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Hyderabad is hot destination for mega events

Andhra Pradesh is set to host a series of mega events in January on issues ranging from science and information technology to spirituality and politics.

india Updated: Jan 05, 2006 21:16 IST

Andhra Pradesh is set to host a series of mega events in January on issues ranging from science and IT to spirituality and politics. True to its image as the most happening city, Hyderabad will host a majority of these events.

January 3: The city of nawabs will witness the 93rd Indian Science Congress where it will see a flurry of activity over the next four weeks, with VVIPs including politicians, government officials, scientists, businessmen, diaspora members, industrialists and spiritual leaders making a beeline for the events.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to visit the city thrice while President APJ Abdul Kalam is scheduled to fly in twice.

All five-star hotels here are fully booked. With just 1,200 rooms available in these hotels, the authorities are finding accommodation a problem. Officials are working overtime to keep guesthouses ready.

Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the Indian Science Congress January 3. About 7,000 delegates from all over India are to attend the five-day event, the theme of which is "Integrated rural development: Science and Technology".

Acharya NG Ranga Agriculture University at Rajendernagar on the city's outskirts will host the event. Four helipads have been developed on the sprawling premises of the university to facilitate landing and take off of helicopters carrying VVIPs.

Facilities, including a huge makeshift auditorium to accommodate 7,000 people, exhibition halls and rest rooms for VVIPs, are being provided.

Home to premier scientific and research institutes in biotechnology, medicine,geophysics and defence, the Charminar city is considered a fitting venue for the Science Congress.

President Kalam will attend the congress January 5. He will declare open a Children's Science Congress. He will also interact with distressed farmers of various states through videoconference after inaugurating National Virtual Congress of Farmers.

January 5: Providing a rare blend of science and spirituality, the state will host he 30th Kalachakra Empowerment ceremony at Amaravati near Guntur town.

The global meet of Buddhists will attract more than 150,000 monks and pilgrims from India, Japan, China, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Thailand and South Korea.

A township is coming up on 180 acres of land for the mega event. Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama will perform the rituals during the 12-day event. The government is spending a whopping Rs.530 million to make arrangements for Kalachakra.

January 7: On this day, when the Science Congress closes in Hyderabad, the annual convention of Indian Diaspora or Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will begin near HITEC City, the IT hub and new symbol of Hyderabad.

About 2,000 delegates, including 1,500 members of the Indian diaspora, will attend the fourth Pravasi meet - and the first to be held in southern India.

The three-day event is being seen as a good opportunity for the host state to invite investment for diaspora.

To be inaugurated by the prime minister at a new world class convention centre, the event will see participation by 12 chief ministers who will showcase investment opportunities in their respective states. On the last day, Kalam will confer awards on some prominent people for excellence in various fields.

January 11: The city will witness the beginning of another mega event -- in the area of IT.

For the fifth consecutive year, the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) is organising its flagship event GITEX (Gulf Information Technology Exhibition) here.

To be held at HITEX (Hyderabad International Trade Exhibition) near HITEC City, the three-day event will showcase new technologies by IT giants including multinationals. The DWTC and the state government have this time renamed GITEX Hyderabad as GITEX India.

Parallel conferences will also be organsied by NASSCOM and other industry associations on human capital in IT industry, on Hyderabad as knowledge process offshoring destination and a low-cost manufacturing base in Andhra Pradesh.

After science, diaspora, spirituality and IT, it will be the turn of politics. The Congress, which heads India's ruling coalition and also rules Andhra Pradesh, will hold its plenary meet here from January 21 to 23.

Thousands of delegates attend the plenary to be held at Gacchibowli Sports Stadium on the city's outskirts. Manmohan Singh, party president Sonia Gandhi, chief ministers of 15 states ruled by Congress and central ministers will attend the jamboree.

If that is not all, the city in May, will host an annual general meeting of Asian Development Bank. By then the city is expected to have several new five star hotels. At least 20 existing hotels will get a facelift for the event.

First Published: Jan 05, 2006 19:27 IST