Nepal's Department of Passports has extended a deadline for final tender for printing the new ePassport to November 8.The department's extension of the deadline was announced via a public note on the website of the Public Procurement Monitoring Office on WednesdayLocal media has said it is an attempt to cancel the tender or reduce the number of passports from 5 million to 2.5 million so that the rest can be printed after a secure printing press is established in the country.After several prospective bidders failed to submit the bid documents due to frequent public holidays, Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali had instructed Ramkaji Khadka, director-general of the Department of Passports, to extend the deadline until November 8, according to officials familiar with the development.