PASSPORT

  • BlackBerry to offer users up to $550 if they dump their iPhones for a Passport November 26, 2014

    Montreal: Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry is wooing Apple customers with a cash offer for trade-ins of iPhones for its new square-screened, keyboard-equipped Passport. The promotion was announced yesterday and will be available starting next month until February 13, in Canada and the United States. Customers who trade in their iPhones could receive...
  • Sunanda Pushkar death case: 3 fake passport holders under scanner, say sources November 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Three fake passport holders have come under the Delhi Police scanner in the death case of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar, sources said on Tuesday. The trio was staying at the Leela Hotel when Sunanda Pushkar was found dead under mysterious circumstances, the sources said. The trio...
  • India third largest passport issuing country, China at the top: Sushma Swaraj November 14, 2014

    Shillong: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday said that India is the third largest passport issuing country after China and the US. "India accounts for 14 per cent of passport issuance and is the third largest passport issuing country after China and the US, with over 5.7 crore passports...
  • BlackBerry partners with Samsung; upgrades its mobile-security arsenal November 14, 2014

    San Francisco: BlackBerry is expanding its efforts to sell mobile-security software on its rivals' smartphones and tablets to help counter the waning popularity of its own devices. As part of its strategy outlined Thursday in San Francisco, BlackBerry unveiled several upgrades to its mobile security weapons and a partnership with smartphone...
  • Aadhaar likely to be mandatory for issuance of passport November 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Government is planning to make Aadhaar mandatory for issue of passports and is in the process of establishing a system for validation of criminal antecedents of the applicant. The issue was discussed threadbare at a meeting between the Ministries of the Home and the External Affairs, official sources...
  • No gender bias, insensitivity in passport matters, clarifies MEA October 31, 2014

    New Delhi: India's external affairs ministry on Friday sharply rebutted reports that a single parent, especially a woman, is required to state, while applying for passport for her child, how she conceived the child, saying it does "not countenance insensitivity or gender discrimination" in passport matters. External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed...
  • Chhattisgarh to set up district-level panels for third-gender community October 23, 2014

    Raipur: Chhattisgarh government has decided to set up district-level committees for the effective implementation of its schemes for the third-gender community. The district-level committees, to be headed by Collectors or Additional Collectors, will ensure that the benefits of the welfare schemes for transgenders reach them, an official said. In a...
  • Damaged, lost passports of flood-hit Kashmiris to be replaced October 7, 2014

    New Delhi: In a major relief for Jammu and Kashmir residents, the government on Tuesday said it will issue passports with same validity and waiver of fees to those whose travel documents were lost or damaged in the floods last month. "Passport holders in J&K whose passports have been damaged/lost in...
  • After Passport, BlackBerry working on another 'unconventional' device; teases new device plans September 30, 2014

    Toronto: Even as BlackBerry pivots to focus more on software and services, the company that gained fame for its smartphones is not giving up on its handset business, two senior executives said. After recording a gross profit from its weakened handset operation and with roughly 50 million people globally still using...
  • BlackBerry Passport: BlackBerry launches its square-shaped smartphone at Rs 49,990 in India; features a 4.5-inch touchscreen, 3-row keyboard September 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Within a week of its global release, BlackBerry has launched its unconventional new smartphone dubbed the Passport in India as it embarks on what may be the most critical phase of its long turnaround push. Priced at Rs 49,990, the BlackBerry Passport is up for pre-order on Amazon...
  • BlackBerry Passport: BlackBerry launches a square-shaped smartphone; features a 4.5-inch touchscreen, 3-row keyboard September 24, 2014

    Toronto: BlackBerry launched an unconventional new smartphone dubbed the Passport on Wednesday as it embarked on what may be the most critical phase of its long turnaround push. At simultaneous events in Toronto, London and Dubai, BlackBerry showed off the device, which is the size and shape of a closed passport,...
  • Ebola scare: Should Indian doctors in Nigeria return? August 13, 2014

    Amid the Ebola outbreak that has claimed 1,000 lives in west Africa, five Indian doctors are still stranded in Nigeria. The doctors desperate to return home, say that their passports have not been returned to them by the hospital authorities. They have also alleged the hospital authorities of threatening to...
  • Stranded Indian doctors in Ebola hit Nigeria plead Indian government to arrange return August 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Amid the Ebola outbreak that has claimed 1,000 lives in west Africa, five Indian doctors are still stranded in Nigeria. The doctors desperate to return home, say that their passports have not been returned to them by the hospital authorities. They have also alleged the hospital authorties of...
  • Supreme Court dismisses Abu Salem's plea in fake passport case August 1, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed gangster Abu Salem's appeal against his conviction and sevenyear jail term in fake passport case. The underworld don was sentenced to seven years in jail in 2013 in the 2001 fake passport case by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in...
  • Fake passport racket busted; six Sri Lankan Tamils arrested June 23, 2014

    Chennai: Police on Monday claimed to have busted a fake passport and visa racket with the arrest of six Sri Lankan Tamils residing here. Police said they were on the lookout for persons who had obtained the fake travel documents. The gang, which charged Rs 30,000 per 'passport', was nabbed...
  • Hyderabad: 2 Nigerians arrested for allegedly trying to sell cocaine June 16, 2014

    Hyderabad: The city police arrested two alleged Nigerian cocaine peddlers today from the Maredpally area and seized 17 grams of cocaine from them, a senior police official said. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police N Koti Reddy of the Commissioner's Task Force (North Zone) said that sleuths apprehended the two Nigerian...
  • Visa, passport services in US: Delhi HC issues notice to Centre May 13, 2014

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has sought the Centre's response on a plea of a visa and passport service provider challenging a contract awarded to another firm to provide visa services in the Indian Embassy and all consulates in the US. A bench of justices BD Ahmed and Siddharth Mridul...
  • AirAsia to use Interpol system to check passports May 13, 2014

    Kuala Lumpur: Top Asian budget carrier AirAsia said on Tuesday that it will become the world's first airline to check the passports of all its passengers against Interpol's global database of 42 million stolen or lost travel documents by end of this month. The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370...
  • Young athlete may miss Bangkok event due to delay in passport issuance May 8, 2014

    Nashik: Nashikbased 16yearold athlete Kisan Tadvi, who recently won a gold medal in 3,000 metres running event at the 11th Youth National Athletic Championship in Goa, is struggling to get his passport ready to participate in an international championship in Thailand this month. Tadvi, a student of Bhonsala Military School, told...
  • Indian Embassy in US outsources visa, passport services to new firm May 8, 2014

    Washington: The Indian Embassy in the US has announced to outsource its passport and visa related services to a new company for all its diplomatic missions in America following complaints against the current service provider. Cox & King Global Services Ltd will replace the existing BLS International Limited and would...
  • Bombay HC tells passport office to decide on Kaskar's application April 30, 2014

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has directed the Regional Passport Office to decide the application of Iqbal Kaskar, brother of wanted fugitive Dawood Ibrahim, seeking fresh passport. The direction was passed on Wednesday by a division bench of Justices PV Hardas and AS Gadkari, which was hearing a petition filed...
  • Born in India to Pakistani parents, infant denied entry to Pakistan April 28, 2014

    Jaipur: An infant is caught between borders and international laws in India over his place of birth. The child, Sohail Khan, whose parents are Pakistani citizens was born in India and has now been denied entry to Pakistan. But when the parents tried to return to Pakistan, the authorities reportedly...
  • Sonia Gandhi declines to show US court her passport April 8, 2014

    New York: Congress President Sonia Gandhi has declined to provide a copy of her passport to a US court, saying that government of India had denied her permission to do so. However, in a letter filed by her lawyer in a federal court in Brooklyn, New York, Gandhi "voluntarily" relinquished...
  • US court asks Sonia Gandhi to show passport March 21, 2014

    New York: A US court has asked India's Congress party President Sonia Gandhi to provide a copy of her passport to show that she was not in the US between September 2 and September 9 last year. Gandhi had filed a motion in a federal court in Brooklyn, New York, seeking...
  • Fresh trouble for Khobragade as daughters hold US, India passports March 13, 2014

    New Delhi: While the United States has cleared Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade of the charges against her, there is trouble brewing for her back home. The Indian government has found that Khobragade's two daughters had American passports as well as Indian diplomatic passports. Holding dual citizenship is a crime under the...
  • Malaysia releases pictures of 2 passengers with stolen passports on missing plane, says one is Iranian March 11, 2014

    Kiev: The search for the missing Malaysian Airline flight MH 370 has made some headway as Malaysian officials have identified one of the passengers travelling with a stolen passport. They said, "We have identified one of the passengers travelling with stolen passport. He is a 19-year-old Iranian, Pouria Nour Mohammad...
  • Mystery deepens around the missing Malaysian airlines plane March 11, 2014

    Mystery is deepening around the missing Malaysian airliner. Reports now suggest that the Thai travel agency that booked tickets for two passengers with stolen passports had been asked to do so by an Iranian middleman. ...
  • Dozens of Indian passports stolen from San Francisco March 11, 2014

    Washington: Several dozen Indian passports have reportedly been stolen from a private company, to which the Indian Consulate in San Francisco outsourced various visa and passport related services. The serious breach of security is being investigated by the San Francisco Police Department. Both the Indian Consulate and the local police have...