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Former President APJ Abdul Kalam No More, India In Mourning

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| July 27 , 2015 , 20:56 IST
Former President A P J Abdul Kalam, the 'missile man' who came to be known as 'People's President' died on Monday after he collapsed during a lecture at the IIM in Shillong this evening. Kalam, who would have turned 84 in October, was confirmed dead more than two hours after he was wheeled into the ICU of Bethany hospital in a critical condition following the collapse at around 6.30 PM. Considered the most popular President, Kalam became the 11th head of the state and occupied the post between 2002 and 2007 but lack of consensus denied a second term in office for a man who came from outside political spectrum. ALSO READ: APJ Abdul Kalam: A Look At The Life Journey Of India’s Pride Meghalaya Governor V Shanmughanathan, who rushed to the hospital on hearing the news of his admission, said Kalam died at 7.45 pm. Despite medical team best efforts, he could not be revived.
The former President collapsed during a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management at around 6.30 PM on Monday.
Talking to focusnews.com, Health Minister of Meghalaya AL Hek said, "He is almost in a vegetative state, doctors trying to revive him but to no avail." Hek also offered condolences to the family of Dr. Kalam.
84-year-old Kalam was rushed to Bethany hospital in Nongrim hills in the capital city of Meghalaya after he collapsed during the lecture in the Indian Institute of Management at around and was taken straight to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
  Doctors from the army hospital and North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) rushed to Bethany hospital. Governor V Shanmughanathan, Speaker Abu Taher Mondal, Home Minister Roshan Warjiri, the Chief Secretary and DGP Rajiv Mehta rushed to the hospital.
Chief Secretary P B O Warjiri told reporters outside the hospital that he had spoken to Union Home Secretary L C Goyal asking for necessary arrangements to be made for carrying Kalam's body from Guwahati to Delhi tomorrow morning.
 
As the news of his unfortunate demise was confirmed, condolences started pouring in.
"The former president was delivering a lecture on 'liveable planet' when he suddenly collapsed," IIM-Shillong official Merlvin Mukhim said. ALSO READ: APJ Abdul Kalam: Profile Of The Former President And Missile Man Of India      Deeply saddened at the sudden demise of the former president of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. He was an inspiration to an entire generation. — Rajnath Singh (@BJPRajnathSingh) July 27, 2015 Dr A P J Abdul Kalam was in Shillong to attend a course on Livable Planet Earth at Indian Institute of Management, Shillong. Hospital sources say that he was brought dead. Preliminary reports suggest that he collapsed while delivering a lecture at IIM. A seven-day national mourning will be declared by the Centre, Union Home Secretary L C Goyal said. Both the Houses of Parliament are likely to make obituary references and adjourn as a mark of respect to his memory. ALSO READ: APJ Abdul Kalam: A Look At The Life Journey Of India’s Pride Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam rose from humble origins to become the President in the most unexpected manner during the NDA government under Atal Bihari Vajpayee after an all party consensus minus the left parties that saw him through in an election which he won handsomely. The president from 2002 until 2007, he was a scientist and science administrator for four decades before that, mainly at the state-run Defense Research and Development Organization and the Indian Space Research Organization. He played a key organizational and technical role in India's nuclear program. ALSO READ: #SalaamKalam: India Loses Its Most Loved President After his presidential term ended, Kalam traveled to remote schools and colleges, speaking to students and inspiring them to follow their dreams. Even after he left office, he received hundreds of emails each day from high-schoolers and young people seeking his advice. He would reply to most of the children who wrote to him. An aeronautics engineer from Madras Institute of Technology, Kalam was considered the brain of missile programme in India got and as Chief Scientific Adviser to Vajpayee was also instrumental in the Pokhran nuclear test in 1998. As President, Kalam utilised any opportunity that came to him to address students, especially school children, to dream big so that they became achievers in life. A bachelor, the former President was a veena player and was deeply interested in Carnatic music. He was vegetarian all his life

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I am very sad of Kalam’s death

Khaleel Baaqavee

Kuwait Tamil Islamic Committee (K-Tic) deeply regrets to announce the sad and sudden demise of 'Missile Man': Former President of India ‘Bharat Rathna’ A.P.J. Abdul Kalam passed away on Monday (27.07.2015) in India. Innaa Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajiooun. The President, General Secretary, office bearers and all members of K-Tic share their grief and pass on their prayers and condolence to the bereaved family, friends, relatives and all Indian nationalities. May Allah forgive him and reward him from His bountiful mercy and rest his soul in paradise, may Almighty Allah give all his family members and relatives the strength and courage to bear this loss.

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A great teacher scientist The Missile Man The Great Petriotic Dr A P G Abdul Kalam passes away leaving tears of eyes crores of Indian and thrown in a deach many petriotic man of our country thrown in a dark-- when claver Fox from our neighbour biteing in a regular fashion. Pray to God for resting in piece

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