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A.P.J. Abdul Kalam: India's missile man, an indomitable spirit

New Delhi: An enthusiast till the last for sharing ideas with students and youth, it was not surprising that former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was delivering a lecture at the IIM-Shillong when he collapsed and died in a hospital shortly afterwards.

His last tweet on Monday sounded enthusiastic "Going to Shillong.. to take course on Livable Planet earth at IIM." His handle @APJAbdulKalam, described him as "Scientist, teacher, learner and writer. Served as the 11th President of India (2002-07). Working for an economically developed nation by 2020."

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.

Vice president, Speaker condole Kalam's death

New Delhi: Vice President Hamid Ansari and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Monday condoled the death of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, saying his contributions will be deeply cherished.

Ansari said he was saddened to learn of the sudden and untimely death of Kalam.

"Kalam was a true son of India and 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," he said.

Kalam was 'Karmayogi', says former ISRO colleague

Thiruvananthapuram: There is not going to be a replacement for such a great person as former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, as he was a "karmayogi", a former colleague at ISRO said on Monday.

Speaking to the media after hearing about the demise of Kalam on Monday, his former colleague S. Nambi Narayanan said he was a great person.

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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.

Kalam's death tremendous loss to India: ISRO chief

Bengaluru: The sudden demise of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was a tremendous loss to the country, Indian space agency chief A.S. Krishna Kumar said on Monday.

Kalam, 84, passed away in Meghalaya capital Shillong on Monday evening.

Krishna Kumar said the former president was a great personality and gentleman.

"It is extremely sad to know that Kalam is no more. He was such a great personality and gentleman. No words to express," the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman said.

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Rajnath condoles Kalam's death

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday condoled the death of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, terming it "an irreparable loss".

"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," he tweeted.

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.

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