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5 UNHEARD PROFESSIONS THAT WILL MAKE YOU QUESTION YOUR CAREER PATH

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As kids, we’ve always been asked this question by someone “Beta bade hoke kya banoge?” Everyone knows what it means to be a nurse, doctor, engineer, police officer, etc., but there are plenty of other jobs you have never heard of. There are jobs that are not only offbeat but completely out of the box. From being a candy taster to professional sleeper, the professions are sure to pick a nerve in your brain and make you question your career path.

Here’s a list of 5 exotic jobs across the globe that you will not believe exist.

CANDY TASTER

The job of a candy taster is to taste different flavours of chocolates and candies and then get paid for it. Nowadays, it is one of the emerging ones. Interestingly, Candy Funhouse in Canada is looking for a Chief Candy Officer with a salary of up to Rs 60 lakh per year. “Imagine your best memories around candy, and having that every day at work,” Chief Executive Officer Jamil Hejazi said. It might be time for candy lovers to quit their jobs and divert their attention.

RENTAL BOYFRIEND

Just shell out some cash and you get a rental boyfriend. Yes, you heard it right. In Tokyo, if you have the money, finding a boyfriend is as easy. The concept of a rental boyfriend started when many strong, independent Japanese working ladies found it difficult to maintain a relationship because of work. The Rent-a-Boyfriend comes in three models- Fresh ($40/hour), Regular ($48/hour), and Special ($56/hour). These include activities like shopping, hugs, and hand-holding. Earlier in 2018, a 29-year-old named Kaushal Prakash from Mumbai launched Rent a Boy Friend (RABF) app. The app claimed to provide users with ‘friends’ on an hourly paid service. As per the founder, the app is meant to help people with mental health issues.

WORM PICKER

A worm picker is a person who gathers worms, and they usually work at night. These jobs fall under the broader career category of farm, ranch, and aquaculture animals. These worms are either sold directly to fishermen to use as bait or sold to universities and other institutions that use the worms for teaching and research purposes. In the US, the median salary for worm pickers ranges from $17,510 to $38,630, with a median salary of $23,750. Talking about qualifications, no as such qualifications are required to become a worm picker. All one needs are some skills and commitment to make a living from this job.

PROFESSIONAL SLEEPER

Do you often get a remark about being sleepy? Do you find it hard to get out of bed even after sleeping for hours? Then, it’s time to sleep and get paid for it. A professional sleeper is a person who is paid to sleep while scientists research sleep disorders. While the human body is asleep, doctors study the brain and other activities. If we talk about the salaries of professional sleepers, the top earners earn $107,000, and the average pay scale is $60,024. Earlier in 2016, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) offered someone the chance to stay in bed for 70 days for a salary of £11,000. 

WATER SLIDE TESTER

A water slide tester job is one of the most enviable jobs out there. The job of a water slide tester is to check if the water slides in hotels, water parks, and theme parks are both fun and safe. After testing the slides, the tester has to provide a report outlining any safety and performance issues. If one is interested in applying for this job, the ideal age is 18 or above. The basic skills one needs to enter this profession are- one should have good observation, a stable and calm mind, and most importantly, the ability to ride all types of rides. As a water slide tester, one can earn between $30,000 – $34,000 annually.

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The “Policy Guidelines on Expansion of FM Radio Broadcasting Services through Private Agencies (Phase-III)”, also known as the “Private FM Phase-III Policy Guidelines,” contained three amendments that the cabinet approved on Tuesday in order to allow radio channels to take advantage of economies of scale and enhance ease of doing business.

“The decision was taken in the last Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” ministry of information and broadcasting said in a statement.

The first change is the removal of the 3-year window period for FM radio authorization restructuring within the same management group during the license’s 15-year term.

The government has also agreed to the radio industry’s long-standing demand that the 15% National Cap on Channel Holding be lifted.

These three amendments together will help private FM radio industry to “fully leverage the economies of scale and pave the way for further expansion of FM radio and entertainment to Tier-III cities in the country”. “This will not only create new employment opportunities but also ensure that music and entertainment over the FTA (Free to Air) radio media is available to the common man in the remotest corners of the country,” the ministry said.

According to the statement, “The move will ensure that existing rules are streamlined and rationalised to make government more efficient and effective so that its benefits reach the ordinary man.

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Iran accuses US of ‘hypocrisy’ over anti-hijab protest

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Following President Joe Biden’s statement that he will impose “further costs” over its response to protests over the death of Mahsa Amini, Iran accused the US of “hypocrisy” on human rights on Tuesday.

Since the 22-year-old Kurdish woman died on September 16 following her arrest by Tehran’s morality police for allegedly violating the country’s strict clothing code for women, protest has erupted across the Islamic Republic.

Numerous individuals — largely protestors but also security personnel — have died as a result of the street violence, and hundreds have been arrested.

It would have been better for Mr. Joe Biden to think a little about the human rights record of his own country before making humanitarian gestures, although hypocrisy does not need to be thought through,” foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani said in an Instagram post, reported by Iranian media.

“The US president should be concerned about the numerous sanctions… against the Iranian nation, the sanctions whose imposition against any nation is a clear example of a crime against humanity,” he added.

Kanani was responding to a statement issued by the White House late on Monday in which Biden stated he would impose unspecified more sanctions against Iran later this week in addition to the crushing sanctions already in place over Iran’s nuclear activities.

This week, the United States will be imposing further costs on perpetrators of violence against peaceful protesters. We will continue holding Iranian officials accountable and supporting the rights of Iranians to protest freely,” Biden said.

“The United States stands with Iranian women and all the citizens of Iran who are inspiring the world with their bravery,” he added.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the top leader of Iran, charged earlier Monday that Israel and the US were behind the turmoil roiling the nation.

“I say clearly that these riots and the insecurity were engineered by America and the occupying, false Zionist regime, as well as their paid agents,” he said.

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Bombay High Court grants bail to Anil Deskmukh, remains in jail

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In a money laundering case brought by the Enforcement Directorate, the Bombay high court on Tuesday granted bail to former Maharashtra minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Anil Deshmukh.

The bail was granted on a surety amount of Rs 1 lakh. The ED has asked for a two-week delay in the order’s implementation.

Deshmukh was arrested in November of last year and moved the high court after his bail request was rejected earlier this year by a special PMLA court.

Deshmukh has been given bail in the ED case, but he will continue to be held in relation to the CBI case that was brought against him in April of last year.

The Supreme Court had earlier ordered the High Court to quickly hear and resolve the NCP leader’s case because it had been pending for six months.

Deshmukh’s lawyers, Vikram Chaudhari and Aniket Nikam, argued that the senior NCP politician ought to be given bail in light of his age (72), good health, and lack of prior convictions.

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Karnataka: 15-year-old boy forced to performed forbidden rite to pay his father’s loan

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In a horrifying incident, a 15-year-old boy from the Karnataka town of Koppal was forced to execute the forbidden ceremony known as “Bettalu Seve,” in which a naked worship is offered to the god, reported The New Indian Express.

After his father’s failure to pay back the debt he obtained to build the house, the victim was made to undergo the ceremony. Even though the incident occurred in June, it only recently came to light as a result of the teen’s viral video. On Sunday, a FIR was also filed against the accused.

The report claims that the accused loaned some money to the victim’s father and was given a deadline by which to repay the amount. The 15-year-old boy relocated to Hubbali in Karnataka and started working as a daily wage labourer to assist his father in repaying the loan when his father was unable to make payments. However, the boy was allegedly persuaded by the accused to perform Bettalu Seve and was led to believe that it would resolve all of his father’s issues. According to reports, after transporting the boy to a hidden area, the accused forced him to strip and carry out the superstitious rite. Later, the boy relocated to Mangalore and kept working at a commercial building site.

Three months later, the victim’s parents learned about the incident from a viral video and reported it to the Koppal (rural) police station. A specialised police unit was formed to look into the matter.

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Mobile data services shutdown in Jammu, Rajouri, Amit Shah is on 2-day visit

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Mobile data services in the districts of Jammu and Rajouri have been temporarily shut down by the Jammu & Kashmir government. Amit Shah, the union minister, is visiting the area for two days.

Meanwhile, there is considerable unrest in the area following the murder of Hemant K. Lohia, the director general of prisons, at his residence.

In a statement, the administration said the services were being suspended over the possibility of the same being “misused by anti-national elements that may cause deterioration in public order”. The suspension order will remain effective till Tuesday 7pm.

Earlier, ADGP Mukesh Singh said some uncorroborated stories are being spread regarding the murder of Lohia. “All are advised to please stick to the official version which is based in investigation,” he said.

DGP Dilbagh Singh has just arrived at Lohia’s home, where he was found dead last night. Earlier, DGP Dilbagh Singh called the death “extremely unfortunate.”

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Kolkata : Case files against Hindu group for installing Mahatma Gandhi’s idol as asura in Durga puja

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The Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha has been charged by the Kolkata Police for installing a Mahatma Gandhi idol at the feet of the Durga idol during a community puja instead of the asura (demon). Hindu texts claim that Durga killed Mahishasura to preserve the earth.

On Sunday, when Gandhi’s birth anniversary was being honoured, police took Gandhi’s idol from the puja location after its photographs appeared on social media and sparked protests.

“A case has been registered on the basis of a specific complaint,” said a Kolkata Police officer late on Monday.

Chandrachur Goswami, the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha’s state working president, earlier said he was unaware of any case. “Nobody has contacted us and no member of our party has been arrested,” said Goswami. He said the purpose of the exercise was to depict Gandhi as evil. “By the time the police came and replaced Gandhi’s idol with that of the asura, our mission was complete.”

One of those who filed a complaint against the Hindu group was Congress leader Koustav Bagchi, who also sent a copy of the complaint by mail to chief minister Mamata Banerjee. As far as I’m aware, no official case was filed until Monday afternoon, according to Bagchi.

Shyama Prasad Mookerjee led the West Bengal Provincial Hindu Mahasabha, a group that asserted it is unrelated to the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha. The Bharatiya Jana Sangh, which became the Bharatiya Janata Party, was founded by Mookerjee in 1951. (BJP).

Like every year, our Durga puja has been organised at Girish Park in north Kolkata. Anirban Ganguly, BJP leader and director of the Delhi-based Dr Shyama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, inaugurated our puja on Friday.”

Goswami said, “We want Gandhi-mukt India. We don’t consider him the father of the nation. He did immense harm to the country.”

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