Reminiscences of President Mukherjee on Former President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam




Reminiscences of President Mukherjee on Former President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam As conveyed to media on board his aircraft Enroute to Delhi from Bangalore on July 28, 2015 


I am deeply saddened by Dr. Kalam’s unexpected demise. He would have completed 84 years in October this year. There is only a four year difference between us. He was born in October 1931 and I was born in December 1935. 

My first interaction with Dr. Kalam was when he was Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri. After the Pokhran blasts, Prime Minister Vajpayee invited leaders of the Congress Party for a briefing. I, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi and a couple of others were present. The technical aspects of the tests at Pokhran II was explained by Dr. Kalam through an impressive presentation. Vajpayeeji, Ministers and other political leaders analysed it from the political angle. 

I congratulated him when he received Bharat Ratna in November 1997 and when his name came up for Presidency. But, we had formal interaction only after 2004. I was Defence Minister in the UPA-I Government when he was President and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. He asked me to support the Brahmos missile project. His direct encouragement resulted in the Brahmos being used by all the three services. Initially, it was a surface-to-surface missile. But now we have adapted it and there are surface-to-air, air-to-air, and naval versions. Dr. Kalam and his colleagues developed this indigenous cruise missile of India. Dr. Kalam’s contributions enhanced our defence capabilities. 

Dr. Kalam used to often write poetry. Sometimes, while paying respects to departed soldiers at Amar Jawan Jyoti, he would compose a poem and quietly pass it on to me. I received two/three poems like this. 

Our friendship developed because we had a common passion –books. He loved books and lived amongst them. His world revolved around books. Many years ago, I read in college a poem ‘My days among the dead are passed’. Dead here means authors who are no more. I am always surrounded by books. He too was always surrounded by books. Moreover, he was a prolific writer. This passion brought us together. When we met and the few times he came to see me, we would discuss books. What each one was reading or what he was writing. He chided me why do you not write? You read but your production is poor compared to your reading. Why don’t you write? 

After my becoming President, he visited me several times and we discussed many things. On his last visit, he presented me his book ‘Beyond 2020’. 

I was shocked when I heard the unexpected news of his demise. A sense of tremendous loss overwhelmed me. Dr. Kalam was always jovial but carried his years lightly. His mind was ever agile. He was humble but had a mighty mind. He was the people’s President during his tenure as President and will continue to remain so in the hearts of people after his demise. 

No President was ever loved so much. Jawaharlal Nehru received a great deal of love and affection from children and the people. After that, it has been Dr. Kalam. Watching Dr. Kalam enjoy the company of children and students, it seemed as if he was Nehru in another form. 

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Sr. Gen. U Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar Defence Services calls on PM


Sr. Gen. U Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar Defence Services called on Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today. 

Sr. Gen. U Min Aung Hlaing appreciated India’s role as a reliable development partner for Myanmar. He said that Myanmar considers its relationship with India very important, not only as a neighbour, but also as a country with longstanding historical and cultural ties, shared interests and strong people-to-people ties with Myanmar. 

Sr. Gen. U Min Aung Hlaing expressed his commitment to deepen defence and security engagement with India, including in the maritime security domain. He added that Myanmar will remain an important platform in support of India’s Act East Policy. 

Sr. Gen. U Min Aung Hlaing conveyed the invitation of President U Thein Sein to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to visit Myanmar. The Prime Minister said that he looked forward to visiting Myanmar at an early date. The Prime Minister also invited President U Thein Sein to visit India at the earliest. 

Sr. Gen. U Min Aung Hlaing expressed condolences on behalf of the people and the Government of Union of Myanmar on the passing away of former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. 

The Prime Minister reiterated India’s commitment to strengthen the bilateral relationship with Myanmar in all areas, including defence and security. The Prime Minister said that a strong and prosperous Myanmar was in India’s interest, and expressed India’s support to Myanmar in its endeavours for national development. 

The Prime Minister said that Myanmar is “India’s gateway to ASEAN”, and called for greater connectivity between the two countries and beyond. 

The Prime Minister said that he respects the desire of the people of Myanmar for a transition to a stable multi-party democracy, and conveyed his best wishes for the upcoming elections in Myanmar to be peaceful, free and fair. 

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Dr. Jitendra Singh condoles the death of Shri Bijoy Krishna Handique 

The Union DoNER Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh has condoled the death of former DoNER Minister and senior leader from Northeast, Shri Bijoy Krishna Handique. 

Dr. Jitendra Singh conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family of former DoNER Minister Shri Handique and prayed to God to provide enough strength to his family for bearing this loss. 

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CCI imposes penalty upon Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce(KFCC), Karnataka Television Association (KTVA) and Kannada Film Producers 

Association (KFPA) for contravening Competition Law. 



Competition Commission of India has found Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce(KFCC), Karnataka Television Association (KTVA) and Kannada Film Producers Association (KFPA) in contravention of Section 3 of the Competition Act, 2002.The Informant, an association of viewers within the State of Karnataka, had approached the Commission  alleging anti-competitive conduct by various association in the State of Karnataka in not allowing dubbed content in the form of films and TV serials.

Consequent upon detailed investigation by the Director General, the Commission concluded that the KFCC,KTVA and KFPA ,were involved in the practice of preventing the release /telecast of dubbed Films/TV serials in the State of Karnataka. The Commission further found that the prohibition on the exhibition of dubbed content, both  films and /or TV programmes, prevents the competing parties in pursuing their commercial activities. These association urged that the dubbed content destroys the local language and culture and deprives the local artists of the opportunities .The Commission found no merit in the  justification offered by these erring associations and they were found to be indulging in anti competitive conduct in contravention to the Section 3 of the Competition Act.

Accordingly the Commission directed KFCC, KTVA and KFPA  to cease and desist from  indulging in practices which were found to be anti- competitive. The Commission took  note of  its early orders against KFCC where it was found to be acting in an anti –competitive manner. Considering the recurring violation of the provisions of the Act and the complete disregard to the competition law principles by KFCC , the Commission imposed a penalty of  Rs 16,82,204/-(Rupees Sixteen lakh eighty two thousand two hundred and four only)-calculated at the rate of  10% of its average income on KFCC.

Further penalty of  Rs 1,74,293/-(Rupees One Lakh Seventy Four Thousand two hundred and ninety three only ) and Rs 1,68,124/-(Rupees one lakh sixty eight thousand one hundred and twenty four only)-calculated at the rate of 8% of the average income of KTVA and KFPA , respectively, were imposed on them.

The order of the Commission  dated 27/7/2015 has been  uploaded on its website www.cci.gov.in.

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Airmen Selection Goes Online 

In tune with the national policy “DIGITAL INDIA’, Indian Air Force (IAF) today launched a dedicated website for selection into the airman cadre. The website “airmenselection.gov.in” was launched by Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel (AOP), Air Marshal S Neelakantan and dedicated to the nation today. 

The receipt of applications and registration of candidature for the selection used to be a manual process till date. Now aspiring candidates for airmen selection would be able to apply online for all recruitment tests. The website is user friendly with drop down menus to browse information. The site would be available to candidates for filling up application online through a notification specific to a selection cycle. 

This small step has paved the way for automation of the entire selection process which is to follow subsequently. 
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Heavy Rains Warning 

The deep depression over southwest Rajasthan & adjoining Gujarat state moved north-northeastwards during the past 12 hours and lay centered over south Rajasthan about 180 km south-southwest of Bikaner (Rajasthan) at 0530 hours IST of today, the 29 July 2015. It would move slowly north-northeastwards and weaken into a depression during next 12 hours.



Due to this depression heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls over Gujarat region, Daman& Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Saurashtra, Kutch is predicted for today and tomorrow.  Moderate rainfall is also expected to occur at most places in the region.  Heavy to very heavy is also predicted at a few places on 31 July 2015 over the same region.



Similarly, the Indian Meteorological Department predicted that rainfall would occur at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places over Rajasthan during next 72 hours and at isolated places over West Madhya Pradesh during the next 24 hours.



Squally winds with speed reaching to 45-55 kmph along and off Gujarat & north Konkan coasts are expected during next 48 hours. Sea condition would be rough to very rough along and off Gujarat & north Konkan coasts during the same period. Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea along & off Gujarat & north Konkan coasts during the same period.

Another depression over northeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining coastal areas of Bangladesh & West Bengal moved south-eastwards, concentrated into a deep depression and lay centred over northeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining coastal areas of Bangladesh near lat. 21.00 N and long. 91.00 E, 160 km south-southwest of Chittagong (Bangladesh) at 0530 hrs IST of today, the 29 July 2015. The system would move nearly northwards and cross Bangladesh coast between longitude 90.50E and 91.50E around 30th forenoon.



Because of this heavy to very heavy rainfall would occur at isolated places over the Gangetic West Bengal and Odisha during the next 48 hours and at a few places during the subsequent 24 hours over the region.



Squally winds with speeds of 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph along and off West Bengal & north Odisha coasts are expected during the next 48 hours. Sea condition would be rough to very rough over North Bay of Bengal during the same period. Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea along & off West Bengal and north Odisha coasts during the same period.

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