Live: Apply for passport through smartphones

Last Updated: Wed, Jul 24, 2013 12:21 hrs

5.30 pm:

Soon, apply for passport through smartphones

Applicants will soon be able to apply for passports through their smart phones, a senior official said today.

"Applicants can fill details on passport applications through mPassport Seva App. We are working on this and are hopeful it will be launched in next few months," Joint Secretary (Passport Seva Project) and Chief Passport Officer Muktesh Kumar Pardeshi told reporters.

The 'mPassport Seva'--an android App, developed by the Ministry of External Affairs was earlier launched in March.

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5.00 pm:

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar speaks on the mid-day meal tragedy and the politics that has now surrounded it. Here are the highlights from Mr Kumar's media address:

1. The different aspects of the horrible mid-day meal tragedy has been discussed widely, and rightly so.

2. We acted immediately on getting the information of the tragedy.

3. That I didn't visit the site of the tragedy was widely criticised. However, I know I acted immediately.

4. I have not recovered from my leg injury and it is not known to all in Patna.

4.25 pm:

Accused school principal Meena Kumari surrenders in midday meal tragedy

4.13 pm:

Want to meet Modi? Enrol 1,000 youths in BJP!

Enrol 1,000 or more youths in BJP and get a chance to win Narendra Modi!

This offer has been made to party workers here with an eye on increasing membership of the BJP ahead of the 2014 general elections.

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3.48 pm:

Kanchi seer 'blesses' Modi for PM's post, rules out Rahul for Italian genes

India Today:
Kanchi Kamakoti Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi said Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi had his "blessings" for the prime minister's post and claimed Rahul Gandhi was unfit for the position since his mother Sonia Gandhi was a native of Italy.

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3.20 pm:

After Delhi Metro videos are leaked, passengers asked to behave

No more fooling around on Delhi Metro trains for couples.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), plagued by leaks of CCTV videos of couple getting intimate on their trains, has asked people to maintain "decorum and etiquette" while travelling on the metro.

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2.40 pm:

Planning Commission data a conspiracy to deprive poor: BJP

BJP today said the Planning Commission data showing a fall in the number of people living below the poverty line was a "conspiracy" to deprive the poor of the benefits of government schemes and challenged Congress leaders to show how a person could survive on Rs 34 per day.

"The latest report showing a reduction in the number of people below the poverty line is a conspiracy of the Congress against the poor to deprive them of the benefits of BPL schemes. This is the Congress mindset against the poor," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

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2.07 pm:

Man hacks wife after chasing her down the road

In a brazen attempt to kill his estranged wife, a 22-year-old autorickshaw driver chased her down the street and assaulted her with a machete. The couple had separated.

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1.32 pm:

TV anchor molested near Kolkata's Howrah station, accused arrested, but walked free next day

In Kolkata, three incidents of molestation in two days, in full public view, have jolted the West Bengal capital dealing with a sudden spurt in crime against women.

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1.03 pm:

Maharashtra Assembly revokes suspension of five legislators, who had allegedly assaulted a police officer.

12.40 pm:

Wills-Kat 'still working' on royal baby's name

Prince William has admitted that the royal couple are having a difficult name choosing their son's name.

Speaking outside the private Lindo wing of St Mary's Hospital in front of cheering people, he said that he and the Duchess of Cambridge are still working on the name for their newborn son, the Mirror reported.

Even royal aides had hinted recently that the couple do have a few names in mind, but have not been able to settle on one just yet.

Princess Diana and Charles had the same problem when Prince William was born in 1982; they took a week before finally announcing his name.

However, sources have said that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are not expected to take that long a time to name their child.

12.05 pm:

Charges have been framed against Actor Salman Khan in the 2002 hit-and-run case. The charge against the actor is culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
Salman Khan has pleaded not guilty to these charges.

The actor has been exempted from making personal appearance during the trial.

12.00 pm:

British cops to begin probe into death of Chennai girl

The Hindu:
The Merseyside police in England will begin a probe on Wednesday into the suspicious death of Georgina Thomson, a Chennai student who was enrolled at the University of Liverpool. Georgina, the daughter of a city police officer, was found dead at her student residence on campus on July 12.

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11.30 am:

CNN claims royal baby pronounced dead on arrival

CNN made an unfortunate mistake when they wrote on their ticker that the royal baby had been pronounced dead.

The ticker mistake caused the Twitter world to erupt with questions.

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11.02 am:

Marriage, not in near future: Hansika

The little Miss Sunshine of Tamil cinema is glowing.  She surprised us last week by speaking her mind and going public about her relationship status.  In this quick chat with Sridevi Sreedhar, Hansika opens up

Read the interview here!

10.30 am:

Joe Biden in Mumbai to focus on US-India trade partnership

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived here late last night on the second leg of his ongoing visit to India.

During his Mumbai visit, he will focus on the US-India trade partnership. He is expected to speak at the Bombay Stock Exchange.

He will also attend a round table conference with Indian business leaders later in the day at the Hotel Taj Mahal. On Thursday, he is scheduled to pay a visit to the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B), at Powai in central suburban Mumbai.

10.10 am:

Modi US visa row: Yechury in a spot, says he didn't sign any letter

The controversy over Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's US visa has got more twists and turns. CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury now seems to find himself in a spot over his signature in the letter written by 65 MPs to US President Barack Obama against granting visa to Modi. Yechury has been denying writing any letter to Obama while MPs say he must have forgotten that he signed it.

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9.31 am:

A high tide of 4.9 metres is expected in the afternoon in Mumbai, says the Meteorological department. Meanwhile heavy rains are lashing the city. The Central and Habour line local trains are running late by 10 minutes. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation ( BMC ) has advised against travelling for the day.

9.18 am:

US becomes battleground for Hindu-Muslim political feud

As if politics in Washington and the United States isn't divisive enough, Hindus and Muslims from the subcontinent have brought their decades-old partisan feud to America.

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8.40 am:

Survey says Jaya leading in TN, Congress to retain its hold in Karnataka, Andhra remains divided

India Today:
A survey conducted by a private news channel on Tuesday indicated that Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK is all set to win Tamil Nadu and Congress is ready to repeat its Assembly poll performance in 2014 Lok Sabha elections. However, Andhra Pradesh is still undecided but the Congress is losing its ground.

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8.05 am:

Odisha, Bihar show biggest drop in percentage of poor

Odisha and Bihar have registered the sharpest decline in poverty levels between 2004-05 and 2011-12, although the proportion of the poor in these states remains well above the national average.

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7.30 am:

An accused in a bank scam has denied allegations that she paid money to Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, his cabinet ministers and others after the bank went bust in 2006.

Rita Tiwari was the chairperson of the co-operative Indira Priyadarshini Mahila Nagrik Sahkari Bank, which went bust.

She is now out on bail after being arrested in connection with the case.

"The statement by Umesh Sinha (the then bank manager)... in media reports is totally wrong. Neither had I asked him to pay money to anyone nor did he give money to anyone," she said.

Tiwari was among 13 bank officials, including its directors, who were arrested in connection with the fraud.

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