Patil inaugurates budget session, condoles Ladakh cloudburst (Lead)

February 21st, 2011 - 1:18 pm ICT by IANS  

Pratibha Patil New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Inaugurating the budget session of parliament, President Pratibha Patil Monday offered her sympathies to the people of Ladakh where a cloudburst had killed nearly 200 people last August.”Our heart goes out to the people of Ladakh, who suffered the consequences of a severe cloudburst, leading to an unprecedented loss of life and property,” she said in her joint address to both houses.

She also condoled the death of classical music legend Pandit Bhimsen Joshi.

The budget session will continue till April 21, with an 18-day recess from March 17 to April 3. The first part of the session will have 17 sittings while the second part will have 12 sittings.

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