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Prince Charles visiting India on Oct. 28

By Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI OCT. 26. Prince Charles of Britain will pay a nine-day visit to India from Tuesday. During his stay, the Prince of Wales and heir to the British throne will visit Delhi, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Mumbai. The visit will include a number of public engagements to highlight work on conservation and restoration, youth entrepreneurship projects, sustainable development initiatives and charitable work. The Prince last visited India in February 1992.

During the first three days of his visit, Prince Charles will meet young Indian entrepreneurs here and see the New Delhi Metro system in operation at the Kashmiri Gate station. He will visit Dilli Haat and see the organic food stall which sells products of organic farms from across the country. He will also call on the President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, and the Vice-President, B.S. Shekhawat.

He will meet young entrepreneurs, brought together by the Youth Opportunity Trust Asia (YOTA), which focuses on helping displaced and disadvantaged youth, including Tibetans, living in India, Nepal and elsewhere in Asia. Under the Delhi Brotherhood Social Development Project, he will attend the formal opening of a new course which trains unemployed youths to fit CNG equipment to vehicles.

The Prince will also visit the restored Humayun's Tomb near Nizamuddin. Altogether, the Prince's Trust and its related organisations have helped over 200,000 disadvantaged young people to fulfil their aspirations or helped their communities with more than 33,000 small grants or loans, official sources said here.

In Gurgaon, the Prince will visit Teri Retreat, the resource efficient centre for environmental awareness and training, and Arpana Ashram, where under-five-year-old children are given supplementary nutrition and informal education.

The Prince will embark upon his visit to Rajasthan on November 1, paying visits to the City Palace School and the City Palace where he will have a glimpse of local crafts. He will travel to Alwar to see the successful water-harvesting project at Bhaonta, undertaken by Tarun Bharat Sangh of the Magsaysay Award winner, Rajendra Singh. A similar project of water collection methods by villagers will be seen by the royal guest at Aoo in Ajmer district. The last leg of his visit to Rajasthan will take him to Jodhpur where the Prince will have an opportunity to see the garden restoration project at the Mehrangarh Fort and restoration project at the Ahhichatragarh Fort.

The highlight of his stay in Mumbai will be an event at Mumbai commercial docks to demonstrate links between the British and Indian Navies.

The commercial and IT links between the two countries will come up for scanning during his interaction with NASSCOM.

His visit to Mumbai will also include a quick trip to Bollywood. The Prince will see the shooting of the film "The Rising'', starring Aamir Khan, Aishwarya Rai and British actor Toby Stevens.

The movie is spun around a tale of friendship and drama set in India against the backdrop of the first war of Indian Independence in 1857.

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