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Former Indian President Bharat Ratna APJ Abdul Kalam passed away

kalamFormer President APJ Abdul Kalam passed away in Shillong. He was 83. He collapsed during a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management-Shillong (IIM-S).

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  • Kalam served as president for five years from 2002, enjoying the support of both the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress.
  • Kalam was closely involved in the country’s civilian space programme and military missile development efforts, earning him the sobriquet ‘India’s Missile Man’.
  • He also played a pivotal technical and political role in India’s Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998, shortly after the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government came to power.
  • Kalam served as the chief scientific adviser to the Prime Minister and the secretary of the DRDO from July 1992 to December 1999 during which time Pokhran-II was conducted.
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