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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Senior journalist Vinod Mehta, editorial chairman of Outlook, passed away today. He suffered multiple organ failure and succumbed to a prolonged illness at AIIMS, New Delhi The loss of the eminent editor is being mourned by all.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, condoled the loss by tweeting ‘Frank and direct in his opinions, Shri Vinod Mehta will be remembered as a fine journalist and writer. Condolences to his family on his demise,’

Rajdeep Sardesai tweeted, ‘An iconic editor and friend passes away. Brave and irreverent till the end. Vinod Mehta RIP.’ to express his grief and respect.

‘Mourning Vinod Mehta the last of an old guard of Bombay journos who made the shift to Delhi but lost none of his irreverence or decency.’ Vir Sanghvi tweeted soon after the sad news got out.

Minister of Science and Technology, Harsh Dr.Vardhan said, ‘My heartfelt condolences to the family members of Late Sh Vinod Mehta who left for Vinod was involved in successfully launching a lot of publications like the Sunday Observer, Indian Post, The Independent, The Pioneer (Delhi edition) and Outlook.’

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India to Issue Chip-based e-passports, Says PM Narendra Modi

Organised by the External Affairs Ministry and the Uttar Pradesh government, the Indian diaspora conclave this year has over 5,000 delegates registered

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The government's endeavour was to see to it that Indians were happy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said work is on to issue chip-based e-passports to Indian citizens under a centralized passport system.

“Our embassies and consulates are being connected to the Passport Seva Project worldwide,” he said addressing the inaugural ceremony of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) 2019 here.

“This will prepare a centralized system connected to the passport service for all of you,” he added. “Going one step ahead, work is on for issuing of the chip-based e-passport.”

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He also said that work was on to simplify the process of issuing visas to PIO (Person of Indian Origin) and OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) cards.

The government’s endeavour was to see to it that Indians were happy and safe wherever they live abroad, he said.

“In the last four-and-a-half years, more than two lakh Indians stranded in crisis situations abroad have been helped by the government and its efforts,” he said.

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Modi’s Mauritius counterpart Pravind Jugnauth, the chief guest at the event, commended India’s efforts in reaching out to the diaspora.

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Earlier, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj welcomed the gathering.

Organised by the External Affairs Ministry and the Uttar Pradesh government, the Indian diaspora conclave this year has over 5,000 delegates registered. (IANS)