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President Kalam to visit J&K on July 28

india Updated: Jul 08, 2006 16:29 IST
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President APJ Kalam will pay a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir this month to inaugurate a conference of jurists and participate in the 2,550th anniversary celebrations of Lord Buddha in Ladakh.

Kalam arrives in the state on July 28. He is to inaugurate the conference in Srinagar that day.

The Chief Justice and other judges of the Supreme Court as well as the chief judges and judges of all the high courts will attend the meet.

The president will also address a joint session of the state legislature. He will deliver a special lecture to the lawmakers -- the first such event in Jammu and Kashmir.

Kalam is also scheduled to take part in the 2550th anniversary celebration of the Buddha -- the founder of Buddhism -- in Leh, the main city in Ladakh region of the state where Buddhists are in a majority.

The president's visit will be the third high-profile visit by important functionaries to the state in the past two months.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh presided over the second round table conference on Kashmir in Srinagar in the latter part of May.

United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Sonia Gandhi flagged off the passenger bus on Poonch-Rawalakote road connecting the two parts of Kashmir on June 20.

Kalam was also in the state in December when he visited victims of October 8 earthquake in the northwestern part of Kashmir.