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Mamata condoles Kalam's death

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condoled the death of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on Monday, and called him one of her "favourite people".

"Very, very sad news. I had a special bond with Kalam ji. He was one of India's favourite sons and one of my favourite people. A very sad day," Banerjee tweeted from London.

In 2012, Banerjee was one of Kalam's ardent supporters for a second presidential stint.

Kalam had love affair with Kerala: Chandy

Thiruvananthapuram: Former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who died on Monday, loved Kerala and Kerala loved him, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said.

"Kalam had lived in Kerala for long and in his heart, there was a special place for Kerala and likewise Kerala loved him dearly," Chandy said.

He said that as a scientist, Kalam won the appreciation of many in India and abroad.

"As a scientist, Kalam took India to great heights in the space segment, and as the president of the country, also won the hearts of many," he said.

Badal calls off meeting with Pakistani envoy

Chandigarh: In wake of the terror attack in Punjab's Dinanagar town on Monday which left seven people dead, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal called off his scheduled meeting later this week with Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit, an official said.

The meeting between Badal and Basit was to be held on July 29 in Chandigarh.

Harcharan Bains, advisor to chief minister on national affairs and media, said that the meeting was called off "in view of today's incident at Dinanagar in Gurdaspur district".

Delhi LG condoles Kalam's death

New Delhi: Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday condoled the death of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who died in Shillong earlier in the evening.

"Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung expresses his deepest condolences at the passing away of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam," an official statement issued here said.

Kalam, who was India's president from 2002 to 2007, died in a Shillong hospital on Monday evening. He was delivering a lecture at the IIM-Shillong when he suddenly collapsed, officials said. Doctors said Kalam suffered cardiac arrest.

Kalam will be remembered fondly: Sonia

New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday said she was "deeply saddened" at the death of former president A.P.J Abdul Kalam, and he will be "missed dearly and remembered fondly by every Indian.

In a statement, she said she was deeply saddened at the passing away of Kalam.

"Kalam was a man of many parts - a scientist, an inventor, a visionary thinker and a teacher. Through his life and work, he ignited the minds of young people," Gandhi said.

Punjab terror attack due to intelligence failure: Congress

New Delhi: The Congress on Monday condemned the terror attack in Dinanagar town of Punjab which, it said, was due to "intelligence failure" and came down heavily on neighbouring Pakistan.

Flaying Pakistan and "its terror-manufacturing apparatus", the Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, said the Indian security forces were fully equipped to counter the "evil designs" of the Pakistani establishment.

CLMC demands abolition of death penalty

“Stop the vengeful execution of Yakub Memon”, the NGO says

By TCN News,

Hyderabad: The Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee (CLMC) on Monday came out strongly condemning the decision of the Indian government authorities stating that it explicitly disagrees with judiciary on the death penalty to Yakub Memon, who has undergone trial under a draconian law TADA and convicted by the TADA court.

Khalistan movement reviving in Punjab: Congress MP

By Brajendra Nath Singh

New Delhi: Congress parliamentarian from Ludhiana, Ravneet Singh Bittu, said on Monday that the terrorist attack in Punjab's Gurdaspur district was an attempt to revive the Khalistan movement in the state and urged the Punjab and central governments to immediately take necessary steps to stop it.

Manipuri groups protest, demand inner line permit system

New Delhi: Over 300 people belonging to various groups from Manipur staged a protest here on Monday, demanding inner line permit system to prevent outsiders from settling in the state.

The protesters, who marched from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar, submitted memorandums addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee at their respective offices.

With slogans favouring inner line permit, the protesters urged the central government to frame a policy incorporating their demands such as entry passes for outsiders and tourists with limited validity.

Punjab terror attack to end soon: government

New Delhi: The terror attack in Punjab on Monday that has claimed seven lives is expected to end "in an hour or two", a home ministry official said on Monday.

"The fight between the Punjab Police commandos and the terrorists is still on" at Dinanagar in Gurdaspur district, the official said here. "It is expected to get over in an hour or two."

The official said the dead included two police officers, two Home Guards and three civilians.

He said two of the terrorists had also been killed in the Dinanagar police station complex.