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BTS: World's biggest boy band will take a break to complete mandatory military service

05:45 PM | 17 Oct, 2022
BTS: World's biggest boy band will take a break to complete mandatory military service
Source: BTS (Instagram)

The revolutionary and world famous K-pop boy band BTS is all set to perform mandatory military service starting with the oldest member Jin, according to the band's agency.

Kim Seok-jin — BTS band member— who is currently 29 years old is obligated to join the army after he turns 30 on December 4 this year. This translates to nearly two years out of the public eye.

“Jin will cancel the request to delay enlistment in late October 2022 and follow the Military Manpower Administration’s relevant procedures for enlistment. All other members will also serve the mandatory military duty according to their respective plans,” BTS' management group HYBE stated.

The second-oldest member Min Yoon-ki is due to be enlisted in 2024 under a revised law.

BTS announced a break in June which raised questions about the band’s future.

“Both the company and the members of BTS are looking forward to reconvening as a group again around 2025 following their service commitment,” HYBE-owned Bighit Music, which manages BTS, said in a separate statement.

The official statement read, "BIGHIT MUSIC is proud to announce today that the members of BTS are currently moving forward with plans to fulfill their military service. After the phenomenal concert to support Busan's bid for the World Expo 2030, and as each individual embarks on solo endeavors, it's the perfect time and the members of BTS are honored to serve."

"Since the creation of BTS over ten years ago, the band has risen to international success, broken records, and catapulted K-Pop into the global stratosphere. BIGHIT MUSIC has focused on the milestone moment when it would be possible to respect the needs of the country and for these healthy young men to serve with their countrymen, and that's now. Group member Jin will initiate the process as soon as his schedule for his solo release is concluded at the end of October. He will then follow the enlistment procedure of the Korean government. Other members of the group plan to carry out their military service based on their own individual plans. Both, the company and the members of BTS are looking forward to reconvening as a group again around 2025 following their service commitment," it continued.

"With the release of their first anthology album earlier this year, it opened the path to allow the members to take some time to explore individual projects. As part of the HYBE family, we support and encourage our artists and are beyond proud that they will each now have time to explore their unique interests and do their duty by being of service to the country they call home," it concluded.

For the unversed, all healthy and able men in South Korea aged between 18 and 28 are required to serve in the military for months as part of efforts to defend against nuclear-armed North Korea. Some categories have won exemptions or served shorter terms. 

People who are exempted are released from the military after three weeks of basic training yet they are obliged to complete 544 hours of voluntary work. Some lawmakers had called for BTS to be exempted.

Military service for BTS band members has been subject of debate due to inequality and privilege being highly sensitive subjects.

South Korea's military earlier stated that it was "desirable" for BTS to be conscripted to ensure equality. The parliament in Seoul passed a bill to allow global K-pop stars to move the upper age for national service to 30.

On the professional front, BTS hosted the World Expo 2030 Busan Korea concert called BTS “Yet To Come” in Busan. 

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Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 28 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains momentum against US dollar in the open market on February 28, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar moves up and currently hovers at 282 for buying and 282.25 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303.1 for buying and 306.1 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.6 for buying, and 355.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.25.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 28 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 282 282.25
Euro EUR 303.1 306.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.6 355.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.25 75.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181.1 183.1
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.1 209.1
China Yuan CNY 38.87 39.27
Danish Krone DKK 40.61 41
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.75 36.1
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.5 59.1
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.41 26.71
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.15 209.15
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91

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