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No ceremonial reception for PM

Written by: Staff

Hyderabad, Oct 25 (UNI) The ceremonial reception planned for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here tomorrow has been dropped as his visit will last only five hours, and there will be very tight security.

Soon after his arrival by a special aircraft at 1000 hrs, the Prime Minister, would motor down to the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (NPA) to inspect the passing out parade by IPS probationers, police sources said.

A late night communique from the State Government said 'there wont be a ceremonial reception at the airport'. Dr Singh would proceed directly to the NPAcademy. However, there would be a ceremonial send off at Begumpet airport when he leaves for Delhi in the afternoon.

A team of security personnel led by Inspector General Sudeep Laktakia have made elaborate security arrangements at the Academy and in Mahboobnagar District, where he would lay the foundation stone for a Rs 1500 crore national highway upgradation project between the under-construction airport at Shamsabad and Bangalore.

The Prime Minister, earlier scheduled to have lunch on board his aircraft, would now spend more time in Kothakota in Mahboobnagar.

He would address a public meeting at Kothakota, where he was expected to verbalise the party's views on development of the Telangana region in view of the impending by-poll to the Lok Sabha from Karimnagar caused by the resignation of TRS President and former Union Minister K Chandrasekar Rao, Congress party sources said.

The Prime Minister will also address a public meeting and witness a photo exhibition organised by the district administration on the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

He would leave for New Delhi from here at 1315 hrs.


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