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President arrives in Puri, to visit Jagannath Temple tomorrow morning

Puri: President Ram Nath Kovind arrived in Puri today afternoon. Security has been tightened in Puri town for the President.

He was received by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Governor Dr SC Jamir and Puri Collector Arbinda Agrwal at the Talbania Helipad. As the Raj Bhavan in Puri has been declared unsafe, Kovind is staying at the District Circuit House. He would make night halt today. The President was accompanied by his wife.

Entire Special Circuit House complex has been transformed into a fortress.

The President would visit the Jagannath Temple at 7.30 am and remain there for 45 minutes. In view of the President's visit, the temple will remain closed for the devotees for two hours from 6.30 am to 8.30 am on Sunday morning and later attend the Sadashiv Sanskrut Sansthan centenary celebration.

Forty platoons of security personnel have been deployed for the President in Puri.

Earlier today morning, after landing at Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar airport, President Kovind reached Cuttack by road and attended four programmes. He visited the Netaji birthplace museum here and later inaugurates the Anand Bhawan Museum-cum-Learning Centre, the ancestral house of former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik which has been converted into museum-cum-learning centre.

Then he addressed a public meeting on the premises of Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and later visited the National Law University, Odisha (NLUO) in Cuttack here and delivered the foundation day lecture there.

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