Bush may have Hyderabadi biryani

The US President, who arrives in India on March 1, is likely to take a trip to Cyberabad on March 3.
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Updated on Oct 30, 2010 12:55 PM IST
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IANS | ByMohammed Shafeeq, Hyderabad

There is no official confirmation yet, but word is out that US President George W Bush will spend a hectic five hours in Hyderabad on March 3 interacting with software professionals and agricultural scientists.

The US President, who arrives in India on March 1 on a three-day visit with wife Laura, is expected to be in Hyderabad on March 3 before flying to Pakistan.

Though an advance security team along with security, communication and surveillance equipment has already arrived to make arrangements for the visit, all government agencies are tight-lipped about his itinerary for security reasons.

However, indications are that Bush might visit the HITEC (Hyderabad Information Technology Engineering Consultancy) City, a hub of many national and multinational IT companies and address software professionals.

The visit is aimed at giving the President an insight into the rapid strides being made by this city in the field of IT since his predecessor Bill Clinton visited the IT hub in March 2000.

Sources said Bush is also likely to visit the Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University on the city outskirts and interact with agricultural scientists.

There are also indications that he might lay the foundation stone for Fab City, India's first semiconductor manufacturing facility. The central government had announced its decision to set up the facility in Hyderabad two weeks ago.

There is also no official word on whether Bush will have a one-on-one meeting with Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy.

With Bush's visit, this southern city will hold the record of being the only city outside Delhi to be visited by two US Presidents.

Clinton, who had visited the city on March 24, 2000, was also the first US President to visit southern India.

Accompanied by his daughter Chelsea, Clinton had also spent about five hours in the city.

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