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Makkah stampede: Death toll for Indians rises to 35

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GRAPHIC CONTENT Saudi emergency personnel stand near bodies of Hajj pilgrims at the site where at least 717 were killed and hundreds wounded in a stampede in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, at the annual hajj in Saudi Arabia on September 24, 2015. The stampede, the second deadly accident to strike the pilgrims this year, broke out during the symbolic stoning of the devil ritual, the Saudi civil defence service said. AFP PHOTO / STR

New Delhi: The number of Indian pilgrims killed in the Makkah Haj stampede continued to rise, with six more deaths announced, taking the toll to 35 so far, the government said on Sunday.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted: “Unfortunately, there are six more Indians (among dead) taking the toll to 35.”

She said the Saudi authorities have released photos of 1,090 pilgrims who have died in the stampede.

Sushma Swaraj said the Indian embassy officials were providing all help to the bereaved families.

The six dead pilgrims include four from Gujarat and one each from Jharkhand and Bihar.

The names of the victims from Gujarat are: Mohamed Yunus Rahimbhai Mansuri, Bibi Ismail, Maherunnisha Hanif and Mohammed Yusuf Sikandarmiya Malik. The dead person from Bihar was Jaibun Nisha and from Jharkhand was Nashima Khatoon.

In the morning, the external affairs ministry announced seven more deaths from last Thursday’s stampede near Makkah in Saudi Arabia.

The dead pilgrims included five from Kerala and one each from Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.

The seven from Kerala were: Faaiz Abdul Muneer Veettil, Amina Beevi Mohammed Shafi Musaliar, Abdul Rahiman Asarithodi, Puthu Veettil Kunhimon and Moinuddin Abdul Kader. The dead from Uttar Pradesh was identified as Anvar Janha, and the one from Jharkhand as Mansurul Haque.

On Saturday, the government announced eight more deaths, and said with more bodies being identified from among the 769 deaths reported in Thursday’s stampede, the toll could go up.

The eight dead reported on Saturday were: two pilgrims each from Kerala, Jharkhand and Gujarat, and one each from Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.

Of the 14 dead reported on Friday, nine were from Gujarat, two each belonged to Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu, and one was from Maharashtra.

(IANS)

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More urban Indians worried about jobs, still back govt

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Employment generation needs to be the top priority of the government, as it is reaching alarming proportions, among worry levels of urban Indians. (Representational Image). Pixabay

For the BJP-led Central government battling opposition criticism over a sluggish economy, the latest report of the Ipsos ‘What Worries the World’ monthly survey has good news as well as bad. 58 per cent of urban Indian respondents, in January, believed that India is heading in the right direction, unlike global citizens, of whom at least 61 per cent believe their country is on the wrong track.

However the bad news for the BJP is that the survey results for January show an 11 percent drop in optimism levels from December, when no less than 69 percent of urban Indians polled believed that India is moving in the right direction.

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Urban Indians continue to list joblessness or unemployment, crime and violence, and financial and political corruption as their top concerns. Pixabay

“Employment generation needs to be the top priority of the government, as it is reaching alarming proportions, among worry levels of urban Indians. Likewise, law & order and incidents of violence need to be tackled with a firm hand,” said Amit Adarkar, CEO, Ipsos India.

Urban Indians continue to list joblessness or unemployment, crime and violence, and financial and political corruption as their top concerns. In January, worries centred around financial and political corruption saw a slight dip of 2 per cent over the previous month, while concerns over joblessness, and crime and violence zoomed up by 11 per cent and 7 per cent, respectively.

“Urban Indians continue to be optimistic and have faith in the abilities of the administrators, steering the country. Government should allay their worries by taking concrete steps. Some of the initiatives announced in the Union Budget, around Education & Skills under ‘Aspirational India’ theme, are likely to a have a positive impact, in the long term. However, we need some immediate term measures, to improve outlook,” Adarkar added.

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In all, 19,508 interviews were conducted for the January survey, between December 20, 2019 and January 3, 2020 in 28 countries around the world via the Ipsos Online Panel system. (IANS)