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
Seven of family headed to Mumbai to see off Haj pilgrims killed as SUV crashes into tree near Satara
Seven members of a family, including three children, were killed and another one was injured early on Wednesday when the SUV they were travelling in crashed into a roadside tree near Satara on Mumbai-Bengaluru highway in Maharashtra
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.
Supreme Court asks Centre to accommodate 1,965 applicants for Haj pilgrimage in age group of 65 to 69
Muslims aged between 65 and 69 years, who are fifth-time unsuccessful applicants for Haj pilgrimage, have a reason to rejoice as the Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Centre to accommodate 1,965 such people for travel to Mecca this year.
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
The Centre has withdrawn the subsidy for Haj pilgrimage, Minority Affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has announced on Tuesday.
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
A total of 11,800 pilgrims will be going on the Haj pilgrimage through the Nedumbassery airport this season
NIA investigation on terror funding in Kashmir has revealed that besides receiving funds from Pakistan, separatist leaders of Hurriyat also received funds from its outfits in London and Dubai
Iran will be allowed to set up temporary consulates in Saudi Arabia during the Haj pilgrimage despite the absence of diplomatic ties between the two rivals, the foreign ministry in Tehran said on Tuesday.
While the quantum of money involved in terror financing incidents in the country is "very, very minuscule", the damage done by such activities is significant, a top security official said on Saturday.
Saudi Arabia had five years ago slashed Haj quotas for foreign pilgrims coming from each country by 20 per cent in view of safety of the devotees as they undertook expansion of Grand Mosque there
The management of Haj pilgrimage will now be done by the Minority Affairs Ministry instead of the External Affairs Ministry. President Pranab Mukherjee has given assent to new rules in this regard.
The Centre on Tuesday assured Haj pilgrims of better facilities in 2015 by taking corrective measures to deal with problems faced by them in 2014 when the state-run Air India was accused of mishandling their travel, causing long delay.
Pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar and Haj will become cheaper with the government exempting such tours from the service tax.