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On the day he died, Kalam showed his humanism

New Delhi : As he drove into Shillong on the day he died, former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was worried that a soldier providing him security had to remain standing in an open jeep.

According to his advisor Srijan Pal Singh, Kalam expressed his concern for the soldier while driving from the airport to the Indian Institute of Management.

"Why is he standing? He will get tired. This is like punishment. Can you ask a wireless message to be given that he may sit?" Singh recounted Kalam as saying.

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."

Kalam was passionate about Ayurveda: NGO

Mumbai : Former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was passionate about the ancient Indian medicine system of Ayurveda and was keen to modernise it on a global scale, the chief of an international NGO said here on Tuesday.

Praful Patel, a leading light of the International Ayurveda Foundation (IAF) in India, Britain and Switzerland learnt of Kalam's love for Ayurveda when he met him in Rashtrapati Bhavan in November, 2005.

Kalam's last rites to take place in Rameswaram on Thursday

New Delhi/Chennai : The last rites of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam will take place with full military honours in his hometown Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu on Thursday following his family's wish, it was announced on Tuesday.

The home ministry in an official statement confirmed that Kalam would be accorded a state funeral and the last rites would take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday.

"State funeral of former president Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam will be held with full military honours on July 30 (Thursday) at 11 a.m. at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu," the statement said.

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.

Exams, dress code and the Apex Court

By Dr Kouser Fathima,

I was surprised to read about the Supreme Court’s refusal to interfere in the dress code diktat of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT). Many wondered as to why would the Supreme Court interfere in a trivial issue like this?

In the wake of increased cheating in examination with the help of new gadgets, the CBSE board had issued dress code where in long sleeves, shoes, headscarves, etc. were not allowed for the students taking up the examination.

Bihar to name college after Kalam

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said the Kishanganj Agriculture College will be named after former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

"The government has decided to rename the college as A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Agriculture College," Nitish Kumar told the media.

Nitish Kumar said Kalam was always concerned about Bihar's development, especially the rural areas. "Bihar was close to Kalam's heart."

Before leaving for Delhi to pay respect to Kalam, who passed away on Monday evening in Shillong, Nitish Kumar said Bihar and its people had high regards for him.

New SC bench to hear Memon's plea

New Delhi: Chief Justice of India, Justice H.L. Dattu, will constitute a new bench on Wednesday that will hear 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blast convict Yakub Memon's plea seeking stay of his execution slated for July 30 and quashing of death warrant on the grounds that it was issued even before he could exhaust his legal remedies.

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

By TCN News,

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.