Centre says Indian pilgrims will not go for Haj this year due to COVID-19; full refunds to be processed soon
The money will be refunded through online Direct Benefit Transfer mode into bank accounts of applicants, the Minority Affairs Minister said, adding this will be the first time since Independence that pilgrims from India will not be going for Haj
Iran, Italy and South Korea account for 80% coronavirus cases outside China; Saudi bans pilgrimage to Mecca; global fatality rate at 3.4%, says WHO
Saudi Arabia banned citizens from performing this year's Muslim pilgrimage in Mecca, Italy weighed closing schools nationwide and Iran cancelled Friday prayers for a second week as nations scrambled Wednesday to control the coronavirus outbreak
The pods also provide a space in which pilgrims can change their clothes and take a shower.
The first batch of Haj pilgrims on Saturday was flagged off by Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who said the preparations for ensuring a smooth pilgrimage had been completed.
Flights for Haj will start from 14 July, when pilgrims from Delhi, Gaya, Guwahati, Lucknow and Srinagar will embark on the pilgrimage. Flights from other embarkation points would start later.
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi says airlines carrying Haj pilgrims will be paid Rs 57 crore less in fares this year
Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi announced a reduction in the funds spent on air fares of Haj pilgrims as compared to 2017
Govt announces reduction in airfare for Haj pilgrims, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi calls it 'empowerment without appeasement'
The government on Tuesday announced a significant reduction in airfare for those going on the Haj, a month after it scrapped subsidies for the pilgrimage
For the first time in the history of Pakistan, transgenders will be part of a team of boy scouts being sent to Saudi Arabia to serve as volunteers during 2018 Haj pilgrimage
Haj subsidy: PIL in Delhi HC seeks to set up independent body for pilgrims, quash govt-contolled committee
A PIL seeking an independent Muslim body to look into arrangements for Haj pilgrims, quashing the govt-controlled Haj Committee has been filed in Delhi HC.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Central government to furnish details of Haj pilgrimage aspirants who are above 60 years and have applied for it five times without success.
Mehbooba Mufti says ex-militants' passport clearance for Haj to be considered only after verifying 'current activities'
The Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday said passport applications of former local militants for performing Haj and other religious obligations would be considered for clearance only after proper verification.
Govt scraps Haj subsidy: Not revolutionary, but aim to end appeasement in favour of empowerment is evident
Narendra Modi government’s move to withdraw Haj subsidy is in itself hardly a revolutionary step. However, taken as part of a continuous process to end politics of appeasement in favour of Muslim empowerment, it is an important marker for reform.
Haj subsidy scrapped: K Palaniswamy says Tamil Nadu government to urge Centre to reconsider decision
Tamil Nadu government will urge the Centre to reconsider its decison on scrapping the Haj subsidy, Chief Minister K Palaniswami said.
The CPM on Wednesday alleged that the government's move to withdraw the subsidy for Haj was "arbitrary and motivated by other considerations."
The CPM alleged that the government's move to withdraw the subsidy for Haj was "arbitrary and motivated by other considerations".
As Centre ends Haj subsidy, Congress' Randeep Surjewala hopes Narendra Modi govt uses funds to uplift minorities
With the Centre announcing the abolition of the Haj subsidy, the Congress said on Tuesday that it hopes the Narendra Modi government will utilise the money for the upliftment of the disempowered among the minorities.
The Centre has withdrawn the subsidy for Haj pilgrimage, Minority Affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has announced on Tuesday.
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi says Saudi Arabia increased India's Haj quota by 5,000, attributes increase to Narendra Modi's popularity
Saudi Arabia has increased India's Haj quota by 5,000, the second hike in two years, taking the number of pilgrims who can perform Haj from the country to 1,75,025, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.
Union minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said majority of Muslims were in the favour of banning the practice of triple talaq.
Saudi Arabia approves India's plan to ferry Haj pilgrims via sea route to Jeddah, says Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
Saudi Arabia has given its nod to India's plan to revive the option of ferrying Haj pilgrims via sea route to Jeddah