After scrapping Haj subsidy, Govt announces reduction in airfare for pilgrims Current Affairs 

After scrapping Haj subsidy, Govt announces reduction in airfare for pilgrims

New Delhi: The Centre today announced a noteworthy reduction in airfare for people going on Haj, a month after it scrapped subsidies for the pilgrimage. Union Minority Affairs Minister 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 without appeasement policy,” Naqvi told reporters. The fare reduction will be applicable to passages on Air India, Saudi Airlines and Flynas, an air carrier based in Saudi Arabia, to Jeddah and Medina from 21 airports…

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88 women have applied for Haj without 'mehram' Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Current Affairs 

88 women have applied for Haj without ‘mehram’: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

New Delhi: In a first of its kind, 88 women have applied for Haj without a “mehram” or male guardian within first week after the procedure for Haj 2018 started, Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Tuesday. As per the new Haj policy, women above 45 years of age can go on the holy pilgrimage without a male guardian in a group of four. Naqvi said 22 groups of women, 18 of them from Kerala, have applied for the Haj under the ‘non-mehram’ category since November 15.…

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