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Govt announces reduction in airfare for Haj

New Delhi: The government today announced a significant reduction in airfare for those going on the Haj, a month after it scrapped subsidies for the pilgrimage. Union Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi described the move as a “major step”. “The PMO took a keen interest in this. The decision is in line with our empowerment […]

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Allah Hafiz, Fake Secularism!

The Narendra Modi government has appreciably brought an end to the 70-year old regime of a distorted version of secularism in the country by ending the Haj subsidy, which knowledgeable Muslims disapproved of, as the pilgrimage was undertaken on taxpayers’ money rather than the believer’s own hard savings. This was an atrociously communal, socialistic manner […]

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Modi govt ends Haj subsidy

New Delhi: There will be no subsidy for Haj from this year, minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said today. सिर्फ़ News had broken the story of the Narendra Modi government’s intention to end this subsidy in mid-2017. Naqvi told reporters that despite the subsidy withdrawal, a record number of 1.75 lakh Muslims will undertake […]

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Muslim women can travel for Haj without ‘mahram’: PM

New Delhi: Terming the policy of allowing Muslim women to perform Haj only in the company of a male guardian as “injustice”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said his government has removed the restriction following which hundreds of women have applied to travel alone for the pilgrimage. According to the Ministry of Minority Affairs, now Muslim […]

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Govt to procure a ship for Haj pilgrimage?

The Union Minorities Affairs Ministry is planning to either buy a ship or take a ship on lease to facilitate Haj pilgrimage with reduced financial burden. Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari had a meeting on this issue last week. The minority affairs minister sought help from the […]

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Haj subsidy to be phased out without troubling Hajis

New Delhi: After the Supreme Court ruling to end Haj subsidy for Muslims by 2022, Union  Minority  Affairs  Ministry is looking into ways and means to nullify its impact on Haj pilgrims.  Minority  Affairs  Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi asked the committee, which was constituted to suggest how the impact of the withdrawal of subsidy can be […]