Hours before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's arrival here to attend the 11th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, a minor fire broke out near the dais on Tuesday where Dr.Singh is scheduled to address delegates from 192 countries at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC).

A working group meeting which was in progress was briefly stopped as policemen swung into action and put out the fire believed to have been caused by a short circuit.

The Prime Minister is scheduled to arrive at the Begumpet airport here at 2.45 p.m. and leave for HICC by helicopter. Tight security has been mounted by the Andhra Pradesh police for the three-hour long visit of Dr. Singh to prevent any untoward incident on account of the agitation for a separate Telangana State.

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