Foreign scribes may not be able to cover Dalai visit
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Last Updated: Saturday, November 07, 2009, 19:59
  
New Delhi: A number of foreign journalists, intending to cover the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh beginning Sunday, may not be able to do so as their applications for special permits are still under process.

At least 19 journalists, 14 of them based in India and five abroad, have applied to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for permission to travel to Arunachal to cover the high profile visit.

Asked about the status of the applications, MEA sources merely said these are under "process".

The delay would effectively mean that the journalists would not be able to make it as the Dalai Lama's visit will begin tomorrow.

Apparently sensing this, some of the foreign media houses have sent the local correspondents to cover the event.

The Tibetan spiritual leader will be undertaking a week-long visit to Arunachal Pradesh, which is being objected to by China as it lays claim over the state.

As per the rules, foreigners have to approach the MEA for Restricted Area Permit to travel to the sensitive state. For Indians, an Inner Line Permit is required, which is given by Arunachal Pradesh government representative in Delhi.

Some journalists directly approached the Arunachal Bhavan here which gave Inner Line Permit to them, the sources said. Carrying these Permits, the journalists reached Guwahati where they were stopped as they could not travel on the basis of these documents.

Bureau Report


First Published: Saturday, November 07, 2009, 19:59


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