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Tuesday, 14 March, 2000, 14:34 GMT
Village gears up for Clinton

A traditional rural experience for Bill Clinton
A desert village in the Indian state of Rajasthan is bustling with activity as it prepares for a visit by US President Bill Clinton.

The president, who is making an historic visit to south Asia next week, is scheduled to visit Nayala village, about 15km from Jaipur, to get a taste of Indian rural life.


We are very happy about his visit. We will give a befitting welcome to him

Village headman Kaluram Meena
Local leaders say they are excited about the visit, and have received orders to spruce up the village.

Roads are being widened and resurfaced, and a helipad is being constructed.

'Warm welcome'

The president, who will be accompanied by his daughter Chelsea, will be taken around the village, and the local administration is planning to hold a crafts fair.

"We will showcase our small scale industries, milk co-operatives and handicrafts to the president," said Kaluram Meena, the village headman.


Roads are being resurfaced
"We are very happy about his visit. We will give a befitting welcome to him," he said.

Mr Clinton will get a glimpse of local development schemes and will be shown the rural health training centre, whose offices are based in a 125-year old fort.

The entourage will also be treated to a live demonstration of traditional arts and crafts, including the production of shawls, scarves and coloured glass bangles.


A glimpse of local crafts
President Clinton is due to visit several tourist spots in Rajasthan, including the Amer Palace and a local Tiger reserve.

He will also stop over at the famous Taj Mahal mausoleum, in the city of Agra.

Mr Clinton is to go to Bangladesh and then stop for a few hours in Pakistan on his way back from India.

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