Now apply for the passport from anywhere using app!

In a welcoming step taken by Government of India, now the Indian citizen can “apply for the passport” from anywhere in country. The government of India has added new features in the “mPassportSeva” app and will now allow citizens to apply for fresh passports from the app itself from anywhere in country. Released on July 11 2013, this mobile app and has been recently updated on June 5. On the occasion of the ‘6th Passport Seva Divas’ on June 26, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced the new developments.The app is available for free download on both Android and iOS and has been downloaded over 1 million times on Android. Note that the app is released by ‘Consular, Passport and Visa (CPV) Division’ and not by any other government agency. Be sure to download the right app, there are several fake apps floating on Google Playstore.

What are the new services?

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The updated version of the “mPassportSeva” app allows users to apply for the passport along with PCC form filing, online payment for the application form, appointment scheduling/rescheduling or cancellation facilities. Additionally, citizens can apply for a re-issue of a new passport in lieu of an existing passport for any of the following reasons: change in existing personal details, validity expired or due to expire, validity expired more than three years ago, exhaustion of pages, damaged passport and lost passport.

Other services include — issue of Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) along with background verification for Global Entry Program (GEP).

How to use the mPassportSeva app to apply for a passport on your mobile?

Note that there is no separate process to apply for a passport via mPassportSeva app exclusively. The process is exactly similar to the existing system that is being followed by ‘Passport Seva’ website. In other words, there is no change in the application, documentation or verification process of getting the passport and it’s just that the mPassportSeva app is a new way for making the task easier.

The mobile app has a new interface and here is how to apply for a fresh passport from the app:

** open the app, tap on New User Registration.
** Select the Passport Office from the list as per the city of your residence.
** Enter personal details like name, date-of-birth, email id.
** Think about a unique login ID and check for its availability. Add a strong password. (similar to opening an email ID). You can also keep your email ID as a login ID for the app.
** Add a security question and answer. This will help if you forget your password.
** After the confirmation , add the text written inside the small image (Captcha code) and submit.

After that, you can apply for the passport by activating the account. Check for the email sent by the passport office and click on the verification link. On clicking the verification link, it will direct you to a webpage and you will be asked to enter your Login ID for confirmation.
Close the app and relaunch it again. Then go to “Existing User” and enter your Login ID, the password and Captcha code. After that you will be greeted with a screen saying Apply for “Fresh Passport” along with other option. Click on it and fill the form and follow the steps.

 

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Huge discount on laptops for students!!

If you are a student looking for budget friendly purchase yet a laptop with decent configurations, this can be your shot! Paytm mall is offering Huge discount on laptops. This offer has already started drawing attention to a wide group of students.

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The offer details

Paytm Mall, the e-commerce wing of Paytm, has started “Campus Lap-Shop” campaign and offering several offers and discounts. Offers under these campaign will be valid till August 10.

As part of the campaign, students can get upto Rs 20,000 cashback on the entire range of laptops.

There are different categories of Laptops – for engineers & coders, Laptops for law and art students, Laptops for architects & designers, and Laptops for business & management students.

Laptops for engineers & coders starts at a price of Rs 34,990. Maximum cashback in this category is Rs 6,500 on HP Pavilion – 15-cc129tx Core i5 (8th Gen) and Lenovo Ideapad 320E (80XL0414IN) Intel Core i5 (7th Gen).

For art and law students category the starting price is Rs 23,990. Dell Inspiron, Lenovo Ideapad 320, Acer Aspire E 15 are some of the laptops offered under this category.

Laptops for architects & designers include HP 15-bs 180tx Notebook Core i5, ASUS VivoBook S15 K510UQ-BQ668T Core i5 (8th Gen), and many others. The Price for this category starts at Rs 39,990.

Business and management students category will be getting huge discount on laptops too at a starting price of Rs 23,990. The maximum cashback of Rs 11,000 is offered on Microsoft Surface Pro.

Shopping vouchers of up to Rs 30,000 across categories that include fashion, movies, smart speakers & printer is also being offered by Paytm Mall. Brands like Allen Solly, Red Tape, Amazon Echo and Microsoft Office will be distributing these vouchers

Also, the online retailer is offering no-cost EMI option on purchase of laptops during this sale. The customers will get an extra 10% cashback doing payment using ICICI Bank credit card. The offer for ICICI Bank customers is valid till July 15, 2018.

 

Click on this link for more info.

Mobile number portability might not be an option soon for Indian Mobile phone customers

The mobile number portability might raise concerns for the mobile phone users in the coming year.Mobile number portability

NEW DELHI: The mobile phone users planning to change service provider while keeping the old number will have difficulties after March next year.

Mobile number portability (MNP), as it’s called, is functioning properly right now but the two companies which is responsible for the service in India — MNP Interconnection Telecom Solutions and Syniverse Technologies — have written to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) that the almost-80% reduction in porting charges since January this year has resulted into daily losses and they have to close services once their licence terms come to an end in March 2019, said people with the concern of the matter.

If this happens, customers who want to change their service provider due to billing issues, poor call qualities or irrelevant tariffs will have no option to do so — at least in the near term.

 

A DoT official said the policy for mobile number portability might change if the issue isn’t settled in time.

Monthly MNP requests have increased tremendously in near past. With the entry of Reliance Jio Infocomm and exits by Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices, Aircel and Telenor India, the older operators Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular are dropping tariff rates to retain or attract customers.

MNP Interconnection(which handles east and south India), has said it will halt its operation and surrender the lincense, while Syniverse Technologies, which handles north and western India, has mentioned its alarming financial problems to DOT due to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) order to reduce charges down to Rs 4 per transaction from a previous charge of Rs 19.

Both the companies has handled more than 370 million porting requests until March this year. They have also moved court against the regulator, on the grounds of arbitrary and non-transparent transactions. The case will be heard next on July 4.
“We have written to DoT that our company will not be able to provide MNP services mainly because the tariff has been revised to as low as Rs 4, which has made the business unsustainable as we’re facing losses on a daily basis and can’t even pay salaries,” said a senior executive at MNP Interconnection Telecom Solutions to ET on the condition of anonymity.