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Slain SP's family demands jobs, Badal to meet families

Chandigarh : The family of Superintendent of Police Baljit Singh, who died in the terror attack in Gurdaspur in Punjab, on Tuesday demanded government jobs for his three children.

The officer, who was shot in the head while engaging the heavily armed terrorists on Monday in Dinanagar town, later died in a hospital.

His widow Kulwant Kaur and daughter Parminder Kaur made the demand for government jobs on Tuesday.

Plea seeks removal of 'Kejriwal Sarkar' ads

New Delhi : A petition was filed in the Delhi High Court on Tuesday seeking immediate withdrawal of advertisements by the Delhi government that uses phrases like "Kejriwal Sarkar".

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath will hear the plea on Wednesday which sought permanent injunction restraining the city government from using the phrase "Kejriwal Sarkar" or phrases with similar connotations.

India has lost a great son: RSS on Kalam

New Delhi : RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday said India has lost "one of its greatest sons" in the death of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

In a statement along with his colleague Suresh Joshi, Bhagwat said Kalam's 83 years of life was "a tale of extraordinary courage, determination, perseverance and the desire to excel".

Bhagwat said that as a scientist, Kalam made seminal contributions to India's defence preparedness.

"As a statesman, (he) made Bharat proud by enhancing the prestige of the president's office through his exemplary conduct of affairs."

Delhi student scheme to be named after Kalam

New Delhi : The Delhi government will name its scheme providing educational loan up to Rs.10 lakh after former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday.

"Education was close to him. The scheme, under which the government is going to give a loan of up to Rs.10 lakh to students, will be named after Abdul Kalam," Kejriwal told the Delhi assembly.

A one-day special session convened to discuss the issue of women's safety in the capital was adjourned for the day to pay homage to Kalam and those killed in the terror attack in Punjab.

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.

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.