Tag Archives: Southern Asia

New IDs to deliver recognition, protection to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

By | July 7, 2018

About 900,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh will soon get credit card-sized plastic IDs that will help provide them another level of protection and preserve their right to voluntarily return to Myanmar in conducive conditions, according to the UN refugee agency. As per the UN estimates, nearly 700,000 minority Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in… Read More »

Nepal – Govt vows to issue over 300,000 driving licences by mid-August

By | June 13, 2018

Jun 13, 2018-The Department of Transport Management (DoTM) has said it will complete distribution more than 300,000 smart driving licences by mid-August. Around 400,000 licence cards and additional printing equipment have been procured to ensure the process is completed within two months, according to the department. Apart from 200,000 driving licences to be issued to new-riders, the department… Read More »

Delhi: Metro staffer, two others held for recharge card fraud

By | June 7, 2018

Delhi Police have arrested three persons, including a contractual employee with the Delhi Metro, for allegedly distributing recharged Metro smart cards to passengers for half the rate. According to the Delhi Metro Police, the accused — identified as Rajesh Maurya (26), a contractual employee posted in Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) unit of Delhi Metro, Anil Kumar (27) and… Read More »

Nepal – National ID card distribution process begins

By | May 26, 2018

Phidim, May 25 – The process of distributing national identity cards has begun in Panchthar. A team led by Shivaraj Joshi, director at National Identity Card Distribution Management Centre under the Ministry of Home Affairs has started its work by setting up an office in Panchthar district headquarters Phidim today. Though the concept of national identity cards was conceived… Read More »

Smart card printing introduced in Nepal

By | May 26, 2018

KATHMANDU, May 26: There is a piece of good news for over a million who have passed the driving license test and are waiting to get their smart driving license for over nine months. Malika Incorporate Pvt Ltd, a Nepali company, has launched smart card printing machines in Nepal, along with its international partner Zebra Technologies.  At an event… Read More »

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation closes token counters to promote smart cards

By | May 25, 2018

In order to promote the usage of smart cards or ticket vending machines (TVM), the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is closing down counters at Metro stations that have less footfall. Keeping in tandem with this plan, all the Metro stations being developed under Phase III, will only have TVMs. Only interchange Metro stations will have the facility… Read More »

India – Apple Watch: Airtel threatens to drag Reliance Jio to court

By | May 21, 2018

The country’s largest telecom operator, Bharti Airtel, has threatened to take legal action against Reliance Jio for blaming it for violating unified licence (UL) conditions relating to setting up of network infrastructure for pairing Apple’s Watch Series 3 with iPhone in the country. “We assure the government that all information relating to customers, network nodes etc along with provisions… Read More »

India – BMTC in a fix over issuing smart cards to students

By | May 18, 2018

Strict guidelines by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on issuing smart cards to bus passengers has put the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) in a fix. Officials said that as per the guidelines, all smart cards can only be issued after a commuter provides documents, such as a passport or driver’s licence or Aadhaar card. BMTC officials… Read More »

India – DoT issues guidelines for M2M number verification, allows eSIMs

By | May 17, 2018

NEW DELHI: The telecom department has asked carriers that are offering machine to machine (M2M) services to follow KYC norms before issuing SIMs for the service which will have restricted features such as calls and data will be limited to one and two numbers, respectively.  In a notice issued on Wednesday, DoT said that in cases where the… Read More »

India – Soon, pay taxes, bills with Corporation smart cards

By | May 15, 2018

Civic body to roll out cards in June; to offer discounts With the support of ICICI Bank, the Chennai Corporation will roll out its smart card project by the end of June, facilitating payment for civic services of three departments. “In the first phase, the smart card will be used for payment of property tax, profession tax, water… Read More »

India – Reliance Jio wants govt to stop Airtel eSIM on Apple watches

By | May 14, 2018

Rival telecom players Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel have crossed swords yet again with the Mukesh Ambani-led startup accusing the Sunil Bharti Mittal-led firm of violating rules to offer eSIM services on Apple watches. Latest entrant Jio has filed a complaint with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) alleging that Airtel has located the network node, crucial to provide… Read More »

E-Gates to give immigration clearance in seconds to citizens of select countries

By | May 13, 2018

NEW DELHI: Come January 2019, low-risk foreign travellers will not have to wait in long queues at airport immigration counters as the government plans to install special automated kiosks for speedy document and identity verification. Low-risk travellers from select countries from January 2019 can enter India without standing in long queues at immigration counters as the government has… Read More »

India – With open-loop smart card a dud, BMTC plans closed-loop ones

By | May 11, 2018

BENGALURU: With the Reserve Bank of India’s tougher know your customer (KYC) norms hitting Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation’s cashless expansion plans, the state-run bus corporation is now mulling closed-loop smart cards. BMTC’s present open-loop smart card was unveiled in June 2016, but the corporation delayed its implementation due to technical glitches. The card, a cashless facility, was launched in conjunction… Read More »

Sri Lanka – E-passport tender award challenged in Supreme Court

By | January 21, 2018

Sri Lanka’s new bio-metric E-passport project has been embroiled in a legal mesh as a result of the attempt made by the authorities to award the contract to De La Rue Lanka Currency and Security Print Ltd (De La Rue Lanka Ltd) through a non-transparent and unsolicited, single-source procurement process. Objecting to the award, a fundamental rights case… Read More »

India – Punjab to replace vehicle registration books with smart cards

By | January 19, 2018

LAHORE: The Punjab Excise and Taxation Department while replacing vehicle registration books would introduce long-awaited automated smart cards from March this year, Pakistan Today has learnt. The project to replace the registration book was announced some three years ago in 2015. Initially, this was announced to launch the project within one year which remained delayed due to the reasons best known… Read More »

Sri Lanka – New passport with biometric data in microchip

By | January 14, 2018

A new passport to be issued this year will contain a microchip which could store personal details including biometrics of the holder, the Immigration Department said. Immigration and Emigration Controller General S. Ranasinghe told the Sunday Times that the new passport would have additional security features to minimise chances of anyone making forged passports. He said the introduction of… Read More »

Nepal – National Identity Cards To Be Issued Soon

By | January 12, 2018

National Identity Card Distribution Management Centre under the Ministry of Home Affairs has completed its preparation for the process. In the first phase of the process, the government will distribute identity cards to the people at Singha Durbar and from Panchthar. In total, it will distribute 110,000 cards in Panchthar and 7,000 cards to the officials at Singha… Read More »

Ganesh Ramamurthy appointed managing director of Evolis India

By | January 10, 2018

Angers, January 10, 2018 – Evolis SA (EPA: ALTVO), world leader in plastic card personalization solutions, announces the appointment of Ganesh Ramamurthy as new managing director of its Indian subsidiary. As of January 3, 2018 Ganesh Ramamurthy will manage all sales, marketing, technical support and administrative activities of the headquarters in Mumbai as well as the four regional… Read More »

Nepal – National ID card distribution to begin from Panchthar

By | January 9, 2018

The government is all set to distribute national identity cards from Panchthar. National Identity Card Distribution Management Centre under the Ministry of Home Affairs initiated the preparation after reaching district headquarters Phidim today. A team led by Executive Director of the centre Ram Krishna Subedi held discussion with the chiefs of government offices and local representatives about the… Read More »

India – Bangladeshi, 2 others nabbed for running passport racket

By | January 2, 2018

Lucknow, Jan 2 (PTI) A Bangladeshi national was among three arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Police’s Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) for allegedly being part of a gang that got passports made on the basis of fake documents, officials said. In a joint operation by intelligence sleuths and the state police, the ATS arrested Bangladeshi national Yusuf Ali from… Read More »