In­dian city rounds up beg­gars ahead of visit by Ivanka

The Australian - - WORLD - AP

HYDERABAD: Au­thor­i­ties in the south­ern In­dian city of Hyderabad are round­ing up beg­gars ahead of a visit by Ivanka Trump.

Over the past week, more than 200 beg­gars have been trans­ported to sep­a­rate male and fe­male shel­ter homes lo­cated in the grounds of two city prisons. Au­thor­i­ties have been strictly en­forc­ing a beg­ging ban on the city’s streets and in other pub­lic places. The crack­down seems to be hav­ing the de­sired ef­fect, with most of the city’s thou­sands of beg­gars van­ish­ing from sight.

Ms Trump is a se­nior ad­viser to her fa­ther, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump. Of­fi­cials say the drive against beg­ging was launched be­cause two in­ter­na­tional events are tak­ing place in Hyderabad — the Global En­trepreneur­ship Sum­mit on Novem­ber 28-30 that Ms Trump is sched­uled to at­tend and the World Tel­ugu Con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber.

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