Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Former President Passes Away At 84 : Former President A P J Abdul Kalam, a popular head of state between 2002 and 2007, died today after he collapsed during a lecture in Shillong. 84-year-old Kalam was rushed to Bethany hospital in Nongrim hills after he collapsed during the lecture in the Indian Institute of Management at around 6.30 PM.
Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Former President Of India Passes Away At 84
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.
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“Kalam is no more,” Meghalaya Chief Secretary P.B.O. Warjri told IANS, shortly after the 83-year-old president breathed his last at the Bethany Hospital where he was taken to from the management school.
“The former president was delivering a lecture on ‘liveable planet’ when he suddenly collapsed,” IIM-Shillong official Merlvin Mukhim told IANS.
John Sailo Ryntathiang, director of the Bethany Hospital, said Kalam was brought “almost dead”.
“He is in a critical condition,” he said earlier. “We are trying to revive the patient.” But Kalam could not be saved.
One of India’s most accomplished scientists, Kalam was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1981, Padma Vibhushan in 1990 and Bharat Ratna in 1997.
Born on October 15, 1931 at Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu, Kalam went on to become one of the country’s most celebrated aerospace and defence scientists.
He played a key role in India’s nuclear test in 1998 when Atal Bihar Vajpayee was the prime minister.
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