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  • President, PM lead nation in paying tributes to Kalam
    President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation on Tuesday in paying rich tributes to former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam when his body arrived at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. The union cabinet met on Tuesday morning to pay tributes to Kalam, who died following cardiac arrest on Monday evening while delivering a lecture at IIM-Shillong. The two houses of parliament were adjourned for two days as a mark of respect to Kalam, who rose from humble beginnings to become one of India's leading scientists and later the "people's president". His last rites will be held in his hometown Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu as per his family's wish. Kalam's body, wrapped in the Tricolour, arrived at the Palam technical area around 12.30 p.m. in a special Indian Air Force (IAF) plane. Source: IANS
    2015-07-28 06:02:19 PM
  • President, PM pay tributes to Kalam at airport
    President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid floral tributes to late former president A.P.J Abdul Kalam at the technical area of the IGI Airport in New Delhi. Among other leaders present at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport were Vice President Hamid Ansari, Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. A special Indian Air Force (IAF) plane carrying Kalam's mortal remains in Delhi at around 12.30 p.m. "IAF's C-130 J Super Hercules Aircraft carrying the mortal remains of Abdul Kalam arrives at Palam," defence ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar tweeted. A ceremonial guard of honour was accorded to the former president by army, navy and air force personnel. Delhi Police Commissioner B.S.Bassi was also present at the airport. Kalam's body would be kept at 10 Rajaji Marg for people to pay respects. Source: IANS
    2015-07-28 02:41:43 PM
  • Parliament pays respect to Kalam, adjourned for two days
    Parliament was adjourned for two days on Tuesday as a mark of respect to former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who died in Meghalaya on Monday. When the Lok Sabha met in the morning, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan read out a condolence message in which she said Kalam was a "real gem" of the country and a "sagacious statesman". The members then stood in silence for some time to pay their respects to the former president, following which the speaker adjourned the house for two days. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and former prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda were among those present. The upper house was also adjourned for two days.  Rajya Sabha Chairman Mohammed Hamid Ansari said: "The country has lost a true son. His contributions to the nation as a man of technology, a teacher and a leader will be deeply cherished by a grateful nation."
    2015-07-28 02:37:05 PM
  • Kalam connected with country's development, welfare: Manik Sarkar
    Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Tuesday condoled the death of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, saying he had "intimately" connected himself with the country's development and welfare. "Kalam intimately connected himself with the development and welfare of the country and its citizens," Sarkar said in a statement. "Children and youth had a special place for Kalam," Sarkar added. The Tripura cabinet, at a pre-scheduled meeting, also mourned Kalam's death in Shillong on Monday. Leaders of various political parties in Tripura, including opposition Congress leader Sudip Roy Barman and Bharatiya Janata Party state president Sudhindra Dasgupta, also expressed their deep shock over Kalam's death. Source: IANS
    2015-07-28 02:29:37 PM
  • Kerala assembly pays tribute to Kalam
    Kerala legislators on Tuesday paid tribute to late president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam exactly 10 years after he had addressed the state assembly. Exactly 10 years ago on this very day he was speaking to all of us, assembly speaker N. Sakthan said, adding: "He enlightened all of us then and before he left the premises he planted a sapling. It's standing in all glory." Kalam, who was India's president from 2002 to 2007, died in Shillong on Monday. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said: "He did perfect homework and gave a beautiful presentation, telling us what we should strive to achieve. The assembly discussed his directions and a resolution was passed." "Even after stepping down as president, he travelled the length and breadth of the country giving lectures. He is perhaps one person who travelled in a way which none of his predecessors did. He was simply a great man," Chandy said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-28 02:06:27 PM

  • Bihar CM slammed by BJP for taking all the credit
    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was slammed on Monday by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who alleged that the state CM can not take all the credit for good governance. The BJP alleged that an equal part was played in Bihar by the NDA over the past one decade and hence it deserves due credit. Nand Kishore Yadav, senior BJP leader, said "It’s very unfair on the part of the chief minister to walk away with sole credit for his government’s performance over two terms as the mandate was for NDA, of which BJP was an equal partner for seven and a half years". “It reflects a streak of betrayal in him (Kumar) as he has tried to walk away with sole credit for the government’s performance over the past one decade in which the BJP was an equal partner for three-forth of the two terms of the current government", he added. Source: News Reports
    2015-07-28 10:18:07 AM
  • Kalam body flown to New Delhi
    The body of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who died on Monday evening in Shillong- the capital of Meghalaya, was flown to New Delhi on Tuesday morning. Meghalaya Governor V. Shanmughanathan, Home Minister Roshan Warjri, Assembly Speaker Abu Taher Mondal and Director General of Civil Defence and Home Guards R.K. Sharma accompanied Kalam's body. From Shillong, his body was carried by a special Indian Air Force helicopter to Guwahati airport and from there his body was flown to New Delhi on Indian Air Force aircraft C-130. The former president died at 7.45 p.m. on Monday in a private hospital in Shillong after he collapsed while delivering a lecture on "Liveable Planet" to students of the Indian Institute of Managment-Shillong. Source: IANS
    2015-07-28 09:58:06 AM
  • Kalam was a leading light: Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed his deep condolences over the death of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, saying that he was a leading light who will be always remembered for his services to the country. "India mourns the loss of a great scientist, a wonderful president and above all an inspiring individual. Rest in peace Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam," Modi said. "My mind is filled with so many memories, so many interactions with him. Always marvelled at his intellect, learnt so much from him," he said. Modi said that Kalam enjoyed being with people and they, in turn, adored him. "He loved students and spent his final moments among them," the prime minister said, adding that Kalam's work as president, his life and his words have given direction to the country. "In personal capacity, I have lost a valuable guide. India has lost a great son who worked to make it strong, who spent each moment of his life to empower the youth. I don't think that the void left by the great man will ever be filled." Source: IANS
    2015-07-28 09:55:54 AM
  • Kalam was great human being: Manmohan Singh
    Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Monday condoled the death of A.P.J Abdul Kalam, saying he "greatly benefited from his advice as president of the country". "I have learnt with profound sorrow about the demise of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. In his death, our country has lost a great human being who made phenomenal contribution to the promotion of self reliance in defence technologies. "I worked very closely with Dr. Kalam as prime minister and I greatly benefited from his advice as president of our country. His life and work will be remembered for generations to come," Manmohan Singh said in a statement. Kalam, who was India's president from 2002 to 2007, died in a Shillong hospital. He was delivering a lecture at the IIM-Shillong when he suddenly collapsed, officials said. Doctors said Kalam suffered cardiac arrest. Source: IANS
    2015-07-28 09:52:54 AM
  • Kalam's death personal loss for me: Mukherjee
    President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday condoled the death of of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, saying it was a "personal loss" for him. "The passing away of former president of India, Bharat Ratna Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam is a deep personal loss for me. I will always cherish my long association with him," he said in a statement in New Delhi. He said that as president, "Kalam was immensely popular and greatly admired. His warmth,humility and simple ways endeared him to one and all. He had a special love for children and sought to constantly inspire the youth of our country through motivational speeches and personal interaction". "Dr. Kalam will be long remembered for his passion for science and innovation and his contributions as an eminent scientist, administrator, educationist and writer," Mukherjee said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-28 09:51:26 AM

  • Kalam was scholar statesman, great scientific mind: Sonia
    Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday expressed her "deepest condolences" at the death of former president A.P.J Abdul Kalam, describing him as "one of the greatest scientific minds and a scholar statesman". Party vice president Rahul Gandhi also condoled Kalam's death. In her message, Sonia Gandhi said Kalam was one of India's iconic leaders, and a true patriot, who inspired millions of young and old alike by his works and deeds. "His contribution to our polity will remain unparalleled. Dr. Kalam inspired millions in the country and abroad and he even breathed his last while infusing a new zeal to young Indians in the course of his last address to IIM students," she said. Rahul Gandhi said Kalam was a man of many parts -- a scientist, an inventor, a visionary thinker and a teacher. Source: IANS
    2015-07-28 09:49:08 AM
  • Kalam served India till last breath: Advani
    BJP leader L.K. Advani on Monday condoled the death of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, saying "he served mother India literally until the last breath". "The news of the sudden demise of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, India's beloved former President, has left me in a state of shock and sorrow. He served mother India literally until the last breath of his life. He was truly a 'karma yogi' par excellence," he said in a statement issued in New Delhi. "I always regarded Dr. Kalam as the best exemplar of the Idea of India, one who embodied the best of all the cultural and spiritual traditions that signify India's unity in immense diversity. This was most strikingly evident in the last book he wrote, presciently titled 'Transcendence: My Spiritual Experiences with Pramukh Swami'," Advani said. "Kalam's personality uniquely harmonised science and spirituality, and he also harmonised the agendas of security and development. Source: IANS
    2015-07-28 09:46:55 AM
  • Rajnath condoles Kalam's death
    Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday condoled the death of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, saying it was "an irreparable loss". "The death of Dr. Kalam is an irreparable loss to this nation. He has left a big void hard to fill. I deeply mourn his death. RIP Kalam Sahab," he tweeted. The home minister also termed the former president "a man of impeccable character" and inspirational figure, whose death has "saddened" him. "Dr. Kalam was a man of impeccable character, indomitable spirit, profound knowledge and firm conviction," he said. Deeply saddened at the sudden demise, he said Kalam was an "inspiration to an entire generation". Kalam, who was India's president from 2002 to 2007, died in a Shillong hospital. He was delivering a lecture at the IIM-Shillong when he suddenly collapsed, officials said. Doctors said Kalam suffered cardiac arrest. Source: IANS
    2015-07-28 09:42:44 AM
  • India has lost an icon: Chandrababu Naidu
    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Monday expressed his deep shock and anguish over the demise of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, saying India has lost an icon. Naidu, whose Telugu Desam Party (TDP) was instrumental in proposing Kalam's candidature for the post of president, described him as dear friend and one of the noblest human beings he has met in his life. "I'm deeply saddened. My deepest condolences. Dr. Kalam & I shared a great bond. His achievements as a fine scientist, scholar, teacher and a mentor are immeasurable. He will remain in our hearts," Naidu said in his statement. "During the NDA rule in the country under (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee's prime ministership, we had collectively proposed his name for the country's first citizen - that of the president." Source: IANS
    2015-07-28 09:38:56 AM


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