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Haj is not for making profits, says apex court (Lead)


July 27th, 2012 - 9:39 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 27 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday said private tour operators (PTOs) engaged in travel and stay arrangements of Haj pilgrims going to Makkah and Madina could not ... Read more...

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SC declines government’s plea on VIP Haj quota


July 27th, 2012 - 8:25 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 27 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday declined to entertain the central government's plea to defer, till next year, its July 23 order slashing the dignitaries quota of ... Read more...

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Haj is not for making profits, says apex court


July 27th, 2012 - 2:48 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 27 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday said that the private tour operators (PTOs), engaged in the travel of Haj pilgrims, could not undertake their enterprise with an ... Read more...

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Luring day-trippers - Delhi’s HOHO buses change gear (Feature) (With Images)


July 15th, 2012 - 4:33 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) The children's laughter and chatter grow as the luxury bus rolls from Qutab Minar. The next stop is Lotus Temple for the bus, begun initially ... Read more...

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Remove Haj subsidy in 10 years, SC tells government (Second Lead)


May 8th, 2012 - 6:28 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, May 8 (IANS) The Supreme Court Tuesday directed the government to eliminate the subsidy for Haj pilgrims in the next 10 years.Coming out against the government policy of ... Read more...

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Apex court backs women tour operators on Haj quota (Lead)


April 30th, 2012 - 11:27 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) Even as it reserved its verdict, the Supreme Court Monday asked the government to consider women private operators in the process for the allocation of ... Read more...

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Himachal’s snowy slopes invite skiers (With Image)


January 11th, 2012 - 2:08 pm ICT by IANS
Manali (Himachal Pradesh), Jan 11 (IANS) Powdery snow slopes near this picturesque tourist resort have once again started attracting skiers. And they should be in no hurry - the hills ... Read more...

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101,072 Indian Hajis reach Saudi Arabia


October 25th, 2011 - 10:03 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) A total of 101,072 Indian Haj pilgrims have reached Saudi Arabia. And 46 have died.According to the Consulate General of India in Jeddah, 97,405 of ... Read more...

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Haj VIP quota is bad: Supreme Court


October 18th, 2011 - 10:14 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) Terming the VIP quota for Haj pilgrims as a "bad religious practice", the Supreme Court Tuesday said it would oversee the Haj policy for 2012. "We ... Read more...

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13 Indian Haj pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia


October 12th, 2011 - 9:28 pm ICT by IANS
Jeddah, Oct 12 (IANS) Thirteen Indian pilgrims have died in Saudi Arabia while undertaking the annual Haj pilgrimage, an official statement said Wednesday. "As of today, 13 pilgrims have expired, out ... Read more...

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Court curbs on Haj quota of private tour operators


September 19th, 2011 - 8:13 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, Sep 19 (IANS) The Bombay High Court Monday stayed the allotment of Haj quota to private tour operators till Sep 23 and sought a reply from the central government ... Read more...

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Licences of 170 Haj tour operators cancelled


September 16th, 2011 - 5:56 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, Sep 16 (IANS) The Haj plans of nearly 10,000 pilgrims have been jeopardised after the central government cancelled the licences of 170 private tour operators, an official said here ... Read more...

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Haj tour operators demand release of quota


September 12th, 2011 - 2:37 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, Sep 12 (IANS) With the Haj 2011 season fast approaching, over 600 private tour operators and 50,000 prospective pilgrims are in a quandary as the central government has not ... Read more...

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Ski down grassy Himalayan slopes this summer


March 15th, 2011 - 10:30 am ICT by IANS
Shimla, March 15 (IANS) Snow or not, winter or summer, skiers can have fun gliding down slopes in Himachal Pradesh right through the year with the state government promoting grass ... Read more...

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Snow-clad slopes make Manali a skiers’ paradise


February 23rd, 2011 - 3:07 pm ICT by IANS
By Vishal Gulati Manali (Himachal Pradesh), Feb 23 (IANS) Plentiful snowfall has turned this picturesque resort town in Kullu valley into a paradise for skiers visiting from across the globe."Nice snow", remarked a ... Read more...

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Record number of Indian pilgrims head for Haj


October 12th, 2010 - 4:53 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 12 (IANS) External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, during a ceremonial send-off Tuesday, asked Haj pilgrims from India to pay attention to their security.Over 170,000 Muslims from India will embark ... Read more...

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Nine tourists airlifted in Himachal


June 14th, 2010 - 2:49 pm ICT by IANS
Manali, June 14 (IANS) Nine more tourists from Maharashtra stranded in Lahaul and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh were airlifted Monday after snowfall and landslides blocked the road leading to the region, police ... Read more...

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Krishna flags off first batch of Haj pilgrims from Mangalore


October 25th, 2009 - 8:38 pm ICT by IANS
Mangalore, Oct 25 (IANS) External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna Sunday flagged off the first batch of Haj pilgrims from Karnataka to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia at the Bajpe airport in this ... Read more...

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First batch of Indian Haj pilgrims leaves Tuesday


October 19th, 2009 - 4:55 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) The first batch of Indian Haj pilgrims will leave for Saudi Arabia Tuesday, beginning a two-and-a-half month operation during which over 123,000 Indian Muslims will perform the ... Read more...

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Uttar Pradesh Haj committee to demand increase in quota


September 28th, 2009 - 6:54 pm ICT by IANS
Lucknow, Sep 28 (IANS) With more devout from the state applying for the Haj pilgrimage, the Uttar Pradesh State Haj Committee Monday decided to request the central Haj committee to increase its ... Read more...

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MEA revises quota for private Haj tour operators


September 1st, 2009 - 12:01 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Aug 31 (IANS) The Ministry of External Affairs has revised its rules for allocation of quota for Haj pilgrims for private tour operators. This was decided at a meeting chaired by ... Read more...

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Former Supreme Court judge gives clean chit to MEA on Haj Quota issue


August 27th, 2009 - 10:44 pm ICT by ANI
By Naveen KapoorNew Delhi, Aug 27 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs has been given clean chit over the alleged discrepancies and imbalances in the Haj Quotas system.Retired Supreme Court judge ... Read more...

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India advises caution to Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims


July 23rd, 2009 - 10:00 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) India Thursday advised intending Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims to take caution and "prepare for the difficulties that they may have to face" on the high altitude journey "where ... Read more...

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Police check waived for Haj passports


June 29th, 2009 - 11:30 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) The union government in an attempt to ease the process of issuance of temporary passports to Haj pilgrims has decided to waive police verification involved in the ... Read more...

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Pakistani MPs urge government to restore Haj quota


June 20th, 2009 - 9:37 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, June 20 (IANS) Cutting across the political divide, Pakistani parliamentarians Saturday urged the government to restore their Haj quota, the Online news agency said. The government Wednesday abolished the Haj quota of ... Read more...

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Pakistan abolishes Haj quota of MPs


June 18th, 2009 - 12:41 am ICT by IANS
Islamabad, June 17 (IANS) The Pakistan government Wednesday abolished the Haj quota of all parliamentarians, including president and prime minister, in order to "provide equal chance" to every aspirant. Announcing a new ... Read more...

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Death during Kailash pilgrimage is auspicious: tour operator


June 14th, 2009 - 7:17 pm ICT by IANS
By Prashant K. Nanda and Shweta Srinivasan New Delhi, June 14 (IANS) "No medical test is mandatory... private tour operators are not as strict as government," said the private tour operator in the ... Read more...

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Goa taxi drivers’ strike hits tourists hard


November 30th, 2008 - 10:21 pm ICT by IANS
Panaji, Nov 30 (IANS) Tourists taxis in Goa stayed off the roads for the third consecutive day Sunday after a tiff with private tour operators, affecting a large number of tourists traveling ... Read more...

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Delhi’s first Haj flight takes off for Jeddah


October 30th, 2008 - 6:55 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) The first Haj flight from the national capital this year took off Thursday evening from Delhi airport with 240 pilgrims headed for Jeddah, an official said.The Saudi ... Read more...

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First batch of Haj pilgrims leaves for Madina


October 30th, 2008 - 1:39 pm ICT by IANS
Hyderabad, Oct 30 (IANS) The first batch of Haj pilgrims from India this year left for the holy city of Madina in Saudi Arabia early Thursday. The batch comprising of 299 pilgrims ... Read more...

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Haj terminal at Delhi airport gets new look


October 29th, 2008 - 9:10 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 29 (IANS) The Haj terminal at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here has got a major facelift as it prepares to welcome pilgrims from Thursday, said an airport official.Arun ... Read more...

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Record 168,000 Indians to go for Haj this year


October 27th, 2008 - 2:56 pm ICT by IANS
Dubai, Oct 27 (IANS) The Indian consulate in Jeddah is gearing up its resources to receive a record 168,000 Indians coming for the Haj pilgrimage this year.India's Consul General in Jeddah Sayeed ... Read more...

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Railways subsidiary to organise study tours for Delhi students


October 12th, 2008 - 12:47 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 12 (IANS) Parents of students in Delhi's state-run schools might breathe easy now with the government deciding to rely on an Indian Railways subsidiary - instead of private operators ... Read more...

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‘Check out private tour operators before booking for Haj’


August 26th, 2008 - 10:43 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, Aug 26 (IANS) Haj tour operators’ association Tuesday asked aspiring pilgrims to verify the credentials of private travel agencies before booking for pilgrimage with them.All India Haj Umrah Tour Organisers' Association ... Read more...

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