Citizens' Issues
Passport touts are illegal, reiterates Pune RPO
The Pune Passport office has alerted citizens not to fall in the trap of passport agents who are all illegal and register a complaint with the Regional Passport Office
 
It is once again official and clear as crystal that all passport agents, without exception are illegal! In a strong public notice issued by Pune’s Regional Passport Office (RPO), citizens have been alerted not to use services of such touts and register an online complaint if they come across any such agent.
 
Atul M Gotsurve, Regional Passport Officer of Pune Passport Division of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), has issued a public notice on Saturday. It says, “It has come to Pune Regional Passport Office’s notice that some private portals, individuals have been claiming that they are recognised, or authorised by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India to extend passport assistance to the public.”
 
Gotsurve clarifies in the public notice that, ``this office hereby makes it clear that passport portal, www.passportindia.gov.in,  is the only government portal offering passport services to citizens within India. The portal is web based and can be accessed by anyone, anytime, anywhere for seeking passport services. There is no system in place to `recognize/authorize any individual or any travel agency in this regard in the country. Any public who has been cheated by any of the touts may write with complete details to the following email ID,  [email protected],  for necessary action.’’’
 
Moneylife requests passport applicants not to take the help of agents who are fleecing citizens anywhere between Rs5,000 to Rs20,000 per passport and sometimes do not deliver the promise.

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ramchandran vishwanathan

2 years ago

There a few flaws in the current system
1. The website mentions that the list of documents asked for is not comprehensive. This is an open ended statement
2. Incase you make a mistake by applying for a fresh passport instead of Reissue, there is no option in the system for the user to change it. Whats available is a form at the office where the applicant has to sign a declaration that he/she has made a mistake & is liable to pay a penalty (no cap is mentioned) & are asked to provide the original passport of the applicants
3. Photographs & finger prints are taken at the passport office itself during your appointment. Hence there is no need to take a print & stick your photo on the form
4. There are 4 counters you have to pass through for an acknowledgement. The forst 2 counters are manned by TCS & the next 2 by passport officials . The passport officials do the same job as TCS infact they can demand more documents at this point hence its recomeneded if the website includes the minimum set of documents

Vaibhav Dhoka

2 years ago

Public should take note of his advice.

Who's afraid of Rahul Gandhi?

In line with the Congress' time-honoured practice of launching various schemes to help the poor, the BJP, too, is initiating several social security measures

 

Nothing shows the weakness of the Narendra Modi government more than the fact that it gives the impression of having been spooked by Rahul Gandhi to strive for a pro-poor image.
 
Hence, the directive to ministers to go around the country after the budget session to counter the perception that the government is anti-farmer.
 
In line with the Congress' time-honoured practice of launching various schemes to help the poor, the BJP, too, is initiating several social security measures.
 
But the fact that it is fumbling in the dark is evident from the decision to invoke the saffron ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyaya's "integral humanism" concept to burnish the government's and the BJP's image although the phrase is as meaningless to people outside the Hindutva camp as Atal Bihari Vajpayee's espousal of "Gandhian socialism" when the BJP was formed in 1980.
 
No less fatuous is the hope in official and saffron circles that the Prasar Bharati's radio and television channels will be able to spread the pro-poor message although it is no secret that the reach of Akashvani and Doordarshan remains as limited as it was before a saffronite was appointed as the Prasar Bharati's head.
 
The point, however, is why should the government be running scared simply because Rahul Gandhi, with his batteries recharged in a Myanmar Buddhist monastery, has succeeded in infusing an element of belligerence into the Congress?
 
The government's nervousness is all the more unwarranted because nearly all of Rahul's allegations, based on unverifiable calumny and half-baked ideas of the social scene, can be easily refuted.
 
A simple rebuttal of his anti-industrial stance is that development itself is a pro-poor measure as it leads to employment-oriented growth which is brought about largely by the private sector. The government, therefore, has nothing to be apologetic about.
 
If it still gives the impression of being on the back foot, the reason apparently is that either the government does not have clear-cut ideas of what it intends to accomplish, or that there are not enough accomplished spokespersons in its ranks who can articulate its views with vigour.
 
Arguably, this uncertainty about the government's objective - which has made fellow-traveller Arun Shourie accuse it of being "directionless" - is due to the transition which the BJP is currently making from being a party of ultra-orthodox, small town traders to an organization which sups in the sophisticated company of India Inc.
 
Given this dichotomy between the provincialism of the old Jan Sangh-BJP and the cosmopolitanism of its new avatar, the party is not sure whether it is on the right path.
 
Its problem has apparently been compounded by the dearth of an ideological wherewithal to buttress its case. Although always a rightwing outfit from its Jan Sangh days, the BJP's outlook has been a mix of Hindu communalism and the commercialism of dingy shops in mofussil towns.
 
Now, however, it is moving into the glittering world of capitalism where the merchants operate on a global scale.
 
Moreover, big business shuns sectarianism because of the violence associated with the spread of divisive messages which hampers consumerism, the essence of capitalism. This is why Modi has clamped down on the Hindutva hardliners and has told Time magazine that the government will not "tolerate" any discrimination based on caste, creed and religion.
 
On the economic front, however, he is apparently still unsure about how far he can push his pro-business line against a political class which hasn't always hesitated to put partisan interests above those of the nation.
 
Needless to say, the BJP itself has been a part of this cussed "culture" but, now, it is the Congress which is leading the pack comprising the communists and the caste-based Janata "parivar" to virtually oppose anything and everything which the government proposes.
 
It will be unfortunate, however, if this continuing political badgering deflects the prime minister from his developmental goal and turn to populism.
 
The lesson of the last general election is that welfare initiatives like sops and subsidies do not work at a time when the opening up of the economy has not only aroused what has been called the animal spirits of the entrepreneurs, but has also kindled the hope about the easy availability of jobs in a buoyant economy.
 
If populism was a panacea, then the Congress would have scored a runaway victory with its rural employment scheme (which do not build durable assets) or food security act (which puts an enormous strain on procurement, storage and distribution) or the right to education (where the absence of tests up to Class VIII has reduced the level of Class V students to that of Class II).
 
The average voter saw through the hollowness of such measures. Instead, it was Modi's promise of 'sabka saath, sabka vikas' (development for all) which paid political dividends to the BJP.
 
It will be a major mistake on the prime minister's part, therefore, to change his line on being influenced by Rahul Gandhi's anti-corporate sector tirades which will spell doom for the economic reforms and take India back to the 2-3 percent Hindu rate of growth of the licence-permit-control raj.
 

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Anand Kumar

2 years ago

Solution of poverty is only growth & development, is totally fake marketing.

MOHAN

2 years ago

Nobody is taking Rahul Baba seriously. I have seen school children burst out laughing when they saw Rahul speaking in Parliament.

Mohan Kumar

2 years ago

Monrylife too seems to have its' fair share of libtards like Vinita Deshmukh and this Amulya. Govt gad already planned these schemes much earlier and this hack says they are scare of Rahul Fake Gandhi...Jokers

Next-generation tele-operated robots can be hacked

A team of engineers from the University of Washington demonstrated that next generation tele-operated robots using non-private networks can be easily disrupted or derailed by common forms of cyberattacks

 

If you feel that your car's remote-controlled security system is full-proof, you may be wrong as a team of engineers has shown how easily a malicious attack could hijack remotely-controlled operations in the future.
 
A team of engineers from the University of Washington demonstrated that next generation tele-operated robots using non-private networks can be easily disrupted or derailed by common forms of cyberattacks.
 
Incorporating security measures to foil those attacks will be critical to their safe adoption and use.
 
"We want to make the next generation of telerobots resilient to some of the threats we've detected without putting an operator or patient or any other person in the physical world in danger," said lead author Tamara Bonaci, a University of Washington doctoral candidate in electrical engineering.
 
The team mounted common types of cyberattacks as study participants used a tele-operated surgical robot to move rubber blocks between pegs on a pegboard.
 
During denial-of-service attacks, in which the attacking machine flooded the system with useless data, the robots became jerky and harder to use.
 
With a single packet of bad data, for instance, the team was able to maliciously trigger the robot's emergency stop mechanism, rendering it useless.
 
"If there's been a disaster, the network has probably been damaged too. So you might have to fly a drone and put a router on it and send signals up to it," said Howard Chizeck, UW professor of electrical engineering.
 
Encrypting data packets that flow between the robot and human operator would help prevent certain types of cyberattacks.
 
The study was presented at the 6th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems held in Seattle, US.

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