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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Sonia Gandhi to visit Shillong tomorrow

SHILLONG, March 3 – A Special Protection Group (SPG) team has arrived in the city to assess the security scenario ahead of Congress president Sonia Gandhi's scheduled visit here on Friday.

The UPA chairperson is visiting the State to inaugurate the North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) at Mawdiangdiang and also lay the foundation stone of the Rajiv Gandhi Congress Bhavan near Polo here.

Meghalaya Director General of Police, SB Kakati said the SPG team is conducting security-related recce together with the State police in the city.

Sonia Gandhi's scheduled visit coincides with the State Board examinations and a strike called by the employees of the Shillong Municipal Board for pay revision.

"The State police is trying to sort out the traffic arrangements and taking necessary steps to ensure that everything goes on smoothly," Kakati said.

Chief Minister DD Lapang said the entire State unit of the Congress party is "delighted" that the party president together with other Central Ministers would visit the State and address the public.

"Although NEIGRIHMS has been operational it has not been formally inaugurated. We are optimistic that after the inauguration the functioning of the Institute would be further streamlined," Minister in-charge Health, Mukul Sangma added.

PTI adds: Sonia Gandhi would also lay the foundation of the first full-fledged stadium in Aizawl on Saturday.

Gandhi would lay the foundation of the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium during her one-day visit and would return to Delhi on the same day, Mizoram Sports and Youth Services Minister Zodintluanga said today.

The construction of the stadium at Mualpui area inside the headquarters of the third battalion of the Mizoram Armed Police (MAP) has begun after Rs 25 crore was granted for the project by the 12th Finance Commission, he added.(AT)

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