Over 2 million Muslims arrive in Mecca for Hajj

Two million Muslims from around the globe have touched base in Mecca for the hajj journey. Two years after a stampede killed more than 2,000 admirers. Shia Muslims from Iran came back to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, after the greatest disaster in years.

A year ago almost 2,300 devotees along with 464 Iranis were among those killed in the stampede, prompting authorities in Tehran to condemn how Saudi Arabia organized the journey.

Despite the tension between the countries neither Iran nor its Sunni provincial adversaries want to drag this rift.The current year’s hajj journey likewise comes when the Gulf is soiled by a political emergency and ISIS keeps on battling in Iraq and Syria.

A blacklist forced on the little yet gas-rich emirate since June 5 has brought about Qatar’s territory, ocean and air to be gravely influenced.

This has likewise had a thump on the impact of hajj-related travel, in spite of the fact that Riyadh declared it was unwinding sure confinements for explorers.

Sourced from The Telegraph and The Economic Times

Amarnath Yatra 2017 commences with tightened security

The annual Amarnath Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir commenced on June 28, 2017, with tight security wrapped around it amidst reports of a possible terror attack. Out of the 2.12 lac registered participants, the first batch of 2280 pilgrims left from Bhagvati Nagar Yatri Niwas in the morning. The group constituted of 1,811 males, 442 females and 47 holy men. They left for the Himalayan cave shrine located in Anantnag in 72 vehicles at around 5:30 am.

The pilgrim convoy was escorted by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) vehicles, as informed by a police official. Special Director General of CRPF, SN Shrivastava, visited the base camp and reviewed the elaborate security arrangements that have been put into place for an incident-free Yatra.

Intelligence intercepted sensitive information and officials were warned that militants would target 100 policemen and pilgrims. A leaked letter by Inspector General of Police went viral on social media, that revealed “terrorists have been directed to eliminate 100 to 150 pilgrims and about 100 police officers and officials”, Kashmir Zone’s IGP Muneer Khan, mentioned in a letter that was sent to the Army, CRPF and range DIGs in the state.

This year’s Yatra has been cut short by eight days and will now be 40 days long, and will conclude on August 7, 2017. Approximately 2.12 lakh yatris have registered for the pilgrimage in the legendary Hindu cave that is located nearly 14,000 feet above the sea level.

Apart from beefing up the security, the residential accommodation, mess facilities and an adequate number of medical officers have also been put in place for pilgrims arriving from different parts of the country.

 

Sources: NDTV, Firstpost