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2 booked for theft of NRI’s passport and extortion of 1.5 lakh

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2020 10:38 PM IST
The NRI met Joga (42) from Ludhiana and Gurmukh, a ragi, about two months back in Samrala. They claimed to be tantriks and said they would perform rituals for the benefit of his children
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Last year, the Indian mission here issued over 2 lakh passports, the highest count for an Indian mission across the world.(NYT)
Last year, the Indian mission here issued over 2 lakh passports, the highest count for an Indian mission across the world.(NYT)

Now, Indian expats in UAE can renew passport in just two days: Report

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Dubai
PUBLISHED ON AUG 01, 2020 04:03 PM IST
The passport renewal forms will be processed on the same day as it is received, Consul General of India in Dubai Dr Aman Puri told the newspaper.
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Akal Takht acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh says that the condition of carrying a passport as identity proof is the main reason behind the low turnout of Indian pilgrims at the Kartarpur Sahib shrine, the last resting place of Guru Nanak, in Pakistan.(HT file photo)
Akal Takht acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh says that the condition of carrying a passport as identity proof is the main reason behind the low turnout of Indian pilgrims at the Kartarpur Sahib shrine, the last resting place of Guru Nanak, in Pakistan.(HT file photo)

All-party team to meet PM on passport waiver for Kartarpur pilgrims: CM

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2020 11:17 PM IST
House passes resolution in support of waiver of passport and $20 fee for Kartarpur pilgrims.
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Japanese who hold the strongest passport in the world can visit 191 destinations without visa.The year 2020 marks the third year running in which Japan has held the top spot.(Reuters/ Representative Image)
Japanese who hold the strongest passport in the world can visit 191 destinations without visa.The year 2020 marks the third year running in which Japan has held the top spot.(Reuters/ Representative Image)

Japan world’s most powerful passport, Pak 4th worst. This is where India stands

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2020 06:30 PM IST
India slipped two places in 2020 to the 84th place, sharing the spot with Mauritania and Tajikistan. Indians can get visa-free entry to 58 countries, according to the index.
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A 20-year old Indian man was charged with violating US immigration law
A 20-year old Indian man was charged with violating US immigration law

Indian man charged with trying to enter US on fake Slovenian passport

By Press Trust of India | Washington
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2019 09:48 AM IST
The inspecting officer detected inconsistencies while inspecting the traveller and his passport, and referred him to a secondary examination, the federal agency said in a statement.
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An order by Secretary, Border Management of the Union Home Ministry said under section 10 of the Citizenship Act, 1955, Ramesh Chennamaneni ceases to be an Indian citizen.(HT PHOTO)
An order by Secretary, Border Management of the Union Home Ministry said under section 10 of the Citizenship Act, 1955, Ramesh Chennamaneni ceases to be an Indian citizen.(HT PHOTO)

Centre cancels citizenship of TRS MLA Chennamaneni Ramesh who once held German passport

By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu | Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2020 04:14 AM IST
Chennamaneni Ramesh had gone to Germany for employment in early 1990s and obtained German citizenship in 1993. In 2008, he returned to India and applied for Indian citizenship which was granted to him by the Union Home Ministry.
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US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers intercepted the Indian national on Monday at the Washington Dulles International Airport.(Getty Images/iStockphoto ( Representational Image))
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers intercepted the Indian national on Monday at the Washington Dulles International Airport.(Getty Images/iStockphoto ( Representational Image))

Indian travelling with fake German passport denied entry into US

By Press Trust of India | New York
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2019 10:36 AM IST
Authorities declined to prosecute the Indian man, who was refused admission to the United States. Due to privacy laws, the man’s name was not released as he was not criminally charged, a CBP release said.
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The Delhi Police has arrested a 68-year-old man from the Delhi airport for forging his passport in order to get Hong Kong permanent resident ID, after repeated attempts to acquire one failed. (Representative Image)(NYT)
The Delhi Police has arrested a 68-year-old man from the Delhi airport for forging his passport in order to get Hong Kong permanent resident ID, after repeated attempts to acquire one failed. (Representative Image)(NYT)

68-year-old man held from Delhi airport for using forged passport to get Hong Kong residency

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2019 06:20 AM IST
He was caught during immigration clearance on Thursday while returning from Hong Kong, when an immigration officer realised that he looked much younger than the age shown in the passport. Police have arrested him for forgery.
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The issue of him carrying no passport was discovered when the flight reached Qatar.(Reuters File Photo / Representative image)
The issue of him carrying no passport was discovered when the flight reached Qatar.(Reuters File Photo / Representative image)

Bangladesh Airlines pilot caught in Qatar with no passport

By Indo Asian News Service | Dhaka, Bangladesh
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2019 12:10 PM IST
The pilot was en route to bring Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina from Finlan, but was detained at immigration of Doha International Airport for having no passport on him.
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The Delhi Police said that the man, one Mohammed Faisal, had applied for refugee status with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and his application was under consideration(FilePhotos)
The Delhi Police said that the man, one Mohammed Faisal, had applied for refugee status with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and his application was under consideration(FilePhotos)

Rohingya man arrested at Delhi airport with fake Indian passport

By Anvit Srivastava | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 19, 2019 05:35 AM IST
The FIR that the police filed in this case, mentions that Faisal had submitted an application to the UNHCR, New Delhi, for the consideration of his refugee status
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They alerted the police control room, following which a police control room van reached the spot and questioned a few people on the spot but got no clues.(AP FILE PHOTO)
They alerted the police control room, following which a police control room van reached the spot and questioned a few people on the spot but got no clues.(AP FILE PHOTO)

Japanese executive’s laptops, passport stolen in Gurugram

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Gurugram
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2019 06:17 AM IST
The victims were staying at a four-star hotel in Manesar and were on an official visit to Gurugram from Japan, said the police.
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A bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi issued notice to the Tripura government, MEA and Union MHA on a petition filed by NGO Tripura People’s Front through advocate Manish Goswami(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
A bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi issued notice to the Tripura government, MEA and Union MHA on a petition filed by NGO Tripura People’s Front through advocate Manish Goswami(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Supreme Court notice to Centre on plea challenging passport rules

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2019 11:14 PM IST
The petition has sought quashing of the Passport (Entry into India) Amendment Rules, 2015 and The Foreigners (Amendment) Order, 2015 notified on September 7, 2015 that accords automatic citizenship upon migration to India on the ground it was “discriminatory, arbitrary and illegal”
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India will continue to pursue the extradition of fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi although he has surrendered his Indian passport(HT File Photo)
India will continue to pursue the extradition of fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi although he has surrendered his Indian passport(HT File Photo)

Mehul Choksi surrenders passport, gives up Indian citizenship

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2019 11:40 PM IST
Choksi, 59, acquired his new citizenship last year and deposited his revoked Indian passport and a mandatory fee for renouncing Indian citizenship at the Indian high commission in Guyana, the officials said.
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Fugitive diamond trader and a key accused in bank fraud cases at Punjab National Bank Mehul Choksi, who fled to Caribbean country Antigua and Barbuda, has given up his citizenship of India and surrendered his passport.(HT Photo)
Fugitive diamond trader and a key accused in bank fraud cases at Punjab National Bank Mehul Choksi, who fled to Caribbean country Antigua and Barbuda, has given up his citizenship of India and surrendered his passport.(HT Photo)

Fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi gives up Indian citizenship, surrenders passport in Antigua: Sources

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2019 12:49 PM IST
Choksi, who along with his nephew diamond jeweller Nirav Modi, also a fugitive from India, allegedly committed a fraud on Punjab National Bank amounting to over Rs 13,500 crore, according to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
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Sushma Swaraj said that instructions have been issued to all authorities concerned to exercise caution while processing applications of the affected persons for re-issuance of their passports.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
Sushma Swaraj said that instructions have been issued to all authorities concerned to exercise caution while processing applications of the affected persons for re-issuance of their passports.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

Passports of 23 Indians misplaced by Pakistan high commission, Sushma Swaraj tells Lok Sabha

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 02, 2019 08:43 PM IST
It is learnt that the Indians, whose passports went missing, had applied for visa in the Pakistan High Commission to travel to that country.
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Indian missions across the world would soon issue passports in less than 48 hours to citizens abroad, minister of state for external affairs VK Singh said in Washington.(File Photo)
Indian missions across the world would soon issue passports in less than 48 hours to citizens abroad, minister of state for external affairs VK Singh said in Washington.(File Photo)

Get passports at all Indian missions within 48 hours now, says VK Singh

By Press Trust of India | Washington
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2018 05:45 PM IST
The ‘Passport Seva’ project was first launched in the UK last month. In US, the project was first rolled out in New York on November 21, followed by Washington on Saturday. It would be subsequently launched in Indian Consulates at Atlanta, Houston, Chicago and San Francisco.
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The Punjab and Haryana high court has ruled trial courts cannot seek surrender of passports as a condition for bail(HT File Photo)
The Punjab and Haryana high court has ruled trial courts cannot seek surrender of passports as a condition for bail(HT File Photo)

Courts can’t order surrender of passports for bail: High court

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON OCT 25, 2018 11:54 PM IST
The Punjab and Haryana high court’s order, coming on a plea of a senior Air India pilot, who was booked in a cheating and misappropriation case last year, held that only the passport authority could impound passports under the law, not trial courts
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Just a few days ago on October 1, Indira Gandhi International Airport authorities handed over Gurmeet Singh from Kurukshetra, an NRI runaway ‘husband’, to Punjab Police.(HT Photo)
Just a few days ago on October 1, Indira Gandhi International Airport authorities handed over Gurmeet Singh from Kurukshetra, an NRI runaway ‘husband’, to Punjab Police.(HT Photo)

‘Wanted’ men entering India via Nepal despite suspended passports, RPO alerts MEA

By Jatinder Kaur Tur | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2018 07:41 PM IST
No questions are asked on the India-Nepal border as Indians do not require a passport when travelling to and from that country.
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Indicting the developer on at least eight counts, the committee has said that the extension given to the township by the previous government should be revoked and no further development agreement should be signed till existing projects are completed.(Representative image)
Indicting the developer on at least eight counts, the committee has said that the extension given to the township by the previous government should be revoked and no further development agreement should be signed till existing projects are completed.(Representative image)

Impound passport of the Ansal API developer: lawmakers' panel

By Umesh Raghuvanshi/M Tariq Khan | Hindustan Times, Lucknow, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2018 12:18 PM IST
The five-member lawmakers’ panel set up to probe anomalies in Sushant Golf City hi-tech township on Sultanpur Road, Lucknow on home-buyers complaints has found the developer guilty on various counts and recommended that his passport should be impounded, according to a member of the committee.   
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Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi.(AP File Photo)
Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi.(AP File Photo)

Sushma Swaraj steps in to help Indian who lost passport days before wedding

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2018 10:26 AM IST
The Indian man lost his passport in the Washington and his wedding is on August 13-15.
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Mehul Choksi had fled India in the first week of January.(HT File Photo)
Mehul Choksi had fled India in the first week of January.(HT File Photo)

Mehul Choksi gets Caribbean passport to hoodwink Indian agencies

By Rajesh Ahuja | New Delhi,Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2018 09:56 PM IST
The CBI has booked Choksi, uncle of his alleged partner in crime Nirav Modi, in two cases related to the PNB scam and filed charge sheet against him.
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Women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi had on Wednesday urged states to get their marriage registrars inform the ministry about registration of such marriages immediately.(AFP File Photo)
Women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi had on Wednesday urged states to get their marriage registrars inform the ministry about registration of such marriages immediately.(AFP File Photo)

Passports of 8 NRI husbands who abandoned their wives cancelled, says govt

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2018 07:51 AM IST
The women and child development ministry had earlier said all NRI marriages would soon need to be registered within seven days, failing which, passports and visas would not be issued to the people involved.
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Mohammad Anas Siddiqui and Tanvi Seth show their passports issued to them by the Regional Passport Office in Lucknow on June 21, 2018. Siddiqui and Seth alleged they were humiliated by passport officer Vikas Mishra who rejected their application because they were an inter-faith couple.(PTI)
Mohammad Anas Siddiqui and Tanvi Seth show their passports issued to them by the Regional Passport Office in Lucknow on June 21, 2018. Siddiqui and Seth alleged they were humiliated by passport officer Vikas Mishra who rejected their application because they were an inter-faith couple.(PTI)

After controversy over inter-faith marriage, Lucknow couple to get passport soon

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Lucknow, Lucknow
UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2018 04:51 PM IST
The couple alleged that passport officer Vikas Mishra misbehaved with them during the personal interview to get the travel document. The woman alleged Mishra declined to clear her application because she married to a Muslim.
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Passport Seva mobile App was launched along with a scheme under which a person can apply for a passport from anywhere in India irrespective of the place of residence.(File photo)
Passport Seva mobile App was launched along with a scheme under which a person can apply for a passport from anywhere in India irrespective of the place of residence.(File photo)

MEA’s passport mobile app registers 1 million downloads in two days

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2018 09:08 PM IST
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj had launched the passport seva mobile application, available in Android and iOS platforms, with facilities for applying, paying and scheduling appointments for acquiring a passport.
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The new passport app will support services such as new user registration; signing in to registered user account; application form filing to apply for passport and police clearance certificate; paying for passport services; appointment scheduling; application availability status; document advisor; and fee calculator.(File photo)
The new passport app will support services such as new user registration; signing in to registered user account; application form filing to apply for passport and police clearance certificate; paying for passport services; appointment scheduling; application availability status; document advisor; and fee calculator.(File photo)

Now, apply for passport on mobile phone from anywhere in India

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 26, 2018 10:31 PM IST
The mPassport Seva App, released on the occasion of the Sixth Passport Seva Divas, is available in Android and iOS platforms and will have the facilities to apply, pay and schedule appointments for passport services.
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Boris Becker, 50, was declared bankrupt by a British court in 2017 in connection to a debt to private bankers.(REUTERS)
Boris Becker, 50, was declared bankrupt by a British court in 2017 in connection to a debt to private bankers.(REUTERS)

Boris Becker’s diplomatic passport is ‘fake’, according to Central African Republic

By Agence France-Presse | Agence France-Presse, Bangui
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2018 04:04 PM IST
The Central African Republic (CAR) authorities said that Boris Becker’s diplomatic passport is ‘fake’ and it does not carry the signature or the stamp of the country’s foreign minister - Charles Armel Doubane.
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Jeweller Nirav Modi poses during the launch of his store in Mumbai. The government has faced severe criticism after alleged economic offenders, including former liquor baron Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Choksi fled the country.(Reuters File Photo)
Jeweller Nirav Modi poses during the launch of his store in Mumbai. The government has faced severe criticism after alleged economic offenders, including former liquor baron Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Choksi fled the country.(Reuters File Photo)

No delay by MEA in revoking passports of ‘certain individuals’: Govt on Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2018 11:53 PM IST
The MEA had recently revoked passports of Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, diamond merchants wanted for alleged banking fraud.
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Yasin Mansoor Mohammed Farooq, alias Farooq Takla, a close aide to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, being brought to St. George's Hospital for a medical examination before appearing at a court in Mumbai on Thursday.(PTI Photo)
Yasin Mansoor Mohammed Farooq, alias Farooq Takla, a close aide to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, being brought to St. George's Hospital for a medical examination before appearing at a court in Mumbai on Thursday.(PTI Photo)

Dawood aide Farooq Takla’s passport renewal under scanner

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2018 11:45 PM IST
Mohammed Farooq, better known as Farooq Takla, arrived in Delhi from Dubai and was arrested by the CBI when he was at an immigration counter at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.
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