Passports to cost more

Getting a passport will cost more from October 1, as the government has decided to increase the passport and related services fees from Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,500 under the normal category and from Rs 2,500 to Rs 3,500 under the Tatkal scheme.

For Indian citizens living abroad, the revised fee would be US$ 75 (up from US$ 40) and Euro 60 (up from Euro 48) for normal applications.

The MEA said the hike was required due to considerable increase in the last ten years in input costs relating to establishment, capital expenditure, procurement of equipment, reimbursement to police authorities, payment to India Post, printing of passport booklets, personalisation costs, IT expenses and contractual payment to service providers.

Security stepped up for Telangana march today

Security has been stepped up across the city on the eve of the Telangana march set to be held on Sunday from 3 pm to 7 pm. Telangana Joint Action Committee convenor Prof M Kodandaram said over one lakh people are expected to participate.

With the world biodiversity meet set to start here on October 1, the government does not want any law and order problems in the city. Over 5,000 delegates from nearly 180 countries are taking part in the meet.

More than 3,000 security personnel have been requisitioned for tomorrow's march. "I am appealing to the organisers to conduct it peacefully and ensure that passions are not inflamed... Under no circumstances will law and order be allowed to break down,'' warned DGP Dinesh Reddy.

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