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Chennai Floods: Anna University to reschedule exams to December 28

The University informed the Court that it is postponing the first semester exams for first year engineering courses to Dec 28 in view of the heavy rains and floods.

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The Madras High Court on Monday directed Anna University to immediately publish on its website, details of exams rescheduled to December 28 and inform the HC about it on Tuesday. The first bench, comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice T S Sivagnanam, stated this when Government Pleader S T S Murthy,counsel for AU,informed it that the exams in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Cuddalore and Tiruvallur had been postponed in view of the heavy rains and floods.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The court was hearing a petition by a trust ‘Abdul Kalam Vision, seeking to quash the revised timetable. The University informed the Court that it is postponing the first semester exams for first year engineering courses to Dec 28 in view of the heavy rains and floods. The GP further submitted that the postponement would be applicable to colleges located in these four districts.When the petition by Abdul Kalam Vision came up earlier in the day, the bench directed the GP to get the instructions and submit it. He did so and furnished details of postponement in the evening,after which the bench directed him to publish all details in the site and furnish details tomorrow to the Court.S Kumar, trustee of Abdul Kalam Vision India Trust,made a mention before the bench earlier to order postponement of the exams scheduled to commence from December 15. He submitted that students in affected areas could not prepare themselves for the exam in view of the unprecedented rains and floods. Moreover, the first year students, who have come straight from the schools, were going to experience the University exam for the first time and they should not be put into an uncomfortable situation and the same should not create panic in them, he submitted.

India test-fires indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile

Balasore: As part of efforts to develop a full fledged multi-layer Ballistic Missile Defence system, India on Sunday test-fired its indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile, capable of destroying any incoming ballistic missile, from a test range off Odisha coast.

Representational image. Agencies

Representational image. Agencies

“The test was conducted to validate various parameters of the interceptor in flight mode,” said defence sources.

The interceptor, known as Advanced Air Defence (AAD) missile, was engaged against an electronically prepared target which simulated the trajectory of a hostile ballistic missile.

After getting signals from tracking radars, the interceptor, positioned at Abdul Kalam Island (Wheeler Island), roared through its trajectory at around 9.46 am to destroy the incoming missile mid-air, in an endo-atmospheric altitude, defence sources said.

The ‘kill’ effect of the interceptor was being ascertained by analysing data from multiple tracking sources,” a Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) scientist said soon after the test was carried out.

The interceptor is a 7.5-meter long single stage solid rocket propelled guided missile equipped with a navigation system, a hi-tech computer and an electro-mechanical activator, the sources said.

The interceptor missile had its own mobile launcher, secure data link for interception, independent tracking andhoming capabilities and sophisticated radars, the sources said.

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University of Mysuru to host 103rd Science Congress in January 2016

A Hall of Fame will be set up and dedicated to late President Dr Abdul Kalam.

The 103rd Science Congress which will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister will be held at the University of Mysuru from January 3 to 7, 2016. A report in Deccan Herald states that the theme for this event is “Science and Technology for Indigenous Development in India”. More than 15000 delegates are expected to attend the event. There will also be lectures by Nobel laureates and 450 top institutions will showcase cutting-edge innovations under the Pride of India Science Mega Expo.A Hall of Fame will be set up and dedicated to late President Dr Abdul Kalam. A special pavilion will also be dedicated the late Bharat Ratna Sir M Visvesvaraya.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Science Congress is being hosted in Karnataka after 13 years and in Mysuru after 34 years, says the report. About 500 scientists and experts are expected to speak at the event. There will also be genesis symposiums, Vigyan Jyot, vision talks, women and children science congress, young scientists’ award, ISCA awards, science communicators’ meet and public lectures.The 103rd Science Congress is being supported by Infosys which will host 600 people on its Mysuru campus.

Kalam Bungalow row: Ministry clarifies govt bungalows cannot be converted into memorials

Criticising Centre for not converting Kalam’s residence into a memorial, senior AAP minister Kapil Mishra had said, “limiting Dr. Kalam’s work to Rameswaram only and shifting all his documents, books and even Veena to Rameswaram is insulting…his residence should not be vacated but should be converted into a Knowledge Centre in the loving memory of the legend.”

Mahesh Sharma was also in the eye of a storm last month for his remarks that Kalam was a great nationalist “despite being a Muslim”.
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After AAP criticised government’s move to allot Former President APJ Abdul Kalam’s bungalow to Union Minister Mahesh Sharma, Government has issued a statement saying that the bungalow was alloted to Sharma under Minister’s Residence Rules,1962. It clarified that as per the government decision on October 18, 2014, a total ban on conversion of government bungalows into memorials of the departed leaders was imposed.Criticising Centre for not converting Kalam’s residence into a memorial, senior AAP minister Kapil Mishra had said, “limiting Dr. Kalam’s work to Rameswaram only and shifting all his documents, books and even Veena to Rameswaram is insulting…his residence should not be vacated but should be converted into a Knowledge Centre in the loving memory of the legend.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Government on Wednesday night said, “Government had imposed a total ban on conversion of Government bungalows into memorials of the departed leaders. Executive Assistant of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam has informed Ministry of Urban Development that bungalow would be vacated by October 31. Government has already decided to build a memorial for Dr APJ Abdul Kalam at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, his birthplace. The said bungalow at No.10, Rajaji Marg has been allotted to Dr. Mahesh Sharma under Rule 3 of the Minister’s Residence Rules,1962.”All other Cabinet Ministers and Ministers of State have been allotted government accommodation and only Sharma was waiting for official accommodation and accordingly, the Urban Development Ministry said, adding the bungalow was allotted to him on vacation basis. Asked about the demand from friends and supporters of Kalam to convert the Rajaji Marg residence into a memorial, Sharma had earlier said, “It is the government’s policy not to convert any Lutyen’s bungalow into a memorial.”RLD leader Ajit Singh had also demanded converting the Tughlaq Road residence of his late father Charan Singh into a memorial but the demand was not accepted.”The former President’s house has to be vacated by October 31, 2015 and his belongings, which includes numerous books and his Veena, have been shifted out to his home town Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu.Incidentally, Sharma was also in the eye of a storm last month for his remarks that Kalam was a great nationalist “despite being a Muslim”.”I am getting an official accommodation after 11 months. Earlier, I was allotted 7 Tyagraj Marg but I could not move there as it was not vacated by the earlier occupant,” Sharma said.The Minister also asserted that the “walls of former President’s house” will inspire him to do better.The JD(U) also condemned the government’s decision to allot the house to Sharma and demanded that the residence should be developed as a Kalam memorial. Reacting strongly to Sharma’s statement that he had been allotted the bungalow, JD(U) spokesperson K C Tyagi said it was very “uncultured” of him.”Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu had said that Kalam’s residence should be developed as Children’s Art Gallery. In the memory of the late President, we request to the President to kindly intervene in this matter as it will hurt the sentiments of millions of Indians,” he said. He said Sharma should withdraw his “claim” in Kalam’s honour and memory.With Agencies

In his last book, Kalam expresses concern over ‘Make in India’, ‘Digital India’

New Delhi: Late President A P J Abdul Kalam was a tad cautious about ‘Make in India’ campaign saying though it’s “quite ambitious”, it has to be ensured that India does not become the low-cost, low-value assembly line of the world.

On Digital India, he felt it has the potential to activate the knowledge connectivity needed in villages and remote areas and “we need to bridge the gaps of lower level of literacy, language and customised content, though”.

Former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam. AFPFormer Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam. AFP

Former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam. AFP

These views are expressed in the soon-to-be published “Advantage India: From Challenge to Opportunity”, one of the last books written by Kalam along with his aide Srijan Pal Singh.

The book, published by HarperCollins India, also has his unfinished speech of July 27 at IIM-Shillong where he collapsed only to breathe his last hours later.

The NDA government launched ‘Make in India’ in September last year. The programme aims at promoting India as an important investment destination and a global hub for manufacturing, design and innovation.

“Well, let us be clear on this. ‘Make in India’ is quite ambitious. But we need such high aspirations… I agree with the infrastructure concern.

“India has seen an unbalanced infra growth-variations are rampant across states and sectors. For instance, while the telecom and Internet sectors have made remarkable progress, many villages still are not connected with roads and power. Physical infrastructure cannot be ignored for manufacturing growth,” he wrote.

He had a piece of advice: “We need to ensure that we do not become the low-cost, low-value assembly line of the world. If we go on that path, the growth will come at a great price and pain to the people.”

His suggestion was that we need to do original research to design, develop and manufacture in India by using the ideas of the youth, the wisdom of the ages and the vibrancy of a democracy.

According to Kalam, there is a distinct feeling that politics is fast evolving into a game of musical chairs where the same set of leaders, or their favoured few, occupy the seats of power with huge entry barriers for others.

“Where this set of leaders lacks integrity, the baton passes from one corrupt leader to another who is part of this set. Politics needs streamlined processes for the people to pluck out and permanently discard the corrupted and also a mechanism by which fresh talent and creative leaders can find their way into the system, using ethical means,” he wrote.

On the election process, he wrote that proliferation of parties has significantly added to the burden of elections on the nation, and also distorted the political equations post elections, leading to the spread of corruption.

“The debauchery of the political leaders perhaps hurts the citizens more than any other form of corruption… When the leadership turns indifferent, corrupt or callous, it is a breach of faith and a shattering of hope.

“But apathy and indifference was never, and will never be, an answer. It is not difficult to fathom that political corruption is easily the most dangerous of all forms. In any mature or emerging democracy, the quality of the political leadership can mean the difference between a welfare state and a bankrupt one,” he wrote.

He, however, was optimistic. “While the fact that over time our political system has seen ethical decay is undisputed, yet there are ample of cases where political leadership has shown the capability and resolve to combat the menace of inefficiency and corruption.”

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All you need to know about the People’s President APJ Abdul Kalam

Dr Kalam has inspired students across the country during his lifetime.

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

Hundreds of students as well as dignitaries paid homage to former President APJ Abdul Kalam on the occasion of his 84th birth anniversary on Thursday. He served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. Here’s more on the nation’s favourite President: Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was born on October 15, 1931 in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. During his childhood, due to his family’s unstable financial condition, he sold newspapers to generate some income. He was passionate about aeronautics since his early childhood and aspired to become a fighter pilot. But he missed out on getting into the top eight to qualify for the IAF. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He then went on to study physics and aerospace engineering. Later, he worked with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). His involvement in India’s civilian space programme and military missile development efforts gave him the title of ‘Missile Man of India’.His other roles included serving as the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister and the secretary of the Defence Research and Development Organisation from 1992 to 1999.Dr Kalam regarded his work on India’s nuclear weapons programme as a way to assert India’s place as a future superpower. The Pokhran -II nuclear tests took place during his tenure as the Chief Project Coordinator along with Rajagopala Chidambaram. He is also remembered for developing tablet computer in the year 2012, along with cardiologist Soma Raju for the development of healthcare in rural areas.Dr Kalam has been honoured with doctorates from almost 40 universities and was conferred with various awards from the Government of India including the Padma Bhushan in 1981, Padma Vibhushan in 1990 and the Bharat Ratna in 1997. For his notable contribution in space related stream, the National Space Society decided to nominate him for the Von Braun Award in 2013.Not just the space sector, Dr Kalam gained prestige even in the educational sector. Right from being a guest faculty at the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong, Indore and Ahmedabad to being a chancellor of the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, he taught and inspired students at several other institutes across the country. While delivering one such lecture at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong, he collapsed and died from a cardiac arrest on 27 July 2015, at the age of 83.He is widely remembered in the country as the People’s President. Also Read: 10 Inspiring Quotes by APJ Abdul Kalam

PM Modi announces memorial for Kalam in his birthplace on 84th birth anniversary

The Prime Minister exhorted the scientific community, especially the youngsters, to come up with innovations to ease the common man’s life, drawing inspiration from Kalam who had built great institutions from scratch.

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Paying rich tributes to ‘people’s President’ APJ Abdul Kalam on his 84th birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said a memorial to honour him and inspire future generations would be built in his birthplace Rameswaram, which will developed as an AMRUT city.The Prime Minister exhorted the scientific community, especially the youngsters, to come up with innovations to ease the common man’s life, drawing inspiration from Kalam who had built great institutions from scratch. He mentioned several vital sectors where innovation was essential, including cyber-security, housing for all, river-linking, enhancing agricultural productivity, blue economy, and ‘zero-defect, zero-effect’ manufacturing.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Describing Kalam as a “Rashtra-ratna” before being a “Rashtrapati”, Modi, who was speaking at a function organised by DRDO, said the former President always looked for “challenges” and his life is a source of inspiration for all Indians. The Prime Minister said that a memorial for Kalam would be built at Rameswaram, to inspire future generations. He added that government has already acquired the land for the memorial and a committee of Ministers has been set up to discuss modalities in this regard. Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu said Rameswaram would be converted into AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation scheme) city.The Prime Minister said that while most people look for opportunities in life, Kalam always sought fresh challenges to overcome. He recalled how he worked closely with Kalam during the post-earthquake reconstruction work in Kutch. Recalling that Kalam wished to be remembered as a teacher, the Prime Minister said that the former President was well aware of the importance of nurturing future generations. On Kalam’s birth anniversary, “one must explore how we can encourage innovation in India,” he said. Speaking about various sectors, Modi hoped that India can turn itself into one of the main hubs for cyber security, which has become a global concern.Modi said Kalam had not only risen from humble beginnings to the highest office in India, but had also built great institutions, virtually from scratch. He said everyone should draw inspiration from his example.Modi said Kalam had child-like qualities and he always made sure to interact with youngsters and to inspire them. Earlier, the Prime Minister unveiled a bust of A P J Abdul Kalam at DRDO Bhavan. He inaugurated a photo exhibition titled ‘A Celebration of Dr Kalam’s Life’. The Prime Minister also released a commemorative postal stamp on Kalam.Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Communication and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan were among the dignitaries present on the occasion. Kalam, known as the father of India’s missile programme, was President from 2002 to 2007. He died of cardiac arrest on July 27 this year. Modi said while others try to avoid visiting Northeast on one pretext or the other, Kalam, even after retiring long ago, was in the region as a teacher when he passed away. “This shows his commitment”. In a lighter vein, he also said one could recognise Kalam from far away because of his hairstyle. Modi said Kalam always believed in a strong India “but not strong by weapons only”.”Borders of a country do not decide its identity but its strength is decided by how capable its people are,” Modi said.The Prime Minister noted that Kalam was a great promoter of education and he always used to talk about the importance of Yoga. “He wanted to convert religion into spiritualism. Spiritualism should be given primacy and this was his conviction,” Modi said. “Kalam Saheb was the one who always looked for challenges, which he continued doing till the end of his life,” Modi said.Hailing the former President’s rich contribution, Modi said the void left by his absence can only be filled by following his teachings in true spirit. “Just two days after leaving the Presidency, after such a big position, he went to teach. This can’t happen without an inherent commitment…. Our young scientists should get inspired by the way shown by Dr Kalam,” he said. Before becoming the President, Kalam had spent four decades as a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). He was involved in India’s civilian space programme and military missile development efforts, earning him the title of ‘Missile man’.”Today we salute A P J Abdul Kalam and celebrate his monumental achievements as a scientist, scholar and the President of India. “We fondly remember his passion for teaching and education. Dr. Kalam truly ignited young minds with the power to think and innovate. Dr. Kalam is not with us today but his thoughts, ideals and vision for India live on forever,” Modi had tweeted prior to the event.

Abdul Kalam was a ‘rashtra-ratna’ first and ‘rashtrapati’ later, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called the late former president Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam a “rashtra-ratna” (Gem of the nation) before “rashtrapati”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called the late former president Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam a “rashtra-ratna” (Gem of the nation) before “rashtrapati”.”Dr. Kalam was a ‘rashtra-ratna’ first and President later. The Government of India has decided that statue of Dr. Kalam will be built in the villages where he was born and where he breathed his last. Government has already acquired land in both the places to build a memorial for him. The statue will be an inspiration for the future generations,” said Prime Minister Modi after unveiling the statue of late president at DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organization) Bhavan.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”His hair style depicted a child in him. I was very close to him, since I was the Chief Minister of Gujarat,” the Prime Minister added.He also asserted that late former president Dr. Kalam was a man of commitment who always looked for challenges and the ways to overcome them.PM Modi also inaugurated a photo exhibition dedicated to the leader at DRDO.Bharat Ratna awardee Dr. Kalam passed away on July 27, 2015. He was the 11th President of India. Before becoming the President, Dr. Kalam had spent four decades as a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the DRDO and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

PM Modi pays rich tribute to APJ Adbul Kalam, calls him ‘rashra-ratna’

Earlier, he also paid tribute to Kalam on his 84th birth anniversary through a tweet.

APJ Abdul Kalam

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday unveiled a statue of former president APJ Abdul Kalam at DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organization) Bhavan in New Delhi. Prime Minister Modi also inaugurated a photo exhibition on the late president.Addressing the program, Modi said, ” The loss of Dr.Kalam is monumental, I am sure its a challenge for all of us to keep us with his absence. Dr.Kalam was first a “rashtra-ratna”, then he went on to be the President. Govt has acquired land in Dr.Kalam’s birthplace to build a memorial for him. We want it to be an inspiration for the future generations. Dr.Kalam was a person who didnt look for opportunities but challenges.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier, he also paid tribute to Kalam on his 84th birth anniversary through a tweet.”Today, we salute A P J Abdul Kalam and celebrate his monumental achievements as a scientist, scholar and the President of India. We fondly remember his passion for teaching and education. Dr. Kalam truly ignited young minds with the power to think and innovate. Dr. Kalam is not with us today but his thoughts, ideals and vision for India live on forever,” Modi tweeted.Bharat Ratna awardee Kalam passed away on July 27, 2015. He was the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. Before becoming the President, Kalam had spent four decades as a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the DRDO and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), earning him the title of ‘Missile manWith ANI inputs

Sand sculpture of APJ Abdul Kalam on his birth anniversary

Internationally acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has created a sand sculpture of former president APJ Abdul Kalam on Puri beach on the eve of his birth anniversary as a mark of honour.

Sudarsan Pattnaik’s sand sculpture of former President APJ Abdul Kalam to pay him tributes on his 84th birth anniversary at Golden Sea Beach, Puri, Odisha on Wednesday.

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Internationally acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has created a sand sculpture of former president APJ Abdul Kalam on Puri beach on the eve of his birth anniversary as a mark of honour.Pattnaik said he has created the five-feet high sculpture using about four tons of sand with the message “Tribute to Dr Abdul Kalam, 84th Birth Anniversary”. Tomorrow is the 84th birth anniversary of Kalam, also known as the country’s ‘Missile Man’.Students of Pattnaik’s sand art institute joined hands with him in creating the sculpture. Many art lovers and local people gathered at Puri beach to see the sculpture, he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”He was the first president who had invited me to Rastrapati Bhawan in 2005 when sand art was not very popular in our country and encouraged me a lot through his inspiring words,” Pattnaik said.

Abdul Kalam’s birth anniversary will be ‘no-schoolbag day’ for Maharashtra schools

Students won’t be carrying their school bags on October 15 as per the government order.

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Maharashtra’s Education Minister Vinod Tawde had made the announcement that APJ Abdul Kalam’s birth anniversary, October 15, will be celebrated as Vaachan Prerna Diwas or Reading Day in all schools of Maharashtra. The announcement has been made by Tawde on July 27 after the former President passed away. Students can leave their schoolbags at home on the day. The state government passed a resolution on Wednesday mandating all students from class 3-8 to read non-academic books on the day. Schools have also been directed to conduct events that inspire students to read such books.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to a report in a leading daily, state government has a budget of about Rs 6 lakh for the day to aid schools in organising book exhibitions, conducting programmes like gift-a-book and inviting notable authors etc. Students won’t be carrying their school bags on October 15 as per the government order and the day will be kept completely reserved for non-academic books including novels and poetry.As per the circular issued to all schools by the Deputy Director of school education BB Chavan, “There should be no kind of pressures in class this day and a positive environment should be created. This way, students can read what they like and have fun doing it. Only then will the programme be a success.”

APJ Abdul Kalam’s grandnephew to launch Kalam Foundation in his honour

The foundation will be run by those who were close to the former President, Saleem added.

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

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The grandnephew of former President APJ Abdul Kalam has announced that the family is setting up ‘Kalam Foundation’ in the former President’s honour. The foundation will be launched on October 11 in Chennai.According to a report in The Hindu, the foundation’s aim will be to carry forward Kamal’s mission and make his vision come true. APJ MJ Sheik Saleem made this announcement. He recently joined the Bharatiya Janata Party.Saleem has also stated that a ‘Kalam National Centre for Knowledge and Discovery’ will be set up by the foundation. Ponraj, a close aide and advisor to Dr Kalam, and Saleem had said that they had requested the Centre to set up a ‘Kalam National Centre for Knowledge and Discovery’, on September 4 in Rameswaram. It was post this that Saleem joined the BJP.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The foundation will be run by those who were close to the former President, Saleem added. Ponraj has now stated that Saleem would not be given a post in the ‘Abdul Kalam’s Vision India Movement’ as he has joined a political party.

Union Minister Mahesh Sharma terms Dadri killing an ‘accident’; victim’s kin plan to leave village

“This (incident) should be considered as an accident without giving any communal colour to it,” Sharma, Minister of State for Tourism and BJP MP from Noida, said.

Union Minister Mahesh Sharma on Thursday described the lynching of a 50-year-old man in Dadri by a mob, allegedly over consumption of beef, as an “accident” and said that no “communal colour” should be given to it, even as the family of the victim is planning to move out of the village fearing that it may happen again.”This (incident) should be considered as an accident without giving any communal colour to it,” Sharma, Minister of State for Tourism and BJP MP from Noida, said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Two other families live with the affected family in the middle of the village and their walls adjoin with others.Also Read: Dadri killing: UP Police leave out key evidence, BJP leader calls accused as ‘excited innocent children’About 10-12 houses of other community are in the outlying part of the village but no incident concerning them has happened,” he said.”I feel this incident occurred due to some misunderstanding and the law should truthfully act against whoever is responsible for it,” he said.Iqlakh’s other son, Sartaj, who serves in the Indian Air Force,demanded punishment for the murderers of his father.Also read: Dadri murder: Attackers came armed with hockey sticks, batons and even swords, says victim’s daughter”Those arrested murdered my father. I want to know the reason for which they did this to him. They should be punished so that none from the village would dare to such deed in future,” he said. Meanwhile, Congress leader Meem Afzal on Thursday criticised Sharma for his unwarranted comment on the Dadri incident.”I don’t understand what is wrong with the Cultural Minister. First, he made comments about APJ Abdul Kalam, saying that Kalam was a patriot even though he was a Muslim. By making such comments, he is encouraging such incidents,” Afzal said.

Asaduddin Owaisi demands Mahesh Sharma’s dismissal for remark on APJ Abdul Kalam

Flaying Union minister Mahesh Sharma for his comments that APJ Abdul Kalam was a great nationalist despite being a Muslim, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi today demanded his dismissal for “suspecting” the nationalism of 17 crore Indian Muslims.

Asaduddin Owaisi

Flaying Union minister Mahesh Sharma for his comments that APJ Abdul Kalam was a great nationalist despite being a Muslim, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi today demanded his dismissal for “suspecting” the nationalism of 17 crore Indian Muslims.Owaisi said it was a travesty that even after 69 years of independence, the nationalism of Muslims was being suspected by a minister and wondered if Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared his opinion.”He (Sharma) clearly says that the late (President) Kalam despite being a Muslim was a nationalist and humanist. What does that convey? In plain and simple language, it clearly says that Muslims cannot be trusted.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It is a travesty that even after 69 years of independence of this great nation, we have a minister in the Modi cabinet who is suspecting my nationalism,” he said. He called Sharma, the culture minister, an “uncultured” man who must be “kicked out” from the government.Owaisi demanded that the Prime Minister clarify whether his government viewed the 17-crore Muslims of the country as “not nationalists”.”Is this the opinion of the Prime Minister that this government views 17-crore proud Muslims in India as not being nationalist… I would like to know from Modi who has said that he wanted Muslims to have Quran in one hand and computer in the other hand,” he asked.”We have renamed Aurangzeb Road after a person, who despite being a Muslim, is a great nationalist…,” Sharma told a news channel.

Suggestion for renaming Aurangzeb Road came from Pakistani journalist: Venkaiah Naidu

On August 28, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) gave its nod to rename Aurangzeb Road in Lutyen’s Delhi as APJ Abdul Kalam Road. Naidu further said it is not the question of Muslim or Hindu.
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The suggestion for renaming Delhi’s Aurangzeb Road after APJ Abdul Kalam had not come from VHP or Bajrang Dal, but from a Pakistan-born Muslim journalist, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said on Sunday and added that he no longer felt “shy” while giving his address. The Parliamentary Affairs Minister said earlier he used to feel shy when he had to give address of his residence (in Delhi) as- 30 Aurangzeb Road.”One road in Delhi was named after a great son, an inspirational man from Rameswaram- APJ Abdul Kalam. There was so much of furore, and so much criticism and all, as if it was named after a foreigner,” he said while speaking after releasing a book titled ‘The Chronology of Ancient India-Victim of concoctions and distortions’, penned by Vedveer Arya.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”But you will be surprised to know, the truth should also be known that the suggestion to change Delhi’s Aurangzeb Road to Abdul Kalam Marg came not from a Hindu, or an Indian, nor from VHP or Bajrang Dal. But from a non-Bharatiya… He is a Muslim…Tariq Fateh, born in Pakistan and who is now settled in Canada and works as a journalist,” Naidu said.”When he (Tariq Fateh) visited India for the first time in 2013, he was shocked to see the name of Aurangzeb adorn one of the most majestic streets of capital of Bharat (India). It is he who had appealed the Indian Muslims to take the initiative in demanding to change the name of the Aurangzeb Road to be named as Dara Shikoh, the brother of Aurangzeb,” the Minister said.”…I also used to feel little shy when I had to give my address…I had to say I am living in 30 Aurangzeb Road. But now I am happy because now I am living in 30 Abdul Kalam Road,” Naidu said.On August 28, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) gave its nod to rename Aurangzeb Road in Lutyen’s Delhi as APJ Abdul Kalam Road. Naidu further said it is not the question of Muslim or Hindu.”There are many Muslim rulers who have also done good to the country. History is very clear about it. All Muslims who have chosen not to go to Pakistan but decided to be in India..they are all Indians and they are equal citizens and they have got equal rights,” he said.”When we talk of Hindutava…Hindu is a cultural identity of nation. I told the Parliament also. Hindu is not a narrow religious bigotic concept, it is a broader cultural identity of this nation,” he added.”People have got every right to preach and practise whatever religion they want and that has been the great tradition of this Hindustan”, he added.”You have seen what happened in Pakistan and Bangladesh and other countries also. This land, this water, this air, this civilisation, this culture has got something unique “sarve jana sukhino bhavanthu”. This is the greatness of this land and we have to remember the past always and move towards future,” Naidu said.Taking a dig at media, the Union Minister said recently there was more focus by some TV channels on Yakub Memon than Abdul Kalam (for his last rites).”Unfortunately in this country it has become a fashion for some people to degrade India and degrade Hindu. Some of them are influenced by Western thinking and some of them are influenced by the Leftist thinking and now most of them are inspired by vote-bank politics,” he asserted.”I am astonished…sometimes I feel very sick, what is happening to this country. Some of these people are well entrenched in various sections of the media and also in communication sector and give such wonderful ideas,” Naidu added.

Small issues in OROP will get automatically addressed, says Manohar Parrikar

Bengaluru: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday said there might be a few small issues pertaining to implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme, which over time will get automatically addressed.

“OROP as a principle has been accepted, full financial requirements have been fulfilled. There might be a few small issues which over a period of time will get automatically addressed,” he told reporters here.

Manohar Parrikar. PTIManohar Parrikar. PTI

Manohar Parrikar. PTI

Parrikar said the issue has more or less been resolved.

“According to me the issue is more or less resolved, have you ever seen that 100 percent things are fulfilled to everyone’s satisfaction?,” Parrikar said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today made it clear that the armed forces jawans who have had to give up their jobs prematurely would be covered by OROP benefits announced by the government yesterday. Welcoming the statement the agitating ex-servicemen decided to call off their hunger strike but said would continue their protest till all the “sticky” issues are resolved.

Maj Gen (retd) Satbir Singh, leader of the association leading the agitation, said the protest will continue till four specific points raised by the ex-servicemen are not accepted by the government.

One of them was revision of pension every two years but the government has decided to revise pension every five years.

Meanwhile, Union Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said Congress has no moral right to criticise the Centre on the OROP issue.

“The people who have not done anything for the last 10 years have no moral right to criticise the government,” he told reporters here reacting to the allegation by Congress leader and former Defence Minister AK Antony that the Centre had “substantially diluted” the UPA’s OROP scheme as well doing politics over it.

Naidu said the the former Defence Minister had not done anything on implementing OROP except making an announcement during election.

“A K Anthony, you were the Defence Minister. You haven’t done anything, except making an announcement during election,” he said.

Naidu also flayed the Congress for not “understanding” the seriousness of the OROP issue when they proposed Rs 5,000 crore for the scheme compared to Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000 crore proposed by Narendra Modi government.

“The UPA government did not understand the seriousness of the issue as they proposed Rs 5,000 (rpt) 5,000 crore for the scheme. But when the NDA government sat down for resolving it, we found the issue required Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000 core to implement it,” he said.

The government will also pay all the arrears to the jawans in four instalments and widows of slain soldiers will be paid in one, Naidu said.

Naidu also appealed to the agitating ex-servicemen, who later in the day called off the hunger strike, to hold talks with the government to resolve few remaining glitches in the OROP scheme.

“There may still be some problems. We appeal to the veterans to sit with the government and sort out the issue. The government is open-minded,” he added.

Naidu also urged opposition, mainly Congress, to allow to function the extended session of the Parliament to pass the GST Bill.

“The opposition, mainly the Congress should allow the extended Parliament session and cooperate with the government to pass the Goods and Services Tax Bill. After all, it is their proposal. They have the right to oppose it, but not allowing the House to function is not fair,” Naidu said.

Naidu said Congress might be thinking that they were hurting Modi by stalling the Parliament. But they were hurting the country’s interests in larger perspective.

“They (Congress) are thinking that they are hurting Modi. But they are hurting country’s interests,” he said.

Reacting to Congress’ allegations that Modi and his cabinet colleagues were unconstitutionally taking part in the deliberations with RSS, Naidu said, “can anybody say child going to mother unconstitutional? RSS is mother to many Swayamsevaks,” he said.

Naidu said RSS would not interfere in the political affairs of BJP and the Centre would go by the BJP manifesto and will be guided by NDA’s common minimum programme.

On the controversy surrounding rechristening of Aurangzeb Road in Delhi to Abdul Kalam Road, Naidu said the Central government is nowhere in picture on the issue as it was the decision of the New Delhi Municipal Council and was approved by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

“This (renaming) was decided by the NMDC unanimously, and it was agreed upon by Chief Minister of Delhi. Centre is nowhere in he picture – that’s the end of the matter,” he said.

“The road is being rechristened in the name of the great son of the great country – (late) Dr Abdul Kalam. Nobody should have any objection. There has been overwhelming public opinion in favour of Abdul Kalam’s name,” Naidu said.

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Delhi’s Aurangzeb Road to be renamed after APJ Abdul Kalam

New Delhi: Aurangzeb Road in Lutyen’s Delhi will soon be known as APJ Abdul Kalam Road with the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) on Friday giving its nod in this regard.

“There were requests from certain sections of the society for changing the name of the road as a tribute to the former President. The matter was placed before the council today which unanimously gave a go ahead for the same,” NDMC vice chairman Karan Singh Tanwar told PTI.

Former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam. AFP

Former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam. AFP

He said NDMC is the final authority and no further statutory clearance is required for the renaming.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, also a member of the NDMC and who was present during the meeting, lauded the decision.

“Congrats. NDMC jst now decided to rename Aurangzeb Road to APJ Abdul Kalam Road,” he tweeted.

Following the former President’s demise last month, there had been a demand from many sections of the society for dedicating a road after him as a token of love and tribute to the “missile man”.

BJP MP Maheish Girri had also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consider renaming Aurangzeb Road after Kalam to correct “wrongs” of history and had said it will be a fitting tribute to the memory of Kalam, widely regarded as the people’s President.

“Happy to share that NDMC has today decided to rename AurangzebRoad as Dr APJ #AbdulKalamRoad. Thank u all for your support in this campaign!,” Giri said in a tweet today.

Aurangzeb road begins at the Taj Mansingh hotel near India Gate and joins Safdarjung Road near the official residence of the Prime Minister.

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To retain death sentence or not: Law panel report next week

Days after its consultation process saw a majority opposing death penalty, the Law Commission will submit its report on the much-debated subject to the Supreme Court next week recommending as to whether capital punishment should be retained or done away with.

Days after its consultation process saw a majority opposing death penalty, the Law Commission will submit its report on the much-debated subject to the Supreme Court next week recommending as to whether capital punishment should be retained or done away with.The law panel will submit its report to the Supreme Court “sometime” next week on whether India should continue with death penalty or abolish it. A copy will also be handed over to the Law Minister as any call on changes in penal provisions will be taken by Parliament.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The report assumes significance as it comes days after a debate was generated over the hanging of Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon.The Commission is working overtime to complete the report as its three-year term is coming to an end on August 31.The Supreme Court, in Santosh Kumar Satishbhushan Bariyar vs Maharashtra and Shankar Kisanrao Khade vs Maharashtra, had suggested that the Law Commission should study the death penalty in India to “allow for an up-to-date and informed discussion and debate on the subject”.In a consultation paper released on May 22 last year, the Law Commission had said that at this juncture, an exhaustive study on the subject would be a useful and salutary contribution to the cause of public debate on this issue.Such a study will also provide a definitive research- backed orientation to the lawmakers and judges on this very contentious issue, it had said.The Commission said the study would have to address queries and concerns of courts and present an international perspective on the issue.Former President late A P J Abdul Kalam and DMK MP Kanimozhi were among the people who had supported abolishing death penalty while responding to the consultation paper.A discussion held last month on a Law Commission consultation paper on whether capital punishment should be retained or abolished saw most of the participants opposing capital punishment.

Life is a difficult game: Read Abdul Kalam’s inspirational message in a web comic

Late former President APJ Abdul Kalam’s inspiring and motivational message and minimalistic lifestyle is the basis for a new art based web comic.

A quote by the “Missile Man of India” from his 1999 autobiography “Wings of Fire” has been animated by Zen Pencils, online comic portal by Australia-based freelance artist Gavin Aung Than.

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Screenshot of the web comic. zenpencils.com

The comic begins with a depiction of a young girl whose passion for swimming is frowned at by persons of authority, presumably her parents.

Than introduces Kalam’s words intended to equip at least a few young people to stand up to the authoritarianism in society.

“A characteristic feature of the authoritarianism in our society is its insidious ability to addict people to the endless pursuit of external rewards, wealth, prestige, position, promotion, approval of one’s lifestyle by others, ceremonial honours and status symbols of all kinds,” Kalam wrote.

“To successfully pursue these goals they have to learn elaborate rules of etiquette and familiarize themselves with customs, traditions protocols and so on.

“The youth of today must unlearn this self-defeating way of life,” said the country’s 11th President.

In his autobiography Kalam recounts how he, a poor country boy from the small town of Rameswaram went on to study physics, work his way through the ranks of the Defence Research and Development Organisation and then the Indian Space Research Organisation. He visited NASA and the Goddard Space Flight Centre in the United States during the height of the space race.

The scientist, aeronautical engineer and writer had during his 40 year scientific career pioneered India’s space missile and nuclear programmes.

Kalam was keen to pass on his learnings in living and achieving and growing particularly to the youth.

Than writes that the late president was a deeply spiritual man and practiced what he preached, shunning material possessions and rewards.

The comic juxtaposes Kalam’s words with a depiction of various pressures faced by today’s young people.

“The culture of working only for material possessions and rewards must be discarded,” Kalam wrote.

“Are you aware of your inner signals? Do you trust them? Have you taken control over your life into your own hands? Take this from me, the more decisions you can make avoiding external pressures, which will constantly try to manipulate you, the better your life will be, the better your society will become,” the former President said.

In a note accompanying the comic Than writes about how Kalam dreamt of becoming a pilot and studied aeronautical engineering at the Madras Institute of Technology. While Kalam was devastated at not fulfilling his pilot dream he picked himself up and accepted a new path of life and went to work for the Ministry of Defence.

“Life is a difficult game. You can win only by retaining your birthright to be a person,” Kalam wrote.

The final message of the comic reads, “…and to retain this right, you will have to be willing to take the social or external risks involved in ignoring pressures to do things the way others say they should be done.”

Than ends the comic with a depiction of the girl apparently taking control of her life and gleefully diving into a water body.

Launched in the year 2012, the website Zen Pencils has featured artwork based on famous speeches, inspirational quotes and inspiring personalities. Besides Kalam other Indian personalities featured on the site previously include Rabindranath Tagore, Jiddu Krishnamurti and Mahatma Gandhi.

Read the full comic here.

With inputs from PTI.

Telangana requests Centre to name DRDO after APJ Abdul Kalam

“Under Kalam’s guidance, when he was Director of DRDO, several research works were done in the organisation enhancing country’s self-reliance in defence systems,” Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said.

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The Telangana Government on Sunday requested the Centre that the city-based Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), be named after former President APJ Abdul Kalam. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard, according to a release issued by his office here. He said the research done by DRDO has helped the country towards achieving self-reliance in the defence sector.”Under Kalam’s guidance, when he was Director of DRDO, several research works were done in the organisation enhancing country’s self-reliance in defence systems,” Rao said. Kalam had put in efforts that ensured setting up of many defence organisations including DRDL, RCI and MIDHANI among others in Hyderabad, he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Naming DRDO after Kalam, who had close association with Hyderabad city, would inspire the future generations and also pay rich tributes to Kalam by India’s defence organisation or establishment,” Rao was quoted as saying in the release.Kalam passed away in Shillong, Meghalaya last week.

Teach science in madrasas to produce more Abdul Kalams: Union Minister Ram Shankar Katheria

Union Minister Ram Shankar Katheria on Saturday advocated teaching of science along with theology in madrasas and said such a move will help students in these religious schools to become great scientists like the former President APJ Abdul Kalam.

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Union Minister Ram Shankar Katheria on Saturday advocated teaching of science along with theology in madrasas and said such a move will help students in these religious schools to become great scientists like the former President APJ Abdul Kalam.”What will be the difficulty if science is taught in madarsas? Should the students toe a particular line for good? Why science shouldn’t be taught to produce someone like Kalam,” Katheria, who is MoS, HRD told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We want that science should be taught in madarsas… students should become ideal citizens … be they Hindus or Muslims and syllabus will be tailored keeping this in mind,” he said.The minister said,”If we stick to old thought now, it won’t do any good. It is right to talk about one’s own religion but dragging it into every issue isn’t right.” He further said that the hanging of 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon was given a religious colour.He also expressed dismay about the uproar over Maharashtra government’s move to derecognise madarsas teaching only theology.Denying Congress’s charge that Modi government was saffronising education, he said, “We have neither given a direction for teaching Bhagwat Gita nor made teaching of Tulsidas’s Ramayan mandatory. We have not stopped any madarsas from teaching.”He said that mentality of Congress was such that if we make some change in education system, it will drub it saffronisation. Congress was making wild allegations against us as they were troubled with our schemes launched since last one year, the MoS added.Katheria said that they will go for changes in education system for its improvement.Asked to comment of the remark of Congress leader Gurudas Kamat that HRD minister Smriti Irani had swept a restaurant once, he said that it wasn’t a bad job to earn a livelihood. Katheria said that Irani was efficiently performing her role.

Delhi BJP MP Maheish Girri urges PM Modi to rename Aurangzeb road after APJ Abdul Kalam

Girri has written a letter to the Prime Minister in this regard saying the move would be a fitting tribute to the memory of Kalam, widely regarded as the people’s President.

APJ Abdul Kalam

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BJP MP Maheish Girri has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consider renaming Delhi’s Aurangzeb Road after former President A P J Abdul Kalam to correct “wrongs” of history.Girri has written a letter to the Prime Minister in this regard saying the move would be a fitting tribute to the memory of Kalam, widely regarded as the people’s President. “The whole nation is mourning the death of Kalam. He was a great scientist and social reformer who inspired millions across the country as well as dedicated his whole life for our motherland. As a tribute to the people’s president, I hereby propose to rename the Auranzzeb road in New Delhi as Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Road,” the East Delhi MP wrote in the letter.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Later, talking to the media, he justified his demand saying that the name Aurangzeb symbolises “cruelty” and “if there has been wrongs we can always correct them.” Girri claimed his demand had the backing of several members of other political parties as it was not a part of “BJP’s agenda”.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon condoles APJ Abdul Kalam’s death

Describing former President A P J Abdul Kalam as a “great statesman”, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that the outpouring of grief around the world following his death is a testament of the respect and inspiration he has garnered during and after his Presidency.

APJ Abdul Kalam’s last rites

Describing former President A P J Abdul Kalam as a “great statesman”, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that the outpouring of grief around the world following his death is a testament of the respect and inspiration he has garnered during and after his Presidency.In a special gesture, the UN Chief visited the Permanent Mission of India to the UN here yesterday to sign the condolence book placed following the death of the 11th President of India and an accomplished scientist.The book has been open over the last couple of days to Ambassadors of all member state to express their condolences.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ban expressed his deepest condolences on the passing of the former Indian President in his message.”The outpouring of grief around the world is a testament of the respect and inspiration he has garnered during and after his Presidency. The UN joins the people of India in sending our deepest condolences for this great statesman. May he rest in peace and eternity,” Ban said in his message.Kalam died on July 27 following a cardiac arrest at the age of 83. He was in Shillong to deliver a lecture at the prestigious IIM and collapsed on stage just a few minutes into his speech.

Bihar government names college, science city after APJ Abdul Kalam

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Paying rich tributes to ‘People’s President’ APJ Abdul Kalam on the occasion of his last rites, the Bihar government on Thursday named Agriculture College at Kishanganj and the proposed science city after him.The decision was taken by the state cabinet of ministers at a brief meeting headed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar which saw 36 proposals being taken up and approved. “The cabinet has approved the proposal to name ‘Agriculture College, Kishanganj’ as Dr Kalam Agriculture College, Kishanganj’. It has also decided to name the proposed science city in the state capital as Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Science City,” Coordination Department Principal Secretary Shishir Kumar Sinha said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sinha said the cabinet remembered Kalam as a great personality who was an embodiment of science and spirituality. The ‘missile man’ would always be in the hearts of the people of this country as an immense repertoire of knowledge, scientist, scholar and teacher.The Bihar cabinet in its tributes said that Kalam’s attachment to the state could never be forgotten. He had given 10-point suggestion for the development of the state while addressing a joint session of Bihar legislature in 2006. In its condolence message, the cabinet said, “Kalam had said Bihar had a glorious past and there should be efforts to revive its heritage. He kept coming to the state and guiding us. Though we have lost our guide, we’ll keep walking the path shown by him.”Sinha said the cabinet also decided to keep a copy of the tribute on record and send another to the family members of Kalam. A two-minute silence was also observed by the ministers.

AAP govt puts up new posters with Abdul Kalam’s inspirational quotes

Yesterday, Delhi government said it has instructed to remove displays or advertisements from outdoor sites as a mark of respect to the departed soul.

The new posters that have been put up outside Delhi Secretariat mentions Kalam’s famous quote “Dream is not the thing you see in sleep but is that thing that doesn’t let you sleep.”
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Delhi government on Wednesday put up posters of APJ Abdul Kalam along with his inspirational quotes as tribute to the former President.The move came a day after AAP-government decided to withdraw an aggressive ad campaign as a mark of respect to Kalam, who passed away suddenly in Shillong on Monday.The new posters that have been put up outside Delhi Secretariat mentions Kalam’s famous quote “Dream is not the thing you see in sleep but is that thing that doesn’t let you sleep.”Yesterday, Delhi government said it has instructed to remove displays or advertisements from outdoor sites as a mark of respect to the departed soul.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The latest advertisement targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to allow the Delhi government to function.”Prime Minister Sir, Please, let Delhi government work,” read Delhi government previous posters.However, Delhi government has given no timeline when these advertisements would be changed.

China pays rich tributes to APJ Abdul Kalam; calls him ‘active promoter of Sino-Indian friendship’

The Chinese side expressed deep condolences on the death of Dr. Kalam, to the Indian government and people as well as conveyed sincere condolences to his family: China

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China on Wednesday paid rich tributes to former President APJ Abdul Kalam, terming him an influential Indian politician and active promoter of Sino-Indian friendship as it expressed condolences over his death. “Dr. Kalam, former President of India was an influential politician, and also an active promoter of Sino-Indian friendship, and after retirement had also visited China many times and served as an honorary professor at Peking University,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.”The Chinese side expressed deep condolences on the death of Dr. Kalam, to the Indian government and people as well as conveyed sincere condolences to his family,” it said in a written response to a question from PTI. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed grief over Kalam’s death on his Chinese social media account Weibo, where he has several thousand followers. “On 27th July 2015 we lost our beloved former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. He will be remembered as a great scientist, a wonderful President & above all an inspiring individual. Dr. Kalam enjoyed being with people; people & youngsters adored him. He loved students & spent his final moments among them,” 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. Here is a video of my speech in which I pay my tributes to him,” he said.Like he did in India, Kalam sought to make an impression on Chinese students. He first visited China in 2012 on the invitation of the Chinese government and was made Honorary Professor of the prestigious Peking University where he delivered lectures on sustainable development and creative leadership. He visited Beijing again last year.Prof. Jiang Jingkui, who heads the Centre for South Asian Studies in Peking University and attended both the lectures, said: “Dr. Kalam is not simply a scientist of India but also for the entire world. People of China will remember him for long.”

Rajinikanth remembers Abdul Kalam, calls him ‘Mahatma’

Paying tribute to Kalam, Rajinikanth today said the scientist inspired millions of people with his life and achievements.
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Superstar Rajinikanth feels “blessed enough” to have lived during a time that had a “mahatma” like former president A P J Abdul Kalam.Paying tribute to Kalam, Rajinikanth today said the scientist inspired millions of people with his life and achievements.The southern superstar took to Twitter to express his tributes.Kalam, 83, died after suffering a massive cardiac arrest during a lecture at the IIM Shillong on Monday. His funeral will take place at his hometown Rameswaram tomorrow.

Indian Twitter users outraged over AQ Khan’s comments on APJ Abdul Kalam

People took to twitter to show their anger about Pakistani scientist Abdul Quadeer Khan’s comment on APJ Abdul Kalam that he was an “ordinary scientist”

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Abdul Quadeer Khan, known for his contribution to Pakistan’s atomic bomb project commented on the demise of former president APJ Abdul Kalam. In a telephonic interview with the BCC, Khan said, “Kalam was an ordinary scientist and I cannot recall any big inventions by him.” He also said that India had developed its missile program with the help of Russia. The comment has created a furore on social media. Several retorted with comments on AQ Khan’s career<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Some targeted the Pakistani scientist’s IQ.Many quoted examples of APJ Abdul Kalam’s humility.One person could not believe that Pakistan even had a scientist.Others took to posting videos and gifs of failed missile launches saying it represnted AQ Khan’s career. APJ Abdul Kalam was known as the People’s President and there has been an outpouring of tributes to his work and life in days since his death. The country is in mourning over the passing of former President.

PM Modi to attend Kalam’s last rites in Rameswaram

Speaking to reporters at the Palam technical area from where the mortal remains of the former president was flown to his hometown Rameswaram by a special aircraft, Naidu said some chief ministers are also expected to attend the last rites.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be attending the last rites of former president APJ Abdul Kalam in Rameswaramon Thursday, whose demise he described as a loss of “Ratna (gem) of Bharat”.”The Prime Minister is coming,” Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu confirmed when asked if he would be attending the last rites of the former “scientist-President”.Speaking to reporters at the Palam technical area from where the mortal remains of the former president was flown to his hometown Rameswaram by a special aircraft, Naidu said some chief ministers are also expected to attend the last rites.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Prime Minister will arrive early in the morning and attend the rituals at around 11 am, sources said.Penning his tribute to the ‘missile man’ and who was felicitated with the highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, Modi in his blog, said “Bharat has lost a Ratna”.”Our scientist-President – and one who was genuinely loved and admired across the masses – never measured success by material possessions,” he said.”For him, the counterpoint to poverty was the wealth of knowledge, in both its scientific and spiritual manifestations,” the Prime Minister said.He remembered Kalam as one who took little from the world, and gave all he could to the society.”Kalamji refused to be defeated by circumstances. His character, commitment and inspirational vision shine through his life. He was unencumbered by ego; flattery left him cold,” Modi said.Describing him as a “hero” of India’s defence, the Prime Minister said his contributions to “our nuclear and space achievements have given India the muscle to be confident of her place in the region and the world.”Modi said his profound idealism was secure because it rested on a foundation of realism.Kalam was “equally at ease before an audience of suave, globe-trotting ministers and a class of young students”, Modi said.

APJ Abdul Kalam: The President whose legend endured a myriad controversies

“I am completely indigenous,” APJ Abdul Kalam told The New York Times in 1998.

Nobody could have put it better. Kalam was the embodiment of every Indian ideal. His rags-to-success story made him an achiever against insurmountable odds; contribution to Indian defence and military gave him the aura of a nationalist; conduct in the Rashtrapati Bhawan turned him into a People’s President– a People’s Prince type epithet that instantly gave the West a measure of his popularity; and his inspiring speeches and books made him a hero of the youth and children.

As a son, student, scientist, President, teacher, preacher, poet, writer, aficionado of classical Indian music, inspiration for a film (I am Kalam) and the new Chacha of children of India, Kalam lived an all Indian dream.

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“In recent history, only a few had endeared themselves to the young and old, poor and the rich, and to people belonging to different faiths,” former finance minister P Chidambaram rightly summed up Kalam’s enormous popularity.

Kalam had many virtues that we hold close to our heart. Never give up, don’t let failure destroy your dream, concentrate on your karma without thinking of the result, don’t let success get to your head and put country above race and religion. Kalam practiced all of them.

As a student born in a humble family, he sold newspapers to support the family and finance his education. When Kalam was rejected for the job of a fighter pilot, a dream he had nourished since childhood, he took up an entry-level post at Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.

And there was no looking back. A man, who was considered not good enough to fly a plane, became the architect of India’s missile programme. From somebody who was rejected as a fighter, Kalam went on to become the face of India’s nuclear programme. Kalam showed the world that he had wings of steel and determination of iron.

Kalam’s karma brought him not just the deserved fruits of labour, but much more than that. “Kalam did not seek office; the office sought him,” Natwar Singh memorably said after he was elected President. He remains a compelling example of how a karma yogi becomes destiny’s favourite child.

Kalam was not the original choice for President in 2002. It was widely believed that PC Alexander, principal secretary to former PM Indira Gandhi, would get the job. Alexander, who was the governor of Maharashtra during Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government, was acceptable to most of the NDA constituents. And his past made him believe that even the Congress would back him. To his dismay, Sonia Gandhi refused to back Alexander’s candidature.

For a very brief period, it seemed vice-president Krishna Kant would get the job. But he was also denied the opportunity after being tipped off to be ready for the election.

During this period, the BJP was trying to shed its rabid pro-Hindutva image — a pursuit that ultimately ended with LK Advani’s ill-fated paean to MA Jinnah. And Mulayam Singh, it is believed, offered a deal that the BJP couldn’t resist. (Ironically, when Kalam became the front-runner for the President’s post in 2012, it was Mulayam Singh who backed out at the last minute, paving the way for Pranab Mukherjee‘s election.)

When the Samajwadi Party agreed to support Kalam as the next President, a consensus soon developed even within the Congress to back his presidency. His election could have been unanimous, but for the Left’s decision to prop up Captain Lakshmi Sehgal as token of resistance. Kalam’s tenure had the potential of getting marred with controversies. But it is an ode to his personal integrity and administrative tact that he managed to steer India through a political storm.

His biggest challenge, of course, was the issue of Sonia Gandhi‘s eligibility to become PM. After the Congress emerged as the single-largest party in 2004, Sonia’s expected ascent to the top job created a political furore. Unexpectedly, Sonia opted out of the race and named Manmohan Singh as the party’s choice for PM.

There were rumours that Sonia had backed out because President Kalam raised the issue of her Italian citizenship. But Kalam maintained a dignified silence through the brouhaha. Years later, in his memoirs, Kalam revealed that if Sonia had staked claim to the post, he would have had no option but to appoint her.

Controversies, though, dogged Kalam for his role as a nuclear scientist. Some of his critics, like Homi Sethna, questioned Kalam’s credentials saying he had received his masters degree in aerospace engineering, which is completely different from nuclear engineering. Kalam’s entire cult as the face of India’s nuclear programme also came under cloud when K Santhanam, the site director of Pokaran II, called the test a ‘fizzle’ and criticised Kalam for giving a false report.

And when Kalam became the President, Princeton scholar M V Ramana attributed it to Kalam’s ability to “dress up even mediocre work with the tricolour to pass them off as great achievements.” But, nothing could stop Kalam from becoming a legend.

When the history of post-Independence India is written, Kalam would rank right up there, in the company of legends like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Rabindranath Tagore. He will inspire India and Indians for years to come.

In his poignant goodbye to Kalam, his aide Srijan Pal Singh says, he once asked Kalam what would he like to be remembered as: “President, scientist, writer, Missile Man, Indian 2020, Target 3 billion..what?”

Kalam replied: “Teacher.”

Yes, Kalam would be remembered for teaching us the value of both karma and raj dharma.

Kalam’s mortal remains flown to hometown Rameshwaram, as Delhi bids farewell

New Delhi: The mortal remains of former President A P J Abdul Kalam were today flown to his hometown Rameswaram from Delhi in a special aircraft, as people in the national capital bid an emotional adieu to the country’s ‘missile man’.

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The special aircraft took off from the Palam airport at around 08:15 AM after all three forces gave a sendoff to the former head of the state. The aircraft will fly to Madurai, from where the mortal remains will be flown in to Rameswaram by an IAF helicopter.

Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and senior BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain were present at the airport.

Wrapped in a tri-colour, Kalam’s body was taken to the airport in a gun carriage from his 10 Rajaji Marg residence here at 7 AM, as officials and citizens bid farewell to the man, whose life inspired countless Indians.

Naidu and Parrikar are accompanying the mortal remains of Kalam to Rameswaram. Minister of State for Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan, who is from Tamil Nadu will also join the two Union ministers.

The funeral of the former President will be held in Rameswaram, his birth place in Tamil Nadu, on Thursday with full military honours. A seven-day state mourning has been declared by the government in his honour.

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Set up at least 200 million rooftop solar systems, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam told VK Saraswat

During our two-hour meeting that day, I didn’t get the slightest inkling that he was unwell. Even as I took his leave, he gave me a task: “Please set up at least 200 million rooftop solar electric systems in the country.”

Students pay tribute to former President APJ Abdul Kalam at a school in Chikmagalur, Karnataka, on Tuesday

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Two weeks back, I went to meet him at his 10, Rajaji Marg residence. It was around 4:30 pm and a hot, humid day. I found him talking a walk in the lawns. He met me with a smile and the same warmth of a former senior colleague. I had gone to seek his advice on how best I can work in NITI Aayog. He told me: “Buddy, you are into a very important position. You can contribute to the common man’s cause greatly.. Please use this opportunity wisely.” During our two-hour meeting that day, I didn’t get the slightest inkling that he was unwell. Even as I took his leave, he gave me a task: “Please set up at least 200 million rooftop solar electric systems in the country.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> He was a man who was always in mission mode. He was always clear that a directed, mission-oriented approach alone can get results. I was 33 years old in 1982 and working as a scientist at the Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad, and was involved in the development of liquid propulsion rocket engines. Dr Kalam joined us as a director. He was not a supporter of liquid technology and preferred solid propulsion. Despite the difference, he allowed me space and time. Dr Kalam would never dictate things to us. He would always generate a technical consensus. I told him that we will take 7-8 years to develop solid propulsion for the Prithvi missile systems, but the liquid propulsion was in an advanced stage and we can get it done in two years. I recall a very interesting incident related to this. In the presence of then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, we were testing the liquid propulsion system at a static bed. It malfunctioned. Mr Gandhi, being a pilot himself, told us: “You didn’t get the right thrust from the liquid propulsion”. I had to admit it had underperformed. But I fondly remember what Dr Kalam later told me. “You are now a missile scientist. For you, it should not matter if it is liquid or solid propulsion. Take one more year to test the liquid propulsion capability, but do it with greater focus.” In DRDO’s context, I would describe Kalam as Jamwant (a mythological character from Ramayana). Jamwant was responsible for making Hanuman realise his powers to go to Lanka and get back Sita. He made DRDO realise what intrinsic capabilities it had. He infused such inspiration among us that we started believing that we could take the Integrated Missile Development Programme ahead. He converted all independent missile programmes into one integrated programme. We, the scientific community, have spent and benefited for almost 30-35 years with him. Not only the scientific community, he inspired small private industries, too, to contribute to our missile programmes in those days, even as we are talking Make in India at present. In 1984-85, he made me go to Ahmedabad and visit a small factory, which made milk cans. He said that if you have to get a propellant tank for Prithvi, you need to check the capabilities of that plant. I couldn’t believe him, but later they made for us the first propellant tank for Prithvi. Kalam trusted them since he had got some equipments from them earlier for an SLV project. It was he who foresaw the need for anti-missile systems in 1996-97. He was very clear that you can’t use nuclear weapons in defence in normal situations. He made me in charge of the ballistic missile defence systems. Even after he became president, he was always available for us. I could always approach him for suggestions and guidance. Even after he became President, I remember he used to call us for scientific discussions. Dr Kalam was always concerned not just about his staff but their families too. He would encourage us to spend time with our families at least one day a week. He would himself work on Sundays but would encourage us to be with our family. Since yesterday, I have been getting dozens of calls from former colleagues who had also worked with Kalam. We all feel a void in his absence. But what will live on is the great synergy and direction he has provided to India’s scientific community. (As told to Deevakar Anand @ananddeevakar)
(VK Saraswat is one of the two full-time members of NITI Aayog and former Defence Research and Development Organisation chief. He worked closely with late president Abdul Kalam from as early as 1982).

Abdul Kalam’s death ‘a great loss’ to nation: Prakash Padukone

Chess icon Viswanathan Anand, too, remembered the late leader as someone who a lot of people could relate to.
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Former Badminton ace Prakash Padukone on Tuesday said the passing away of former president APJ Abdul Kalam was a great loss to the nation.”I think it’s a great loss to the nation. I have read a lot and heard a lot about him. I’ve heard all his speeches,” Padukone told ANI.Chess icon Viswanathan Anand, too, remembered the late leader as someone who a lot of people could relate to.”I haven’t actually spent a lot of time with him but I do remember reading a lot about him and a lot of people seem to be able to relate to the late president,” Anand said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dr. Kalam passed away in Shillong last evening. He collapsed after suffering a massive cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong yesterday.The government has declared a seven-day national mourning as a mark of respect for Dr. Kalam, who played a stellar role in advancing India’s nuclear programme.Considered one of the most popular presidents of India, Kalam became the11th head of the state and occupied the post between 2002 and 2007 during the NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

New Delhi: Unorganised queues, utter chaos as crowd thronged to get last glimpse of APJ Abdul Kalam

Till 4 PM, it was out of bounds for the general public as VVIPs including President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi trooped in and out.

People crowd outside the residence of former President APJ Abdul Kalam to pay their respects in New Delhi on Tuesday.

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Minutes after the gates of 10, Rajaji Marg were thrown open to the public, utter chaos reigned as a massive crowd advanced in waves to get a last glimpse of former President A P J Abdul Kalam, leading to a stampede like situation and laying bare the administration’s ill-preparedness.The woes of people, especially women and the elderly, waiting for hours in unbearable humid conditions, were aggravated by serpentine unorganised queues, with no clear demarcation or barricades being put up.The gun-carriage carrying Kalam’s body reached the residence at around 2.30 PM. Till 4 PM, it was out of bounds for the general public as VVIPs including President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi trooped in and out.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>But with little crowd management at the entrance of the bungalow as well as inside, many jumped the queue resulting in an ugly situation where the elderly and women screamed for help after getting caught in the melee, in complete contrast to the sombre mood of the occasion.”Things could have been managed better considering he was a man known for his discipline,” said Vinny Khanna, in his forties, who had come with his son and wife.Although some, mainly police personnel, reserved the blame for the “unruly” public instead. “They have come to pay tributes to a former President but not even caring to maintain the basic etiquette,” 22-year-old Shamim said.

Rashtrapati Bhavan staff remembers APJ Abdul Kalam; calls him ‘a caring President’

J K Saha, who has been working at the President’s Estate for last 18 years, says he never made anyone feel that there was any difference between him and other people working at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The staff members, who used to travel with him, recount that his visits used to be a nightmare for security personnel as he would often stop the carcade (which is against security protocol) on seeing children waiting for him.
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The 340-room Raisina Hill marvel Rashtrapati Bhavan had been the abode of the humble missile man APJ Abdul Kalam for five years during which he left an indelible impression on the staff with his caring and affable nature and a preference for simple lifestyle.The post is known for strict protocols which are adhered to by the staff of Rashtrapati Bhavan with hardly any direct interaction with the President unless the Supreme Commander wants to have one. But Kalam was different.”I was posted in the household section when Dr Kalam asked me to connect a call to someone. Normally, secretaries call us to connect calls. I could not hear the name. I thought it would not be proper to check with the President. So I called his secretary Harry Sheridon to know the name. Once the call was over, he called me over the phone and said gently that ‘if you do not understand what I say then call me again to clarify’,” J K Saha, who has been working at the President’s Estate for last 18 years, said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Saha says he never made anyone feel that there was any difference between him and other people working at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Kalam specially loved to interact with children and would patiently hear them out. “His interactions with children continued till the last child was able to meet him, however late it may get,” he said.”During his five-year stay in the Rashtrapati Bhavan, his family visited him only once to see the place,” D K Sahoo, who has served 19 years in the Rashtrapati Bhavan, said when asked about the visits of his family.Salim Ahmed, a butler at the the President’s residence for last 31 years who used to handle Kalam’s food, says the former President relished south Indian food but never once made any request for a specific dish to be prepared.”He would never complain about the food. There were times when the salt in the dishes was on the higher side but he never complained. If there was a third dish prepared for him, he would ask whether there was any festival. He never asked us to prepare any particular dish,” Ahmed said.While on tours, Ahmed said, Kalam despite having a tight schedule would ask whether he and other staff members accompanying him had their meals or not. “If the answer was negative, he (Kalam) told us to have our food and only after that he used to proceed with his next appointment.” “He was very caring. Never discriminated. Before going to colder destination, he would personally advice us to keep woolens and cover ourselves properly,” he said.Librarian SNS Prakash, who has been in Rashtrapati Bhavan for nearly 32 years, says Kalam was an avid reader and often visited Rashtrapati Bhavan library to browse through books on music, literature and technology.”He had his own personal library. But he often used to scan through books by either visiting the Bhavan library or going through them online. The digitisation work of the library was initiated by him,” Prakash said.Despite his down to earth nature, the former President did not use to mince his words when someone erred but it was in the manner of a teacher.”He was a celebrity. The lawns of Rashtrapati Bhavan were crowded by children be it any occasion. Even in cases when celebrities were present, kids used to surround Dr Kalam in order to interact with him and he never disappointed anyone.The interaction used to go on for hours and would not end till the last child had met him,” Saha said. The staff members, who used to travel with him, recount that his visits used to be a nightmare for security personnel as he would often stop the carcade (which is against security protocol) on seeing children waiting for him.”During one such trip, carcade was stopped in a secluded area. Since, I suppose, it was his first trip, we got apprehensive. When we reached his car, we found that he was interacting with a bunch of kids who were standing and waving at him,” Tour Assistant Mohammed Khalid said.He said they used to keep a towel ready to clean their shoes as they had to keep running to match his pace.Amulya Kumar Das, who also manages President’s tours, said he used to organise functions for children of the employees as well.”My daughter still cherishes getting a photograph clicked with him when she was five years old,” he said.Chote Lal, who is in-charge of the travel section, said once Kalam decided to leave for Delhi at 1 am from Hyderabad so as to ensure that his appointments there do not get hindered.Kalam, during his stay at Rashtrapati Bhavan, would often break security cordon and wander into the residential areas of the Estate employees.”He improved houses for us. Earlier we used to live in British-era houses. But he improved them according to modern needs. Introduced herbel garden, increased greenery in the Rashtrapati Bhavan, set up a kitchen museum, fans and heaters for guards among many other things which bettered our working conditions,” Sahoo said.

Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre condoles APJ Abdul Kalam’s death

“He was an ordinary man with extra ordinary achievements,” VSSC said in a condolence message.
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Describing the demise of former President APJ Abdul Kalam as a great national loss, “particularly for the ISRO community”, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) condoled his death.”This is a great national loss, particularly for the ISRO community, because he was one amongst us. He was the Project Director of SLV3 launch vehicle from which all the later rockets of ISRO evolved,” VSSC said in a condolence message.Kalam was a peoples’ President, who believed that the glory of India would be measured by the temples of education, Science and Technology and ignited the minds of countless students to dream big in life. “He was an ordinary man with extra ordinary achievements,” the message said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Life is finite but ideas and vision are immortal. Even though he is no more, his vision and ideas are always going to be with us. There are no goodbyes from us, wherever he is, he is always going to be in our heart, inspiring us to fly on the wings of fire in all our future endeavours’.

The one regret APJ Abdul Kalam had in his life

APJ Abdul Kalam had planned a surprise assignment for IIM Shillong students where he wanted them to come up with three innovative ideas to make Parliament more productive.

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Working tirelessly even on his last day, APJ Abdul Kalam had planned a surprise assignment for the students of IIM Shillong on finding innovative ways to end disruption in Parliament.Kalam’s close aide Srijan Pal Singh, who was with him on his last day, said while travelling from Delhi to Shillong they were discussing about disruptions in Parliament. “He was very worried and said he had seen the tenures of many governments but disruption keeps on happening every time. He had told me to prepare a surprise assignment question for the students which would be given to them at the end of the lecture,” Singh, who co-authored two books with Kalam, said from Shillong.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said the former President wanted students to come up with three innovative ideas to make Parliament more productive and vibrant. “We had also decided to include this topic of disruptions in Parliament into our next book ‘Advantage India’ which would be released in September-October. I’ll do that now before the book comes into the market,” the IIM Ahmedabad alumnus said.When asked about Kalam’s last wish, he said Kalam always wanted a billion smiles on a billion faces in the country. “He wanted rural India to develop and also he kept on talking about youth empowerment. Now his ideas are more alive as the man who was leading it from the front is no more,” he said.The only regret the ‘Missile Man’ had in his life was not being able to provide facilities like 24-hour electricity to his parents during their lifetime “That is I think one regret he always had in his life,” Singh said.

APJ Kalam’s Twitter account to remain alive in new form

Although former President APJ Abdul Kalam is no more, but his Twitter account will continue to be active in a new form.A team of his close associates has decided to run his official Twitter account which has now been renamed as ‘In memory of Dr Kalam’.”Dedicated 2 immortal memories of Dr Kalam. this account wil nw reflect his thoughts, his lessons & missions. Miss you sir! (sic),” Kalam’s close aide Srijan Pal Singh said in a tweet.Singh would now act as the administrator of his Twitter account and will keep sharing inspirational quotes from an innumerable number of speeches made by Kalam and his books like Wings of Fire, India 2020 and Ignited Minds.Another book Advantage India, co-authored by Kalam and Singh, is due to release later the year.Since February 2011, Kalam had been regularly posting his views on contemporary issues facing the country besides sending out inspirational messages on Twitter.He had more than 1.4 million followers on the microblogging site which is now flooded with his one-liners.Hashtag ‘KalamSir’ has been trending on Twitter in India since last night. Related read: How Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam’s lived his last day

Shahrukh Khan to Lata Mangeshkar, Bollywood mourns APJ Abdul Kalam’s demise

Mumbai: Celebrities like Lata Mangeshkar, Shah Rukh Khan and A R Rahman on Monday mourned the demise of former President APJ Abdul Kalam, calling his death a great loss to the country.

Kalam, who served as the 11th President from 2002 to 2007 and came to be known as ‘People’s President’, died on Monday evening after he collapsed during a lecture at IIM Shillong. He was 83.

Four-time National Award-winning composer Rahman said the country lost an “inspiring mind”.

“Dr Kalam, when you became the President, you gave the word ‘hope’ a new meaning for Indians…

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APJ Abdul Kalam. Reuters

“Today, we have lost a great leader who inspired our young minds to feel that we live in the greatest nation on earth and that each one of them can achieve great things… May the creator lead you to heaven,” Rahman posted on his Facebook page.

Bollywood’s evergreen voice Mangeshkar also took to Facebook to pay her condolence.

“I have just been informed that our former President, Bharat Ratna Dr APJ Abdul Kalam has passed away. I am saddened by the news. I knew him very well personally. He was a great scientist, a human being and a good poet. I pay my tribute to him. May he rest in peace,” she said.

Superstar Shah Rukh, also condemning Gurdaspur terrorist attack, tweeted, “So sad to hear about the Gurdaspur terror attack and now the news of Dr Kalam’s demise. May Allah bring peace upon all.”

“Sad to hear about the loss of our only people’s president – Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. Big loss to not just our nation but the whole world,” posted Ajay on his Twitter page.

“I just got this news. It is a very sad moment for us. I think he has left behind good values for us.

“And the way he led his life was exemplary. The way he thought, the way he spoke, the way he lived… all that should be a torchlight guiding us and we should keep him alive in our hearts,” said

Rajya Sabha MP and Bollywood screenwriter- lyricist Javed Akhtar, who was in Delhi on Monday.

Actor Varun Dhawan wrote, “A visionary passes away” Abdul Kalam a brilliant mind and soul. His book ‘Wings Of Fire’ is a must for every youth of our country.”

“So sad to know about the passing away of Dr Abdul Kalam. It is a loss not only for India but for d entire world. Such greatness is a rarity.

“Had the opportunity of meeting & interacting with Dr Kalam at several occasions. His infectious smile was enough to inspire millions. #Sad,” tweeted Anupam Kher, who received Padma Shri from Kalam.

Kher also called him his inspiration. “I was one of the lucky ones to receive my Padma Shri from Dr Kalam. He made it extra special for me. He will always remain my inspiration,” he further said.

Filmmaker Karan Johar tweeted, “Visionary….legendary and with so much dignity….a big loss to the country….RIP #APJAbdulKalam.”

Good bye with Salam sir Abdul kalam most beloved president of india. True son of India. Father of nuclear arms India. The finest educationist,” wrote director-producer Subhash Ghai.

“What a glorious life!!Greatness lead by example!!#Respect#Salute d life n divine grace of Mr Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam #Godspeed,” actress Sushmita Sen tweeted.

Actor Rajkummar Rao posted, “You have to dream before ur dreams can come true” Rest in Peace Mr Abdul Kalam. Thank you for inspiring us.”

Actress Sonakshi Sinha said, “Sad news. First the #GurdaspurAttack and then we lose one of the most loved Indians of all time. #RIPAbdulKalam sir.”

Actress Sridevi wrote, “A people’s president who ignited minds across the world. RIP Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.”

“R I P. Dr Abdul Kalam,sir, you shall be missed and remembered,” veteran actor Rishi Kapoor said.

Actress Raveena Tandon, condoling his death, tweeted, “Terrible news!! APJ Abdul Kalam you will be remembered as one of the best presidents India has seen! A true patriot and an inspiration to the youth! A great loss!”

“Never got a chance to meet, always be a regret. His wisdom humour philosophy intelligence wil live forever in r hearts #RIPAPJAbdulKalam #PrideOfIndia. He went while doing what he did best… #PrideOfIndia collapsed while giving a lecture in Shillong!” she further wrote.

“A life well lived is one that leaves behind the road of possibilities and inspiration. What a spectacular path Dr. Abdul Kalam paved. RIP,” tweeted “The Lunchbox” actress Nimrat Kaur.

Actress Dia Mirza said, “#RIP #DrAPJAbdulKalam you are and will always be one of my heroes. #Salute.”

“In a country starving for inspiration #DrAPJAbdulKalam passing away is huge blow… #RIP #Salute,” director Nikhil Advani wrote.

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BJP leaders pay tribute to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

Calling it a nation’s “loss of a visionary”, BJP today paid glowing tributes to former President A P J Abdul Kalam with party chief Amit Shah describing him as the “best exemplar” of the idea of India.

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was the 11th President of India serving between 2002 and 2007
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Shah said Kalam was a “rare combination” of science, education and morality and his personality and achievements will inspire the coming generations.
“He served Mother India literally until the last breath of his life. He was truly a ‘karma yogi’ par excellence. 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.
“Dr. Kalam’s personality uniquely harmonised science and spirituality. As the President of India, he also harmonised the agendas of security and development.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Also Read : Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was a multi-faceted personality
Shah said Kalam dreamt of a developed, prosperous and strong India and dedicated his life to realising this dream.
“Nation will always be in debt for his contributions. His death has caused an irreparable loss to the nation,” Shah said, recalling that Kalam played a key role in making India a space and nuclear power.
BJP patriarch L K Advani said the void left by his absence cannot be filled.LK Advani Veteran BJP Leader His belief that India would become a developed nation by 2020 inspired millions of Indians. He was a lifelong learner and a lifelong teacher. He was also unparalleled in his ability to motivate young minds. His demise has left a void in our national life, which cannot be filled. Nevertheless, he will be affectionately remembered by generations to come as an ideal Indian.”PM Narendra Modi also expressed his grief. He tweeted,In his condolence message, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari described the Bharat Ratna as a great scientist, a true nationalist and a wonderful human being. “In his death the nation has lost a visionary and the scientific community a missile expert,” he said.Also Read : Abdul Kalam showed no signs of life when brought to hospital: Doctor​
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Kalam, 83, was rushed to the hospital in Nongrim hills in Meghalaya capital at around 7 pm, where he was in the Intensive Care Unit(ICU) for 45 minutes before he was declared dead.Dr A M Kharbamon, a specialist who attended to Kalam after he was brought to the hospital, told reporters that he was declared dead at 7:45 pm.​Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said Kalam was a “self-made man”, who inspired generations of scientists and the youth of our country. “As the President during 2002-07, Dr Kalam proved to be a people’s President. He extensively travelled across the country with the mission of inspiring the students and the youth. As President, he discharged his constitutional responsibilities to perfection and to the admiration of all,” he said.Kalam was a true nationalist and the pride of the nation, Naidu said in his tribute. “He was a great son of India.” He said the government was looking to either shift him to Delhi or to dispatch a team of doctors to Shillong, where he had suddenly collapsed at an event yesterday, but “he was snatched away from our midst so suddenly that there was no time”.

RIP Dr APJ Abdul Kalam: Memorable quotes that show why Kalam will always be an inspiration

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam had a way with words – from his memorable speeches while addressing students all over India to his inspirational books and essays including his autobiography ‘Wings of Fire’. Kalam’s words motivated generations of Indians to dream big and work hard towards achieving them.

As the ‘Missile Man’, as he was fondly called due to his immense contribution to India’s space mission, breathed his last on Monday, here are some of his most memorable quotes that prove why he will continue to inspire us in the time to come as well.

On the power of dreams

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On facing problems and difficulties

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On what our aim for India should be

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On winning  people

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On his message to young people

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On shining bright like the sun

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On religion

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If there are any memorable quotes by Dr Kalam that you would like to share, please leave a comment.

‘He was a people’s president’: Who said what on APJ Abdul Kalam’s demise

Former president, renowned scientist and Bharat Ratna, APJ Abdul Kalam passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture to students at IIM-Shillong on Monday evening. He was 84.

Kalam collapsed during his lecture and was rushed to Bethany Hospital in Shillong where he was declared dead. The man, was referred to as the ‘Missile Man of India’ and ‘People’s President’ owing to his scientific achievements and popular stature.

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APJ Abdul Kalam. Reuters

The entire nation, saddened by his death, went into mourning and eminent people, from politicians to actors, expressed their grief.

Here’s what India had to say when Kalam passed away:

President Pranab Mukherjee: “He had a special love for children and fought to constantly inspire the youth of our country Dr Kalam will be long remembered for his passion, science and innovation and his contributions have enabled scientists, educationists and writers. His achievements as leader of DRDO vastly enhanced the security of our nation. In his passing away, we have lost a great son of India who dedicated his entire life to the welfare of his motherland. Dr Kalam was a people’s president during his lifetime and will remain so.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi: “I got to work with him closely. I have lost an uttam marg darshak. The country has lost a son who worked for the strength of India. He had spent every moment for the youth of India. No person will be able to fill the gap left by him. His work will inspire us to work for the development of the nation.”

Singer Lata Mangeshkar: “Dr Kalam, when you became the President, you gave the word ‘hope’ a new meaning for Indians…”.

Singer and composer AR Rahman: Today, we have lost a great leader who inspired our young minds to feel that we live in the greatest nation on earth and that each one of them can achieve great things… May the creator lead you to heaven

RJD chief Lalu Prasad: “He was not just an astute statesman, Kalam was also a scholar and a renowned scientist. Despite being the President, he always used to relate and react with the common people and under his supervision, India’s defence system got a huge boost.”

BJP patriarch LK Advani: “Shocking! And he has come so suddenly. A few days back, I attended his book release function. If I were to sum up what I feel his personality indicated, I would say that he was a unique combination of science and spirituality.”

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar: “This is a personal loss for me. Dr Kalam was a great scientist and eminent social worker. On my request, he had come to Bihar on a number of occasions and guided the development of the state. He had also immensely contributed towards setting up of the Nalanda International University.”

Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung: “He left inspirational thoughts with us. India has lost a son. When will we get a son of this caliber?”

Former president Pratibha Patil: “He was the best human being I came across. I feel very sorry. He had good humour, had very good presence of mind and always wanted to give something to society”

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah: “I think it’s the saddest news I’ve heard in a long time. He was the people’s president. I remember when I went with Vajpayee ji to Pokhran, that was my first meeting with him.”

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra: “Deeply saddened to learn about the demise of Sh (sic) Abdul Kalam ..words cannot express the loss.”

Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel : “Deeply shocked & saddened by the demise of former President of India and one of the finest human-beings Shri APJ Abdul Kalam. An eminent scientist, a visionary & an inspiration – Shri APJ Abdul Kalam will be missed by one and all. May his soul rest in peace!”

Home Minister Rajnath Singh: “Deeply saddened at the sudden demise of the former president of India Dr. APAJ Abdul Kalam. He was an inspiration to an entire generation. Dr. Kalam was a man of impeccable character, indomitable spirit, profound knowledge and firm conviction. 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.”

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal“V (sic) sad to hear that Dr APJ Abdul Kalam is no more. Nation has lost a real bharat ratna.”

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah: ‏”I hope the news trickling in from Shillong is false, if it is true then a bad day has just gotten worse.”

Author Chetan Bhagat: “We lost an Indian hero today. RIP APJ Abdul Kalam. You will always be an inspiration.”

Actress Raveena Tandon: “Terrible news!!APJ Abdul Kalam you will be remembered as one of the best presidents India has seen!”

Actress Tisca Chopra: “One of our finest Presidents.. RIP APJ Abdul Kalam ..”

Ex-Indian President Abdul Kalam dies

Former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam, known as “missile man”, dies at the age of 83 after collapsing while delivering a lecture.

APJ Abdul Kalam was my inspiration, says Anna Hazare

Former President A P J Abdul Kalam, the ‘missile man’ who came to be known as ‘People’s President’ died on Monday after he collapsed during a lecture at the IIM Shillong.
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Social activist Anna Hazare condoled the death of former President A P J Abdul Kalam and described him as his inspiration.In his condolence message, Hazare said, “I am saddened by the news of Kalam’s death. His demise is a loss for the country. He was my inspiration and a guide to the youths.””We had met him at the time of an RTI Act meeting. After that I had met him a number of times in Delhi. He was my inspiration,” the Gandhian said. Former President A P J Abdul Kalam, the ‘missile man’ who came to be known as ‘People’s President’ died on Monday after he collapsed during a lecture at the IIM Shillong.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kalam, who would have turned 84 in October, was confirmed dead more than two hours after he was wheeled into the ICU of Bethany hospital in a critical condition following the collapse at around 6.30pm.

From Lata Mangeshkar to Shahrukh Khan, Bollywood mourns APJ Abdul Kalam’s demise

Mumbai: Celebrities like Lata Mangeshkar, Shah Rukh Khan and A R Rahman on Monday mourned the demise of former President APJ Abdul Kalam, calling his death a great loss to the country.

Kalam, who served as the 11th President from 2002 to 2007 and came to be known as ‘People’s President’, died on Monday evening after he collapsed during a lecture at IIM Shillong. He was 83.

Four-time National Award-winning composer Rahman said the country lost an “inspiring mind”.

“Dr Kalam, when you became the President, you gave the word ‘hope’ a new meaning for Indians…

APJ Abdul Kalam. Reuters

APJ Abdul Kalam. Reuters

“Today, we have lost a great leader who inspired our young minds to feel that we live in the greatest nation on earth and that each one of them can achieve great things… May the creator lead you to heaven,” Rahman posted on his Facebook page.

Bollywood’s evergreen voice Mangeshkar also took to Facebook to pay her condolence.

“I have just been informed that our former President, Bharat Ratna Dr APJ Abdul Kalam has passed away. I am saddened by the news. I knew him very well personally. He was a great scientist, a human being and a good poet. I pay my tribute to him. May he rest in peace,” she said.

Superstar Shah Rukh, also condemning Gurdaspur terrorist attack, tweeted, “So sad to hear about the Gurdaspur terror attack and now the news of Dr Kalam’s demise. May Allah bring peace upon all.”

“Sad to hear about the loss of our only people’s president – Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. Big loss to not just our nation but the whole world,” posted Ajay on his Twitter page.

“I just got this news. It is a very sad moment for us. I think he has left behind good values for us.

“And the way he led his life was exemplary. The way he thought, the way he spoke, the way he lived… all that should be a torchlight guiding us and we should keep him alive in our hearts,” said

Rajya Sabha MP and Bollywood screenwriter- lyricist Javed Akhtar, who was in Delhi on Monday.

Actor Varun Dhawan wrote, “A visionary passes away” Abdul Kalam a brilliant mind and soul. His book ‘Wings Of Fire’ is a must for every youth of our country.”

“So sad to know about the passing away of Dr Abdul Kalam. It is a loss not only for India but for d entire world. Such greatness is a rarity.

“Had the opportunity of meeting & interacting with Dr Kalam at several occasions. His infectious smile was enough to inspire millions. #Sad,” tweeted Anupam Kher, who received Padma Shri from Kalam.

Kher also called him his inspiration. “I was one of the lucky ones to receive my Padma Shri from Dr Kalam. He made it extra special for me. He will always remain my inspiration,” he further said.

Filmmaker Karan Johar tweeted, “Visionary….legendary and with so much dignity….a big loss to the country….RIP #APJAbdulKalam.”

Good bye with Salam sir Abdul kalam most beloved president of india. True son of India. Father of nuclear arms India. The finest educationist,” wrote director-producer Subhash Ghai.

“What a glorious life!!Greatness lead by example!!#Respect#Salute d life n divine grace of Mr Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam #Godspeed,” actress Sushmita Sen tweeted.

Actor Rajkummar Rao posted, “You have to dream before ur dreams can come true” Rest in Peace Mr Abdul Kalam. Thank you for inspiring us.”

Actress Sonakshi Sinha said, “Sad news. First the #GurdaspurAttack and then we lose one of the most loved Indians of all time. #RIPAbdulKalam sir.”

Actress Sridevi wrote, “A people’s president who ignited minds across the world. RIP Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.”

“R I P. Dr Abdul Kalam,sir, you shall be missed and remembered,” veteran actor Rishi Kapoor said.

Actress Raveena Tandon, condoling his death, tweeted, “Terrible news!! APJ Abdul Kalam you will be remembered as one of the best presidents India has seen! A true patriot and an inspiration to the youth! A great loss!”

“Never got a chance to meet, always be a regret. His wisdom humour philosophy intelligence wil live forever in r hearts #RIPAPJAbdulKalam #PrideOfIndia. He went while doing what he did best… #PrideOfIndia collapsed while giving a lecture in Shillong!” she further wrote.

“A life well lived is one that leaves behind the road of possibilities and inspiration. What a spectacular path Dr. Abdul Kalam paved. RIP,” tweeted “The Lunchbox” actress Nimrat Kaur.

Actress Dia Mirza said, “#RIP #DrAPJAbdulKalam you are and will always be one of my heroes. #Salute.”

“In a country starving for inspiration #DrAPJAbdulKalam passing away is huge blow… #RIP #Salute,” director Nikhil Advani wrote.

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10 APJ Abdul Kalam tweets to live your life by

A poor Muslim boy, he didn’t let his surrounding or environment affect his education and drive. His interest in flying led to him studying aeronautical engineering, and he would eventually go on to supervise the development of India’s guided missile program.

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Teacher, scientist, genius, author, musician, long-hair enthusiast — there are many different hats that Dr APJ Abdul Kalam wore in his lifetime. In many ways, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam was an embodiment of the Indian Deam. A poor Muslim boy, he didn’t let his surrounding or environment affect his education and drive. His interest in flying led to him studying aeronautical engineering, and he would eventually go on to supervise the development of India’s guided missile program. A former President, Bharat Ratna and Padma Bhushan winner, Kalam also had an inner child who loved interacting with children. And he was a prolific Twitter user, using the medium to stay in touch with fans and also inspire people. Here are ten inpsiring tweets by the Missile Man of India:<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

‘I have lost an uttam marg darshak’: Who said what on APJ Abdul Kalam’s demise

Former president, renowned scientist and Bharat Ratna, APJ Abdul Kalam passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture to students at IIM-Shillong on Monday evening. He was 84.

Kalam collapsed during his lecture and was rushed to Bethany Hospital in Shillong where he was declared dead. The man, was referred to as the ‘Missile Man of India’ and ‘People’s President’ owing to his scientific achievements and popular stature.

APJ Abdul Kalam. Reuters

APJ Abdul Kalam. Reuters

The entire nation, saddened by his death, went into mourning and eminent people, from politicians to actors, expressed their grief.

Here’s what India had to say when Kalam passed away:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi: “I got to work with him closely. I have lost an uttam marg darshak. The country has lost a son who worked for the strength of India. He had spent every moment for the youth of India. No person will be able to fill the gap left by him. His work will inspire us to work for the development of the nation.”

BJP patriarch LK Advani: “Shocking! And he has come so suddenly. A few days back, I attended his book release function. If I were to sum up what I feel his personality indicated, I would say that he was a unique combination of science and spirituality.”

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar: “This is a personal loss for me. Dr Kalam was a great scientist and eminent social worker. On my request, he had come to Bihar on a number of occasions and guided the development of the state. He had also immensely contributed towards setting up of the Nalanda International University.”

Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung: “He left inspirational thoughts with us. India has lost a son. When will we get a son of this caliber?”

Former president Pratibha Patil: “He was the best human being I came across. I feel very sorry. He had good humour, had very good presence of mind and always wanted to give something to society”

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah: “I think it’s the saddest news I’ve heard in a long time. He was the people’s president. I remember when I went with Vajpayee ji to Pokhran, that was my first meeting with him.”

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra: “Deeply saddened to learn about the demise of Sh (sic) Abdul Kalam ..words cannot express the loss.”

Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel : “Deeply shocked & saddened by the demise of former President of India and one of the finest human-beings Shri APJ Abdul Kalam. An eminent scientist, a visionary & an inspiration – Shri APJ Abdul Kalam will be missed by one and all. May his soul rest in peace!”

Home Minister Rajnath Singh: “Deeply saddened at the sudden demise of the former president of India Dr. APAJ Abdul Kalam. He was an inspiration to an entire generation. Dr. Kalam was a man of impeccable character, indomitable spirit, profound knowledge and firm conviction. 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.”

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal“V (sic) sad to hear that Dr APJ Abdul Kalam is no more. Nation has lost a real bharat ratna.”

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah: ‏”I hope the news trickling in from Shillong is false, if it is true then a bad day has just gotten worse.”

Author Chetan Bhagat: “We lost an Indian hero today. RIP APJ Abdul Kalam. You will always be an inspiration.”

Actress Raveena Tandon: “Terrible news!!APJ Abdul Kalam you will be remembered as one of the best presidents India has seen!”

Actress Tisca Chopra: “One of our finest Presidents.. RIP APJ Abdul Kalam ..”

10 most inspiring quotes by People’s President Abdul Kalam

Here’s collection of some of the most inspiring quotes by India’s most popular president:

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One of India’s most renowned scientist and former president APJ Abdul Kalam passed away on Monday evening of cardiac arrest while giving a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong.In his 83 years of life, the ‘Missile Man of India’ touched many lives, inspired many children and paved way for better education and research in the country. Here is a collection of some of the most inspiring quotes by India’s most popular president:
1. Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2. For great men, religion is a way of making friends; small people make religion a fighting tool. 3. You have to dream before your dreams can come true.4. Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident.5. Dream is not that which you see while sleeping it is something that does not let you sleep. 6. Be more dedicated to making solid achievements than in running after swift but synthetic happiness.7. All Birds find shelter during a rain. But Eagle avoids rain by flying above the Clouds8. If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.9. Almost half of the population of the world lives in rural regions and mostly in a state of poverty. Such inequalities in human development have been one of the primary reasons for unrest and, in some parts of the world, even violence. 10. My message, especially to young people is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to the young people.

Shradhanjali: Jharkhand minister thinks APJ Kalam is dead, gives him a floral tribute

Our ministers are masters of goof-ups. Forever politically incorrect, they just don’t miss an opportunity to make a fool of themselves. Faux pas after faux pas, Indians are now used to such incidents. But somehow, our politicians keep coming back, hit, after hit, after hit.

Former President APJ Abdul Kalam. Image courtesy PIB

Former President APJ Abdul Kalam. Image courtesy PIB

Jharkhand Education Minister Neera Yadav gave a floral tribute to former President APJ Abdul Kalam at an event in a school in Kodarma, according to a report in IBN Live.

Floral tributes are reserved for people who have passed away. Ignoring the fact that Kalam is alive, Yadav went on to pay her respects to the ‘Missile Man of India‘ by putting a garland around his framed photograph and keeping a coconut in front of it in proper ‘shradhanjali’ style.

According to the report , Yadav said that schools, photos of great leaders are also garlanded to honour them and is a way to pay respect and there was nothing objectionable in garlanding the photo of the great scientist and leader.

An Education Minister, at an event in a school, must brush up her general knowledge before garlanding major leaders of the country who are still very much alive.

Rewriting history textbooks must be left to academicians, not the govt: Kalam

New Delhi: The controversy over rewriting of history textbooks notwithstanding, former President A P J Abdul Kalam says fair research is needed in this regard and any such rework attempt should not be made by “people running the show” but by people of academic excellence.

He is also of the view that value-based education and proper parenting can help in curbing crime by juveniles.

Former President APJ Abdul Kalam. Reuters

Former President APJ Abdul Kalam. Reuters

“History books were mostly written by the rulers who ruled this country. So one must do research, fair research, and find what had historically happened,” he says.

“Books must be well researched and properly written. They should not be written by people who are running the show but by people of academic excellence,” the 83-year-old Kalam, who was India’s 11th President from 2002-2007, told PTI in an interview.

He, however, feels that books related to science and technology need to be updated frequently as new information is “coming everyday”.

“Science and technology has made great progress. A few decades ago, no one knew about Internet. But now we have to add that. Now a new type of communication is coming – 95 Ghz W band. So the syllabus has to be updated as technology changes, methodology changes,” Kalam, who was conferred with Bharat Ratna in 1997, says.

He has come up with a new book “Reignited: Scientific Pathways to a Brighter Future”, co-authored by his close aide Srijan Pal Singh. The book provides several nuggets of his life besides advice for young people on careers in areas like robotics, aeronautics, neurosciences, pathology, paleontology and material sciences.

On curbing crime by juveniles, he says value-based primary education, good parenting and knowledge from teachers are very important.

Kalam says that the biggest challenge for the scientific community is earthquake prediction. For this, an integrated team of geologists, material scientists, physicists, and remote sensing satellite experts, rock formation experts and oil exploration experts has to be formed.

“Research has to be done using multiple parameters. It has to be a combination of geology, physics, chemistry, mathematics and information technology,” he says.

“This is a big challenge. But going by the damage caused by earthquakes, research is very much essential. A multi-nation effort is required,” Kalam says.

Kalam, who came from a poor background, worked as a newspaper boy to complement his father’s income. He had some great teachers, who he remembers fondly.

One of them, Sivasubramania Iyer, he says, gave him an aim in life.

“One day, the topic of discussion in our class of 65 was ‘how birds fly’. He (Iyer) went to the blackboard and drew a sketch of a bird with a tail, wings and head and explained how a bird flew.

“The same day he took us to the Rameswaram seashore where we saw dozens of seabirds flying. My teacher said, ‘Look how the birds are flapping their wings, now see how they change direction using their wings and tail. What is the locomotive force behind this flight – it is the life energy of the bird’.”

The teacher told the students that the same principles make an aircraft fly and within an hour of the lesson, Kalam learnt how birds fly.

According to Kalam, that single lecture transformed his life and led him to make a profession out of his passion: rocket engineering and space flight.

‘Reignited: Scientific Pathways to a Brighter Future’, published by Penguin Books, is the result of a number of interactions the authors had with students, teachers, professors and other people across India and abroad.

PTI

Failure a part of life: Modi dishes out success mantras to students during Mann ki baat

Spelling out his tips on handling success and failure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi while congratulating students who passed their CBSE examination, also give them some career advice today.

1 “Dream big and proceed ahead. Success and failure are a part of life.

Suggesting that students must choose their career according to their capabilities, Modi said, “It’s important that you realize your potential, capabilities and choose your path based on that”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. AFPPrime Minister Narendra Modi. AFP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. AFP

2. Congratulating students who passed the CBSE board exams, Modi sought to encourage those who failed. Talking about how not to get discouraged by failure, Modi urged the students to change themselves through action and hard-work.

Modi even cited APJ Abdul Kalam as a reference in his bid to inspire board exam students. “Former President APJ Abdul Kalam failed to become a pilot but became the President,” said Modi.

3. PM asked students to not get discouraged by picking off-beat career paths.

4.Modi then went on to ask students to keep a diary while travelling, for it is ‘another side of education’. He said students must write about all their experiences while travelling in a diary and share it with the government for it helps the latter to understand their country better.

Abdul Kalam voices concern about maternal, infant mortality rates

APJ Abdul Kalam expressed concerns about maternal mortality.

APJ Abdul Kalam
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Former president APJ Abdul Kalam on Sunday expressed his concerns about maternal mortality rate (MMR) and infant mortality rate (IMR) in the country. Inaugurating a medical facility here on Sunday, he said that the World Health Organisation has reported that India faces a high IMR and MMR. He asked the medical fraternity to take up advanced research to prevent as well as reduce mother and infant mortality. He asked doctors to serve both rich and poor equally without any discrimination. Also Read: Maharashtra government aims to lower maternal mortality ratio in tribal Maharashtra.

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