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Kerala MPs demand restoration of AI flights to Gulf

Last Updated: Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 15:27

New Delhi: Kerala MPs on Thursday demanded restoration of Air India flights from the state for the Gulf region.

"Air India flights for the Gulf have been suspended for the last three months from Kerala and this is causing a great inconvenience to passengers from the state," Congress MP
K Sudhakaran said outside Parliament.

Holding placards near the Gandhi statue, UDF MPs from Kerala staged a dharna in front of parliament complex to press their demand.

"We want justice for Kerala and demand that the discrimination against the state by Air India be stopped," he said and alleged that "by cancelling flights, the AI has
favoured private carriers."

Riyadh: The Interior Minister says Saudi Arabia is on alert for a possible al Qaeda attack next week during hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage that draws millions of worshippers to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.

Prince Nayef did not mention any specific threat or intelligence on an attack. But when he was asked at a news conference about the possibility of an al Qaeda strike on hajj, he said: "We don`t rule out any possibility of something that disturbs the security" of the pilgrims.

The hajj begins on November 15 and lasts for several days.
Saudi Arabia gave the West key intelligence on two mail bombs recently intercepted after they were sent on planes from neighbouring Yemen. Al Qaeda in Yemen claimed responsibility.

Bureau Report

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First Published: Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 15:27

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