In a significant move, Saudi Arabia increased the Haj quota for India for the year 2023 where a total of 1,75,025 Indian Haj pilgrims will be able to perform Haj, reportedly the highest in history.
This announcement comes as part of a bilateral agreement signed between both countries on Monday in Jeddah.
Saudi Arabian Haj and Umrah deputy minister Dr Adelfattah bin Suleiam Mash and Indian Consul General Md. Shahid Alam signed the agreement at the former’s office in Jeddah.
The highest quota for India was in 2019 when 1.4 lakh pilgrims performed the holy pilgrimage. In the following year, the number was reduced to 1.25 lakh, however, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, Haj was cancelled that year.
In 2022, Saudi Arabia welcomed 79,237 Indian pilgrims for Haj.
During the Congress-led UPA rule, the highest quota was 1,26,018 in 2010.
Due to quota constraints, many optimistic Indians were left out of the draw system across the country, however, with the highest-ever quota, more Indian pilgrims can perform Haj this year and shrinking the waiting time and widening draw chances.
There was no mention of the cost, however, depreciating the Indian rupee against the US dollar in addition to various cost factors in holy cities, this year, costs are expected to go up.
Man kills mother for not serving him tasty food
A man from Maharashtra’s Thane allegedly killed his mother, 55, following a quarrel with her over her failure to provide him tasty food.
The event happened on Sunday night in Murbad taluka’s Velu village, according to an official of Thane rural police control room.
The mother used to argue frequently with her son over household matters.
On Sunday, the man again had a quarrel with his mother and complained that she did not cook and serve him tasty food, the police said quoting the FIR.
The man, in a fit of anger, allegedly attacked his mother with a sickle on her neck following which she collapsed and died, the official said.
Some persons from the neighbourhood alerted police, who rushed to the spot and sent the body to a government hospital for post-mortem.
After the incident, the accused allegedly had an overdose of sleeping pills. He was hospitalised by relatives and has not yet been arrested, the official said.
A case was registered on Monday against the accused under Indian Penal Code section 302 (murder), he said.
Elderly man declared dead in March, holds ‘Main Zinda Hun’ placard
In Agra, a 70-year-old man was seen putting up the wooden sign “Main Zinda Hun (I am alive).” According to Dinanath Yadav, the Agra resident, he was declared dead by the employees at the office of Agra’s Chief Development Officer (CDO).
Carrying the wooden placard around his neck, Yadav appeared before the Agra District Magistrate office on Sunday, claiming he was “maliciously” declared dead by the state government employees in March this year, India Today reported.
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Surprised at his claim, the District Magistrate pursued the documents produced by Yadav and issued instructions to the CDO’s staff to ascertain how he was pronounced dead.Speaking to India Today, Dinanath Yadav said that he is in perfect health, goes to his farms every day, and has even been drawing an old-age pension for the past two years.
However, his pension stopped in March this year and he was not given a satisfactory answer when he contacted the village Secretary, he said.According to Yadav, he went to the CDO office where he learned that a staffer had shown him as dead in the government records, which not only caused his pension to stop but could also lead to several legal issues for him in the future.
He said that he had tried to contact the District Magistrate several times in the past eight months. He decided to walk into the DM’s office with a placard hanging from his neck that read “Main Zinda Hoon”.
Yadav said that the District Magistrate immediately called up the village Panchayat Secretary in Etmadpur and instructed him to file a full report, resolving his problem.
When asked if he was aware of the issue, Block Development Officer (BDO) Anirudh Singh said that he did come across this case but since he was on leave, he was unable to comment on it.
Social activist Vijay Upadhyay pointed out that this is not a solitary case, and there were hundreds of such men in Uttar Pradesh, who have been pronounced dead on government records and are struggling to prove that they are alive.
Woman bites off husband’s ear during fight
In a strange incident, a woman allegedly bit off her husband’s ear during a verbal altercation out of fury. According to a police officer on Sunday, the event happened on November 20 in the Sultanpuri neighborhood of Delhi.
The victim, a 45-year-old man told the police about the incident and reported an FIR after she underwent an ear surgery.
The man told the police, “I went to throw garbage outside my house around 9.20 am on November 20. I asked my wife to clean the house. Soon after I returned home, my wife started fighting with me over an unknown issue.”
The complaint was filed on November 22, two days after the incident took place. An FIR has been registered against the women following the complaint under Section 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and further investigation is on into the matter. The victim, whose name has not been revealed yet, also told the police that his wife asked him to sell the house and give her a share so that she could stay separately with the children.
“I tried to make her understand, but a verbal spat ensued. She even tried to hit me, but I pushed her away. I was walking out of the house when she held me from the back and in a fit of rage bit my right ear so hard that the upper portion of my ear got dismembered,” the victim said.
After the incident, the victim’s son took him to Sanjay Gandhi Hospital in Mangolpuri for treatment. He then underwent surgery at Jaipur Golden Hospital in Rohini.
The police said that they received information about the attack on November 20 from a hospital and a team was sent to investigate the matter.
According to a senior police officer, the victim was unwell and not in a condition to give a statement. He had requested the police that he would come to the police station later to give his statement. Police said further investigations are underway and they are looking into verifying the allegations.
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