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Indian-origin UK trader suspended for stealing food from canteen

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A Indian-origin Citigroup trader in London has been suspended from the bank following accusations he stole food from the staff canteen, a media report said on Tuesday.

Paras Shah, 31, had allegedly taken food from the company’s European headquarters in London’s Canary Wharf, the Metro newspaper said in the report citing the Financial Times as saying.

The bank suspended him following the allegations.

The development comes just over two years since he joined Citigroup from HSBC.

Shah was promoted to head of Europe, Middle East and Africa high yield credit trading after only two months, according to a LinkedIn profile.

He first joined HSBC in 2009, first as a summer analyst while he was still at university.

In a similar case, a managing director at BlackRock Asset Management Investor Services, was banned in 2014 from taking senior roles in the British financial sector after he was found to have repeatedly skipped paying for his train ride.

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Apple’s voice Sayani Gupta started with AIR at the age of five

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 Actress Sayani Gupta, who has been rocking the OTT platforms, besides wooing her fans on social media, be it with her dancing, singing or costume designing skills recently revealed her voice-over expertise.

The actress lent her voice to an audio show ‘Buri Nazar’ on Audible, however, it was not her first time at lending voice to characters.

She has been a pro at it right from her childhood. It’s one of her skills people aren’t aware of.

In an exclusive conversation with IANS, Sayani shared her journey as a voice-over artist.

“I have done a lot of audio work all my life. My father was part of the All India Radio. He was an announcer, music composer, singer and lyricist,” said the ‘Four More Shots!’ actor.

Sayani shared how her early childhood years were spent in the AIR studio. “AIR was a place where I was taken as a child and I spent a lot of time there. My first paid job was when I was 5 when I did a radio advertisement where I got paid Rs 500.”

‘Buri Nazar’, her latest, is the Hindi version of a much appreciated Audible Original ‘Evil Eye’ that is narrated by Sayani, Supriya Pathak and Ritvik Dhanjani.

Sayani plays the role of Pallavi, daughter of Supriya, while Ritivik is her fiance.

Talking about the storyline, Sayani said, “It’s a relatable banter between daughter and mother. I play the daughter, Pallavi, who lives in New York. Her mother is constantly coaxing her to marry. And Pallavi is fed up with her mother. Finally, Pallavi meets a guy with whom she falls in love.”

Sayani, shares she enjoys doing voice-overs. “I use to recite very long poems at live audio plays in front of audience. Audio performances have been part of my growing up years.”

The actress revealed she has done a lot of professional voice-overs. “I was the voice for Apple for 2 years. I did all their advertisements in India and South East Asia. It’s something that I enjoy thoroughly.

“I used to be able to enjoy voice modulation a lot, something that has helped me in acting in the later years. I think it’s all related and part of the bigger tree.”

Sayani has even lent her voice as a singer in ‘Kahab To’ in her film ‘Article 15’ opposite Ayushmaan Khurrana.

“As an actor, you are also continuously honing your voice, modulation skills, your control over your voice, etc. I have always believed that there is so much scope when you are working with your voice. You are working with your mind in this case. The microphone is literally your co-actor, your camera. It’s a medium that captures your every breath. It’s so powerful.

“It’s almost like you are making love to the mic. It’s really beautiful. I love it.”

In ‘Buri Nazar’ Sayani has expressed varied emotions through her voice. “It’s a long-distance mother-daughter call. There are lots of emotions, sometimes it’s light, and at times there is cacophony. There is also a supernatural element in it.”

Talking about evil eye in real life, the actress doesn’t believe in it so much. “I don’t really believe in evil eye. Sometimes I feel jinxed for small things. Like, sometimes I see myself and say that my skin is looking nice and then I will have a pimple. Sometimes after I laugh a lot I happen to cry a lot.

“I haven’t understood why people put Kajal on babies. I find that horrifying. Perfectly cute-looking babies look like monsters. People do it for Nazar. I think we Indians give it too much of importance. Sometimes my makeup artist would very sweetly put a kaala tikaa (black spot) behind my ear.”

However, the actor is cautious when it comes to her work. “If I get a project I don’t talk about it before we start shooting,” concluded Sayani.

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Deadline for PAN-Aadhaar linkage extended till March 2022

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Centre has extended the deadline for linking Aadhaar with PAN by six more months, till March 2022.

The earlier deadline was till September 30.

Accordingly, the decision came as a relief measure for tax players during pandemic era.

“The Central Government, in continuation of its commitment to address the hardship being faced by various stakeholders on account of the Covid-19 pandemic, has, on consideration of representations received from various stakeholders, decided to extend timelines for compliances under the Income-tax Act, 1961,” CBDT said in a statement late on Friday night.

“Time limit for intimation of Aadhaar number to the Income tax Department for linking of PAN with Aadhaar has been extended from 30th September, 2021 to 31st March, 2022.”

Besides, the due date for completion of penalty proceedings under the IT Act has also been extended from September 30, 2021 to March 31, 2022.

“Further, the time limit for issuance of notice and passing of order by the ‘Adjudicating Authority under the Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act, 1988’ has also been extended to 31st March, 2022.”

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84-year-old Kerala woman gets both dose of Covid vax 30-mins apart

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 An 84-year-old Kerala woman was administered two doses of the Covid vaccine within a gap of 30 minutes.

The incident was reported from the state-run-hospital at Aluva in Ernakulum district.

Thandamma Pappu, who was accompanied by her son for the vaccination, said: “I was given the first dose and I returned from the room and when I was outside, I told my son that I forgot my footwear. So when I returned to take my footwear, a lady official came and said to me to leave the footwear and come inside.

“She did not even care to hear what I was saying and she took me inside and asked me to sit on a chair and no sooner had I done so, another lady came and gave me the second shot,” said Pappu.

Later when she repeatedly told about receiving two doses, she was asked to sit in a room for an hour.

After the doctors found out that things are all well, she was allowed to return home.

She said after that incident, health officials called her a few times to find out how she has been, and she told them she was perfectly fine.

A few months back, a similar incident took place at Alappuzha district.

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