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APJ Abdul Kalam

About APJ Abdul Kalam

Abdul KalamDr. APJ Abdul Kalam is a scientist and former President of India. He precedes Pratibha Devisingh Patil who was sworn in as President of India on July 25, 2007.

Professional Biography

As President of India

On January 14, 2007, Dr. Kalam appointed Justice Balakrishnan as the Chief Justice of India.

On US-India Civil Nuclear Cooperation Deal

On July 6, 2008, SP leader, Amar Singh said that Dr. Kalam that the agreement is in the national interest. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders quickly reacted back and blamed the Samajwadi Party for using former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's name for giving credence to the nuclear deal.

Kalam as a Scientist

In January 2010, Kalam said scientists should start considering earth, moon and mars as an economic complex for future habitat expansion of human beings.

In August 09, Kalam rejected senior DRDO scientist Dr. K. Santhanams claims that the Pokhran II nuclear tests held in the month of May 1998 were partially successful.

Kalam views on various topics

Kalam feels that a Single intelligence system can curb terrorism in country and called public participation to curb the menace. In December 08, he said that a national campaign is necessary for eradication of terrorism

In August 08, he presented his vision to Amity University students and enlightened them about future well-being of India.

In September 08, he launched the first of its kind marketing board for disabled of Association for Rehabilitation under National Trust Initiative in Marketing (ARUNIM).

In 2008, Kalam participated in the 11th Annual Ullas Workshop and Inspired young minds to realize the 'Power of Dreams'.

In August 2009, Kalam said that reading quality books would lead to a knowledge revolution in India and to facilitate that one should spend at least an hour daily for reading books. His quotes have inspired a Bollywood film -Everyone is free to dream, so dream big.

In Septemeber 09, he unveiled a vision document for the strategic development of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands by the year 2020.

Kalam termed the verdict on the Bhopal Gas tragedy as anguishing and said the output of law and judiciary was not proportionate to the sufferings of the people.

In December 09, students from across the country have voted Kalam as country's environment ambassador in a campaign conducted by an NGO. He was felicitated by Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh at a program in Delhi.

Speaking at the first convocation ceremony of the Kutch University in July 2010, he urged the youth to work for peace and progress of the nation.

He drew the attention of government authorities to promote biodiversity in the country and said that the government should establish biodiversity zones.


Hazare to bring powerful law on anti-corruption
Former president APJ Abdul Kalam said that social activist Anna Hazare's route will definitely bring a very powerful law on anti-corruption in the country. Addressing the sixth annual Penguin "Beyond 2020: sustainable Development Missions for the Nation" in New Delhi on 18 Dec 2012, Abdul Kalam said, "During 2003 youth started to ask what I can do to change the situation and contribute to the development of the nation.....During the last 6 months I see a further change in the youth, who now say I can do it. This has given me confidence that India will become an economically developed nation by 2020"

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Dr. Kalam's photograph is put at the Thrissurs Mahadeva Temple, Kechery, Thrissur, Kerala along with the photographs of gods and other noted scholars.

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Apollo Hospitals Introduces Teleradiology Remote Consulting and Diagnostic Services
In yet another feat to take world class healthcare to all in India, leading healthcare provider, Apollo Hospitals today launched a superior remote consulting and diagnostic -Teleradiology services at its Flagship Hospital in Chennai. Inaugurated by Dr. A.P

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Dell i-Mobile Lab Travels to Gudivanka Village in Andhra Pradesh
To champion the cause of ICT in education, Former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam visited the Dell i-Mobile Lab at Agastya campus, Gudivanka in Andhra Pradesh, today. The Dell i-Mobile Lab is a specially designed van equipped with the latest in technology like laptops, projectors and internet connectivity

The Economist Intelligence Unit Launches White Paper on India’s Energy Future
The Economist Intelligence Unit yesterday launched a white paper titled “Empowering growth: Perspectives on India’s energy future” at a closed-door discussion-that included a keynote interview with Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India. Launching the white paper, Dr

Trinamool Congress decides to support Pranab Mukherjee in Presidential Election
Pranab Mukherjee gets support of Trinamool Congress in the Presidential Election. He now enjoys support of 7 lakh votes in an 11 lakh electoral college

UAE Exchange Joins Hands with YMCA to Help Government School Girl Students
UAE Exchange and YMCA distributed notebooks to students of the Government Girls High School, Ernakulam, on 5th July 2012 in a function held at the school auditorium

Nitish Kumar dismisses links with RSS
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said that his party, Janata Dal- United (JD-U), is associated with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and not with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

Ex-BJP ideologue Govindacharya urges Kalam to disclose all about Sonia
Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ideologue K. N. Govindacharya has taken on former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam for his remarks on Sonia Gandhi vis-a-vis the 2004 elections, and urged him to disclose all facts to avoid being judged.

Sharad Yadav criticizes Kalam for comments on Sonia in book
Janata Dal (United) president Sharad Yadav on Sunday criticized former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam for saying he was ready to appoint Sonia Gandhi as prime minister in 2004 despite intense lobbying against her.

Sharad Yadav aghast at timing of revelations by Kalam
Janata Dal (United) chief Sharad Yadav on Saturday expressed shock over the timing of the revelations from a book by former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in which he has dismissed speculations of being reluctant to appoint Sonia Gandhi as the Prime Minister in 2004.

Congress, BJP squabble over revelations of Kalam's book
Congress Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday took potshots at each other over former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's latest book in which he dismissed speculations of being reluctant to appoint Sonia Gandhi as the Prime Minister in 2004.

Prez poll: BJP attempts to persuade JD-U and Shiv Sena
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday made an attempt to persuade its allies, the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and the Shiv Sena, to back former Lok Sabha speaker P.A. Sangma for the presidential poll.

Prez poll: Jayalalithaa appeals to other parties to back Sangma
A day after P.A. Sangma quit the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to participate in the race for Raisina Hill without any diktat, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Thursday made an appeal to leaders of various political outfits to back the former Lok Sabha speaker for the coveted post of President of India.

Confusion lingers on consensus-based president for India
A plethora of nominees and disagreements within political parties continues to be the order of the day in wisely choosing the 13th President of India.

Prez poll: TMC to decide on future strategy at appropriate time
With former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam deciding not to contest the presidential poll against UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee, Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay on Monday said that his party chief Mamata Banerjee will take an appropriate decision at the appropriate time over the future strategy.

Raisina race: Kalam chapter closed now, says Mulayam
With former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam finally ruling out that he was not in the race for Raisina Hill, Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday expressed confidence about United Progressive Alliance (UPA) nominee and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee taking charge as the 13th President of India.

Kalam refuses to contest against Pranab Mukherjee
Former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has finally decided not to return to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, saying he never aspired to serve another term or show interest in contesting the election for the coveted post against UPA nominee and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

Will quit UPA coalition only on direct request: TMC
Amid the growing strain between the Congress Party and its largest ally, the Trinamool Congress (TMC), over the choice of Pranab Mukherjee as the UPA's presidential candidate, the latter has said it would quit the ruling alliance only if asked to.

Defiant Sangma seeks Pawar's support, says still in race as tribal candidate
Former Lok Sabha speaker and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader P.A. Sangma on Sunday reiterated that he was still in the fray for the presidential poll as a tribal candidate, and said that he would appeal to his party boss Sharad Pawar to back him in the race for Raisina Hill.

UPA announces Pranab Mukherjee as Prez candidate
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, who was authorized by the Congress Working Committee (CWC) to decide on the presidential candidate, on Friday evening announced Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee as the ruling alliance's choice for the coveted post of President of India

Prez poll: Sharad Yadav downplays Nitish's invitation to Kalam
Janata Dal-United (JD-U) chief Sharad Yadav on Friday played down Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's invitation to former President Dr. A.P. J. Abdul Kalam for lunch, saying there was no discussion between them over the presidential election.

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President Patil wears battle fatigues, travels in MBT to witness exercise "Sudarshan Shakti"
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Kalam pitches for promoting spiritual tourism and agriculture in Bihar
Stressing on the need for economic development in Bihar, former President, Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, on Tuesday outlined a framework for developing the state as a hub for spiritual tourism and a brand for agro products.

US apologises for inconvenience caused to ex-president Kalam
The United States Government has said in a statement that it has the utmost respect for former Indian President Abdul Kalam and deeply regretted the inconvenience caused to him via a security screening at John F. Kennedy airport in New York on September 29 this year.

Kalam's safety review has failed to satisfy nuke plant protestors, expert laments
K M Balu, one of the experts appointed by the Central Government to review safety norms in the Koodankulam nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu's Tirunelveli District, has expressed his disappointment over the protest against to former president and top nuclear scientist A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's safety review of the plant.

BJP terms fuel price hike to be unjustified
Terming the hike in petrol prices by the Central Government to be unjustified, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) challenging the ruling Congress Party on Monday said that petrol in New Delhi and Mumbai could not be sold for half the current prices.

'Koodankulam nuke plant is one of the safest in this country': Narayanasamy
With former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam visiting Koodankulam, Tamil Nadu, to examine the safety features installed in the nuclear power plant's Russian reactors, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), V Narayanasamy, asserting that all safety measures have been taken care of today said the Koodankulam nuclear power plant is one of the safest in this country.

Kalam visits Kundakulam nuclear plant
Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam today visited Kundakulam, Tamil Nadu, to examine the safety features installed in the nuclear power plant's Russian reactors.

Former President Kalam to visit nuclear plants in coastal areas
Former President and eminent scientist A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on Saturday said that he would visit nuclear plants across the country to check existing safety mechanisms, in a bid to allay the fears of activists and locals following Japan's Fukushima disaster.

The American India Foundation (AIF) Highlights Skill Development in India
The American India Foundation (AIF), in collaboration with the National Skill Development Corporation (NDSC), held its third national knowledge seminar on skill development entitled “Skilling India’s Youth: Successes, Lessons, and the Way Forward” at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on August 3, 2011

Sydney varsity engineers to collaborate with Chennai's Anna University
The University of Sydney is strengthening its links with India by signing an agreement with Anna University at Chennai, one of the subcontinent's leading technological universities.

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