Warm welcome awaits Kalam

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Nov. 13. A red carpet welcome awaits the President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, when he arrives on his first presidential visit to Kerala on November 17.

The President will arrive at the Kochi Naval airport by a special Air Force plane on that day. After inspecting the guard of honour, the President will visit the Southern Naval Command. He will then reach Faroke College by helicopter to inaugurate the college's new library complex and the PM Institute. From there, the President would head for Agali to inaugurate the Comprehensive Development project for Tribals and Scheduled Castes.

Dr. Kalam will also inaugurate the new headquarters of the Attappady tribal project and the new scientific research centre.

The President will return to Kochi in the afternoon and participate in three functions in Kochi. This includes functions at the Amritha Institute of Medical Science, the Gulfar International Convention Centre (organised by the Manorama Group), and at the Marine Drive to mark the 1950th anniversary of St. Thomas' arrival in Kerala.

The President will reach Thiruvananthapuram the same night. On November 18, the highlight of Dr Kalam's sojourn would be a nostalgic visit to the VSSC in the morning. He will inaugurate the new building complex of the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology at Jagathi. In the afternoon, Dr Kalam will arrive at Sivagiri to inaugurate the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of the Sree Narayana Dharma Sanghom Trust.

In the evening, the President will inaugurate the `Akshaya IT project' at the Senate Hall, followed by the presentation of the Swadeshabhimani Award -2002 to V.K. Madhavan Kutty at a function at the Kanakkakunnu Palace. He will leave for New Delhi the same night.

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