In an attempt to augment the relations between India and Iran to fight terrorism, the Union Government of India has removed Iran from the restricted visa list.
India envisages Iran as a supporter in fighting terrorism that is hinted through the increasing threats by Islamic terror groups.
” The order means that Iranians can easily apply for visa at our consulate in iran and each application will not have to be forwarded to [the] Intelligence Bureau and [the] Research and Analysis Wing here for verification,” a senior government official said.
The decision to strike off Iran from the prior referral category (PRC) of countries, comes after Ajit Doval convened a high level meeting a month back in order to explore the possibilities of lifting restrictions on visas for Iranians. The PRC list includes countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh and China.
US-based search engine giant Google has announced new prepaid plans for YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium for users in India.
YouTube launched YouTube Premium and YouTube Music in India last March and while at the time users could only subscribe to a monthly plan.
Now, users will be able to purchase one-month or three-month prepaid plans for YouTube Premium and Music Premium in India.
“With these new plans for India, users can now purchase prepaid plans without enrolling in an ongoing subscription and enhance their viewing and listening experience with all the paid membership benefits for the period that they pay for,” the company said in a statement on Monday.
The new YouTube Music prepaid plans in India start from Rs 109 for a month and Rs 309 for a period of three months.
The YouTube Premium prepaid plan, on the other hand, is priced at Rs 139 for one month and Rs 399 for three months.
YouTube Music Premium offers ad-free music, download any song for offline playback, listen to music in the background while accessing other apps and YouTube Premium offers all the benefits of YouTube Music Premium.
Google says that prepaid plans can be purchased with credit or debit card using Visa or Master-card and the YouTube Premium page reads “many forms of payment are accepted”.(IANS)