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Number of Nigerian pilgrims killed in Haj stampede rises to 64

Abuja: The official toll of Nigerian Haj pilgrims who died in the stampede last Thursday in Saudi Arabia rose to 64 after ten more bodies were identified on Tuesday, an official said.

National Haj Commission of Nigeria spokesman Uba Mana, who confirmed the figure to Xinhua news agency, said 244 Nigerian pilgrims are still missing following the incident.

The official said 10 more pilgrims from Nigeria were injured in the stampede bringing the number of injured to 71.

Nigerian authorities on Monday declared 54 Nigerians dead in Mina.

India-Saudi ties growing stronger: Envoy

New Delhi: India-Saudi Arabia ties are going strong and their bilateral energy cooperation is at a high level, the kingdom's envoy, Saud bin Mohammed Al-Sati, said on the occasion of his country's national day.

The embassy celebrated its National Day on Monday. The day is celebrated across Saudi Arabia on September 23 to mark the unification of the nation.

Maldives president unharmed, wife injured in speedboat blast

Male: The president of the Maldives was unhurt but his wife and two others were injured in an explosion on board their speedboat on Monday as it was about to dock at a jetty in capital Male, the media reported.

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim were travelling to Male from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (INIA), which is located on the nearby island of Hulhule. They were returning home from visit to Saudi Arabia after performing the Haj pilgrimage, Haveeru online reported.

Nawaz raises Kashmir issue with Ban Ki-moon

United Nations: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif raised the Kashmir plebiscite issue with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday and wanted the United Nations Military Observer Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) strengthened, Pakistani media reported.

However, here at the UN headquarters Ban's spokesman only said in a statement that during their meeting "the secretary-general stressed the necessity for Pakistan and India to continue their peaceful dialogue".

Pakistan to facilitate Afghan-Taliban peace talks

Islamabad: Afghanistan's peace and prosperity were essential for Pakistan's own security, Adviser to prime minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said.

While attending an event on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, he reiterated Pakistan's solidarity with Afghanistan and expressed hope that the Afghan peace process would be resumed soon, Dawn online reported on Sunday.

He said Pakistan was ready to facilitate peace talks, if the Afghan government desired so.

Haj stampede: Indian toll rises to 22

New Delhi: Eight more deaths of Indian Haj pilgrims were announced by the government on Saturday, taking the toll to 22 in Thursday's tragedy near Makkah in Saudi Arabia.

The number of deaths going up was not ruled out with more bodies yet to be identified.

In the latest announcement, made on Saturday evening, two Haj pilgrims from Kerala, and one each from Jharkhand and Karnataka were reported killed in the crush on Thursday in Mina, that has left at least 767 people dead.

Thirteen Indians were among the over 800 injured.

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Telangana CM shocked over Haj tragedy

Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has expressed shock over the stampede in Saudi Arabia that killed 717 Haj pilgrims including a woman from the state.

He expressed his grief over the tragic loss of lives in the tragedy that occurred Thursday in holy city of Mina.

In a statement, the chief minister wished speedy recovery of those injured.

Mukherjee, Modi condole deaths at Haj stampede

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top leaders of the country on Thursday condoled the deaths in a horrific Haj stampede in Saudi Arabia.

"Deeply saddened by tragic incident at Mina on Thursday, during which a large number of Haj pilgrims lost their lives," the president tweeted.

"My sincere condolences to the government of Saudi Arabia and families of the deceased pilgrims. I also wish speedy recovery to injured," he said.

Indian among 717 killed in Haj stampede, worst tragedy in 25 years

Riyadh : An Indian woman from Telangana was among the 717 people killed on Thursday in a horrific Haj stampede in Saudi Arabia, the worst tragedy to hit the world's holiest Muslim pilgrimage in 25 years.

Another Indian, from Lakshadweep, was among the 805 pilgrims injured in the disaster that took place on the first day of Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice.

The incident took place near Mina and about five kilometres from Makkah, the Saudi Civil Defence said.