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 Passports may no longer be valid proof of address for a simple reason: they may not have the current last page with the address of the passport holder if the ministry of external affairs goes ahead with a proposal it is considering.

An MEA spokesperson did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment but Surendera Kumar, under-secretary of policy and legal matters at the consular, passport and visa division of the ministry, confirmed that the change could happen when the “next series” of passports is being issued. “The decision to keep the last page of the passport blank has been taken” to protect

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Vijay Keshav Gokhale will be our next foreign secretary

Vijay Keshav Gokhale, a 1981-batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service, will succeed S Jaishankar as India’s next foreign secretary, a government statement said on Monday. Gokhale is currently serving as secretary, economic relations, in the external affairs ministry.

He will take over once Jaishankar’s extended term ends on January 28. Gokhale will be the third foreign secretary to serve the Modi-led government.

Jaishankar, a 1977-batch IFS officer, was appointed as foreign secretary on Continue reading

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India-China Doklam standoff ends

NEW DELHI: There may be an end in sight to the Doklam standoff indicated the external affairs ministry (MEA) on Monday as it announced that both Indian and Chinese troops are slowly being pulled out from the face-off site.

“…expeditious disengagement of border personnel at the face-off site at Doklam has been agreed to and is on-going,” said a statement from the ministry. Continue reading

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External affairs ministry’s website will soon be available in Arabic too..

NEW DELHI: MEA’s website will soon be available in Arabic too — after French and Spanish — in a bid to reach out to the Arab world following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel.

The ministry has started finding agency to run its portal or website  in Arabic. Apart from the usual content of the ministry — speeches, briefings and other documents — the site will also have articles written in Arabic on India and its foreign relations.

Arab nations are of key importance to India. Over eight million Indians work in the region and India is dependent on Gulf nations for its energy security.

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