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Rajya Sabha adjourned for two days over Kalam's death

New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for two days on Tuesday as a mark of respect to former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who died in Meghalaya on Monday.

"The country has lost a true son of India. His contributions to the nation in his capacity as a man of technology, a teacher and a leader will be deeply cherished by a grateful nation," Rajya Sabha Chairman Mohammed Hamid Ansari said.


Cabinet condoles Kalam's death, says India lost a great son

New Delhi: The union cabinet on Tuesday expressed sorrow at the death of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and in a resolution passed at a special cabinet meeting said "in his passing away the country has lost a visionary scientist, a true nationalist and a great son".

The cabinet met under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and extended its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family on behalf of the government and the entire nation.

Minorities Democratic Party demands Memon should not be hanged

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Nagpur: Minorities Democratic Party (MDP) has submitted a memorandum to the President and Governor through the Nagpur Collector demanding that Yakub Memon’s death sentence by hanging be converted into life imprisonment.

Memon, the lone death convict in the case pertaining to 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai is scheduled to be execute on Thursday, July 30 and the Supreme Court has on Tuesday referred to a larger bench the decision about his hanging.

Kalam's mortal reaches Delhi

New Delhi: An air force plane carrying mortal remains of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam landed here on Tuesday.

"IAF's C-130 J Super Hercules Aircraft carrying the mortal remains of Abdul Kalam arrives at Palam," defence ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar tweeted.

Kalam died in Shillong on Monday.

Supreme Court judges differ on Yakub's plea

New Delhi: Supreme Court judges Anil R. Dave and Kurien Joseph on Tuesday took differing stands on 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon's plea challenging his death penalty and urged the chief justice to set up "an appropriate bench" to hear the case.

Recounting the sequence of the court proceedings from 1993 till the curative petition was dismissed on July 21, 2015, Justice Dave dismissed Memon's plea.

Kalam's last rites to take place in Rameswaram

New Delhi: The last rites of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam will be held in his native town Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu as per the wishes of the family members, defence ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar said on Tuesday.The last rites of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam will be held in his hometown Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu following his family's wish, it was announced on Tuesday.

"The last rites ... will be held in Rameswaram," defence ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar said.

Tributes pour in for APJ Kalam

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Various organisations – Indian and of NRIs – have offered glorifying tributes to former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam, who died at Shillong, Meghalaya on Monday.

Washington: Association of Indian Muslims of America (AIM)

The AIMA has issued a condolence message on the sudden passing away of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, former president of India, who it described as “a brilliant missile scientist” on behalf of the large number of Indian Muslims living in the United States of America.

PM Modi to receive Kalam's body

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with the three service chiefs, will receive the mortal remains of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at the technical area of the Indira Gandhi International Airport here, an official said on Tuesday.

The body is scheduled to arrive at 12.30 p.m.

"The casket containing the mortal remains of Kalam will be taken from Palam to his residence in a gun carriage," defence ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar said.

Kalam's family wants last rites to be held at Rameswaram

Chennai: The last rites of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam would most probably be held in his native town Rameswaram as per the wishes of the family members, said a senior official at Tamil Nadu's Ramanathapuram district.

"A large number of relatives, friends, well wishers and common people have gathered at Kalam's house at Rameswaram," A.P.J.M.K. Sheik Saleem, the former president's grandson told IANS over phone.

Saleem is the son of Kalam's brother A.P.J.M. Maraikayar.

Punjab terror attack: GPS points to Pakistan angle

Dinanagar (Punjab): The global positioning system (GPS) sets recovered from the three terrorists killed here clearly indicates to a Pakistan link in Monday's terror attack in Punjab's Dinanagar town, sources said on Tuesday.

The terrorists were killed by the special units of the Punjab Police after fierce gun-battle lasting over 11 hours.

Sources in intelligence agencies and Punjab Police said here on Tuesday that the track of the GPS sets revealed that the terrorists had moved from Shakargarh area in Pakistan along the India-Pakistan border on Sunday and entered India.