'Visa-on-arrival' in India soon

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#1 Aug 8th, 2005, 14:24
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The ministry of tourism is pushing for visa-on-arrival facility to around 16 countries, a senior government official said. Initially, the visa facility can be issued at only two international airports, Delhi and Mumbai, on an experimental basis. The ministry is also preparing a note to the committee of secretaries on the matter.

"Visa-on-arrival has already been delayed. It had to happen but got delayed due to red tapes," the official added. The 16 countries proposed as part of this initiative are France, Germany, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Vitenam, Chile, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

http://in.rediff.com/money/2005/aug/05visa.htm
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thatīs good news! would make it a lot more easy. just wondering for how long the visa will be vallid.
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Great but IMO "On Arrival" visas are more restrictive when it comes to length of stay or extensions. This would be great for people who live far from a Indian Consulate.
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Not UK? Why not UK I wonder? Something we said?
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Originally Posted by Nick-H Not UK? Why not UK I wonder? Something we said?
They always pick on the UK

US passport holders can get a 10 year visa, UK passport holders are denied such a visa even though Indian passport holders can get a 10 year visa for the UK........dont know why I am complaining though as I got a 5 year x visa and will be applying for Indian Overseas Citizenship (IOC) when they launch the scheme ....... unless they remove the UK from the list of countries eligible for IOC .
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I got my 5 year visa x after 3 years of being denied it, i was told not to got in person to the HC but to send photocopies of everything, i.e dees, sales agreements, rental agreements copies of anything related to india,bank statement, passports, photos and a bankers draft for the amount, special delivery stamped address enevlope and send it special delivery, people i know did this and got their 5year, i did just this and received my 5 yearx visa 5 days later!!!!!!!!! yet last time had same paperwork went in person and was refused, think they cant be bothered to change and send back bankers draft!!!!
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Originally Posted by Nick-H Not UK? Why not UK I wonder? Something we said?
I guess you know this aready, but anyway ...

UK for long has functioned as the backoffice of major terrorist organizations. From the Khalistani's to various terrorist Kashmiri/Pakistani group's and the LTTE. This the because british law deems a group as illegal only if a crime was comitted on British soil.

It is next to impossible for Indian investigating agencies to obtain extraditions from the UK (ex the Nadeem Saifi case).
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Originally Posted by bongdongs I guess you know this aready, but anyway ...

UK for long has functioned as the backoffice of major terrorist organizations. From the Khalistani's to various terrorist Kashmiri/Pakistani group's and the LTTE. This the because british law deems a group as illegal only if a crime was comitted on British soil.

It is next to impossible for Indian investigating agencies to obtain extraditions from the UK (ex the Nadeem Saifi case).
Germany which is on the list for Visas on entry is the home to numerous khalistani's including the son in law of the babbar khalsa chief. According to press reports the son in law has been implicated in the delhi cinema blasts. There are also a few other hoteheads from khalistan terror groups in Germany.

As for the LTTE. I recall they had bases in India,.

As to your legal point that is also invalid. The exact opposite is true. If you commission crimes/terrorism in foreign countries from the UK then that is a criminal act. Under UK law prosecutions are possible for conspiracy to commit a crime abroad. The GOI always makes claims about money being collected for terror groups in the UK but never supplies the evidence to prove their claims. We also had the recent case of a former Afghan warlord who was sentenced for crimes he committed in Afghanistan. The International Sikh Youth Fedration and the Babbar Khalsa have never committed crimes in the UK but are banned.

The GOI had its chance in the Nadeem Saifi case but if they are going to present lame legal excuses for the extradition and fail to counteract the defence team then it is their own fault the extradition did not happen.

Appears to me that it is plain discrimination against UK citizens.
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Noooo! Switzerland is not on the list?

But wait, luckily I'm also in the possession of a French passport
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The time has come to sit back and watch, the wheel has turned and Nadeem is more likely to face torture in some MI5 cell below London than in Arthur road jail.

Your contention is that the British law enforcement agencies did not move against islamist groups because the evidence that GOI provided was not good enough.

Is it suddenly good enough now?
"Angry Blair wants Muslim radicals out"
http://www.suntimes.com/output/terro...-blasts06.html

Payback, aint it a bi*ch?
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Originally Posted by bongdongs The time has come to sit back and watch, the wheel has turned and Nadeem is more likely to face torture in some MI5 cell below London than in Arthur road jail.

Your contention is that the British law enforcement agencies did not move against islamist groups because the evidence that GOI provided was not good enough.

Is it suddenly good enough now?
"Angry Blair wants Muslim radicals out"
http://www.suntimes.com/output/terro...-blasts06.html

Payback, aint it a bi*ch?
The GOI did not provide evidence against the radicals Blair wants out, so this issue is totally unrelated.

Also it is all talk. Blair has done nothing yet, he is pandering to appease public opinion. Even today Bakri and co are still out their giving their hate inspired lectures.
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Originally Posted by dani Noooo! Switzerland is not on the list?

But wait, luckily I'm also in the possession of a French passport
Ah Switzerland, it was home to Wassan Zaffarwal who was led the Khalistan Commando Force. So maybe that is why it is not on the list (assuming what bongdongs is saying is true).
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I don't think the Visa on arrival countries are developed based on the possibility of terrorist's residence. Thats a moving target. Plus, India has all the terrorist she needs who are either home grown or, as the govt claims, imported from Pakistan.

Historically, visa policy has been dependent more on the reciprocal agreements betweent he countries. If UK has a tough policy on the issuance of visas to Indian nationals, then the Indian govt reciprocates that policy.
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Originally Posted by crvlvr I don't think the Visa on arrival countries are developed based on the possibility of terrorist's residence. Thats a moving target. Plus, India has all the terrorist she needs who are either home grown or, as the govt claims, imported from Pakistan.

Historically, visa policy has been dependent more on the reciprocal agreements betweent he countries. If UK has a tough policy on the issuance of visas to Indian nationals, then the Indian govt reciprocates that policy.
The USA are just as tough with visas but US passport holders can get 10 year visas.
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"The GOI did not provide evidence against the radicals Blair wants out, so this issue is totally unrelated."

Oh really. what a fantastic world you live in. I see you are a believer in Musharraff's gentle games of how Markaz-Dawa-wal-Irshad is a charitable group different from Lashkar-e-Toiba and how the Jaish-e-Mohammed is a group of anti-Indian "freedom fighters".

Fortunately some British have started seeing the light.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article...721920,00.html

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Tanweer is believed to have contacted a number of figures involved with the banned Jaish-e-Mohammad group, including Osama Nazir, who is facing trial for an attack on a Christian church in which two Americans died.

Jaish is known to operate in Britain, gathering support from colleges and radical mosques.

Among their recruits is the former public schoolboy and LSE dropout, Ahmed Omar Sheikh, who is on death row in Islamabad for the kidnap and murder of the Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

They also recruited Britain?s first suicide bomber, Mohammad Bilal, who on Christmas Day 2000 rammed a vehicle packed with explosive into an Indian military post in Kashmir. Jaish and another outlawed group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, collect more than Ģ5 million a year in donations from Britons who believe their funds are going to charities in Kashmir.
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