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Haj application process to go online, transparent: Naqvi

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Mumbai, Nov 12: Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Sunday said the government has been working to make the entire Haj process online to bring in transparency and convenience for the pilgrims.

The Minister said the announcement had been made one month in advance to give more time for preparations, adding the applications for Haj will be available from November 15 onwards.

He asserted Haj 2018 will be performed as per the new Haj Policy which is going to be finalised soon by the ministry after examining the recommendations of the high-level committee constituted to frame the new Haj policy. The committee has submitted its report.

Apart from this, Naqvi also launched a new Haj mobile app through which application for Haj can be directly made and registration fee can also be paid.

While launching the app he stated “This app will make Haj application process easier and comfortable. Application for Haj, enquiry and information, news and updates and e-payment are some of the main features of this mobile app,”

“For the first time, for Haj 2018, details of total expenditure to be incurred by the pilgrims is given in the Haj application form. This is a step towards transparency.”

The Haj application form for 2018 contains the embarkation points-wise detailed air fare comparison which will enable the pilgrims to make an informed choice about the embarkation point.

The pilgrims for the first time will get to choose the embarkation point according to their convenience.

“For example, Haj air fare per pilgrim from Srinagar is Rs 1,09,692 while from Delhi it is Rs 73,697. So, the pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir can opt for Delhi embarkation point,” said Naqvi.

“Similarly, the Haj air fare from Guwahati is Rs 1,15,646 per pilgrim while it is Rs 83,027 from Kolkata. So, the pilgrims from Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim can opt for Kolkata,” he explained.

Pilgrims from Gaya, where the airfare is Rs 1,13,680, can also choose Kolkata.

“This will ensure that the pilgrims don’t face problems even after abolition of Haj subsidy,” Naqvi said.

The HCI has expressed disagreement with some of the recommendations, including that of abolishing quota for senior citizen applicants , who are above 70 years and would allow the women above 45 years in a group of four or more to perform Haj without a male relative or “mehram”.

Last time, around 1,24,940 persons performed Haj through Haj Committee of India while about 45,000 pilgrims went their own.

HCI Chairman Mehboob Ali Kaiser, its CEO Maqsood Ahmed Khan and senior officials of the Minority Affairs Ministry were also attended the event.

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Kota creates world record with 2 lakh people performing yoga

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Jaipur, June 21: Rajasthan’s Kota established a world record on Thursday when around two lakh people performed yoga at one place on the occasion of the International Yoga Day.

The event took place in the presence of yoga guru Baba Ramdev and Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia at the RAC ground.

Speaking to IANS, an officer, Hariom Gurjar, said: “We have created a Guinness record as this is the first time these many people performed yoga together at one place.”

He explained that counting of the participants was done with the help of bar codes given to each contestant.

A total of 4,000 volunteers were present on the occasion and a drone centre was set up to keep an eye on the ground. People started reaching the RAC ground from 5 a.m.

A certificate was given to Vasundhara Raje Scindia, District Collector Gaurav Goyal and Baba Ramdev by two Guinness Book of World Record officials who came from London to monitor the proceedings.

Baba Ramdev tweeted that more than two lakh people performed yoga on the International Yoga Day.

“Yog is the best way for the students to de-stress themselves. Thousands of students have joined #YogainKota, the education capital of Rajasthan,” he tweeted.

Earlier, the Chief Minister called for maximum participation from people to set up a world record on the occasion.

Till date, Mysore shares the record where around 55,506 people performed yoga simultaneously at one place on International Yoga Day.

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Rahul says PM fast asleep, FM breaking news on Facebook

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New Delhi, June 21: Congress president Rahul Gandhi launched a blistering attack on the Narendra Modi government and the  RSS  for extending the invisible hand that caused tremendous damage to the  Indian economy.

The Congress president posted a tweet on country’s economic situation saying the country’s Finance Minister has been breaking news on the micro-blogging site Facebook while the national economy is on the brink of collapse.

The Congress president attacked Rashtriya Swayamsewak Singh, the ideological parent of the BJP and said that “the brightest have fled the sinking ship and the invisible hands of the RSS has steered the economy onto the rocks as the Captain who took the Demonetisation decision is fast asleep.”

The Congress leader took to Twitter to share the present economic scenario

”Ex ? FM is locked in his room, breaking news on FaceBook.

BJP Treasurer has the keys to the Indian Economy.

The brightest flee the sinking ship, as the “invisible hand” of the RSS steers it onto the rocks.

Meanwhile, Captain DeMo is fast asleep.

It’s crazy out there !” he tweeted.

Rahul Gandhi said, ”The FM is locked in a room,” adding that it was a breaking news on the micro-blogging site” as Arun Jaitley has been hospitalised due to his kidney ailment

The Indian economy is on a downward spiral due to mismanagement of the BJP,  the Gandhi scion said that ”the BJP national treasurer was actually running the economy”.

 

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On International Yoga Day, Kangana Ranaut performs Yogasanas in London

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New Delhi, June 21: Actress Kangana Ranaut on Thursday celebrated International Yoga Day in London, where she is currently shooting for her upcoming film ‘Mental Hai Kya’.

Pictures and video of Kangana performing yoga at London’s Hyde Park have been shared by the actress’ official fan club on Instagram.

“Kangana Ranaut shows her dedication towards yoga on International Yoga Day 2018 and encourages everyone to adopt yoga as a lifestyle and a way to spiritual awakening,” read the caption.

In another post, the actress actually amused everyone in the video as she practiced some Yogasanas like a pro.

“Kangana Ranaut practicing the ancient science of yoga on International Yoga Day. The key to practice yoga is patience & stillness,” the post read.

And after watching the video, we must say, she indeed performed some of the most toughest exercises.

In one of the videos, Kangana is seen perforiming a perfect and a flawless backbend while in the other she performs a generic stretchting Yoga exercise. One must not forget the cute thumbs up she showed to the fans after completing the yoga exercises.

On this International Yoga Day, Seems Kangana became the first bollywood celebrity to wish her fans a happpy yoga day.

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