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Latest coronavirus update in India: 76-year-old Karnataka man dies, becomes India's first victim of COVID-19

Bengaluru: Karnataka Health Minister B. Sriramulu on Thursday confirmed that a 76-year-old man from Kalaburgi in the state's northern region died of Coronavirus.

"The 76-year-old man from Kalaburgi who passed away and was suspected to be a COVID-19 patient has been confirmed for COVID-19," tweeted state Health Minister B. Sriramulu late on Thursday night. A Government statement from New Delhi late on Thursday night said the old man died due to comorbidity and has also tested positive for COVID-19.

Karnataka Health and Family Welfare Department's joint director for Communicable Diseases Prakash Kumar said all the protocols are being followed with regard to the safe disposal of the old man's body. Kumar said the body has been disinfected completely and disposed as per Central government's guidelines. He shared the guidelines to be followed on how to handle a corpse in a coronavirus situation, detailing the general principles, tips for corpse handlers, storage or mortuary services, identification and release of body to relatives.


Sriramulu said the health department has initiated the contact tracing and isolation measures. According to the Central government statement, the old man visited Saudi Arabia on January 29 and returned to India a month later on February 29. "He was a known case of hypertension and asthma. He reached back to Hyderabad on February 29 and went to Kalaburgi. While he was asymptomatic on his return, he developed symptoms of fever and cough on March 6. One private doctor visited him at his home and treated him there,a said the statement.

However, on March 9, the Kalaburgi man's health deteriorated with aggravated symptoms and a private hospital in the town provisionally diagnosed his case as mid zone viral pneumonia and suspected COVID-19. On March 9th itself, Viral Research Diagnostic Laboratory, Gulbarga Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS), Kalaburgi collected his sample and dispatched it to VDRL, Bangalore Medical College & Research Institute, Bengaluru to rule out Coronavirus.

"Without waiting for the test results, the attendees insisted and the patient was discharged against medical advice (DAMA) and the attendees took him to a private hospital in Hyderabad," said the statement. Kalaburgi is 232 km west of Hyderabad. Though Kalaburgi District Health Officer met the patient's relatives and requested them to shift the patient to an isolated ward within GIMS, according to the instructions of the Deputy Commissioner of the district, the relatives didn't heed them and moved the patient without the officer's knowledge to Hyderabad.

"The patient was admitted in a private hospital in Hyderabad and treated. Later he was discharged and while he was being brought back he died on the way to GIMS, Kalaburgi on Tuesday,a said the statement. Currently, all precautionary measures as per protocol such as contact tracing, screening and home quarantine of the contacts have been initiated by the Kalaburgi district health and family welfare department and being monitored continuously.

Sriramulu said the old man was a coronavirus suspect after his death on Wednesday and confirmed the cause of death on Thursday. Following his death in a private Hyderabad hospital, state health department's Information, Education and Communication (IEC) special officer Suresh Shastri said Telangana government has also been informed of the development.


Petty much? After joining BJP, state EOW reopens land forgery case against Jyotiraditya Scindia

The Madhya Pradesh Economic Offences Wing (EOW) on Thursday decided to verify facts afresh in a complaint against former Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and his family, in which they are accused of falsifying a property document while selling land.

The development came after Scindia quit the Congress and joined the BJP on Wednesday. 22 MLAs who belong to his camp also resigned, threatening the survival of the Kamal Nath government in the state.

"Yes, an order has been given for re-verification of facts in the complaint filed by Surendra Shrivastava," an Economic Offences Wing official told PTI.

An EOW release said Mr Shrivastava on Thursday filed a new complaint against Mr Scindia and his family, alleging that by falsifying a registry document, they sold him a piece of land at Mahalgaon which was smaller by 6,000 sq feet than the original agreement in 2009.

He had lodged the complaint first on March 26, 2014. But it was investigated and closed in 2018, the EOW official said. "As he again petitioned us today, we will re-verify the facts," the officer said.

Jyotiraditya Scindia's close aide Pankaj Chaturvedi alleged that it was political vendetta.

"The case had been closed for want of evidence. Now for vengeance, it is being reopened. We have full faith in the Constitution and law. We will get justice and Kamal Nath government a befitting reply," Chaturvedi said.

On Wednesday, Jyotiraditya Scindia finally joined the BJP in the presence of JP Nadda and other senior leaders. Interestingly, PM Modi and Amit Shah were missing in action but it was homecoming of sorts for the scion.

However, as expected, Scindia's exit did go well with the Congresss.

Addressing the topic of defection from the party to BJP, Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that said there is a difference between what Scindia is saying and what is in his heart.

"I studied with Jyotiraditya. I know him very well," Gandhi added, calling Scindia's shift a "battle of ideology".

Gandhi alleged that Jyotiraditya was scared for his political future and hence he kept his ideology in his pocket and joined the RSS.

Gandhi also said that he will not earn respect in the BJP.

Scindia haS been considered a close associate of Gandhi's and many had even considered him a viable candidate for becoming the party President, should the Gandhis step aside. Though Gandhi said that Scindia is allowed at his home anytime, it would be interesting to look out for what happens between the Gandhi's and Scindia's in the future.

In the wake of Jyotiraditya Scindia joining the Bharatiya Janata Party, former Chief Minister and Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Thursday took a jibe at his former party colleague, stating that "may God keep him safe in BJP".

Taking to Twitter, Singh said that nothing in the Gwalior Chambal division moved without his consent in the last 16 months.

"No question he was not at all sidelined. In fact, please ask any Congress Leader from MP particularly from Gwalior Chambal Division and you would come to know nothing moved in this area without his consent in the last 16 months. Sad. But I wish him well under ModiShah Tutelage!" Singh tweeted.

Other Congress leaders also expressed rage after Scindia quit the party to join BJP.

'Dangerous innuendo', 'outright lies': Indian Police Association slams New York Times' 'biased' article on Delhi riots

The Indian Police Service Association on Thursday strongly condemned an article written in the New York Times, critisising the conduct of the police during the Delhi riots.

Taking to Twitter, the IPS Association called the article a 'combination of biased reporting', 'dangerous innuendo', and 'outright lies'.

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1/3 We strongly condemn the article in @nytimes on the conduct of Police in Delhi riots, which is a combination of biased reporting, dangerous innuendo and outright lies.

The article is clearly a concerted effort to denigrate and defame Indian Institutions. @PMOIndia @HMOIndia

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Adding that all the police forces in India were professional bodies that do their duties without fear or favour, the IPS Association added, "Our personnel are neither Hindus nor Muslims. They are Indians, serve Indians and during critical times they have also sacrificed their lives for Indians."

IPS Association

3/3 It is easy to cast aspersions on Police but here is a reminder that 2 security personnel have lost their lives in the riots and more than 70 were injured.

India’s Police forces will keep doing their duty and ensure every Indian is protected. @toi @IndiaToday @IndianExpress

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The New York Times article titled 'How Delhi’s Police Turned Against Muslims', claimed that the Delhi police "concertedly moved against Muslims and at times actively helped the Hindu mobs that rampaged in New Delhi in late February, burning down Muslim homes and targeting Muslim families."

Earlier on Wednesday, while speaking to Lok Sabha, Union Home Minister Union Home Minister Amit Shah admitted in Parliament that the Central government has identified 1,100 people who participated in the Delhi riots that killed over 50 people, including a head constable and severely injuring others.

During his speech, Shah said that government data of its citizens, has been linked with facial recognition technology to identify the accused.

Donald Trump says India is 'ahead of the curve' in tackling coronavirus, greets Ireland's Leo Varadkar with Namaste

US President Donald Trump praised India's efforts in tackling the coronavirus pandemic by telling people to employ a non-contact namaste greeting, a Hindustan Times report said.

Trump was meeting Ireland Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Instead of shaking hands, both of them greeted each other with a 'namaste'.

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US President Donald Trump, visiting Irish PM Leo Varadkar greet each other in traditional Indian way of 'namaste' at White House, say it's necessary in times of #coronavirus

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I just got back from India and I did not shake any hands there and it was very easy because they go like this,” Trump went on to say, putting his hands together in namaste. And he bowed to show how they greet in Japan.

“They are ahead of the curve,” he added.

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US President Donald Trump does a Namaste. Recalls his India visit, saying, "just got back from India. And I didnt shake any hands."#CoronavirusPandemic

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Namaste is India's most significant contribution to a world trying to be polite in an era of #CoronavirusPandemic. So far seen visuals of Prince Charles, Emmanuel Macron, Donald  Trump & Leo Varadkar go ????????

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However, if you may recall, Trump's visit to India did not only have namastes, as he claims. These two pictures from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Instagram are proof of that


Trump's statements come on the same day British economist Jim O'Neil said that the world was lucky that the virus started in China and not India.

“Thank God this didn’t start in somewhere like India, because there’s absolutely no way that the quality of Indian governance could move to react in the way that the Chinese have done, that’s the good side of the Chinese model, and I think you could probably say the same about Brazil too,” he said.

Earlier on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that no minister of the Central Government would be travelling abroad "in the upcoming days".

Modi also urged citizens to "avoid non-essential travel" and eschew large gatherings.

"The Government is fully vigilant about the situation due to COVID-19 novel coronavirus. Across ministries and states, multiple steps have been proactively taken to ensure safety of all. These steps are wide-ranging, from suspension of Visas to augmenting healthcare capacities," the Prime Minister tweeted, urging people to "say no to panic" and "yes to precautions".

A few world leaders have already employed namaste as a greeting. The past week saw UK's Prince Charles, and France's President Emmanuel Macron greet people with a namaste.

From guided tours to luxury stays, how Rajasthan has overtaken other states as the ‘safe haven’ for MLAs

In this case, the BJP and Congress can probably agree on one thing. Since 2005, Rajasthan has overtaken Goa and even Karnataka to become the go-to destination for politicians looking to keep their MLAs safe in case their government is unstable.

Madhya Pradesh MLAs from the Congress are currently in Jaipur and are staying at two of the most luxurious resorts in the Pink City. Rewind a bit to November 2019 when Maharashtra Congress MLAs were in Jaipur when the numbers game was being played to form the government.

This trend of sending MLAs to Rajasthan increased when Ashok Gehlot became Chief Minister of Rajasthan in 2018. However, the state has extended its hospitality for over 15 years now.

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Confidence building over lunch - #Congress MLAs from #MadhyaPradesh who are put up in 2 hotels met for lunch 2day. 
They were urged to stay united & keep morale high. @MukulWasnik & @harishrawatcmuk gave the pep talk@avinashpandeinc was also there. @fpjindia

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The first time this happened was in 2005 when BJP legislators from Goa flew to Jaipur to ‘stay safe’. During this time, Vasundhara Raje was serving as chief minister of Rajasthan during her first term. The Manohar Parrikar government in Goa had been dismissed in February of that year, and BJP flew out its MLAs to Rajasthan for safe keeping till floor test.

In the same year, a few months later, 37 BJP, JDU, and independent MLAs from Jharkhand flew to Jaipur ahead of a confidence vote to decide who between Shibu Soren and Arjun Munda had a majority.

March 2016 saw 27 MLAs from Uttrakhand being holed up in a resort before a crucial vote of confidence. This was during the second tenure of Vasundhara Raje as chief minister.

Whether its BJP or Congress, both have offered hospitality, with only precondition; they have to be in power. While BJP chose its resorts on the Jaipur-Ajmer Highway for all occasions, Congress has favoured the Delhi Jaipur highway on both times. At the same time, resorts chosen by Congress have been more luxurious than those by the BJP.

What makes these political outings special is the itinerary that is planned for the MLAs. While the Goa MLAs kept a low profile and stayed at the resort, the Jharkhand MLAs had a fun packed visit. One that included a visit to Ajmer Dargah, Shiv temples on Shivratri, shopping expedition as they had an extended stay and even a football match with local players to relieve them of stress. Uttrakhand MLAs had an elaborate visit to Pushkar where they engaged in religious rituals and a holy dip in the Pushkar lake. Maharashtra MLAs visited tourist places like Amer Fort and some went to Ajmer to pay obeisance at the Dargah.

Rajasthan Tourism department had a tag line Padharo Mahre Desh (Welcome to My Land) to showcase its immense scope for travel destinations, food and hospitality. Seeing the manner in which states with political instability are increasingly using Rajasthan to keep their flock safe – this tagline should soon be extended for political hospitality too. After all, it is extended by the party that is in government.

From train travel to ordering food - A Mumbaikar’s guide on how to keep coronavirus at bay

If you thought the ‘whitewalkers’ from Game of Thrones gave you chills as they neared The Wall by the end of season seven, hold your horses, as the deadly coronavirus has finally made its way to the maximum city, courtesy two travel enthusiasts who returned after their Dubai vacay. While the airports are trying their best to contain the virus with screenings and tests, here’s how you can prepare for this Armageddon of a disease by inculcating these basic instructions in your day-today activities.

Masks aren’t your fashion accessory


Just when you thought cosplaying was the latest fad, the novel COVID-19 has masks up their game even by local vendors. Health experts have advised only N95 respirators and surgical masks to battle the virus. Do not waste your precious bucks on surgical or poor quality masks that can only protect you from mild dust.

Bunty ka slow sabun was legit


While there’s no scientific evidence of which of these outperforms the other, they both cater to different uses. Sanitisers which contain 60% alcohol work better and can be substituted when there’s no soap or water available. Meanwhile using a soap haphazardly won’t do any good either. The hands then must be thoroughly scrubbed, making sure that the backside, the place between the fingers and the underside of nails are not left out. The lathering process must be carried out for a span of 20 seconds minimum, after which the hands should be dried out with a clean towel or an air dryer.

When food is bae

Be it street food or gourmet, a virus that can cross borders can certainly make way to your eateries. While ordering food from delivery applications can be a risk in itself, the companies have issued statements guaranteeing safety of its customers. In addition to buying food items to cook at home, especially groceries, make sure they’re washed well before finding a place on your plate.

Avengers DO NOT Assemble


It is essential to avoid contact with people, especially at public places and areas that encourage mass gatherings such as transport (trains, buses, autos, and cabs), religious institutions, rallies, malls, salons and spas, restaurants, tourist attractions, gyms, schools, colleges, hotels, clubs etc. However if you do happen to visit these places including hospitals, take adequate precautions before and after.

Paws (pause) your love for strays

Dear animal lovers, it’s high time you hold back on your love for your furry friends on the street, and in case you give in, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly.

Below are the helpline numbers for COVID 19 Diagnostic Facilities in Mumbai

Kasturba Central Laboratory

For any queries contact -

State Control Room - 020 - 2612 7394

Toll Free number 104

Dr. Pradip Awate State Surveillance Officer 9423337556

Dr. Amol Mankar State Epidemiologist


For Mumbai, Dr Yashashree Keni


Markets continue to plummet as Sensex drops by 2,500 points at lunch

Mumbai: Bear run continued in the Indian equity market with the the BSE Sensex plunging over 2,500 points after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared coronavirus as a global pandemic.

Similar bear run was witnessed in the global markets. All Asian indices also were trading in the red. WHO declared the disease a pandemic on Wednesday following which the Dow Jones Industrial Average also slumped significantly.

At 11.16 a.m., the Sensex was trading at 33,188.01, lower by 2,509.39 or 7.03 per cent from its previous close of 35,697.40.

It had opened at the day's high of 34,472.50 and has touched a low of 32,990.01 so far.


The Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange was trading at 9,699.15, lower by 759.25 points or 7.26 per cent from its previous close.

The bear run in both the global and domestic markets has continued off late on concerns of the coronavirus outbreak severely impacting the global economy. It has also raised calls for government intervention and support.

Central banks in several countries, including the US Federal Reserve have announced emergency rate cuts to boost sentiments. However, the concerns have only deepened in the past few days as the number of COVID-19 cases across the world has increased.

Further, following the rout in the global markets oil prices also fell on Thursday with the Brent crude trading around $34 per barrel. The Indian rupee also felt the pressure and touched a 17-month low of 74.34 per dollar in its initial trade.


Lessons Bollywood needs to learn from Harvey Weinstein's trial and conviction

The world witnesses the impact of the MeToo Movement as Hollywood's disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault. However, it is saddening to see Bollywood take bare minimum cues from this act of justice. Indeed the women who accused Weinstein only had their heart-breaking accusations as proof that cost them their reputation and career, but it’s refreshing to see all of that not go down the drain.

That being said, it itches to know that despite the same movement gaining momentum in India, has managed to provide only partial relief to survivors as the accused roam freely with their head held high. These women put their image at stake to name and shame the person who was responsible for making their life hell once upon a time. But what did the close knit fraternity do instead? It waited for social media outrage to back their decisions. Not just that, but our idolised celebs also didn’t follow suit and simply dismissed it under ‘innocent until proven guilty’.


Former Miss India, Tanushree Dutta, had accused Nana Patekar of harassment on the sets of her film in 2008. However, the Mumbai police filed a closure report due to lack of evidence. Has the industry supported the accuser in any way? For someone who was on the peak of her career to drop everything and cross borders, only to return with a strong gut to face consequences, by going against a renowned actor, Patekar didn’t pay a hefty price as compared to Dutta. While she remains jobless and uplifting other women under this cause, Nana has moved on to working on his next project, Prakash Raj directorial Tadka, co-starring Ali Fazal, Shriya Saran and Tapsee Pannu.

Dutta who also accused filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri of misconduct on film sets saw the latter only deny the same. Done and dusted for the day, and Vivek saw a plunge in his career by helming The Tashkent Files, which he claimed should have been an Oscar entry.

Similarly when the most sanskari man of Bollywood Alok Nath, was accused of rape by Vinta Nanda, and was granted bail by Mumbai sessions court stating Nanda "did not lodge the report immediately after the alleged incident for her own benefit". She had accused actor Alok Nath of raping her 19 years ago. Despite all the chaos, and being called out by other women including Renuka Shahane and Sandhya Mridul, he managed to find work in Ajay Devgn's De De Pyaar De.


Filmmaker Sajid Khan who was accused of sexual harassment by several female colleagues such as Mandana Karimi, Saloni Chopra, Rachel White, Simran Suri and journalist Karishma Upadhyay wasn’t taken into consideration by his peers until they realised the possible flak for their multi-starrer Housefull 4. He was replaced by Farhad Samji, with the film body Indian Film & Television Directors' Association suspending him for a year. Does this mean that we will see Sajid back to work in the second half of 2020? Not to mention his films are as bizarre as his actions.

If that wasn’t enough, music moguls Anu Malik and Kailash Kher, who were accused by singer Sona Mohapatra also didn't face much flak despite being called out. Anu, who almost resumed being a judge on Indian Idol didn’t go through since the channel didn’t want to risk a show with good TRP falling at the hands of a MeToo accused. But that wasn’t the case for Kailash who performed at US President Donald Trump’s India visit. Are we out of performers to only make accusers entertain us? Clearly India is a potboiler of talent that keeps churning one every minute. So why bother.

Not to mention ace directors like Vikas Bahl and Rajkumar Hirani who were also accused in the movement but still managed to helm films like Super 30 and Sanju respectively. While there haven’t been reports of them signing any new projects it’s only a matter of time when production houses assume that the storm has been cast away with the magical spell that their legacy holds, and everything comes back to normal.

What does the Weinstein trial teach us? Even though the US federal court’s system differs to ours, the jury didn’t hold back when several woman came forward and shared their ordeal. The trial went on for two years till the final sentence. It saw several ups and downs, including the producer shelling out money for his bail in millions, and denying every allegation to the core. Harvey’s legacy and his Oscars didn’t save him from what was inevitable. It is sad to see one opt for desperate measures to stay afloat when they have jeopardised the career and lives of several women who only aspired to be good at their job.

Sadly, Bollywood has a lot to learn, as it takes magnitude of attempts to shatter ages of patriarchy. Doing a film on empowering women is nowhere going to subside for the actions that occur within the industry. However, as things stand, most of Bollywood's so-called feminists would rather virtue-signal on Twitter about standing with each other instead of taking real steps to fight the malaise. The same goes for powerful producers, which makes us wonder, how many of our top stars would come in the MeToo storm if we were really being honest.


Delhi Violence Update: PFI state chief Parvez Ahmed, Secretary Mohammad Iliyas arrested

Popular Front of India (PFI) Delhi chief Parvez Ahmed and Secretary Mohammad Iliyas were arrested by the Special Cell in connection with the Delhi riots.

"The duo has been arrested for their alleged role in instigating the people during the Delhi riots," a senior official told IANS over the phone.

"Their role has also surfaced in the funding of the riots," the officer said. Iliyas is a resident of Shiv Vihar, also contested in the 2020 Delhi Assembly polls from Karawal Nagar on a ticket from SDPI.

Parvez and Illiyas are likely to be produced before Delhi's Patiala House Court later.

More details awaited.


Coronavirus in India: How foreigners can extend their visa

On Wednesday, India suspended all visas till April 15 amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The Central government announced the suspension of all visas to India till April 15, as part of the measures to contain the spread of novel coronavirus.

The suspension, which will come into effect on March 13 at the port of departure, excludes diplomatic, official, United Nations or international organisations, employment, and project visas, as per an official release.

The discussion in this regard was taken during a high-level meeting chaired by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan with several Union Ministers at Nirmal Bhawan in the national capital on Wednesday.

"All existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/International organisations, employment and project visas stand suspended till 15th April 2020. This will come into effect from 1200GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure," said the release.

In addition, the visa-free travel facility granted to the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholder, is kept in abeyance till April 15, effective from March 13.

Any foreign national, who intends to travel to India for compelling reasons may contact the nearest Indian Mission, the statement reads.


Types of Visas


1. Medical Visa

2. Medical Attendant Visa

3. Student Visa

4. Employment Visa

5. Business Visa

6. (i) Entry (X) Visa for dependents of Employment Visa, Business Visa, Student & Research Visa

6. (ii) Entry (X) Visa (Spouse or dependent of Indian citizen/Person of Indian Origin)

6. (iii) Entry (X) Visa (Others)

7. Journalist Visa

8. Research Visa

9. Conference Visa

10. Project Visa

11. Missionary Visa


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Coronavirus in India: How foreigners can extend their visa

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1. What is e-FRRO?

e-FRRO is online FRRO/FRO Service delivery mechanism for foreigners without requirement of visiting FRRO/FRO Office.

2. Who needs to apply for e-FRRO?

All foreigners who desire Visa and Immigration related services in India viz. Registration, Visa Extension, Visa Conversion, Exit Permit etc need to apply for e-FRRO.

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Foreigners are required to create their own USER-ID by registering themselves online on e-FRRO portal. Afterwards, they are required to apply online through registered user-id for various Visa and Immigration related services in India viz. Registration, Visa Extension, Visa Conversion, Exit Permit etc, without any hassle and obtain the service(s) without coming to FRRO/FRO office.

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No requirement of taking appointment and visiting FRRO/FRO office unless specifically called upon by the FRRO/FRO concerned. Intimation would be sent through sms/email on the registered mobile/email-id.

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Upon successful uploading of application and documents, the foreigner would be intimated to deposit the requisite fee online, if any, for the service. The fee has to be deposited online through Bank Payment gateway available on the portal. Amount of fee would be intimated through email/sms alerts.

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RC/RP, Exit Permit etc would sent by post on the “Address in India” mentioned in the online application form.

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Foreigner would be liable for prosecution/fines as per Indian laws, for any delay in fee payment/document upload/not attending interview etc.

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Yes. It is mandatory to use personal email ID. Foreigners should use their own email id to ensure data privacy and data security as important communication would be sent to your email.

11. Can I apply for my family members through my own ID?

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  11. Foreigners are advised to apply at least 2 weeks in advance.

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