JEDDAH

  • Aviation Minister contradicts Air India, says dummy stun-grenade on plane; probe on October 4, 2014

    New Delhi: In an embarrassment for Air India, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Saturday disclosed that a dummy stun-grenade was found on board an Air India jumbo plane when it landed at Jeddah in the early hours. The stun grenade, which had no explosive in it, was found on...
  • 'Explosive' on Air India VVIP aircraft was plastic wrapper October 4, 2014

    Mumbai/New Delhi: A suspected explosive device onboard a stand-by Air India VVIP aircraft has turned out to be a plastic wrapper, an airline official said in New Delhi on Saturday. After a thorough screening of the aircraft, the object "was found to be a plastic wrapper", the official said. The Jeddah Airport...
  • Flynas to operate JeddahHyderabad flights from August July 25, 2014

    Hyderabad: Flynas, a lowcost airline from Saudi Arabia, has announced it will operate its first services to India beginning next month with two weekly flights each from Jeddah to Hyderabad and Jeddah to Kozhikode. The flights to Hyderabad will be operated Saturdays and Wednesdays starting Aug 16 and to Kozhikode (Calicut)...
  • Saudi beggar dies leaving million-dollar fortune behind March 20, 2014

    Jeddah: A 100-year-old woman in Saudi Arabia, who spent decades begging on the streets, has died leaving behind a secret fortune of gold coins, jewellery and a real estate portfolio worth a whopping $10,66,580. The blind woman had begged for 50 years on the streets of Jeddah, before she suddenly died...
  • Passengers face midair scare as doors of AI JeddahMumbai flight remain unlocked November 15, 2013

    Around 400 passengers and crew of an Air India flight from Jeddah to Mumbai via Hyderabad, on Friday, had a midair scare when a cockpit panel indicated that one of the doors was not properly locked, forcing the plane to return soon after take off. The Boeing 747 Jumbo flight AI...
  • Makkah to host Conference of Islamic Capitals and Cities August 28, 2013

    The 13th Conference of Islamic Capitals and Cities will be inaugurated in Saudi Arabia's Makkah city on September 1 under the patronage of the custodian of the two holy mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. More than 400 delegates of the 141-member Organisation of Islamic Capitals and Cities (OICC) are...
  • US extends closure of 19 diplomatic posts in Middle East August 5, 2013

    Washington: The US has announced to extend closure of its 19 diplomatic posts till August 10, while nine of its embassies and consulates which were closed, will resume normal operations on Monday. "Given that a number of our embassies and consulates were going to be closed in accordance with local custom...
  • India, Saudi Arabia to deepen counterterror cooperation May 27, 2013

    Jeddah: India and Saudi Arabia have decided to further strengthen and deepen their counterterrorism cooperation, nearly a year after Riyadh deported Abu Jundal, wanted in the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack. The counterterrorism issue is emerging as a key area of cooperation between India and Saudi Arabia. Riyadh is concerned about...
  • Indian Embassy starts delivering exit papers in Saudi May 20, 2013

    Dubai: India on Monday started verification and issuance of Emergency Certificates allowing its citizens to leave Saudi Arabia following concerns over a new labour policy in the Gulf Kingdom. The schedule currently announced is for the delivery of the first batch of 12,000 Emergency Certificate applications received at Indian Embassy in...
  • Chennai: AI flight cancelled after being hit by vehicle October 8, 2012

    Chennai: A Jeddahbound Air India flight carrying over 400 passengers was cancelled after it suffered damage when a vehicle hit it. The incident occurred this morning when a tractor carrying passengers' luggage hit the aeroplane on its side, following which the flight was cancelled, airport sources said. The passengers, most of them...
  • Mumbai: Air India flight makes emergency landing August 31, 2011

    Mumbai: A disaster was averted at the Mumbai airport on Wednesday after an Air India flight landed under emergency conditions. The JeddahMumbai flight had 260 passengers on board. All passengers disembarked safely, an Air India spokesperson said. Reports say that the flight developed a technical snag in its hydraulic control system,...
  • Mumbai: AI flight to Jeddah delayed by 9 hours July 30, 2011

    New Delhi: There was a lot of chaos at Mumbai International Airport on Friday night as 300 passengers protested after their of the Air India flight 965 to Jeddah was indefinitely delayed. The AI flight was supposed to take off at 3:40 am but was then postponed to 12:30 pm on...
  • Indian who killed 6 Saudis in accident released April 28, 2011

    Dubai: An Indian man, who was jailed for killing six people in a road accident in Saudi Arabia, has been released after the family of the victims agreed to a bloodmoney deal. Sulieman Abubakr, 55, from Karnataka was driving on the highway to Saudi capital of Riyadh in April 2008 when...
  • Saudi Man arrested for bragging about sex life on TV July 26, 2009

    New Delhi: A Saudi man has been arrested after bragging about his sex life on television. A resident of Jeddah, Mazen Abdul Jawad appeared last week on Red Line, a show on a Lebanese channel. On the show, he reportedly described in graphic details, tales of his sexual conquests. The 32yearold discussed...
  • Stranded, Air India flight takes off after 16 hours December 14, 2008

    New Delhi: An Air India flight to Jeddah finally took off after being delayed for 16 hours. Among the passengers were people who feared that their work visa may expire if they didn't reach the countries of their work by the prescribed dates. These passengers were at the limit of their patience....
  • India warns the world: oil price may ruin all June 22, 2008

    Jeddah: India has blamed speculators for the rise in global oil prices and warned that the countrys economic goals were in great peril. Oilproducing nations must not to remain a "passive spectator of speculation" and should adopt a "price band mechanism" to decrease prices, said Finance Minister P Chidambaram at the...
  • Little hope for action at Jeddah oil meet: Libya June 22, 2008

    Jeddah: World oil powers gathering for an emergency meeting in Jeddah this weekend are unlikely to make any major decisions, Libya's top oil official said on Saturday, dousing hope for measures to tame oil's ascent. "You can't get any decision on important matters in the energy market in a meeting...
  • Indian flight crashlands in Muscat October 16, 2006

    New Delhi: A Mumbaibound Air India flight from Jeddah made a crashlanding in Muscat after developing midair turbulence. Eight passengers aboard the AI865 MumbaiHyderabadJeddah plane reportedly suffered injuries, but seven of them were discharged after being administered first aid. However, one of the passengers is still admitted in Kandra Hospital in Jeddah. The...
  • Dead man gives kin pleasant surprise August 17, 2006

    Malappuram: A 36yearold man, believed to be dead and whose "body" was being flown to Malappuram from Lucknow, returned home on Thursday morning just as his family members were engaged in arranging the final rites. According to police, Mohammad Ashraf, had recently gone to Jeddah in search of a job. The...