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Healthy and upbeat - three Indian Haj pilgrims are centenarians
Saturday October 5, 2013 10:27 PM, IINA

Three Indian pilgrims above the age of 100 have arrived in Saudi Arabia to perform Haj, and they are keeping fine., official said.

Ismail from the north Indian state of Haryana, who has seen all of 107 summers, is the oldest of the trio, with 102-year-old grand old lady Havabibi Shaikh from Gujarat and 100-year-old Ilyas from Uttar Pradesh looking forward to performing the Haj rituals this season.

All of them have come through the government's central Haj Committee.

"All these three pilgrims are well-oriented with Haj rituals and are also in good health. The Indian medical mission has been visiting them on a regular basis to check their health condition", said Indian Consul General Faiz Ahmed Kidwai.

From India, 100,191 pilgrims arrived till Thursday, with Jeddah accounting for 90,049 and Madinah receiving 62,176 of them.

A total of 337 flights of Saudia and Air India have carried these passengers to the two airports.

The consulate has said that 23 pilgrims died in Makkah and another 12 in Madinah.

A total of 136,020 Indian pilgrims are performing Haj this year, including 121,420 traveling under the country's national Haj committee and 14,600 under private groups.

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