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Regional Passport Office receives 56,924 applications in March, numbers surpass pre-Covid times

April 18, 2022 4:32 am

Reasons cited by officials for this rush for passports include international travelling for both leisure and work.

In a first, EU to suspend visa-free travel for 'golden passport' country

January 12, 2022 10:44 pm

Under the scheme, foreigners can obtain Vanuatu citizenship and passport in exchange for a minimum investment of $130,000.

The world’s most and least powerful passports for 2022 are...

January 12, 2022 11:38 am

According to Henley Passport Index's updated rankings, there is a "growing divide in mobility — and the resulting access to opportunities — between citizens in the wealthy global north and those in the lower-income global south"

Here's everything you need to know about Portugal's 'Golden Visa'

October 11, 2021 4:56 pm

The visa allows you to live and work in Portugal, as well as visa-free travel across the entire Schengen Area comprising 26 European nations

The world's most powerful passports in 2021: Here is where India stands

October 07, 2021 2:52 pm

Henley Passport Index: Japan and Singapore hold the first rank on the passport index, while the second position is shared by South Korea and Germany.

Afghanistan to start issuing passports again after months of delays

October 05, 2021 3:43 pm

The acting head of the passport office said that in Kabul, as many as 5,000 to 6,000 passports were to be issued each day.

New York rolls out COVID-19 digital vaccination passport for cultural, sport events

March 31, 2021 12:46 pm

Major venues in the Empire State — including 20,000-seat Madison Square Garden in New York City and the 17,500-seat Times Union Center in Albany — are already planning to utilise the technology.

UK defends Hong Kong passport rights against China

March 26, 2021 3:14 pm

China and the pro-Beijing Hong Kong government on Thursday told 14 countries to stop accepting the British National (Overseas) passports (BNO) that have been made available to residents of Hong Kong in line with the 1997 handover agreement.

Bombay HC allows 10-year passport renewal of pilot accused in domestic violence case

March 08, 2021 10:59 pm

A division bench of Justice S S Shinde and Justice Manish Pitale passed the ruling on a writ plea filed by the pilot, who was working with Jet Airways, through advocates Racheeta Dhuru and Amruta Athavale.

DigiLocker now supports passports: Here are the details

February 21, 2021 9:18 am

The Digilocker app is officially recognised as a paperless alternative to Aadhaar Cards and Driving Licenses. Now the app will support passports as well, eliminating the need to produce the original documents.


News in Numbers: India’s busiest passport office.

June 22, 2020 6:23 pm

#NewsInNumbers How much work the busiest passport office in India does. (PS: It’s Lucknow which was recently in the news over an inter-faith couple’s complaint.

Release of Anup Chetia to give impetus to peace process in Assam

January 11, 2016 3:36 am

Assam, Jan 11 (ANI): On November 24, ULFA general secretary Golap Baruah alias Anup Chetia was released from Guwahati central jail after 18 years of incarceration in Bangladesh and prisons in India. The court had granted him bail in the last of the four cases registered against him. Soon after the release, Chetia apologized for the 2004 Independence Day blast in Dhemaji, Assam. Thirteen people, including 10 school children, died in the incident. Chetia has pledged to never to take up arms and said he will join the ongoing peace process. The ULFA general secretary was detained in Bangladesh in 1997 for illegally entering the country using a forged passport, and was found in possession of arms and foreign currencies. On November 11, 2015, Bangladesh handed over top ULFA leader Anup Chetia to India's Central Bureau of Investigation and he was brought to Guwahati on a transit remand. The release is seen as breakthrough in the ongoing talks between Ulfa, the Centre and state government. However, Paresh Baruah, who is the head of military wing of ULFA, is continued to oppose to any peace talks. Experts believe the exclusion of the Baruah faction hinders the peace process. In the last few decades, Assam has witnessed violence perpetrated by Ulfa.

Best Smartphones of 2014: The Express Top 5

December 24, 2014 12:15 pm

At No 1 is the Lenovo Vibe X2, followed by the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Sony Xperia Z3, BlackBerry Passport and Micromax Canvas Knight in that order.