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President arrives in Shimla for three-day visit

President Pranab Mukherjee was accorded a ceremonial reception by Governor Urmila Singh and Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on his arrival in Shimla Thursday on a three-day visit.

Published: 23rd May 2013 07:48 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd May 2013 07:51 PM   |  A+A-

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By IANS

President Pranab Mukherjee was accorded a ceremonial reception by Governor Urmila Singh and Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on his arrival in Shimla Thursday on a three-day visit.

He was given a guard of honour by the Rajput Regiment at the Kalyani helipad near here.

This is his first visit to the hill state after becoming president.

Mukherjee will address the state assembly here Friday.

Official sources said Rashtrapati Bhawan has issued an advisory to the Vidhan Sabha secretariat regarding Mukherjee's visit.

"We are following the advisory not to address President Mukherjee as 'His Excellency'. Even all chairs, including Mukherjee's chair, on the dais should be of equal size and shape," assembly Speaker B.B. Butail told IANS.

"It's an honour to listen to Pranab Mukherjee on the beginning of the assembly's golden jubilee year," he added.

Mukherjee will also deliver a lecture on the same day at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) that is housed in the century-old Viceregal Lodge and visit Himachal Pradesh University where he will deliver the convocation address.



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