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Kalam to work his charm in J&K

Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar | June 26, 2003 12:54 IST

President A P J Abdul Kalam arrived in Jammu on Thursday morning on a three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, his first after assuming office.

He was received at the airport by Governor Lt Gen (retd) S K Sinha, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, senior civil, military and police officials.

Soon after, the President left for the Sher-e-Kashmir Police Academy in Udhampur district where he presented the President's colours to the state police.

Officials say this is a rare honour for any force in the country.

An official spokesman in Srinagar said the President will devote a considerable amount of time for students.

He will meet 125 children each at the Raj Bhawan in Jammu and Srinagar, and some more at Saboo in Leh, headquarters of Ladakh district.

These students, the spokesman said, have been drawn from various educational institutions.

The President will visit some important religious places in the three main regions of the state - Vaishnodevi shrine (Jammu region), Hazratbal (Kashmir valley) and a monastery (Ladakh region).

The President will also visit a camp of displaced Kashmiri Pandits near Jammu.

On Thursday evening, the president will address the convocation ceremony at the Jammu University.

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