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Saisuresh Sivaswamy/, who is in Rameswaram to attend the funeral of former President A P J Abdul Kalam, has sent this photograph:

He says, "On the road from Thiruvananthapuram to Rameswaram, as you near the Tamil Nadu border, one finds tributes to APJ Abdul Kalam put up at many spots , like this one. Tearful Tribute, says this board put up by the Jan Seva Samiti."
23:50   Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard granted parole
Convicted spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard has been granted parole and will be released from an American jail on Nov. 21, his lawyer announced Tuesday.

Pollard's release -- exactly 30 years after his arrest -- could help ease the tensions between the United States and Israel that have grown over the Iran nuclear deal, which President Barack Obama supports and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vehemently opposes.

Read this story HERE
23:41   3-storey building collapses in Thane, many feared trapped
According to media reports, a three-storeyed building has collapsed in Thane district in Maharashtra. Many persons are said to be trapped in the rubble. 

Rescue operations are underway.

More details are awaited.
23:14   Cyclone hits Kutch in Gujarat
According to reports, A major cyclone has hit Kandla in Kutch, Gujarat. Extremely heavy widespread rain has been recorded over most parts of Gujarat. After remaining almost dry and rain deficit for about 20 days in the month of July, heavy Monsoon showers have finally made an entrance in many pockets in the state.

This is reportedly the heaviest rainfall in Gujarat in 18 years.

As per the latest prediction of the MeT department, cyclonic storm Nilofar is expected to hit Gujarat on the night of October 31 as a "marginal cyclonic storm", against the earlier prediction of it being "severe".

More details are awaited.

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23:05   Cecil the lion's killer revealed as American dentist
Cecil the lion '" the most famous creature in one of Zimbabwe's national parks '" was killed by an American hunter who has boasted about shooting a menagerie of animals with his bow and arrow, The Telegraph can reveal.

Read this story HERE
22:54   Holocaust survivor Pisar dead at 86: Jewish group
American lawyer and writer Samuel Pisar, one of the youngest Holocaust survivors and former advisor to US President John F Kennedy, has died in New York aged 86.

Tributes poured in from world leaders on news of his death on Monday.

US Vice President Joe Biden called him a "courageous and remarkable man" who overcame a childhood lost to the Holocaust to become a trusted friend and advisor to presidents.

France's President Francois Hollande also paid tribute to Pisar, who was deported at the age of 13 to Majdanek, then Auschwitz and Dachau, where he was freed at 16.

"To ensure that the blood spilled became, in his words 'blood of hope', Samuel Pisar dedicated his life to the pressing task of passing down what he had experienced," said Hollande.

Pisar was "one of the rare very well-known survivors, along with Elie Wiesel and Simone Veil," said French Jewish community leader Roger Cukierman, who said he had lost "a friend."

After the war, Pisar became a celebrated academic and international lawyer and in the 1960s served as a trade advisor to Kennedy.

He was a friend to French presidents Francois Mitterrand and Valery Giscard d'Estaing. His stepson is US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
22:51   White House says Snowden should 'come home, be judged'
The White House rejected a call today to pardon Edward Snowden, saying the former intelligence contractor should "be judged by a jury of his peers" for leaking US government secrets.

The US administration re-iterated its tough stance against the exiled fugitive, whom supporters regard as a whistleblower, in response to a petition on the White House website signed by more than 167,000 people.

Lisa Monaco, an advisor on homeland security and counterterrorism, said Snowden's "dangerous decision to steal and disclose classified information had severe consequences for the security of our country and the people who work day in and day out to protect it."

She said that Snowden, who has been granted asylum in Russia after he leaked documents on vast US surveillance programs to journalists, is "running away from the consequences of his actions."

"If he felt his actions were consistent with civil disobedience, then he should do what those who have taken issue with their own government do: challenge it, speak out, engage in a constructive act of protest, and -- importantly -- accept the consequences of his actions," she wrote.

"He should come home to the United States, and be judged by a jury of his peers -- not hide behind the cover of an authoritarian regime."

The US administration has branded Snowden a hacker and a traitor who endangered lives by revealing the extent of the National Security Agency spying program.

But his revelation that the NSA siphons vast quantities of telephone data from private US citizens struck a cord and Congress has begun to amend once secret laws.

Snowden has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for the second year in a row and has received a string of international awards for free speech and civil liberties.
The petition took up this call.
22:48   Microsoft CEO Nadella, corporate America condole Kalam's death
Microsoft's India-born CEO Satya Nadella and other members of corporate America have expressed their condolences on the sudden death of former president APJ Abdul Kalam, saying the 'missile man' will continue to inspire the world with his courage, tenacity and vision.

"RIP @APJAbdulKalam...your teachings, leadership and humanity were inspiration to us all," Nadella tweeted.

Premier business advocacy group US-India Business Council, expressing condolences on behalf of its member companies, said Kalam was one of India's greatest leaders and visionaries.

"The Council is comforted by the knowledge that not only India but the rest of the world will benefit from the courage, tenacity, and vision that Dr Kalam displayed throughout his lifetime.

"At this transformational and buoyant period in India's growth, the Council and its members will hold Dr Kalam's words close to heart: 'You have to dream before your dreams can come true,'" it said in a condolence statement.

USIBC said Kalam, popularly known as the missile man of India, spent more than 40 years of his scientific career as the architect of significant institutions, such as the Defence Research and Development Organisation and the Indian Space Research Organisation.
20:51   Russian President Vladmir Putin condoles Dr Kalam's passing
"Kindly accept deepest condolences on sad passing away of the former President of India, Dr Abdul Kalam," the Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.

"In Russia, Abdul Kalam will be remembered as a consistent exponent of closer friendly relations between our nations who has done a lot for cementing mutually beneficial Russian-Indian cooperation," the Russian president added.

Kalam,84, passed away on Monday in Shillong.
20:34   Govt may rename Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan after Kalam
The government may rename the Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan after former President A P J Abdul Kalam, with HRD Minister Smriti Irani today stating that "I wish his name is associated with the programme" he had launched earlier this month.

"I wish his name is associated with the programme as he had himself come forward to inaugurate the programme to encourage students to take up science, technology and mathematics... In the coming years we will try to encourage children to innovate through science and technology," HRD Minister Smriti Irani told reporters here.

HRD Ministry officials said there are a set of laid-down procedures to name a programme after heads of states and measures would be initiated before renaming it.

Kalam fell sick while addressing students of IIM-Shillong yesterday and passed away in the evening.

Addressing the students during the launch of Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan here on July 9, Kalam had laid stress on developing four qualities of uniqueness such as "great aim, quest of knowledge, hard work, and perseverance". He had also emphasised on attaching the highest value to science and the value of learning.
20:31   Tamil Nadu declares July 30 as holiday to condole Kalam's passing
The government of Tamil Nadu has declared July 30 a state holiday as a mark of respect for late former president A P J Abdul Kalam.

The former president, popularly known as India's 'missile man' passed away on July 27 in Shillong.
20:12   Don't know if I will be able to sleep now, says Kalam's brother
As the family of former President APJ Abdul Kalam waits for the former's mortal remains to be brought to his home in Rameswaram, Kalam's elder brother Mohammed Muthu Meera Lebbai Maraicker said that his brother's loss was too great for him. This is a big loss for me. I don't know if I will be able to sleep. I will always have his thoughts with me," said the distraught brother. 

Recounting his brother's selfless ways, Maraicker said that Kalam was the kind of man that never asked for anything for himself. 
19:56   Kalam not just India's scientist but of the world: China professor
Fondly recalling former President A P J Abdul Kalam's two memorable visits to China to interact with students, the Chinese academic community paid rich tributes to India's 'missile man' saying he was not simply a scientist of India but of the entire world.  "Kalam's death made us feel very very sad. We will remember him forever with tears in our eyes," said Professor Jiang Jingkui, who heads the Centre for South Asian Studies in Peking University which honoured Kalam as visiting professor. 

"He is not simply a scientist of India but also for the entire world. People of China will remember him for long," said Jiang who heads the Hindi department of the university. Kalam visited China twice, first in 2012 and later 2014 on the invitation of the Chinese government.
19:48   President Kalam's life will be taught in schools: Shivraj Singh Chouhan
A lesson on the life of late former President APJ Abdul Kalam will be taught in schools across Madhya Pradesh in a bid to make students ideal citizens in their life, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said in Bhopal. "A lesson on Dr Kalam's life will be taught in schools," Chouhan told reporters at airstrip in Bhopal. Chouhan said that teaching children about Dr Kalam's life inspire them in achieving their goal and make them ideal citizens.
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19:11   Kalam loved south Indian food: Rashtrapati Bhavan staff remember Kalam
The 340-room Raisina Hill marvel Rashtrapati Bhavan had been the abode of the humble missile man APJ Abdul Kalam for five years during which he left an indelible impression on the staff with his caring and affable nature and a preference for simple lifestyle. The post is known for strict protocols which are adhered to by the staff of Rashtrapati Bhavan with hardly any direct interaction with the President unless the Supreme Commander wants to have one.

But Kalam was different.

"I was posted in the household section when Dr Kalam asked me to connect a call to someone. Normally, secretaries call us to connect calls. I could not hear the name. I thought it would not be proper to check with the President. So I called his secretary Harry Sheridon to know the name.

"Once the call was over, he called me over the phone and said gently that 'if you do not understand what I say then call me again to clarify'," J K Saha, who has been working at the President's Estate for last 18 years, said.

Saha says he never made anyone feel that there was any difference between him and other people working at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Kalam specially loved to interact with children and would patiently hear them out. "His interactions with children continued till the last child was able to meet him, however late it may get," he said.

"During his five-year stay in the Rashtrapati Bhavan, his family visited him only once to see the place," D K Sahoo, who has served 19 years in the Rashtrapati Bhavan, said when asked about the visits of his family.

Salim Ahmed, a butler at the the President's residence for last 31 years who used to handle Kalam's food, says the former President relished south Indian food but never once made any request for a specific dish to be prepared. "He would never complain about the food. There were times when the salt in the dishes was on the higher side but he never complained. If there was a third dish prepared for him, he would ask whether there was any festival. He never asked us to prepare any particular dish," Ahmed said.
A recent photograph of Yakub Abdul Razak Memon whose life hangs by a thread. Pic courtesy: ABP News. 
Abdul Kalam in 1989 after the successful launch of Agni Missile. 
18:55   What you should know if you are headed to Rameswaram for Kalam's funeral
A special aircraft carrying the mortal remains of late President APJ Abdul Kalam will leave for Madurai at 7.45 am tomorrow from Palam. The body will reach Rameswaram by an IAF helicopter from Madurai tomorrow afternoon. At Rameswaram, the mortal remains of the late President will lie in state till 7 pm for public to pay homage. The funeral will take place on July 30 at 11 am.
Meanwhile, Yakub Memon's lawyer approaches the CJI and apprises him of the split order.
The body of former President APJ Kalam lies in state at his New Delhi residence.
18:16   Kalam's 99-year-old brother awaits him in Rameswaram
Family members of APJ Kalam and his brother, who is 99. It was at his brother's insistence that Kalam is being laid to rest in Rameswaram.  Dr Kalam's last rites will be held at Rameswaram on Thursday, July 30.

The body is expected to reach Rameswaram by tomorrow noon and the funeral will be held in Rameswaram, District Collector K Nandhakumar said.

Nandhakumar said chief ministers of six states are expected to participate in Kalam's funeral on Thursday. Kalam's body will lie in state till evening so that people can pay homage, after which his body will be taken to his house. The last rites will be on  Thursday.
Amul's take on Dr Kalam.
17:37   Kerala's unique tribute to Kalam
Tje Kerala State Women's Development Corporation, under the state Social Justice Department, has decided to work on August 2, a Sunday, as a mark of respect to former President A P J Abdul Kalam, who passed away last night.
17:36   Thank Shashi Tharoor if Britain returns our Koh-i-Noor
A direct fallout of Shashi Tharoor's outstanding speech.

British Indian MP Keith Vaz today called for the world-famous 'Koh-i-Noor' diamond to be returned to India during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's UK visit in November.

Vaz's comments came in response to Congress MP Shashi Tharoor's recent stirring speech at the Oxford Union calling for Britain to pay reparations to India for 200 years of its brutal colonial rule.

"I welcome Dr Tharoor's speech and the endorsement of its message by Prime Minister Modi. I share their views. These are genuine grievances which must be addressed.

"Pursuing monetary reparations is complex, time consuming and potentially fruitless, but there is no excuse for not returning precious items such as the Koh-i-Noor diamond, a campaign I have backed for many years," said Vaz, the longest serving British MP of Asian descent.

Modi is due to arrive in the UK in November, and Prime Minister David Cameron has gone out of his way to maintain a strong bilateral relationship. "What a wonderful moment it would be, if and when Prime Minister Modi finishes his visit, which is much overdue, he returns to India with the promise of the diamond's return," Vaz said.

The Koh-i-Noor was mined in medieval times in the Kollur Mine in Andhra Pradesh's Guntur district. At one time it was considered the largest diamond in the world. The diamond was originally owned by the Kakatiya dynasty, which had installed it in a temple of a Hindu goddess as her eye. It passed through the hands of various invaders and was finally confiscated by the British during the Raj. Today the diamond is a part of the Crown of Queen Elizabeth II. But till now Britain has refused demands to return the diamond to its country of origin.
17:26   Pak court gives five-year jail to Taseer vigil attackers
A Pakistani anti-terrorism court has sentenced five religious zealots to five years in jail for attacking civil society members during a candlelight vigil on the death anniversary of former Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, who was gunned by his guard for supporting changes in the controversial blasphemy law.
17:17   Video shows Gurdaspur terrorists with guns moments before attack
In other news, a video that shows the Gurdaspur terrorists in army fatigues.

NDTV reports that just before they unleashed a massive attack in Punjab, the trio of men who would burst, with automatic weapons blazing, into a police station near the border with Pakistan, were captured on a security camera placed at Taragarh intersection just before they entered the town of Dinanagar.  

The footage shows the three men, wearing army fatigues, walking down the road at 4.55 am, AK47s in hand.  

Minutes later they tried unsuccessfully to snatch a tempo from its driver, killing a dhaba owner in the process. Next, they opened fire on a bus, injuring six passengers. 

A man heading to buy vegetables in his Maruti became their next target.  After taking a bullet in the shoulder, Kamaljit Singh crashed his car into a wall. 

The terrorists, he said, pulled him out of the car, shoved him onto the road, and drove away.  

After storming into a police station complex, they fought security forces for 12 hours, till they were killed. 

Police sources have said Chinese-made grenades were recovered from them, along with GPS devices that show the location of the police station had been programmed or entered into the system -it had been listed as a target in advance.
17:08   You were a terrific human being, Sir
Iconic cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was among a host of dignitaries, who paid homage to late former President APJ Abdul Kalam at his residence  today. Kalam, aged 83, passed away yesterday in Shillong where he had gone to deliver a lecture to IIM students.

Kalam's mortal remains were flown to Delhi and have been kept at his Rajaji Marg residence where political bigwigs and commoners paid their last respects to the departed soul.

"The nation mourns the loss of a great person. Former President of India, a renowned scientist, an inspiration to all, a terrific human being..RIP Abdul Kalam," Tendulkar had tweeted.
17:01   Kalam's funeral is on Thursday, confirms govt
Alright, here you go.

The government has announced that the state funeral of former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam will be held with full military honours on July 30, 2015 (Thursday) at 11 am at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu.
17:00   Confusion on Kalam's funeral
Some confusion here. Home minister Rajnath Singh now says that the state funeral of APJ Abdul Kalam will be held with full military honours tomorrow at 11 am at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu.

Earlier reports said that Kalam's funeral would on Thursday, postponed by a day from Wednesday. 
16:54   In Delhi, long queues to see People's President, last rites on Thursday
As the gates of former President APJ Kalam's home in New Delhi open to the public, people queue up to pay their respects to a man who was easily India's most respected, most loved president. Dr Kalam's last rites will be held at Rameswaram on Thursday, July 30, instead of tomorrow as announced earlier.

The body is expected to reach Rameswaram by tomorrow noon and the funeral will be held in Rameswaram, District Collector K Nandhakumar said. Nandhakumar said chief ministers of six states are expected to participate in Kalam's funeral on Thursday.

Kalam's body will lie in state till evening so that people can pay homage, after which his body will be taken to his house. The last rites will be on  Thursday.

16:48   It's Kalam vs Thackeray for Mumbai's coastal road
The Samajwadi Party today said it will ask Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to name the 35-km long coastal road, that will connect the island city with Kandivali in North Mumbai, after former President late APJ Abdul Kalam. SP MLA Abu Azmi told reporters outside Vidhan Bhawan that he will write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and also Fadnavis, with a request to name the ambitious project after Kalam. "Kalam was a great person and naming the coastal road after him would be a befitting tribute," Azmi said.

Azmi's demand came three weeks after a Shiv Sena MLA wrote to the chief minister demanding that the road be named after late Sena supremo Bal Thackeray.

"Balasaheb Thackeray had a stature that has got Maharashtra not only national but international repute. Thus, I have demanded that this coastal road, which will be a one of kind project, be named after Balasaheb," Sena MLA Sunil Prabhu had said.
16:29   Kalam had opposed capital punishment
Amid debate over whether Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon should be hanged, late A P J Abdul Kalam had supported abolition of capital punishment saying that as President of India, he felt pain in deciding on such cases as most of them had "social and economic bias".

Kalam had recently responded to a Law Commission consultation paper on capital punishment and was one of the few people who had supported abolition of death sentence. Most

of the over 400 respondents had supported continuing with the provision of death penalty. In his response to the paper, Kalam had said capital punishment was one of the most difficult tasks for him as President.

A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court today delivered a split verdict on a plea by Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, the lone death convict in 1993 Mumbai blasts case, seeking stay of his scheduled execution on July 30 and referred the matter to the Chief Justice to take call on it.
16:22   Indians great, greater, greatest?
"Choosing the Greatest Indian After Gandhi is difficult when the present exerts such a strong pull over our view of the past and there is a wide variation between how the greatness of an individual is assessed by the aam aadmi and by the expert, says Ramachandra Guha. Collating the votes, a final list of 10 was arrived at, which, in alphabetical order read: BR Ambedkar; Indira Gandhi; APJ Abdul Kalam; Lata Mangeshkar; Jawaharlal Nehru; Vallabhbhai Patel; JRD Tata; Sachin Tendulkar; Mother Teresa; AB Vajpayee.

Read  historian Ramchandra Guha's 2012 piece.
16:15   The missile man
"With awesome foresight, planning and some unconventional organisational skills, Kalam transformed moribund defence research establishments into institutes of high performance and quality that function with missionary zeal.

"With his spartan lifestyle and total dedication to the programme, Kalam continues to inspire his team. Even today he occupies only two small rooms in an official guest-house in New Delhi refusing the large government quarters he is entitled to as secretary to a Union Ministry. His rooms are littered with books ranging from pulp fiction to Chinese philosophy. A veena, which he has just begun learning to play, lies covered in a corner."

India Today's Raj Chengappa's 1994 piece on the Missile Man. Read
15:58   Libyan dictator Gaddafi's son Saif sentenced to death
The son of deposed Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi has been sentenced to death for alleged war crimes. A court in Tripoli passed the sentence today in absentia after finding him guilty of orchestrating a campaign of murder, torture and the bombardment of civilians during the 2011 Arab Spring.
15:55   Goodbye, Sir
School children bid farewell to the late President APJ Abdul Kalam as the gun carriage passes by in New Delhi. The picture was tweeted by MoD.
Clockwise from top left: President Pranab Mukherjee, PM Narendra Modi, Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Marshal Arjan Singh, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Defence minister Manohar Parrikar pay homage to Dr Kalam.

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15:52   J-K declares seven-day state mourning for Kalam
The Jammu and Kashmir government has declared a seven-day state mourning while the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will not observe its foundation day today as a mark of respect to former President APJ Abdul Kalam, who passed away last evening.

"A seven-day official mourning will be observed in the state. A notification to this effect has been issued," an official spokesman said. He added that the national flag and the state flag hoisted atop various government buildings would fly at half mast during the mourning period. "There will be no state celebrations during the period," he added.
15:47   96-yr-old Marshal of the Indian Air Force pays homage to a friend
This 96-year-old made it a point to pay his respects to former President APJ Kalam at Palam airport this morning. As Dr Kalam's body reached New Delhi from Guwahati, Arjan Singh, a Marshal of the Indian Air Force, walked up to Dr Kalam's tri-colour wrapped body and said his final goodbye. 

The Marshal, is the only officer of the Indian Air Force to be promoted to five-star rank.

Arjan Singh, who was born in 1919, led the no 1 Squadron of the Indian Air Force into command during the Arakan Campaign in 1944. He received Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) award in 1944. He also commanded the IAF Exhibition Flight in 1945.

Arjan Singh was awarded the Padma Vibhushan for his leadership  of the Air Force, and subsequently in recognition of the Air Force's contribution in the war, the rank of the CAS was upgraded to that of Air Chief Marshal following which Arjan Singh became the first Air Chief Marshal of the Indian Air Force.

He retired in August 1969, thereupon accepting ambassadorship to Switzerland. He remained a flyer to the end of his tenure in the IAF, visiting forward squadrons and units and flying with them. Arjan Singh remains a source of inspiration to a generation of Indians and officers.
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15:14   PM, Sonia, Advani's final goodbyes to Dr Kalam at his residence
PM Modi lays a wreath at Dr Kalam's cortege. All three chiefs of staff in the room along with Vice President Hamid Ansari at the former president's residence in New Delhi.
Home minister Rajnath Singh lays a wreath as well. Former PM Dr Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur paid their respects as well. 
LK Advani pays his respects to Dr Kalam. Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi also stopped by to lay a wreath at Dr Kalam's residence where his body is lying in state. 
Read from our selection of columns, reports, stories on APJ Abdul Kalam. 
14:52   Judges disagree on Yakub Memon's plea to stop his hanging
A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court today delivered a split verdict on a plea by Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, the lone death convict in 1993 Mumbai blasts case, seeking stay of his scheduled execution on July 30 and referred the matter to the Chief Justice to take call on it.

While Justice A R Dave dismissed his plea, Justice Kurian Joseph stayed the death warrant issued on April 30 for his execution on July 30. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi and other senior advocates, including Raju Ramachandran, appearing for Memon, said that since the two judges have differed on staying the death warrant, "there will be no order in law if one judge has stayed it and the other has not".

The bench referred the matter to Chief Justice of India H L Dattu to take an urgent call at 4 pm in view of the divergence of opinion on the issue of death warrant.

The bench also requested the Chief Justice to constitute an appropriate bench and list the matter for hearing tomorrow.

Justice Dave dismissed the petition filed by Memon and said it will be open for the Maharashtra Governor to dispose of his mercy plea before the scheduled date of execution of death warrant.

While rejecting the petition in which Memon has contended that the correct procedure was not adopted in deciding his curative petition on July 21, Justice Dave disagreed with Justice Kurian on the issue of staying death warrant issued by the TADA court in Mumbai on April 30.

"Sorry, I will not like to be part of staying the death warant. Let CJI decide," Justice Dave said and quoted a couplet from Manu Smriti relevant to the issue.

Justice Kurian said he is expressing his inability to agree with Justice Dave as there is a "procedural violation" in deciding the curative petition filed by Memon. Justice Kurian said once it is found that the procedure established under law is not followed while dealing with the curative petition, that too when the life of a person is concerned, and there is error apparent on the face that the mandatory process has not been followed, then such defects need to be cured.

While holding that Memon's curative petition is required to be heard afresh, Justice Kurian referred to the order dismissing his curative petition, saying, "The curative petition itself was not decided in accordance with the rules laid down by this court. That defect needs to be cured otherwise there will be a clear violation of the right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution." Justice Kurian said the technicalities involved in dealing with the matter should not stand in the way of justice being done to a person as this court under the Constitution is for the protection of life of a person.

He said, "The technicalities should not stand in the way as the law is for common man and also law is not helpless and this court should not be rendered powerless." He noted that Article 21 deals with the right to life of a person and same shall be deprived only in accordance with the procedure adopted by law. "It has been noticed that the procedure by law was not followed in this case while depriving the right to life of a person," he said.
14:43   Family of slain Punjab SP Baljit Singh refuses to cremate his body, demands job
In other news, the family of police officer Baljit Singh, who was killed fighting terrorists in Dinanagar, on Tuesday refused to cremate him till the state government hands over appointment letters of SP rank to his son and post of tehsildar to his daughters.

Kulwant Kaur, wife of the slain SP (Detective), said the family had suffered a lot at the time of the death of her father-in-law, police inspector Achhar Singh, to get appointment for her husband and he had to wait for two years to get the job.

Baljit Singh was a son of a policeman, who too was killed by militants during the height of militancy in Punjab in 1984. Kaur also charged that the state government did not provide sophisticated weapons to the police force for fighting militants. 
In photos: Remembering the People's President. Take a look.
14:33   VIPs pay homage at Dr Kalam's residence, public viewing after 4 pm
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam's mortal remains reach his New Delhi residence. After the VIP visits, the public can pay their respects after 4 pm. Dr Kalam's funeral is tomorrow at Rameswaram. Stay with us for live updates from Rameswaram tomorrow.
14:19   Anushka tweets condolences for 'ABJ Kalam Azad'
Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma just learnt the importance of Google the hard way.

As the world mourned former President APJ Kalam's death, Anushka, much like everyone else, tweeted her condolences, but unlike everyone else, made a major boo boo.

She tweeted:  Very sad to hear about the passing of ABJ kalam Azad. Loss of an inspiring visionary and a wonderful soul. May his soul RIP.

Twitteratti tore into her for getting the name wrong. So Anushka deleted the tweet and made posted another message where she got the name wrong again. "Praying for the soul of 'APJ Kalam Azad", the tweet said.

That's when Google probably helped and she got the name right. "Very sad to hear about the passing of APJ Abdul Kalam . Loss of an inspiring visionary and a wonderful soul. May his soul RIP", the tweet read.

Click on the picture for a larger image.
14:11   Amitabh Bachchan pays tribute to APJ Abdul Kalam
Amitabh Bachchan today mourned the sudden death of former President APJ Abdul Kalam, calling him as a simple man who was endearing to all. Kalam, who would have turned 84 in October, died after suffering a massive cardiac arrest during a lecture at the IIM Shillong yesterday.

"Our former President of India passes away suddenly .. was delivering a lecture at an IIM, in Shillong and collapsed .. sudden end to an iconic figure...," Bachchan wrote on his blog.

The 72-year-old actor said Kalam put India on the world map in science, missile technology and space research facilities. "A simple man, of childlike demeanour, practical, caring and endearing to all .. my only achievement of contact with him - a telephone conversation just before he was announced to be the next President of India !! India is grieved," Bachchan wrote.
13:51   India was his Gurukul and its people, his shishyas
"He was one of us. He was a perfect Indian. He breathed India, he wore India's core values. His faith was India. We will miss you sir," says Tarun Vijay, MP. Read
13:45   Rameswaram mourns Dr Kalam, fishermen won't go out to sea
Former President A P J Abdul Kalam had called up his family from Shillong a day before his death to enquire about the health of his 99-year-old brother, Mohd. Muthu Meera Lebbai Maraicker.

Kalam's grand nephew Saleem said that Kalam had called the family members on July 26th evening and enquired about the health of his brother and others. He had also stated that it was very cold in Shillong, where he breathed his last yesterday.

The late President's last rites will be performed here as per the wishes of his close relatives and the general public in the island city. "It is the wish of not only our family, but the entire people of this island that his body should be brought and buried here," Saleem told reporters.

District officials were, meanwhile, inspecting a site near a mosque, adjacent to the Railway station for burying the former President. His cousin Kasim Mohammed said a memorial should be built for him in Rameswaram.

All the shops in Rameswaram island remained closed as a mark of respect for the great leader. Fishermen also decided not to go to the sea for the next three days to mourn his death.
13:34   Kalam's Twitter account to remain alive in new form
Although former President A P J Abdul Kalam is no more, his Twitter account will continue to be active in a new form. A team of his close associates has decided to run his official Twitter account which has now been renamed as 'In memory of Dr Kalam'.

"Dedicated 2 immortal memories of Dr Kalam. this account wil nw reflect his thoughts, his lessons & missions. Miss you sir! (sic)," Kalam's close aide Srijan Pal Singh said in a tweet. Singh would now act as the administrator of his Twitter account and will keep sharing inspirational quotes from an innumerable number of speeches made by Kalam and his books like 'Wings of Fire', 'India 2020' and 'Ignited Minds'.

Another book 'Advantage India', co-authored by Kalam and Singh, is due to release later the year. Since February 2011, Kalam had been regularly posting his views on contemporary issues facing the country besides sending out inspirational messages on Twitter.

He had more than 1.4 million followers on Twitter which is now flooded with his one-liners. Hashtag 'KalamSir' has been trending on Twitter in India since last night.

Pic: Dr Kalam's school in Rameswaram
13:31   The home of a man who would be the President of India
Dr Kalam's home in Rameswaram. His father, a humble boat owner, Jainulabdeen, was a devout Muslim and a close friend of the Rameswaran temple priest.

Kalam was brought up in a multi-religious, tolerant society; one with a progressive outlook.

His father often quoted from the Quran to make the young Kalam see the world without fear.

He had seven siblings, and a doting mother who, at times, made chappatis for Kalam, while the others were given rice as Kalam's day would start at four in the morning and end at 11 pm.

His father wasn't educated, but he wanted Kalam to study.

Kalam would get up at 4 am, bathe, and then go for his mathematics class, which was taught by a teacher who took only five students in the whole session; and bathing before class was a condition he had laid to all his students.

After his morning class, Kalam along with his cousin Samsuddin went around town distributing the newspaper.

As the town had no electricity, kerosene lamps were lit at his home between 7 pm and 9 pm. But because Kalam studied until 11, his mother would save some for him for later use.
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Dr Suniti Solomon, whose team was the first to document evidence of HIV infection in India in 1986, died at her residence in Chennai on Tuesday morning.
13:17   Dr Kalam's flower-bedecked gun carriage leaves for his residence
The casket bearing former President APJ Kalam's body is now being loaded on a gun carriage. A glass cover is placed on the coffin. Mortal remains of Dr Kalam are now being taken to his residence at 10 Rajaji Marg in a gun carriage. After the formal ceremonies are over, public can pay their homage after 4 pm. 
13:00   PM speaks to Prez, Defence minister after paying homage
Vice President Hamid Ansari pays his last respects to late former President Dr Kalam. The Last Post was played in honour of the former Commander in Chief of the Indian Armed Forces APJ Abdul Kalam.

PM Modi has a brief one-on-one with Defence minister Parrikar and President Mukherjee.
Way to go, Andhra Pradesh.  In honour of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Andhra Pradesh govt will work an extra hour today. Earlier today, the Telangana govt had announced a holiday.
President of India Pranab Mukherjee pays homage to late former President APJ Abdul Kalam.
12:49   President, PM pay homage to Dr Kalam as the Last Post plays
PM Modi, President Mukherjee pay tributes as the haunting Last Post plays. 
Delhi Lt governor Najeeb Jung, defence minister Manohar Parrikar pay homage.
12:36   Homage to Dr Kalam's tricolour draped casket at Delhi airport
The tricolour draped casket carrying former president Dr APJ Kalam's body carried by armed services personnel is placed on the flower-bedecked pedestal at the airport runway.

Delhi police chief BS Bassi pays his tribute. Army chief Dalbir Singh lays a wreath at the casket.

President Mukhrjee, PM Modi yet to arrive.
The casket bearing Dr Kalam's body is now being carried out from the aircraft. 
12:21   IAF flight with Dr Kalam's mortal remains lands in Delhi
Guard of honour by all three service chiefs shortly. The PM is likely to be there by 12:30 pm. If President Pranab Mukherjee is at the airport if we go by unconfirmed media reports, he will receive the body first since he is the supreme commander of the armed forces.
12:16   IAF flight with Dr Kalam's mortal remains lands in Delhi
IAF flight with Dr Kalam's mortal remains lands in Delhi. Reports say that President Pranab Mukherjee is also likely to be at the airport to receive the casket. PM Modi, HM Rajnath Singh will also be there.

The chiefs of staff (Army chief Dalbir Singh in picture) at the airport.
12:11   They indicated the Missile Man had flown away, forever
Often Dr Kalam would ask me, "You are young, decide what will like to be remembered for?" I kept thinking of new impressive answers, till one day I gave up and resorted to tit-for-tat. I asked him back, "First you tell me, what will you like to be remembered for? President, Scientist, Writer, Missile man, India 2020, Target 3 billion... What?"

I thought I had made the question easier by giving options, but he sprang on me a surprise. "Teacher," he said.

Then something he said two weeks back when we were discussing about his missile time friends. He said, "Children need to take care of their parents. It is sad that sometimes this is not happening."

He paused and said, "Two things. Elders must also do. Never leave wealth at your deathbed -- that leaves a fighting family. Second, one is blessed is one can die working, standing tall without any long drawn ailing. Goodbyes should be short, really short."

Today, I look back -- he took the final journey, teaching, what he always wanted to be remembered doing. And, till his final moment he was standing, working and lecturing. He left us, as a great teacher, standing tall. He leaves the world with nothing accumulated in his account but loads of wishes and love of people. He was successful, even in the end. Srijan Pal Singh, advisor to President A P J Abdul Kalam, recalls his final journey to IIM-Shillong.

Read the complete coverage on Dr Kalam on right here.
12:01   IAF flight with Dr Kalam's mortal remains to land in Delhi; PM, HM at airport
The IAF flight with former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam's mortal remains to land in Delhi shortly. PM Narendra Modi and home minister Rajnath Singh will be at Palam airport to receive the body which is being flown in from Guwahati.
11:53   Kalam with Dr Sarabhai
A young Abdul Kalam with Dr Vikram Sarabhai, who the father of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). 
11:45   Dr Kalam's funeral to take place in Rameswaram tomorrow
Lok Sabha to meet on July 30 to enable members attend Dr Kalam's funeral tomorrow; Rajya Sabha will have its sitting tomorrow. The funeral to take place in Rameswaram, which is where he was born and brought up. 
11:32   Public homage at 4 pm
Change of timing: The public can pay homage to late President APJ Abdul Kalam at 10 Rajaji Marg from 4 pm onwards, not 3 pm as announced earlier by the ministry of defence. 
11:28   Last journey begins...
Dr APJ Kalam's mortal remains at the Guwahati airport. The casket will be flown to Palam airport Delhi from where it will be taken to his 10 Rajaji Marg residence. The government has announced a 7-day national mourning, but not a national holiday. The tricolour will be flown at half-mast for all seven days. An IAF flight bringing the mortal remains of APJ Abdul Kalam departed Guwahati and is scheduled to arrive at Palam, at around 12.30 pm.
The very erudite Dr Shashi Tharoor defines Dr Kalam as a man who embodied the eclecticism of India's heritage.
Both Houses of Parliament adjourned for the day after paying glowing tributes to former President A P J Abdul Kalam.
11:14   LS adjourned till July 30
BJP Parliamentary Party passes two resolutions condoling the death of former President APJ Abdul Kalam and the loss of lives in the Gurdaspur terror attack.

Lok Sabha has been adjourned till July 30 so that members can attend the funeral. But there is still no clarity on when the funeral will be.

Dr Kalam is survived by his elder brother, who is at least 90. And it is at the behest of the family that he is being cremated in Rameswaram which is where he was born.
Working late?

Read Dr Kalam's advice on keeping late hours in office. Click on the picture for a larger image.
11:05   Dr Kalam's last rites to take place in Rameswaram
Former President A P J Abdul Kalam's last rites to take place at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu at the request of his family members: Govt sources.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan pays tribute to Dr Kalam in Parliament as does Rajya Sabha chairperson.
11:03   The lecture that changed APJ's life!
A brief class by his teacher on the Rameswaram seashore on how birds fly and the locomotive force behind their flight gave former President A P J Abdul Kalam his aim in life and helped him in understanding physics better. Read
11:01   Public can pay homage to Kalam at his residence from 3 pm
PM Modi likely to pay respects to APJ Kalam at the former president's Delhi home at 10 Rajaji Marg. There will be a tri-services guard of honour at Palam airport in Delhi. The casket containing the mortal remains of Kalam will be taken from Palam airport to the 10 Rajaji Marg residence in a gun carriage. That is where the public can pay homage to the former president from 3 pm onwards.
10:55   When Comes Such Another
"Let us celebrate the fact of his having lived amongst us, and our having lived in his time." B S Raghavan, the distinguished civil servant, remembers President Kalam. Read
10:54   Kalam regretted his parents did not have 24X7 electricity
Working tirelessly even on his last day, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam had planned a surprise assignment for the students of IIM Shillong on finding innovative ways to end disruption in Parliament.

Kalam's close aide Srijan Pal Singh, who was with him on his last day, said while travelling from Delhi to Shillong they were discussing about disruptions in Parliament.

"He was very worried and said he had seen the tenures of many governments but disruption keeps on happening every time. He had told me to prepare a surprise assignment question for the students which would be given to them at the end of the lecture," Singh, who co-authored two books with Kalam, told PTI from Shillong.

He said the former President wanted students to come up with three innovative ideas to make Parliament more productive and vibrant.

"We had also decided to include this topic of disruptions in Parliament into our next book 'Advantage India' which would be released in September-October. I'll do that now before the book comes into the market," the IIM Ahmedabad alumnus said.

When asked about Kalam's last wish, he said Kalam always wanted a billion smiles on a billion faces in the country. "He wanted rural India to develop and also he kept on talking about youth empowerment. Now his ideas are more alive as the man who was leading it from the front is no more," he said.

The only regret the 'Missile Man' had in his life was not being able to provide facilities like 24-hour electricity to his parents during their lifetime "That is I think one regret he always had in his life," Singh said.
Union Cabinet passes two separate resolutions condoling the death of former President APJ Abdul Kalam and the loss of lives in Gurdaspur terror attack.
The casket containing the mortal remains of Kalam will be taken from Palam airport in Delhi to his residence at 10 Rajaji Marg in a gun carriage.
10:15   PM, 3 service chiefs to receive Kalam's mortal remains at Palam airport
Sitanshu Kar '@SpokespersonMoD has tweeted saying that the public can pay homage to the late President #APJAbdulKalam from 3 pm onwards at 10 Rajaji Marg, New Delhi. 

PM and three service chiefs will receive the mortal remains of #APJAbdulKalam, scheduled to arrive at Palam at 12.30 pm.
09:51   Kalam, best exemplar of the idea of India: BJP
Calling it a nation's "loss of a visionary", BJP today paid glowing tributes to former President A P J Abdul Kalam with party chief Amit Shah describing him as the "best exemplar" of the idea of India. Shah said Kalam was a "rare combination" of science, education and morality and his personality and achievements will inspire the coming generations. 

"He served Mother India literally until the last breath of his life. He was truly a 'karma yogi' par excellence. I always regarded Dr Kalam as the best exemplar of the idea of India, one who embodied the best of all the cultural and spiritual traditions that signify India's unity in immense diversity.
09:23   Seven-day state mourning for Kalam's demise but no holiday
Government has announced a seven-day state mourning in honour of former President APJ Abdul Kalam, however there will be no holiday. 

"As a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, seven days of state mourning will be observed throughout India from July 27, 2015 to August 2, 2015, both days inclusive," an official statement said. 

However, all central government offices will remain open and no holiday has been declared.
08:47   Punjab Chief Minister calls off meeting with Pak envoy
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal calls off meeting with Pak envoy after terror attack in Gurdaspur.

Meanwhile, a forensic team has reached the attack location to carry out investigations. 

Three fidayeen, believed to have come from Pakistan, attacked passengers in a moving bus and stormed a police station in Punjab on Monday, killing seven persons.
08:25   Cabinet special session may be adjourned over Kalam demise
Union Cabinet is to hold a special meeting in New Delhi to condole the former President's death. The date, place and time of his funeral would also be decided. 

The Delhi Cabinet's special one-day session on women's safety is expected to be adjourned in condolence of former President Abdul Kalam's sudden demise at Indian Institute of Management-Shillong on Monday evening.
08:11   Former President APJ Abdul Kalam's body flown to Delhi
The body of former President APJ Abdul Kalam, who died in Shillong last evening, was carried to Delhi early this morning by a special aircraft from Guwahati.     

Last respects were paid to the late former President at the tarmac of the airport after his body was brought to Guwahati from Shillong by an Air Force helicopter.
08:06   Strong earthquake hits Indonesia's Papua
A powerful magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked the eastern Indonesian province of Papua today, US seismologists said, causing panicked people to run out of their homes. No tsunami warning was issued after the quake, which struck inland, and Indonesia's national disaster agency said there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. 

The tremor hit at 6:41 am local time (0311 IST Tuesday), almost 250 kilometres (150 miles) west of the provincial capital Jayapura at a depth of 52 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said.
04:01   Has Jihadi John fled Islamic State fearing own life?
ritish terrorist "Jihadi John' has reportedly left the Islamic State group, fearing for his life after being identified six months earlier as a Kuwaiti-born Londoner from a well-to-do family.

Jihadi John left because the terrorist organisation might drop him "like a stone or worse if they feel he is no longer of any use to them," according to a source for the British news outlet, the Daily Express.

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02:21   Kalam's death: TN to observe mourning for a week
Tamil Nadu government has declared a seven-day state mourning from July 27-August 2, both days inclusive, as a mark of respect to former President A P J Abdul Kalam.

Quoting a union government decision in this regard, an official communication from the Chief Secretary said here that during the period, the national flag will fly half-mast on all government buildings throughout the state.

There will be no official entertainment, it said. It said the state government expresses grief over the passing away of Kalam.
01:38   Pakistan condoles Kalam's death
Pakistan today condoled the death of former president APJ Abdul Kalam, saying he would be remembered for his meritorious services.

"The Government of Pakistan expresses its condolences on the demise of Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, former President of the Republic of India," the foreign office said. 

"Dr Kalam will be remembered for his meritorious services for his country," it said in a statement.
01:10   Gurdaspur attack: Terrorists sneaked via Pathankot village
Preliminary investigations into the Gurdaspur terror strike indicate that the three suspected Lashker-e-Tayiba militants had entered the country through Bamiyal village in Pathankot, located close to the international border.

The suspected terrorists are believed to have crossed over from Shakargarh in Pakistan to Bamiyal village and later traveled to Parmanand village, official sources said. The terrorists tried to stop a tempo traveler and later hijacked a car to reach Dina Nagar police post.

It was not immediately known as to how they reached Parmanand village of Gurdaspur, which is 26 kilometres from Bamiyal village, they said. The investigators are pinning their hope on seized Global Positioning System, a compass used by travelers to reach their destinations. The GPS has been sent for forensic examination.
Journalist Rasheed Kidwai on Kalam: When Pramod Mahajan asked Kalam about"auspicious"timing for swearing in,he said,"Earth rotates on its axis,& Earth revolves around the Sun.
00:22   Seven-day state mourning for Kalam
The government tonight announced that a seven-day state mourning will be observed throughout the country as a mark of respect to former President APJ Abdul Kalam.

"The Government of India announces with profound sorrow the death of APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India at Bethany Hospital, Shillong at 1945 hours, today.

"As a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, seven days of state mourning will be observed throughout India from July 27 to August 2, both days inclusive," an official statement said.

During the period of the mourning, the national flag will fly at half-mast on all the buildings throughout the country where it is flown regularly and there will be no official entertainment. The date, time and venue of the state funeral will be intimated later, the statement said.
00:22   Seven-day state mourning for Kalam
The government tonight announced that a seven-day state mourning will be observed throughout the country as a mark of respect to former President APJ Abdul Kalam.

"The Government of India announces with profound sorrow the death of APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India at Bethany Hospital, Shillong at 1945 hours, today.

"As a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, seven days of state mourning will be observed throughout India from July 27 to August 2, both days inclusive," an official statement said.

During the period of the mourning, the national flag will fly at half-mast on all the buildings throughout the country where it is flown regularly and there will be no official entertainment. The date, time and venue of the state funeral will be intimated later, the statement said.
00:14   Prez cancels engagements in Karnataka, returning to Delhi
President Pranab Mukherjee, who arrived here on a two-day visit to Karnataka, has cancelled all his programmes scheduled tomorrow and will head back to New Delhi following the death of former President A P J Abdul Kalam.

Mukherjee was scheduled to attend the second convocation of Central University of Karnataka in Kalaburagi in Gulbarga tomorrow.

The President was scheduled to return here in the evening to attend a function at National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences where he would have dedicated the renovated heritage building of the Institute and Magneto Encephalography Equipment to the nation.

Mukherjee's Press Secretary Venu Rajamony said the President has cancelled all his programmes scheduled for tomorrow and will be returning to New Delhi.
00:08   Leaders condole the death of People's President
n as a mark of respect to his memory. Leaders cutting across the political spectrum paid glowing tributes to Kalam with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi describing him as a "people's President" and an "inspirational leader" who dedicated his entire life to the nation.

The Union Cabinet will meet in New Delhi tomorrow to condole Kalam's death and adopt a resolution hailing his services to the nation.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.