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Kerala: Haj pilgrims leave for Saudi Arabia

First published: October 6, 2012, 12:23 PM IST | Updated: October 6, 2012
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Kerala: Haj pilgrims leave for Saudi Arabia
The first batch of Haj pilgrims left for Saudi Arabia from Malappuram on Saturday.

Malappuram: The first batch of Haj pilgrims left for Saudi Arabia from here on Saturday. Almost 300 pilgrims were seen off by Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed from the airport here.

The state Haj Committee had selected 8,229 pilgrims from 49,403 applicants this season. The committee has also provided an ATM and a SIM card to each pilgrim.

The pilgrims would travel by Saudi Airlines, which will operate 32 flight services till Oct 20. The pilgrims will return on Nov 16.

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