Mecca

  • Bihar govt reviews preparations for 6,667 devotees going for Haj pilgrimage August 6, 2014

    As the start of annual pilgrimage for Haj draws closer, the state government on Thursday reviewed arrangements for the 6,667 pilgrims from Bihar who will be going to Mecca in Saudi Arabia this year. Presiding over the review meeting about preparations for the Haj pilgrimage, the Minority Welfare Affair Minister Naushad Alam directed officials...
  • Sushma Swaraj seeks info on Indians jailed abroad for action July 18, 2014

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has directed all Indian missions in the countries where significant number of nationals were in jail to provide updated information for further action. This came after the release of 40 Indian nationals, who returned on Friday after being held in prison in Saudi...
  • Saudi king appoints son as Emir of Riyadh May 14, 2014

    Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah promoted one of his sons as governor of the Riyadh region on Wednesday, according to the Saudi Press Agency, an important post in which he will oversee the country's capital and be in direct contact with the world's top visiting officials and dignitaries. The Saudi Press Agency...
  • Haj pilgrims to get 5-star level facilities at 'Rubaat' in Saudi Arabia May 7, 2014

    About 250 Haj pilgrims of the then Bhopal royal estate will get five-star like facilities this year at Rubaat (guest house) in Saudi Arabia on pilgrimage. Late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi's daughter Saba Sultan, who is the Mutawalli (custodian) of Auqaf-e-Shahi (royal properties), had recently de-centralised its work and formed a...
  • Late Nawab Pataudi's daughter Saba forms new board to look after royal properties March 18, 2014

    Late Mansoor Ali Khan's daughter Saba Sultan, who is the Mutawalli (custodian) of Auqaf-e-Shahi (royal properties), has de-centralised its work and formed a five-member executive board to solve all its issues. Saba told reporters in Bhopal on Sunday that she was determined to solve all the problems related to the Auqaf-e-Shahi...
  • Caravan challenges Aseemanand, releases interview transcripts February 9, 2014

    New Delhi: A day after CNN-IBN accessed a hand-written note by terror accused Swami Aseemanand where he denied having given an interview to The Caravan, the magazine has now countered the jailed activist's claims and released the interview's transcripts. The Caravan magazine on Sunday released transcript of the Aseemanand interview which...
  • Alleged RSS terror links: Congress guarded in response to magazine report February 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Barely three months ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, a magazine has dropped a bombshell. In its February cover page, The Caravan has carried a story 'The Believer' on Swami Aseemanand, an accused in several terror cases across India between 2006 and 2008. The article by Leena Gita Reghunath...
  • Cong pressuring people for testimonies: Shiv Sena on Aseemanand claims February 6, 2014

    Reacting to the allegations by terror suspect Aseemanand naming RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in the terror strikes in 2007, Shiv Sena along with the BJP defended him saying that Congress and its agencies were working against them and will are pressuring people to give any kind of testimony. ...
  • RSS denies terror charges, accuses Congress of political conspiracy February 6, 2014

    New Delhi: The RSS has denied its involvement in any terror strike following reports of allegations levelled against its chief Mohan Bhagwat by terror accused Swami Aseemanand. "This is a political conspiracy. Aseemanand has clarified he never said this. We have to see the timing," Ram Madhav, member of the...
  • The Caravan interview with Aseemanand has exposed RSS ideology: JDU February 6, 2014

    Terror accused Swami Aseemanand has given an audio interview to The Caravan magazine claiming that RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had endorsed the blasts on the Samjhauta Express, at the Hyderabad Mecca Masjid and the Ajmer Dargah. ...
  • Read: Extract from The Caravan's interview with 2007 blasts accused February 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Just ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, trouble is brewing for the Bharatiya Janata Party. It's ideological mentor, the RSS, is once again in the news for all the wrong reasons. Accused in the Samjhauta Express, Hyderabad Mecca Masjid and Ajmer Dargah blasts, Swami Aseemanand, has alleged that...
  • Eid al-Adha celebrations across UAE today October 15, 2013

    Dubai: Eid al-Adha, a Islamic festival of over 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide, is being celebrated across the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday. The UAE's close proximity to the Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, makes the Eid all the more exciting in the country. It is during the Eid that the...
  • 600,000 pilgrims reach Saudi Arabia for Hajj September 29, 2013

    Riyadh: Some 600,000 pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia so far for this Hajj season, half of them being present in Mecca and the rest in Medina, Xinhua reported on Saturday. The Hajj ministry has assigned 40,000 workers to serve the pilgrims this Hajj season, reported Saudi Press Agency citing Undersecretary...
  • Haj flight from Bhopal with 237 pilgrims departs for Mecca September 27, 2013

    Bhopal: The first Haj flight this year with 237 pilgrims on board from Bhopal left for the holy city of Mecca from Raja Bhoj International Airport in Bhopal. A total of total 237 Haj pilgrims including 120 males and 117 females left for Mecca last night but the main attraction among...
  • Mecca Masjid blasts: HC recalls order on relief to men wrongly accused September 19, 2013

    Hyderabad: In a significant development, the Andhra Pradesh High Court has recalled its Monday order staying monetary to relief Muslim youth wrongly accused in the Mecca Masjid blasts case in May 2007. The AP HC on Thursday recalled its order and made the victims/beneficiaries as respondents in the case (which...
  • Andhra may challenge HC order on compensation to Muslim youths September 17, 2013

    Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government is likely to challenge in the Supreme Court a high court verdict striking down the state's order awarding "compensation" to 70 Muslim youths, allegedly "implicated" in the Mecca Masjid bomb blasts case. "The Chief Minister will discuss the issue with the Advocate General and take a...
  • AP: HC order on Muslim youth compensation creates trouble for CM September 17, 2013

    Hyderabad: Yet another sticky wicket for former Ranji cricketer and now Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, N Kiran Kumar Reddy. The AP High Court has found fault with a 2011 government order offering compensation to 70 Muslim youth for wrongful confinement after the 2007 Mecca Masjid blasts in Hyderabad. The court...
  • HC's decision to cancel relief for Muslims wrongly arrested is shocking: Owaisi September 17, 2013

    Andhra Pradesh High Court on Monday set aside a 2011 state government order offering compensation to 70 Muslim youngsters who were wrongly detained and later acquitted in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case. ...
  • Mecca Masjid blast: HC cancels money paid to Muslims wrongly arrested September 17, 2013

    Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh High Court on Monday set aside a 2011 state government order offering compensation to 70 Muslim youngsters who were wrongly detained and later acquitted in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case. In an order which is likely to have major ramifications, the High Court said the government went...
  • Singapore firm launches in-flight Muslim prayer app August 13, 2013

    A Singapore-based company has launched an iPhone app alerting Muslims when to pray and in which direction they should face even when they're 35,000 feet in the air. Travellers input the flight details and are provided with prayer times during their journey, as well as the direction of the Muslim...
  • Centre should get Haj pilgrims' quota restored: Azam Khan June 15, 2013

    Lucknow: Terming as "unfortunate" Saudi Arabia's decision to reduce Haj pilgrims' quota, Uttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan on Friday said the Centre should make all out efforts to restore the quota. Khan said the quota reduction would dishearten those who have completed all formalities and are waiting to undertake the...
  • Man forges letter using Khurshid's name for Mecca visit April 2, 2013

    New Delhi: A man allegedly forged a letter in the name of External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and presented it before the Consul General of Saudi Arabia to procure a visa to visit Mecca and Medina, police said on Tuesday. The incident came to light after the letter dated November...
  • Hyderabad: Mecca Masjid blast survivor among those injured February 22, 2013

    Hyderabad: The death toll in Hyderabad twin blasts climbed to 15 on Friday and 118 people have been left injured, some of them critical. Most of the victims are now being discharged from various hospitals depending on the severity of their wounds. One of the faces of the tragedy is...
  • Did RSS turn a blind eye to accused in terror attacks? January 31, 2013

    New Delhi: Ten people, allegedly associated with the RSS, have been accused of terrorising Samjhauta Express, Ajmer Sharif and Mecca Masjid. Did the sangh turn a blind eye? An NIA investigation in Samjhauta case shows all accused have a sangh link. The mastermind - late Sunil Joshi, a RSS pracharak...
  • BJP wants Shinde sacked for terror remarks January 21, 2013

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday hit out at the UPA government for Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's remark that the BJP and the RSS were promoting Hindu terrorism through their training camps. The BJP demanded that UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh demand an...
  • Shinde's terror remark: BJP demands apology January 21, 2013

    New Delhi: The BJP, the RSS and the Congress are yet again involved in a war of words, this time over Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's remarks that the training camps run by them were promoting Hindu terrorism. At the last day of the Congress's Chintan Shivir in Jaipur, Shinde...
  • Pics: Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu leave for Haj January 3, 2013

    Legendary yesteryear actors Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu, his wife, were seen leaving for the annual Haj pilgrimage at Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Kumar recently turned 90. ...
  • Mecca Masjid blast case: NIA gets custody of Tej Ram December 29, 2012

    Hyderabad: A local court on Saturday granted 18-day police custody of Tej Ram, who was arrested in connection with the 2007 Mecca Masjid bomb blast case, to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Tej Ram, believed to be a member of the right-wing group that is suspected to be behind the Samjhauta...
  • NIA arrests right wing group man for Mecca Masjid blast December 25, 2012

    Indore: National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested a man belonging to a right wing group near Indore in connection with the May 2007 Mecca Masjid blast that left 13 people dead in Hyderabad. Tej Ram was apprehended by NIA sleuths on Monday afternoon from Ravidas Marg area of Depalpur, 15 km...
  • Stigma stays forever for the acquitted in terror cases November 28, 2012

    Srinagar/Mumbai: After the acquittal of the Lajpat Nagar blast accused after 16 years in jail, a debate is raging on over the credibility of the police investigation. The question is whether it is a case of innocents being incarcerated for decades or are criminals being set free due to a...