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From Race Course Road to the ICU
A Correspondent in New Delhi | January 23, 2009 20:38 IST
Here is how the day unfolded for the prime minister -- From his home on Race Course Road to the Intensive Care Unit at AIIMS.
0730 to 0930 hours: Dr Singh was feeling comfortable. As is the routine, he reads some newspapers. He also speaks to his second daughter Daman in the morning and gets his daily briefing from officials.
Narayanan at once calls up N Ravi, Secretary, East, at the ministry of external affairs, to brief President Pratibha Patil [Images] about protocol-related issues and to lead the Indian delegation-level talks with Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The venue for the talks is shifted from Hyderabad House to Rashtrapati Bhavan [Images].
Dr Singh tells the Cabinet Secretary to amend the business rules to get External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee [Images] to deal with the finance ministry's affairs. Chandrasekhar then calls up Financial Services Secretary Arun Ramanathan to brief Mukherjee on preparations on the Vote-on-Account plus business-level talks with Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev, chief guest at this year's Republic Day parade.
1400 hours: Dr Ramakanta Panda, who is attached to the Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai [Images], and the prime minister's personal physician Dr K Srinath Reddy, who is also a cardiac specialist, lead a team of doctors who examine Dr Singh. They decide to carry out the by-pass surgery on Saturday.
1500 hours: Cabinet Secretary Chandrasekhar issues internal orders of the change of the business and service rules pertaining to the finance ministry. He also directs Defence Secretary Vijay Singh [Images] to meet Vice President Hamid Ansari about protocol issues during the Republic Day parade.
1700 hours: Vice-President Ansari distributes the bravery awards instead of the prime minister at Teen Murti Bhavan in New Delhi.
1900 hours: At 10, Janpath, her home, Sonia Gandhi chairs the Congress party's core committee meeting that sends a get well message to the prime minister.
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