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Ivanka who? India rolls out red carpet for Trump but many locals are stumped


HYDERABAD, India — Ivanka Trump’s solo outing to a business conference in India was met by a bit of a collective yawn on the streets of the technological hub city of Hyderabad.

The senior White House adviser on Tuesday will headline the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which aims to support female entrepreneurs and promote global economic growth.

Across the city of 7.75 million people, armies of workers have been tasked with sweeping the streets clear of trash and adorning tunnels, bridges and trees with festive lights and colorfully painted rainbows.

Thousands of beggars and homeless people have also been rounded up and cleared from the city’s streets.

Large billboards featuring Trump portraits and quotes have gone up, becoming a popular new backdrop for the selfie-taking masses.

Tuesday was also declared a public holiday by the local government.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will join Trump at the event’s opening and will later host her for dinner at the luxurious Falaknuma Palace Hotel.

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Syed Ali