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First batch of Haj pilgrims from Telangana leave for Jeddah

The first batch of 340 pilgrims left from Telangana for Saudi Arabia on Sunday to perform the Haj pilgrimage.

First batch of Haj pilgrims from J&K to leave on August 10

Nearly 6,500 pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir would perform Haj this year and the first batch would leave for Saudi Arabia on August 10, officials said on Thursday.

Mecca stampede: We will provide all help to Indian nationals, says Sushma Swaraj

After the stampede tragedy in Saudi Arabia, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Thursday that the government would provide all help to Indian nationals.

Sonia Gandhi expresses shock over stampede deaths in Mecca

 Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday expressed deep shock and distress over the deaths and injuries in a stampede in Mecca.

No political propaganda during Haj: Saudi Crown Prince

Saudi Arabia will not allow any political propaganda during this year's Haj and those trying to violate the pilgrimage's sanctity will be arrested, the crown prince has said apparently referring to attempts to use Islam's holiest site to highlight the situation in strife-torn Syria and Yemen.

Traumatised by Mecca crane crash tragedy, pilgrims ask for accountability

Traumatised by Mecca crane crash tragedy, pilgrims ask for accountability

Jumaa Ibrahim and his wife Hasnaa Karam, a Syrian couple in their early 60s, arrived in Mecca on Friday, and headed straight to Islam's holiest site, the cube-shaped Kaaba.

Mecca crane collapse `act of God`: Engineer

Mecca crane collapse `act of God`: Engineer

 The collapse of a construction crane that killed 107 people at Mecca`s Grand Mosque was "an act of God" and not due to a technical fault, an engineer for the developer said Saturday.

Air India flies 46,700 Haj pilgrims

Air India Wednesday completed its Haj operations, flying about 46,700 pilgrims to Madina and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia recording the highest ever on-time performance of over 97 percent.