Haj Pilgrimage

  • UP legislator's wife murdered in Delhi October 9, 2013

    An Uttar Pradesh legislator's wife was murdered at her home in Delhi on Wednesday morning, police said. Rehana, 40, wife of Haji Aleem, a legislator from Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh, was at her New Jafrabad home in east Delhi, while her husband was away for Haj pilgrimage, police said. The police suspects...
  • Omar Abdullah reviews arrangements for Haj pilgrimage August 23, 2013

    With the first batch of Haj pilgrims scheduled to leave for Saudi Arabia next month, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday directed officials to ensure all facilities to the faithfuls to make their stay and travel hassle-free and comfortable. "All facilities should be ensured to the 'Aazmeen-e-Hajj' (Haj...
  • Pakistan's Supreme Court issues notice to ex-PM Gilani April 10, 2013

    Islamabad: Pakistan's Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notices to former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani and other officials to respond to allegations that the previous Pakistan Peoples Party-led government closed a probe into corruption in organising the Haj pilgrimage. A three-judge bench led by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, which is investigating...
  • Khurshid cancels Haj pilgrimage amid speculation of cabinet reshuffle October 21, 2012

    New Delhi: Law Minister Salman Khurshid, who is embroiled in a controversy over allegations of misappropriation of funds by his trust, has put off his Haj pilgrimage, according to sources close to him. His decision to put off the week-long visit for Haj also comes amid speculation of an impending reshuffle...
  • SC reduces VIP quota for Haj pilgrimage July 23, 2012

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court has slashed the quota for subsidies for the Haj pilgrimage given to dignitaries and the Haj Committee of India. The Supreme Court has slashed the VIP quota to 450 seats from the earlier 3,050 seats. In total, there were 11000 reserved seats, and 3050 were...
  • Haj to be once in a lifetime affair only: Centre April 15, 2012

    New Delhi: The Centre has informed the Supreme Court that it has decided to restrict Haj pilgrimage at government subsidy to Muslims only as a "once in a lifetime" affair as against the existing policy of "once in five years". In an affidavit filed before the apex court, the government said...
  • Govt should make its stand clear on Haj subsidy: BJP April 4, 2012

    New Delhi: In the wake of Minister of External Affairs SM Krishna's statement on Haj subsidy, BJP on Tuesday demanded that the government should make it clear if it was seriously thinking of withdrawing it. "Till the recent Assembly elections, this government was talking about religion-based reservation but now a senior...
  • Govt plans to do away with Haj subsidy: Krishna April 2, 2012

    Kochi: Minister of External Affairs S M Krishna has suggested that the Union government is planning to do away with the subsidy given on Haj pilgrimage. Talking to reporters in Kochi on Monday, the External Affairs Minister said that a number of Muslim organizations had demanded the abolition of the...
  • 2 security breaches in one day at IGI airport March 28, 2010

    New Delhi: A 65-year-old man, desperate to go on the Haj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, jumped the emergency gate at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport here in the second security breach in 24 hours at the terminal, a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) spokesperson said on Sunday. "The man,...