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PM Modi pays homage to Kalam by writing in condolence book

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid homage to late president Dr. A.P. Abdul Kalam by writing in the condolence book.

The mortal remains of the late President were brought here in a national flag draped coffin in an Indian Air Force (IAF) C-130 J Super Hercules Aircraft, from Guwahati.

Kalam’s last rites will be performed at his hometown Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday.

The Defence Ministry has said that the public can pay homage to the late President at his residence from 4 p.m. onwards today.

Parliament has been adjourned for two days after members offered their tribute and observed two-minutes silence as a mark of respect to the late leader.

Kalam passed away in Shillong last evening.

Kalam collapsed after a massive cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong yesterday.

The government has declared a seven-day national mourning as a mark of respect for Dr. Kalam, who played a stellar role in advancing India’s nuclear programme.

Considered the most popular president, Kalam became the 11th head of the state during the NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee and occupied the post between 2002 and 2007. (ANI)