WTC: special flight to ferry over 100 Malaysian delegates

Special Correspondent
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A big contingent of 108 delegates from Malaysia will arrive in Hyderabad by a special flight one or two days in advance, en route to Tirupati to participate in the three-day World Telugu Conference being held there from December 27. Another group is expected from the US.

According to information received by the authorities, 70 delegates are coming from Myanmar, a country where Telugus have strong roots.

The delegates’ number from UK, Canada, Germany, Mauritius, Singapore, Dubai is going to be similar.

Achaiah Naidu, president, Malaysian Telugu Association, who will be in the city on Wednesday, will meet WTC officials to discuss various aspects of the conference including arrangements for delegates. With a day left for closing of registrations, nearly 5,000 people enlisted themselves as delegates.

RTC shuttle trips

A decision was taken by the authorities to organise fee trips by plying RTC shuttle services, cabs etc within Tirupati on the three days to the venue -- Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University from various points. Culture director R. V. Prasada Raju said the venue would be converted into all-facility ‘Telugu culture township’, comprising a main auditorium where the conference would be held and several smaller auditoria for conducting cultural and literary programmes and food courts, exhibitions, stalls, a media centre and police control room. National Green Corps volunteers are being deployed at different places in Tirupati. Reception counters will also be opened at Shamshabad airport here as flights from different countries will land here first.

Thotakura Prasad, president, Telugu Association of North America (TANA), Vennam Murali, coordinator, 19{+t}{+h}TANA conference at Dallas on May 24, 25 and 26 next year and K. Manjula, its convener, held discussions with R. V. Ramana Murthy, chairman, Andhra Pradesh Cultural Council and Mr. Raju.



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