First flight to Haj takes off

Addressing the news conference after flagging off the first Haj flight on Sunday, Krishna said that foreign secretaries from China and Russia will take part in the meeting. He said that he had attended a bilateral meeting in Russia this week.

On the issue of attack on Indians in Australia, he said that the situation seems to have settled down after visit to Australia.

“Elaborate procedures are in place for prospective students going to Australia. The applications of the prospective students will be scrutinised and an orientation programme will be held for selected students. Similar orientation programme will be held for them on reaching Australia too,” he said and added that large number of students have been leaving from India to Australia to study hair style proportion courses, which are available in India too, and hence students going for such courses should not be motivated.

Responding to the comment of one of the senior parliamentarian that foreign affairs of India is in wrong hands, Krishna said that, after what this senior parliamentarian did during Kandahar hijack incident, he need not learn lesson from people who have murky record.
In connection with the Mumbai terror attack, he said that the Pakistani court is delaying the trail of the accused in the terror attack.

As many as 700 pilgrims will take off from Mangalore airport from Sunday onwards. A total of 112 pilgrims left in the first flight on Sunday.

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