Showing posts with label services. Show all posts
Showing posts with label services. Show all posts

Monday 3 November 2014

How to Get an International Driving Licence in Pondicherry

If you are planning to drive your trip from one place to another, especially which involves borders it is mandatory to hold an International Driving Permit.

What is International Driving Licence?

The International Driving Licence, also known as International Driver's Permit (IDP)  is a document officially translated into 10 different languages holding information like your full name, relevant driver information and photo granting  access to drive your motor vehicle legally while abroad. It has been recognized by most countries as an official document allowing you to drive.

It is important to note that International Driving Permit (IDP) is different from government-issued driver’s licence. Hence while driving it is important to carry both IDP, passport and your driving licence when abroad. Also, to travel abroad you should obtain your IDP in the same country that has issued your driver’s licence. For example, Pondicherry driving license holders who are gone to other countries on work permit or short stay should get their IDP issued from Puducherry Government for travelling abroad. The validity of this permit is for one year.

International Driving License

Why do you need an International Driver's Licence?

It is necessary to get an international driving permit to drive within the borders of certain countries. Getting your IDP means you are legally covered to drive in many overseas countries as many trips you want within a period of one year. Also, it helps in communication issues as the IDP is been translated into 10 different languages.

How to get an International Driver's Licence?

For to get an international driving licence in Puducherry, Pondicherry city, you should get a permit to drive a motor vehicle in other countries by visiting the Puducherry Police Department or its website.

Visit the Police Department Website - []

In there, you will find the application [ Download the Form 4a here - print and fill it]  and the necessary details like name, address, DOB, qualification, identification marks, etc to be filled for applying international driving licence.

You will need,

  • to enclose four copies of your recent passport size photograph.
  • to enclose the copy of driving licence number along with date of issue and validity.
  • to enclose a medical certificate as given in Form 1A - Download the medical form here  (print and fill it)
  • to enclose an attested photocopy copy of the following - Indian Passport , Driving Licence, Visa, Air Ticket, Ration Card, Voters ID Card, Medical Certificate and Licence Rules of the country proposed to visit.
  • Non Conviction Certificate if necessary ( for persons who stayed more than 15 days aboard).
  • and pay a fees of Rs. 500/-  along with the recent driving test scores (or it is a must to have a re-test if the Driving Licence issued is within three months.)

Where to submit your International Driving Licence Application?

The filled in application should be submitted to the office of the Secretary to IGP,

Address of communication
The Inspector General of Police
(Licensing Authority),
Police Headquarters,
No.4 Dumas Street ,
Puducherry 605 001.

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Monday 27 October 2014

Step by Step Procedure on How to Apply for a PAN Card Online in India

PAN card has become mandatory whether you work or not. Apart from being used for financial transactions, it also serves as an identity proof.

Permanent Account Number, abbreviated as PAN is a 10-digit unique alphanumeric identity allotted to each taxpayer by the Income Tax Department under the supervision of the Central Board of Direct Taxes in order to track financial transactions and to prevent tax evasion.
pan card
Pan Card

How to apply for a PAN ?

Step 1 - Opening the Form

You have to fill in the form - Form 49A (or) Form 49AA by visiting this website for applying for NEW PANs.
online pan card application
PAN Card Application Form
You will see a page like the above, in there click NEW PAN Form 49A which opens a new window "Application for a New Pan".
PAN Card Application
PAN card application form
In that click 'Online Application for New PAN (Form 49A)" which again opens a third window. Scroll down till you see 'Apply for a new PAN Card' along with a drop down box 'Category for applicant'.
Choose "Individual" or accordingly for companies or Goverment agencies.
PAN Card Application
PAN Card Application Form
On selection, you will get the online application form 49A which is to be filled.
PAN Card Application form
PAN Card Application Form

Step 2 - Filling the form

If you are applying Applying Online -
Fill in the form 49A online using capital letters, attach the required proof of identify and proof of address. A confirmation screen with all the data filled by the applicant will be displayed which can be re-edited if needed and you will need to confirm the same. After confirmation, an acknowledgement with a unique 15-digit acknowledgement number will be displayed which is needed to be saved and printed.

If you are printing the form - 
Fill the application in block letters in English with black ink.
Paste a recent colour photograph (size 3.5 cm X 2.5 cm).
And provide the signature within the box. If thumb impression, then you should get the thumb impression attested by Magistrate or a Notary Public or a Gazetted Officer, under official seal and stamp.

Step 3 - Copies of proof of Identity and Address

Attach Proof of Identity (POI) - Aadhaar Card issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India,Elector's photo identity card,Driving License,Passport,Ration card having photograph of the applicant,Arm's license,Pensioner card having photograph of the applicant, etc.

Proof of Address (POA) - Electricity Bill, Landline Telephone or Broadband connection bill, Water Bill, Consumer gas connection card or book or piped gas bill, Bank account statement or as per note 2, Depository account statement, Credit card statement, etc.

and Proof of Date of birth (PODB - if applicable) as per Rule 114 (4) of Income Tax Rules, 1962 which have the same name that is written on the application form.

Step 4 - Processing Fees

Payment can be made through Demand Draft, Cheque or Credit card / Debit card or Net Banking. Fee for processing PAN application:105 (93 + service tax) for PAN card to be dispatched in India. For dispatch outside India, fee is971 (including service tax).

Cheque (payable at par)/Demand Draft should be in favour of 'NSDL-PAN' payable at Mumbai and acknowledgment number should be mentioned on the reverse of the Cheque/ Demand Draft. 

If your paying online, the processing fee can be paid via net banking, credit card or debit card , after which a payment acknowledgement will be displayed. You will need to save and print acknowledgement as well.

Step 5 - Submission of Documents

The acknowledgment duly signed, affixed with photograph (in case of 'Individuals') along with Demand Draft, if any, and proof of identity, proof of address and proof of date of birth should be sent at the below address :

Income Tax PAN Services Unit,
NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited,
5th floor, Mantri Sterling, Plot No. 341,
Survey No. 997/8, Model Colony,
Near Deep Bungalow Chowk, Pune - 411016

in a envelope superscribed with 'APPLICATION FOR PAN - Acknowledgement Number' (e.g. 'APPLICATION FOR PAN - 8XXXXXXXXXXXXXX').

Note: The acknowledgement, Demand Draft or any thing else should reach NSDL within 15 days from the date of online application. You can track the status of your application online by using the "Status Track for PAN application".

SEE instructions for filling in the FORM 49A of PAN Card Application - Click here for Instructions

Original Source : Income Tax PAN Services Unit
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Tuesday 30 September 2014

PIO and OCI Card Merger

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced this Sunday, 2014 that the PIO holders will now get lifetime validity and exemption from police registration which means the PIO gets the same benefit as OCI while his visit in New York.

It must be noted that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was the first to announce the merging of the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) and the People of Indian Origin (PIO) cards to facilitate visa-free travel to India, rights of residency and participation in business and educational activities in the country according to the Hindu, 2011.

This re-announcement by PM Modi at New York's Madison Square Garden is a pleasant surprise of us because we know many Pondicheerians have been facing difficulties due to differences between PIO and OCI cards which gives different benefits. Even though the announcement has been made in the past and again now there are no specific dates given for the merger of PIO and OCI card.

Difference between PIO and OCI Card

PIO (Person of Indian Origin) allows visa free travels for about 15 years validity with few rights, with the PIO card to be produced alongside the foreign passport or with new passport number endorsed in your PIO card when entering or departing any port in India. But the length of stay in India for more than 180 days requires reporting to police authorities.

OCI (Overseas Citizenship of India or India's dual citizenship) on the other hand allows visa free multiple entry life-long and also to have unlimited travel and stay in India. But, it requires reapplying on new OCI every time a new passport is issued. It is very important that the person carry his existing foreign passport which should include the new visa called ‘U’ visa which is a multi-purpose, multiple-entry, lifelong visa and an OCI gets a specific right to become an Indian Citizen as per Section 5(i) and (ii) of the Citizenship Act, 1955. whereas the PIO card holder does not have this facility.
pio and oci

[See Comparative Chart on NRI/PIO/PIO CARD HOLDERS/OCI]

So, with PM Modi announcement of PIO and OCI Merger, PIO and Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) schemes are said to be combined and so we will getting both the benefits of PIO and OCI cards (as for the date which is yet to announced will be updated as soon as we get the details ). He also said that the American tourists will get visa on arrival and Long-term tourist visas will be introduced for US citizens at New York's Madison Square Garden.

For more, read [PM Modi in Madison Square Garden]

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Friday 12 September 2014

Tamil Online News Papers - தமிழ் செய்தித்தாள்கள்



Below are the direct links to some popular Tamil News papers online. Click on the respective image to direct you to that specific newspaper.

Above are the direct links to some popular Tamil News papers online. Click on the respective image to direct you to that specific newspaper.
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Friday 15 August 2014

Pay Electricity Bills Online in Puducherry

Long back we have seen on how to pay your electricity bill if you possess a SBI account in Pondicherry. But, now it becomes more feasible to pay your bills online if you are an HT consumers through the following ways,
  • State Bank of India Net banking
  • State Bank of India ATM cum Debit cards 
  • Any Bank Debit cards 
  • Other Bank Net banking 
How to know whether you are a HT consumer or not?
According to Electricity department there are two types of consumers namely HT (High Tension) consumer and LT (Low Tension) consumer. LT customers take their supply at the normal street voltage of 240 volts for single-phase connection or 415 volts for three-phase connection. On the other hand, HT customers take their supply at higher voltages, that is greater than 415 volts and generally used for driving various industrial motors. Domestic electricity is mostly LT based for individual residential connections. But HT is applicable for big offices, industries, universities, schools and even apartments (if purchased electricity in bulk).

pay electricity bills online

If you are an HT consumer, head over to this link and click "Proceed For Payment" (click and go right below the website) for paying your consumption charges through Internet Banking. The rules on how to fill the form is given with clear instruction in the first few paras itself. 

If you are NOT an HT consumer but a LT consumer (domestic usage) , DON'T WORRY.
You still have an option to pay your electricity bills through SBI bank account and Indian Overseas Bank account. 

Pay your utility bills through Online SBI.

Just  download and view this pdf  for clearer instructions on how to pay your electricity bill through SBI Online.

Pay your utility bills through IOB

Login to the corresponding merchant’s site and enter the necessary details asked. When asked to select the bank for making payment select "Indian Overseas Bank", the site will be redirected to internet banking login of IOB. Now, use your IOB  internet banking account to enter your login id and password. Finally, enter the funds transfer PIN number to complete the transaction.

To know more on how to get a new domestic service connection, change of traffic and name transfer for electricity bills, head off to this link FAQ index on Puducherry Electricity.

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Saturday 5 July 2014

Introducing the new E-Ticketing website for faster Railway Bookings

Pertaining to delay in getting tickets in the current website [ ] and information uphand, the Indian Government have introduced a new system in place [Link : ] which promises quick bookings of tickets. It is been said that using the new feature in the website, about 7 lakhs tickets can be issued just in a single day compared to the old system which did issue about 5 lakhs per day.

Those who have already registered with the old system are been directed to the new system through SMSes.  

e ticket indian railways
E-ticketing Indian Railways
Here is a zoom of what has been written in the Alerts and Updates

Fare has been revised by Indian Railways w.e.f. 25-06-2014, difference of fare will be collected by TTE on train.Difference of fare may also be deposited in advance on any PRS counters during working hours.
Time Table of several trains are updated from 1st Sep 2014, Please check exact train starting time from boarding station before embarking on your journey.
For e-Ticket, booking can be done upto chart Preparation approximately 4 to 6 hours before departure of train.For morning trains with departure time upto 12.00 hrs charts are prepared on the previous night.
Opening day booking (60th day in advance, excluding the date of journey) will be available only after 8 AM, along with the counters.
Train No.03059/03060 Howrah-New Jalpaiguri-Howrah Premium Special train scheduled to leave Howrah and Jalpaiguri respectively on 21.06.2014 has been cancelled. You may cancel your ticket online at your end to get full refund. Regret for inconvenience caused.

Also, just below you can see more other services as seen in the image below,
e ticket indian railways

e ticket indian railways

Now, with more added features( as seen in the above image) you can book your railway tickets faster and easier with Mobile bookings.

For the status of PNR
Under enquiries, click on the PNR Enquiry which when clicked directs to the PNR status website where you are asked to enter the PNR of your booking,

pnr status

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Wednesday 11 June 2014

How to Create, Send Money and Receive Money using Paypal Account in India

Paypal is the most easiest and secure way to send and receive payments online. It is the best way for online money transfer to India and within India. With many online shopping accepting Paypal, you can even use your Paypal accounts for buying goods. Also, once your credit/debit card or bank account is linked to your PayPal account, you won’t need to provide all of your card details every time you shop online. PayPal remembers all your financial details and is secure.

How to create a PayPal account?

  1. Click to follow this link
  2. Sign Up a new account in India either by choosing an account for individuals or an account for businesses. 
  3. Lets assume you want a personal account and so click "Get Started" and enter all your informations including your address and mobile number. Click submit and yes, your Paypal account is been created successfully.
  4. Enter you dashboard or say your Paypal account. You are now eligible to receive money to your Paypal account. 
Note: Paypal says that you can open one PayPal account for your personal use and if needed, you can also open a separate account for your business but email addresses for the accounts should be different.

How to add bank account to Paypal?

add bank account paypal
Add bank account to Paypal
Once your Paypal account is created, it is still in the ‘Unverified’ stage and you will have limits on sending, receiving and withdrawing money. To lift these limits, you need to add your bank account details to your PayPal account and confirm that you're the owner of that bank account through a small verification process which involves Paypal depositing a small value in your bank account and you will be asked to verify the amount deposited. Once verified, your bank account links with Paypal account thereby allowing you more functions.

How to withdraw money to a your bank account?

For online money transfer, you need to add bank account to Paypal. After adding and getting verified, log in to your PayPal account and click "Withdraw" from the top of your accounts page. Then,enter the amount you like to withdraw and choose the correct bank account. Then, click Continue to review the details and then finally click Submit.

How to receive money from Paypal in India?

If you have a confirmed email address in your PayPal account ,then the money sent by anyone to your Paypal email id will be automatically credited to your Paypal account balance. In case you don't have one, yo need to sign up a account to confirm your email address before you can receive the payment.

How to send money through Paypal (or) How to pay for goods via Paypal?

send money through paypal
Send Money through Paypal
Sending money through Paypal is very easy. All you need is the receivers Paypal email id. Just click "Send Money" from the above,enter the email id of the recipient along with the amount you would like to send.Also choose whether you are sending to family or for goods. This is important because sending money to family is FREE through Paypal whereas for goods there is a small conversion charge involved.

You can send money to family or friends even if they don't have Paypal. All you need is their email address or mobile number. [Watch Video]

How to send an invoice using Paypal?

By using Paypal you can request money or create a professional invoices either using "Create Invoice" for a single user or by using Paypal invoicing for Microsoft Excel.
PayPal Invoicing Template for Microsoft Excel
In case you want to use the simplest form of creating and emailing an Invoice, just click "Create Invoice" and enter the Invoice number, date, due date, recipient email id, the amount and then hit send. You will receive an email when you get paid.

How safe is your Paypal account?

Paypal is the leader in online money transfer with more than a decade of experience and trust. It has "Buyer Protection" and "Seller Protection" and in case of theft or fraud, you can open a case under disputes and claims. Follow the links under Buyer and Seller Protection above for more details. Also, by linking in your mobile number, you can enable "Two-Step Verification" in your Paypal settings so every time you log in to your account, Paypal sends an SMS to verify for a secure log in.

You can use Paypal app for your mobiles by installing it from Install Paypal for Mobile (or) use new Paypal Mobile Card Reader by ordering it from Paypal and use it where ever you are on the go.

Apart from the above information, if you are looking for more details regarding Paypal India, then do follow this link Help Centre from Paypal India.

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Thursday 10 April 2014

List of LG AC Service Center in Pondicherry City

Below are some LG AC service centers in Pondicherry City

 LG AC service center in pondicherry

If you have come across or know any other LG service centers in Puducherry city, do drop the name and address along with the contact number in the below comments to help others who look for the same.

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Monday 31 March 2014

How to Apply for a PAN Card Online

PAN card (Permanent Account Number) is a ten-digit alphanumeric number issued  by the Income Tax Department. 

1.Who all needs to possess a PAN card?

Any Indian citizen who are eligible for paying Tax to the Income Tax Authority of India should mandatorily possess a PAN card.

Also, those who don't pay taxes can still apply for a PAN card as an identity proof since PAN has become mandatory for all financial transactions, sale or purchase of any immovable properties or vehicles,  installation of a telephone or cellular connection, hotel payments and more.

2.How and where to apply for a PAN card?

PAN application(Form 49A) can be downloaded from,
The form is also available at IT PAN Service centers and TIN Facilitation centers.

3.Where to apply online for a new PAN card?

For an online application to request a New PAN Card, use the below link which includes other PAN related  online services such as, 
Pan Card Online Application
For New PAN for Indian Citizens  - New PAN (FORM 49A)
For New PAN for Foreign Citizens - New PAN (FORM 49AA)
Changes or correction in PAN details - PAN Change Request
Reprint of PAN cards -  Reprint PAN
Status Track for PAN application -  Online Pan Card Status

Other ways for Status enquiry is through SMS

  1. SMS NSDLPAN <space> Acknowledgement No.
  2. Send to 57575 to obtain application status.
4. More details and FAQs about PAN

What documents will serve as proof of Identity and Address for of Individual applicants, including minors and HUF applicants and more FAQs can be found at "PAN Frequently asked questions"  of Income Tax Department Overview.

Hope this post offers all information that your need to know about PAN card. 
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Wednesday 19 March 2014

How to Enroll for Aadhaar Card Online and FAQ's of Aadhaar Card

Aadhaar Card

What is an Aadhaar?

Aadhaar is a  unique identification number which consists of 12 digit  and it will serve a proof of identity and address for an individual, anywhere in India for their lifetime. It is similar to USA National Security Number but Aadhaar belongs to India and is served by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI )on behalf of the Government of India.

Do we need to pay for Aadhaar card?

No. Each individual needs to enroll only once which is free of cost.

What is the use or advantage of having an Aadhaar Card?

Enrolling yourself for Aadhaar will provide a universal identity infrastructure which can be used by any identity-based application like ration card, passport,banking, mobile phone connections etc.

What documents or proof do you need to enroll for an Aadhaar card?

You must need
  • Proof of Identity - election photo ID card, Ration card, passport,driving license, PAN card,Photo ID issued by Recognized Educational Institution,Pensioner Photo Card,Address Card having Name and Photo issued by Department of Posts [ for More click here ]
  • Proof of Address documents - Passport, Bank Statement/ Passbook ,Post Office Account Statement/Passbook, Ration Card ,Voter ID, Driving License, Electricity Bill (not older than 3 months) ,Water bill (not older than 3 months), Telephone Landline Bill (not older than 3 months),Insurance Policy, Property Tax Receipt (not older than 3 months) [ for More click here ]

Where to Enroll for an Aadhaar card in Puducherry (Pondicherry) city ?

Puducherry Taluk (Puducherry)
Contact Person : Cyril Antony
Address: #93,Krishna nagar ,Main road krishna naga, Lawspet, Orugaret block, Puducherry Taluk, Puducherry, Pondicherry - 605008
Phone : 4132214166

Puducherry Taluk (Puducherry Urban)
Contact Person: Mr. Karun kumar
Address: Mudaliarpet Taluk office, near RTO office, 100 feet road, Puducherry Taluk, Puducherry, Pondicherry - 605004
Phone: 8807082845

Contact Person: Mr. Karun kumar
Address: Oulgaret Taluk Office, ECR, Puducherry Taluk, Puducherry, Pondicherry - 605008
Phone: 8807082845

Contact Person: Mr. Karun kumar
Address: Civil Supplies Office, Puducherry Taluk, Puducherry, Pondicherry - 605008
Phone: 8807082845

Contact Person: Mr.Murali
Address: #177 cuddalore main road, #177 cuddalore main road, Thavalakuppam, Near police station, Cuddalore, Cuddalore, Pondicherry - 605007
Phone: 9486143053

How to get an Online Appointment for Aadhaar Enrollment?

Online enrollment for Aadhaar Card has been started for trial basis and can be found at this website

How and where to check your Aadhaar Application Status?

You can check the status of your Aadhaar Application form by using your Enrollment ID  here :

How and where to get e-Aadhaar or Aadhaar through Mobile?

This facility is for those who applied for Aadhaar but still did not get the original Aadhaar card. 
Aadhaar Card

  • Get E-Aadhaar which is as valid as the original Aadhaar letter and can be downloaded on submitting your Aadhaar or the enrolment ID which is found on the Enrolment slip given to you at the time of enrolment -
  • Get your Aadhaar number on your Mobile which you used to register for your Aadhaar  at the time of enrolment by providing your Enrolment ID which is found on the Enrolment slip given to you at the time of enrolment. -

How to avail Aadhaar SMS Service?

  •  Aadhaar status generation: To check your Aadhaar status, type UID STATUS< 14 digit enrollment number > OR UID STATUS < 28 digit EID > on your mobile and send it to 51969.
  • Get e-Aadhaar on mobile: To get a soft copy of your e-Aadhaar letter on your email id, type UID EAADHAAR < Aadhaar number > < email Id > < PIN code > on your mobile and send it to 51969.

More links

For Enquiries & Grievances, you can use Email -
Website for Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI ) -

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Sunday 9 March 2014

How to book a BSNL Landline compliant?

The best way to book a BSNL complaint in Puducherry was always offline going to the concerned department and booking a complaint yourself. The main reason is that you can get to talk with the concerned authority and also you come to know in how much time your complaint will be resolved. 

With new changes and improved features, BSNL has also come up with an Online option to book your complaint and one can see it clearly from their website. And I guess in near future (though late), this option will reap benefits for the common people avoiding the hot weather, traffic and standing in queues. Quite recently, I have successfully booked a complaint for my dead phone and also received my complained ID. Here are the steps that you need to follow for booking a BSNL complaint for your Landline phone including Boardband connection online successfully .

Steps to book BSNL Landline Complaint

Step 1:
Go to where you can see the page displayed as below. Click on Landline/Boardband  under Complaint Booking.

bsnl complaint
BSNL Customer Care Portal

Step :
After you have clicked, you must see a drop down menu with different city names. For booking complaints for Pondicherry city, click Tamil Nadu since Puducherry comes under Tamil Nadu circle.

bsnl complaint
BSNL Customer Care Portal

Step 3:
You will be taken to the BSNL Customer Care Portal wherein you can either use your BSNL login id on the right panel (or) use the left panel with doing any registration. Click "Register a Complaint" on the left panel.

bsnl complaint
BSNL Customer Care Portal
Step 4: 
Next, enter your STD code, land-line phone number, your complaint type ( Phone Dead, Low Speech, Noisy, BB Modem problem, etc), your verification code as seen on the right side and click Submit.

bsnl complaint
BSNL Customer Care Portal
Step 5: 
If you can see the green line as above telling you that your complaint has been registered along with your complaint ID, then your complaint booking is successful.

bsnl complaint
BSNL Customer Care Portal

Hope this helps!

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  3. SpiceJet Airlines in Puducherry Airport

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