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Calcutta HC Makes Result Of WB Police Recruitment Process Subject To Its Orders Amid Hijab Photo Controversy



Rejection Of Muslim Womens Candidature For Hijab Clad Photos: Calcutta HC Makes Result Of WB Police Recruitment Process Subject To Its Orders

Following rejection of several Muslim women’s candidatures from West Bengal Police Recruitment Process for annexation hijab (headscarf) clad photos in their application forms, the Calcutta Supreme Court made clear on Monday that the recruitment process will be subject to its orders in the petition filed by disadvantaged candidates.

The petitioners question the rejection of their candidacy for applying with their respective headgear (hijab) photos as part of their religious practice when the face in the photo is clear for necessary identification,Justice Arindam Mukherjee noticed at the beginning.

The Bench covered a petition filed by a group of Muslim women alleging that their recruitment application forms had been rejected by the Recruitment Board for being dressed in a ‘hijab’‘ in the submitted photo.

Noticing that ‘an important point is addressed in this written petition‘ ordered the Court,

“It is made clear that the outcome of the recruitment process, as far as the petitioner is concerned, will abide by the outcome of this written petition”

It noted that the present case can be adjudicated without filing affidavits as there are no disputed claims.

Accordingly, the case will be dealt with next time 6 January, 2022.


The West Bengal Police Recruitment Board (WBPRB) had conducted a preliminary inquiry to recruit officers to the state police on September 26, 2021. After that, the council had issued admission cards for the exam on September 6, 2021. It was alleged that nearly 1,000 Muslim girls had been excluded from the recruitment process since the photos they submitted along with their application forms showed them wearing hijabs or headscarves.

The WBPRB 2020 guidelines dictate that applicants’ faces must not be covered in any way in the photos. “Applicants are advised not to upload images of other objects in lieu of a photo and signature. The photo with face/head cover, sunglasses/tinted glasses covering the eyes will not be accepted. Photos cropped from ‘groupies’ or ‘selfies’ will also not be allowed during the investigation,“WBPRM Guidelines 2020 reads.

However, the petitioners argued that the WBPRB 2019 guidelines do not make such a ruling and that this is a newly adopted rule that infringes their fundamental right under Article 25 of the Constitution (right to freedom of religion).

Case Title: Hapija Khatun & Ors v. West Bengal & Ors

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RRB NTPC’s first CBT result will be released on January 15; view the official announcement here





RRB NTPC Update: Railway Recruitment Board has announced that the results of the first computer-based test will be out by January 15, 2022. The announcement was made on December 5, 2021. Candidates who qualify for this exam must appear for the second CGT. It will be conducted between February 14 and February 18, 2022. The RRB NTPC result will be published on the official websites of the sixteen RRBs. Here is the direct link to view the official notification.

CBT Details

“The 1st Stage Computer Based Test (CBT-1) was held in 7 stages from December 28, 2020 to July 31, 2021. The result of the 1st Stage Computer Based Test (CBT-1) is currently being processed and the results are tentatively scheduled to to be published on RRB’s official websites by January 15, 2022,” the RRB informed candidates.

“The 2nd Stage Computer Based Test (CBT-2) exam for the candidates shortlisted in CBT-1 is tentatively scheduled from February 14-18, 2022, subject to prevailing conditions and government guidance issued from time to time with a view to tackling the Covid-19 pandemic,” the RRBs also said in the official notification. Official notice further reads: “Candidates are advised to refer only to RRB’s official websites for the latest updates on the recruitment process. Do not be misled by unauthorized sources.”

On December 1, #JusticeForRailwayStudents was ranked #1 on Twitter in India with over 3.5 million tweets. Railroad candidates expressed concern about RRB Recruitment. Hansraj Meena, who calls himself a writer, blogger and socio-political activist, is among the users who tweeted about the demands of railway aspirants. He tweeted: “Railway aspirants basic requirements. 1. Railway NTPC and group d training n merged data 2. Exam date of group D railway 3. new vacancy in railway 4. Conduct IRMS exam. #JusticeForRailwayStudents”


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Amazon Alexa is accessible to people outside the US; here’s how




Amazon Alexa is accessible to people outside the US;  here's how

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Alexa fans outside the United States long to access the technology in their own country. Alexa was initially launched as an exclusive service in the United States in 2014.

As for 2021, the voice assistant will be accessible in over 40 countries, but you’ll have to take a different route.

Can you use Alexa in unsupported countries?

You can access Alexa outside of the United States, but Amazon has added so many barriers that it will take so much effort for it to work, according to android authority.

For starters, you’ll need an international version of the Amazon Echo Dot, a first-generation Amazon Echo Plus, or a second-generation Amazon Echo.

It should be possible for you to buy one or more of these devices on Amazon, but chances are you will have to order the device from Amazon UK, Amazon US or Amazon Germany, and it will cost quite a bit, especially at shipment.

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You also need to download the Alex app for iPhone, iPad or Android. You can set up the device through Alexa’s official website However, the app is needed for full control over routines and settings.

If the app isn’t available in your area, you’ll need to temporarily change the location and billing settings for the Google Play Store on Android or Apple App Store for iPads and iPhones.

Please note that this step is not practical as there is a possibility that it will harm the other app subscriptions you have signed up in front of.

Some Alexa features are blocked on Amazon Echo international models. These Alexa features include shopping, news, business, and traffic.

Also, some skills will not work, such as iHeartRadio, Pandora, and Audible, which are exclusive to the United States.

In different regions, you can use TuneIn Radio, Spotify and Amazon Music Unlimited. Smart home features do work, such as timers, alarms, calendar, weather, and to-do list. You can also access newsletters, as long as they are region specific.

Before purchasing an Alexa-enabled device, please check the product pages to find out what restrictions apply in your country.

Keep in mind that Alexa can speak Spanish, German or English on international Echo models, so you can only choose between the three.

Which countries support Alexa?

The countries that support Alexa are United States, United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, Japan, Canada, India, Belgium, Chile, Bulgaria, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Colombia, Cyprus, Estonia, El Salvador, Ecuador, Greece, Finland, Iceland and Hungary.

The Alexa service is also accessible in Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Malta, Peru, Panama, Poland, Slovakia, Portugal, Uruguay and Sweden.

Alexa has several abilities that are beneficial to the user, including the Alexa Guard which protects your home as it uses the microphone in the Echo devices to listen for signs of intrusion.

You can also use the Audible skill so that you can hear an audiobook read aloud. There is also a free book that you can read monthly, according to Business Insider.

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Written by Sophie Webster

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