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Dalai Lama concludes Arunachal tour

November 16, 2009

Times of India
November 15, 2009

ITANAGAR (PTI) -- The Dalai Lama wound up his
week-long tour of Arunachal Pradesh and left for New Delhi this morning.

The Tibetan spiritual head, who reached here from
the monastery town of Tawang yesterday, left by
helicopter for Guwahati from where he will fly
out to New Delhi, official sources here said.

He consecrated the newly constructed official
residence of his disciple Chief Minister Dorjee
Khandu, a Buddhist from Tawang, at his request
yesterday and spent the night there.

According to official sources Khandu is likely to
move to the bungalow from his private residence here within a few days.

Khandu, who has been voted back to power last
month, had not moved into the official residence
as it had turned shabby and dilpidated.

The old CM's offical residence, a semi-permanent
structure with a tin roof, is associated with the
memories of former prime ministers Indira Gandhi
and Rajiv Gandhi and former deputy prime minister
L K Advani and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.

The new structure is a modern 1947 sq m double
storied building built with imported fittings and
materials. It came up at a cost of Rs 5 crore granted by the Centre.

The Centre has also sanctioned grants for a
modern state assembly building and new state
secretariat and work on them will begin soon, Khandu had told newsmen recently.
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