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Here's how Aadhaar can come handy in emergency situations

15 Oct 2019

Here's how Aadhaar can come handy in emergency situations

With a plethora of government services linked with your Aadhaar, it is one of the most important documents you will ever hold.

Ghaziabad: Viral video shows passport officer thrash applicant

12 Sep 2019

Ghaziabad: Viral video shows passport officer thrash applicant

In a shocking incident, a man was allegedly beaten by a government officer at the Regional Passport Office (RPO), Ghaziabad, over presenting digital documents for the renewal of his passport.

Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Amir may settle down in UK

28 Jul 2019

Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Amir may settle down in UK

Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Amir, who recently announced his retirement from Test cricket, is contemplating to settle down in the United Kingdom.

Soon, update Aadhaar, PAN at airports and railway stations

02 Jul 2019

Soon, update Aadhaar, PAN at airports and railway stations

In a bid to improve public convenience in urban areas, the government plans to set up new Common Service Centers (CSCs) at post offices, airports, railway stations and urban slums.

Need Passport urgently? Here's what to do

13 Apr 2019

Need Passport urgently? Here's what to do

An Indian Passport is necessarily required for International travel.

Need Passport urgently? Here's what to do

28 Mar 2019

Need Passport urgently? Here's what to do

An Indian Passport is necessarily required for International travel.

#TechBytes: 5 best external hard drives to store movies, music

10 Mar 2019

#TechBytes: 5 best external hard drives to store movies, music

Even in the era of cloud, many of us prefer to keep things offline, locked up in our laptops.

To settle in Australia, brother-sister from Punjab marry each other

01 Feb 2019

To settle in Australia, brother-sister from Punjab marry each other

Indians and their obsession with settling abroad thinking they will lead a luxurious lifestyle there, have led many into using illegal immigration methods.

#PNBScam: Mehul Choksi gives up Indian citizenship to avoid extradition

21 Jan 2019

#PNBScam: Mehul Choksi gives up Indian citizenship to avoid extradition

In what is being seen as a move to avoid extradition to India, fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi has surrendered his Indian passport to the Indian High Commission in Antigua and Barbuda.

New KYC method: How to get SIM card without Aadhaar

20 Nov 2018

New KYC method: How to get SIM card without Aadhaar

Following an earlier assurance by Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) that Aadhaar would not be required to purchase a SIM card or avail of telecom services, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has officially confirmed the same.

In a first, Netherlands issues gender-neutral passport

27 Oct 2018

In a first, Netherlands issues gender-neutral passport

The Netherlands has issued its first gender-neutral passport after a court ruled that forcing someone to identify as male or female amounted to 'violation of private life, self-determination, and personal autonomy'.

Kerala: Passports damaged in floods to be replaced for free

13 Aug 2018

Kerala: Passports damaged in floods to be replaced for free

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj yesterday announced that passports damaged in floods in Kerala will be replaced free of cost by the government.

PNB Scam: Choksi moves to Antigua, takes up local passport

24 Jul 2018

PNB Scam: Choksi moves to Antigua, takes up local passport

Absconding diamantaire Mehul Choksi has left the US to take refuge in the island of Antigua located in the tiny Caribbean country of Antigua and Barbuda.

Ministry says passports of 8 NRI-husbands, who abandoned wives, canceled

20 Jul 2018

Ministry says passports of 8 NRI-husbands, who abandoned wives, canceled

An official of the Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) has said passports of eight NRI husbands, who abandoned their wives, have been canceled and lookout notices against them issued.

Chennai: Three-decades old racket, which gave passports to foreigners, busted

14 Jul 2018

Chennai: Three-decades old racket, which gave passports to foreigners, busted

The central crime branch unearthed a passport racket running in Chennai for almost three decades. Under the Goondas Act, the police detained 10 people and picked another 4 on Friday.

Cop, who visited journalist's house for passport-verification, asks for hug

12 Jul 2018

Cop, who visited journalist's house for passport-verification, asks for hug

In a shocking incident, a journalist from Hindustan Times was asked for a hug by a police officer who visited her Ghaziabad house for her passport verification.

After much controversy, Lucknow Hindu-Muslim couple cleared for passports

04 Jul 2018

After much controversy, Lucknow Hindu-Muslim couple cleared for passports

After much controversy, Tanvi Seth of Lucknow, wife of Mohammad Anas Siddiqui, has finally been cleared for an Indian passport.

Twist in Lucknow case: Tanvi Seth's passport may be seized

26 Jun 2018

Twist in Lucknow case: Tanvi Seth's passport may be seized

The case of interfaith couple Tanvi Seth and Mohammad Anas Siddiqui, who accused a Lucknow passport officer of harassment, has taken a twist.

Now, use this app to apply for passport using smartphone

26 Jun 2018

Now, use this app to apply for passport using smartphone

Riding on the wave of digitization, the Indian government has launched a mobile app called the 'Passport Seva app' to make the passport application process seamless.

Lucknow: Humiliated inter-couple gets passports, transferred officer says 'was cross-checking'

21 Jun 2018

Lucknow: Humiliated inter-couple gets passports, transferred officer says 'was cross-checking'

A day after an inter-faith couple was humiliated by a passport officer in Lucknow, he has been transferred. The couple had on Wednesday tweeted to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to tell them about the problem they faced.

How is Nirav Modi traveling with revoked Indian passport?

20 Jun 2018

How is Nirav Modi traveling with revoked Indian passport?

It's been months since Nirav Modi started playing cat-and-mouse with Indian authorities. Recently, after reports emerged he was in the UK, he left for Brussels within two days.

Musharraf's national ID, passport blocked by Pakistan: Reports

08 Jun 2018

Musharraf's national ID, passport blocked by Pakistan: Reports

Pakistani authorities have suspended the national identity card and passport of former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on orders of a special court hearing a treason case against him, a media report said.

Get faster 'Out-of-Turn' Passports without extra fee

05 Apr 2018

Get faster 'Out-of-Turn' Passports without extra fee

The NDA government has continued to make the process of getting passports easier. One change it has introduced is police verification after issuance of passport.

Mumbai: Police verification for passport to be done in 1-week

03 Apr 2018

Mumbai: Police verification for passport to be done in 1-week

Soon, police verification for passports for people in Mumbai and Pune will be done in a week, as against the 20 days that cops take currently, said Dnyaneshwar M Muley, secretary, MEA.

Passports to remain as the valid address proof: Centre

30 Jan 2018

Passports to remain as the valid address proof: Centre

Earlier, the External Affairs Ministry said it would stop printing the last page of the passport, leaving it blank, which means passports wouldn't be a valid address proof.

Class 1 officer's recommendation no longer needed for 'Tatkaal' passport

26 Jan 2018

Class 1 officer's recommendation no longer needed for 'Tatkaal' passport

The External Affairs Ministry has made it easier for those in need of urgent passports to get one.

Rahul Gandhi slams Centre over proposed passport changes

14 Jan 2018

Rahul Gandhi slams Centre over proposed passport changes

Congress President Rahul Gandhi slammed the Modi government after the Centre suggested that passports may no longer serve as valid address proofs.

Passports might not be a valid address proof anymore

12 Jan 2018

Passports might not be a valid address proof anymore

If a report by HT is to be believed, Indians might not be able to use passports as address proof soon.

These are the documents you need under new passport rules

27 Nov 2017

These are the documents you need under new passport rules

The government has been working on easing the passport application process. Earlier this year, it implemented new rules to that effect.

Swaraj helps boxer get passport, but wants something in return

13 Nov 2017

Swaraj helps boxer get passport, but wants something in return

Tales of Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj's amicable nature have abounded since long. The latest person to receive her help is a boxer, but this time, Swaraj demanded something in return.

Terror threat: Cops to re-verify passports in UP's Deoband

31 Oct 2017

Terror threat: Cops to re-verify passports in UP's Deoband

All passports in UP's Deoband town, Saharanpur and Muzaffarnagar districts will be verified by the police amid reports of terrorists hiding in the region.

Singapore has the 'most powerful' passport in the world

25 Oct 2017

Singapore has the 'most powerful' passport in the world

The Singaporean passport has been declared the world's most powerful with a score of 159- the first time an Asian country has clinched the top spot.

No paper, ink to print new passports in Venezuela

14 Oct 2017

No paper, ink to print new passports in Venezuela

Strange as it may sound, Venezuela ran out of paper and ink to print new passports and expired passports' validity has been extended for two years.

Mumbai's Videsh Bhavan reaffirms MEA's people-centrism

28 Aug 2017

Mumbai's Videsh Bhavan reaffirms MEA's people-centrism

Yesterday, a new Videsh Bhavan (VB) was inaugurated in Mumbai. It integrates all MEA's branches related to issuance of passports, protection of emigrants and managing cultural relations under one roof.

Getting a passport now made easier

22 Jul 2017

Getting a passport now made easier

In order to ease the process of obtaining passports, the Ministry of External Affairs has issued new rules and focused on setting up of many more passport offices across India.

Tibetans unhappy over conditions for passports set by government

26 Jun 2017

Tibetans unhappy over conditions for passports set by government

The 14th Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959 and since then, about 1.5-2 lakh Tibetans have followed his footsteps.

Indian Govt. hikes visa fee for foreigners

26 Jun 2017

Indian Govt. hikes visa fee for foreigners

The Indian Government has hiked at least 50% of the visa charges on foreign nationals citing the increase in visa charges being made by the US, Australia and New Zealand.

Passport fee for children and senior citizens cut by 10%

23 Jun 2017

Passport fee for children and senior citizens cut by 10%

Those under eight years of age or over 60 will now have to pay 10% less as passport fee, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has said.

Now online passport application in Hindi

23 Apr 2017

Now online passport application in Hindi

The Ministry of External Affairs said people can apply for passports online in Hindi too. The Committee of Parliament on Official Language made recommendations regarding this in its ninth report. President Pranab Mukherjee accepted these recommendations.

MEA to issue Indian passports to Tibetan refugees

18 Apr 2017

MEA to issue Indian passports to Tibetan refugees

Accepting the September 2016 verdict that nationality of Tibetans, born in India between 1950-87, cannot be questioned under the Citizenship Act, the government will now issue Indian passports to all such Tibetan refugees.