tickets by using their registration details

Representational image. Wikimedia Commons

The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) has issued the examination date for UP Technical Education (Teaching) Service Examination 2021. It will take place on 12 December, Sunday. The notification regarding the exam date was released by UPPSC on its official website uppsc.up.nic.in.

With this, the authorities are going to fill in some positions in the following departments : mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, workshop superintendent, principal and English.

A total of 1,370 posts are vacant.

Here is the breakdown of the vacancies:

Lecturer, Engineering, and Technical Branches – 1,039

Principal – 13

Workshop Superintendent – 16

Lecturer (Non-Engineering) – 215

Librarian – 87

The hall tickets of the aspirants will be released by the Commission on the website – https://uppsc.up.nic.in/. Candidates have to check the website regularly to know the release date of admit cards. They can download the hall tickets by using their registration details.

Before going to the exam center, candidates are advised to read the guidelines given on the admit card.

Earlier, on November 24, the UPPSC had issued hall tickets for the post of RO/ARO. Registered candidates can check and download their hall tickets by visiting the official website of the commission: https://uppsc.up.nic.in/.

Aspirants must note that they have to log in first by using their registration number and date of birth. The exam, scheduled for 5 December, Sunday, will take place in two shifts – 9.30 AM to 11.30 AM and 2.30 PM to 3.30 PM.

It is scheduled to be conducted in 22 districts including Basti, Lucknow, Jhansi, Agra, Etawah, Ghazipur, Prayagraj, etc. This recruitment drive by the commission aims to fill a total of 337 vacancies.

For more details and queries, candidates are advised to visit the official website of UPPSC.

Pakistani model deletes bareheaded photos at Kartarpur Sahib, apologises for hurting religious sentiments

The Pakistani police has taken cognisance of the matter and has initiated a probe into the incident

File image of Pakistani model Sauleha. ANI

A Pakistani model’s ‘bareheaded’ photoshoot at the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur has created controversy for hurting the religious sentiments of the Sikh community. The model, who has now deleted her photos, has issued an apology on her official Instagram account following the uproar.

Pakistani model Sauleha had done a photoshoot for the clothing brand, Mannat Clothing, who shared her ‘bareheaded’ pictures on their Instagram page on Monday.

The photos received a lot of flak from social media users and the spokesperson of Shiromani Akali Dal, Manjinder Singh Sirsa, expressed his displeasure over the photos. He tweeted, tagging Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, and said that immediate action should be taken against her.

Many social media users have pointed out that it is necessary to cover one’s head in the Gurdwara and the model has hurt religious sentiments.

Sauleha, in her apology note, said that the pictures were not part of her photoshoot. She had gone to Kartarpur “to learn about the history and know more about the Sikh community”. Sauleh added that she did not intend to hurt anybody and she is sorry for doing so unintentionally.

She also mentioned in her Instagram post that she respects the Sikh culture a lot and will refrain from doing such acts in the future. See her post here:


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The Pakistani police has taken cognisance of the matter and has initiated a probe into the incident.

The information minister of Pakistan, Fawad Chaudhary, also tweeted on Monday, saying that the model and the designer, both must apologise to the Sikh community for hurting religious its sentiments.

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