First batch of J&K Haj pilgrims to leave for Medina today

 The first batch of Haj pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir will leave from here directly to the holy city of Medina in Saudi Arabia from August 17, officials said on Wednesday.

J&K CM directs officials on facilitating of state Haj pilgrims

 Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today directed for deputation of Secretary Revenue Department to the holy city of Medina Munawarah to oversee the arrangements and facilitate Haj pilgrims from the state upon their arrival in Saudi Arabia.

J&K Haj pilgrims to leave for Medina from Aug 17

 The first batch of Haj pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir will leave from here directly to the holy city of Medina in Saudi Arabia from August 17, officials said on Wednesday.

Saudi opens first privatised airport for pilgrims

 Saudi Arabia on Thursday officially opens a billion-dollar aviation gateway aimed at Muslim pilgrims, in the kingdom`s first airport privatisation.

Saudi Arabia beheads Pakistani for drug smuggling

 Saudi Arabia beheaded a Pakistani convicted of heroin trafficking on Thursday, bringing to 33 the number of death sentences carried out in the first two months of the year.

Blaze kills 12 pilgrims in Saudi holy city hotel

A fire killed 12 people and injured 130 others in a pilgrim hotel in the Saudi holy city of Medina on Saturday, the state-run SPA news agency reported.

29 injured as plane makes emergency landing in Saudi Arabia

At least 29 passengers sustained injuries Sunday morning during their plane`s emergency landing due to a technical fault in the western Saudi city of Medina, Xinhua quoted Saudi Press Agency as saying.

Ehsaan Noorani off to Mecca

Singer-musician Ehsaan Noorani has embarked on a religious journey to Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

127 Haj pilgrims from Bihar stranded in Medina

About 127 Haj pilgrims from Bihar are stranded in Saudi Arabia for more than 36 hours after their flight was cancelled due to some technical reason.

Saudi Arabia slashes number of Haj pilgrims by 20%

Saudi Arabia has slashed the number of Hajj pilgrims, including from India, by 20% citing massive ongoing construction work aimed at expanding grand Mecca mosque as a reason behind the decision.

‘Devil’ stoned as Muslims celebrate Eid

An estimated 2.8mn people from around the world are performing the Hajj this year.