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Former President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam is awarded an honorary degree by the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Former President APJ Abdul Kalam with President of Parmarth Niketan Rishikesh, Founder of Ganga Action Parivar (GAP) and Co-Founder of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA), Swami Chidanand Saraswati during a meeting in Rishikesh.

File photo of former South African President Nelson Mandela with the then President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in Johannesburg in Sept 2004. In this file photo, former President APJ Abdul Kalam presens Padma Bhushan award to legendary singer Manna Dey at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi in March 2005. Dey passed away at a Bengaluru hospital today after a prolonged illness. Former President APJ Abdul Kalam during a visit to Swaminarayan Temple in Surat. Bharat Ratna former president APJ Abdul Kalam during the inaugural function of the Silver Jubilee of SIES college in Mumbai. Former President APJ Abdul Kalam felicitates Everest climber Guribadat Singh during a college function in Mumbai. APJ Abdul Kalam former President of India at his Residence. Former President A P J Abdul Kalam interacts with child patients at the inauguration of the integrated outpatient centre at CARE Hospitals in Hyderabad. A laboratory on wheels, inspired by former president of India APJ Abdul Kalam, during its rounds to popularise science in rural Bihar.   A student explains his model to former President APJ Abdul Kalam at a three-day International Symposium on 'Cost Effective Museum Exhibits in Engineering and Applied Sciences' in Hyderabad. Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama (C),former President APJ Abdul Kalam (R) and  Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy during the Catholicate centenary celebrations in Ernakulam. Former President APJ Abdul Kalam during a visit to Charnka Solar Park in Radhanpur district. Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama during the world meet for 'Peace and Harmony' to celebrate 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda in New Delhi. Former President APJ Abdul Kalam, senior BJP leader L K Advani and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and others at the launch of Sudheendra Kulkarni's (3rd R) book <i>Music of the Spinning Wheel</i> in New Delhi. Former president APJ Abdul Kalam at the BJP national president Nitin Gadkari's son's wedding reception in New Delhi. <b>What setback?</b> Kalam, at 80, still keeps a brisk pace Former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam being greeted by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during  his arrival at Patna Airport on Thursday. Former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam being greeted by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during  his arrival at Patna Airport. File picture of APJ Abdul Kalam, Manmohan Singh and Somnath Chatterjee (C), who are the first, second and third choice of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for Presidential election, as they revealed after a meeting in New Delhi. **COMBO** File picture of Pranab Mukherjee and Hamid Ansari, who are the first and second choice of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi for Presidential election, and APJ Abdul Kalam, Manmohan Singh and Somnath Chatterjee , who are the first, second and third choice of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for Presidential election as revealed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee after a meeting with Gandhi in New Delhi. Former President APJ Abdul Kalam arrives at the 14th Convocation of Indian Institute of Technology in Guwahati. President Pratibha Devisingh Patil arrives to attend a function to mark the 60th Anniversary of the first sitting of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha in Central Hall of Parliament House in New Delhi. Also seen in the picture are Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former president Abdul Kalam and Finance Minister Pranab Mukhrjee. <b>A.P.J. Abdul Kalam</b> Ex-Prez
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<b>USP</b> Been there, done that, still quite the “people’s president”.
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<b>Backers</b> The ex-president has given no indication that he’s interested in a second stint, but TMC sees a chance to poop UPA’s party and Mulayam keeps sending mixed signals. Never quite a Congress favourite, UPA still grateful for his role in defusing Koodankulam protests. Prez rivals? Kalam and Ansari at a Rashtrapati Bhavan function Former President APJ Abdul Kalam with Social activist Anna Hazare at the S R Jindal prize 2011 ceremony in New Delhi. Former President APJ Abdul Kalam, Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai, Railways Minister Dinesh Trivedi, Congress MP Mohd Azharuddin and actor-politicians Shatrughan Sinha and Chiranjeevi during the inauguration of Campaign for Clean India workshop in New Delhi. The US Transportation Security Admn to ex-prez A.P.J. ABDUL KALAM after India protests frisking at JFK airport in NY. Online jabs call for “retaliatory action”. Former President A P J Abdul Kalam addressing a press conference after meeting with the nuclear experts and engineers of the Koodankulam Nuclear Power plant (KKNPP). File: Legendary singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika with former President A P J Abdul Kalam during Sangeet Natak Academy awards function in Mumbai in July, 2003. Hazarika passes away at a hospital in Mumbai. He was 85. Former President Abdul Kalam with President of Ramakrishna Math (Bengaluru) Swami Harshananda during an Inter Faith Meet on the occasion of 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Swami Vivekananda, in New Delhi. Former President APJ Abdul Kalam meeting school students as he arrives to attend a Literacy Day function in Bangalore. File photo: Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (RIGHT) felicitating renowned painter M. F. Husain during the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Lalit Kala Akademi in New Delhi on Monday, Aug 9, 2004. Husain died at a hospital in London following over a month-long illness. Former President APJ Abdul Kalam honours Chhavi Rajawat, Sarpanch of a village of Rajasthan at the Technology Day function in New Delhi. Union Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Pawan Kumar Bansal applauds. Former President APJ Abdul Kalam honours senior cartoonist Kaak with Lifetime Achievement Award 2011 during a function organised by Cartoon Watch in New Delhi on Friday. Former President A P J Abdul Kalam receives a memento from Sister Christine Soutinho (L), Principal of Loreto College, during the inauguration of the centenary celebrations of the college in Kolkata. Former President A P J Abdul Kalam and Anupam Kher (L) and Vidya Balan (2nd L) during the launch of the book <i>Again</i> written by Pritish Nandy (2nd R) in Kolkata. File photo of Legendary Vocalist Pandit Bhimsen Joshi with former President A P J Abdul Kalam. Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam paying a visit to the shrine of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer. Former President APJ Abdul Kalam, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi (R) and TERI Director General R K Pachauri (L) release a book 'Convenient Action: Gujarat Response to Challenges of Climate Change' written by Modi, in Ahmedabad. Former President APJ Abdul Kalam releases a book on President Pratibha Patil An Inspirational Journey: Patibha Devisingh Patil  along with Jyoti Rathore, daughter of Patil, at a function in New Delhi on Dec 19, 2010. Former President APJ Abdul Kalam being welcomed during the inauguration of a state-level science exhibition in Bhopal. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also seen. Former President APJ Abdul Kalam during the 7th convocation of Maulana Azad National 
Institute of Technology (MANIT) in Bhopal. Vajpayee, George Fernandes, Kalam at the blast site, ’98 Former President APJ Abdul Kalam being presented a memento by State Director Gneral of Police A N Roy during a seminar on terrorism, organised by Mumbai Police in Mumbai. Former president APJ Abdul Kalam tests his acting chops in <i>I Am Kalam</i>, alongside 'bad man' Gulshan Grover etc. No worries, it's a UNICEF-onboard kid's flick. Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam smiles during a function in Bangalore. 
Officials said Kalam was frisked before boarding a Continental Airlines flight to the U.S. in April, in a breach of protocol that exempts VIPs from such searches. Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is felicitated by former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at a function to celebrate his birthday. The Dalai Lama celebrates his 74th birthday, remarking lightheartedly that the prayers being said for him by his followers might help him live at least 100 years. Former President of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam being accorded a traditional welcome by tribals upon his arrival at the venue of 47th foundation day celebrations of Managment Training Institute (MTI) of SAIL at Ranchi. Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (R) with Lord Rana, India’s Honorary Consul to Northern Ireland at a ceremony in Queen’s University Belfast, Ireland. Dr. Kalam was conferred with an honorary Doctorate of Laws for distinction in public service by the University. Former President APJ Abdul Kalam and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi during the first convocation of Pandit Din Dayal Petroleum University at Gandhinagar. Former President APJ Abdul Kalam shows his marked finger after casting his vote at a polling booth in New Delhi. Former President A P J Abdul Kalam being given a traditional welcome by students at the DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology, in Jalandhar. It couldn't have been timed better. Chandrayaan-I kept its tryst with destiny on Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru's 119th birth anniversary. The 35-kg Moon Impact Probe (MIP), with Indian flags painted on its four sides, landed on moon exactly at 20.31 hrs, about 25 minutes after the probe instrument descended from the satellite in what ISRO described as a perfect operation, making India join the select club of the US, the erstwhile Soviet Union and the European Union. 'We have given the moon to India', said Madhavan Nair, chairman of ISRO as he presented a replica of moon with the Indian tricolor flag to former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, during a press conference at the ISRO center
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam takes a walk at the Mughal Garden at the Rashtrapati Bhavan premises, on the eve of his 
demitting office, in New Delhi. Describing his tenure in Rashtrapati Bhavan as five beautiful and eventful years in his 
farewell address to the nation; the 75-year-old outgoing President today said that he favours building of India as a 
developed nation where governance is responsive, transparent and corruption free. The missile-scientist said that he 
enjoyed every minute of his tenure with his wonderful association with people from different walks of life including 
politicians as also those associated with business, judiciary, academics, youth and special children. While outlining a 
10-point vision for turning India as a developed nation, the President said a developed India should have a divide 
between urban and rural population reduced to a think line and there should be equitable distribution and adequate 
access to energy and quality water. 
<b>Friday 18 May</b><br>
President APJ Abdul Kalam administers the oath of office and secrecy to V Radhika Selvi, to induct her into the Council 
of Ministers in New Delhi. In one of the shortest swearing-in ceremony held in the Rashtrapati Bhavan-- taking a total of 
three minutes and 20 seconds-- the DMK's first time MP from Trichendur Lok Sabha constituency was sworn as 
Minister of State for Home in the three year-old UPA government. Widow of alleged mafia don Venkatesa Pannaiyar, 
Selvi entry into the Council of Ministers was opened by DMK leader Dayanidhi Maran's resignation as Union IT and 
Communication Minister and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's bid to consolidate his party's vote base among 
the powerful backward Nadar community. A post-graduate in English literature, 31-year-old Radhika Selvi plunged into 
politics soon after the killing of her husband Venkatesa Panniyar in a police encounter in Chennai in 2003 during the 
AIADMK rule. 
President APJ Abdul Kalam offers prayers on Lord Buddha's birth anniversary at the Mahaparinivara temple in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh.
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam places a wreath at the Phaleron War Cemetery near Athens, where Indian servicemen who died during the World War II were buried. The President is in Greece on a three-day official visit.
<b>Friday 13 April</b><br>
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, center, stands with Infosys' chief mentor N. R. Narayana Murthy and his wife 
Sudha Murthy at Infosys Technologies corporate campus in Mysore in this Sunday, April 8, 2007 photo. The 
controversy over Narayana Murthy's remarks--that an instrumental version of the national anthem Jana Gana Mana 
was played instead of having on-stage singers leading the audience during the President's visit so that foreigners in the 
audience don't feel embarrassed -- snowballed further this week with Karnataka police registering 
an absurd case against him under the Insult to National Honour Act and the state government even more bizarrely 

condemning the remark as an  unpardonable offence. The remark may have been needlessly defensive, for neither 

any disrespect was meant or shown to the national anthem nor any protocol broken, but call it a commentary on the 

state of affairs that Murthy deemed it perhaps prudent to even apologise for his remark! <b>Friday 23 March</b><br>
Author Khushwant Singh receives the <a href=full.asp?fodname=20070125&fname=padmaawards&sid=1 target=_blank> Padma Vibhushan</a> award from President A. P.J Abdul Kalam in New Delhi. Noted 
jurist Fali Nariman, author Khushwant Singh and Centre's pointsman on Jammu and Kashmir N N Vohra were 
honoured with the coveted Padma Vibhushan awards at the Ashoka Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan. President APJ Abdul Kalam is assisted by others to get up after he slipped during an award ceremony of the Sangeet Natak Academy, the apex body of the performing arts, in New Delhi. The 75-year-old President was tripped by a walking stick being used by 87-year-old N Khelchandra Singh, eminent Manipuri scholar, an awardee who was seated at the end of the line on the dais. Singh was honoured just minutes before the incident by Kalam with the Akademi Fellowship. President APJ Abdul Kalam waters a plant which had been planted as per his instructions in Cochin, Kerala. The 
President, who is on a two-day visit to the state had earlier ordered planting of these saplings after the district 
administration pruned five trees for security reasons ahead of the Presidential visit.
<b>Tuesday 14 November</b><br>
President A P J Abdul Kalam plays the drums with noted percussionist Anandan Sivamani at the Rashtrapati Bhavan's 
Mughal Gardens. Sivamani performance was part of the Indradhanush programme, started by President Kalam in 
December 2002 and organised by the Rashtrapati Bhavan Cultural Club, is held annually to highlight India's rich cultural 

heritage. <b>Tuesday 24 October</b><br>
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh congratulates re-appointed minister of
state Jai Prakash Narayan Yadav as newly
appointed Cabinet Minister A K Antony and minister of state M H
Ambareesh and President A P J Kalam look on at the
swearing in ceremony in New Delhi. In a surprise move, Congress's 'Mr
Clean' A. K. Antony was appointed the new defence minister in place of
Pranab Mukherjee, who moved to the external affairs portfolio in a
Cabinet expansion and reshuffle which also saw the reinduction of a
controversial RJD MP Jai Prakash Narayan Yadav, who had resigned last
year when a non-bailable warrant was issued against him for allegedly
aiding the escape of his brother from police custody during the
assembly elections in Bihar. Oscar Fernandes, minister without
portfolio, also got independent charge of Labour and Employment, which
had fallen vacant following the resignation of K Chandrasekhar Rao of
the Telengana Rashtra Samiti. <b>Thursday 8 June </b><br> 
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam waves before his flight in a Sukhoi-30 MKI, at an Indian Air Force base in Pune. The 75-year-old Kalam piloted the supersonic jet flying at speeds of over 1,200 km an hour, becoming the first President to make a sortie in a combat aircraft. Wing Commander Ajay Rathore, commanding officer of the SU-30 squadron, piloted the jet as it soared to a height of 25,000 feet or about 7.5 km above the earth, and Kalam was allowed to turn the Sukhoi towards the left and then the right when he had the controls. The President, who had once applied for the air force and was bitterly disappointed after he was rejected, exhorted the youth to take up a career in the armed forces. Kalam is also the first President to visit the Army troops at Siachen glacier and had spent a night in a Indian Navy submarine lat month 
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam waves before his flight in a Sukhoi-30 MKI, at an Indian Air Force base in Pune. The 75-year-old Kalam today piloted the supersonic jet flying at speeds of over 1,200 km an hour, becoming the first President to make a sortie in a combat aircraft. Wing Commander Ajay Rathore, commanding officer of the SU-30 squadron, piloted the jet as it soared to a height of 25,000 feet or about 7.5 km above the earth, and Kalam was allowed to turn the Sukhoi towards the left and then the right when he had the controls. The President, who had once applied for the air force and was bitterly disappointed after he was rejected, exhorted the youth to take up a career in the armed forces. <b>Tuesday 30 May </b><br>
In a dampener on efforts to exempt a number of posts from the purview of office of profit, President A P J Abdul Kalam has returned the Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification) Amendment Bill 2006 on the issue for reconsideration by both Houses of Parliament. In his communication while returning the Bill that was passed in the just-concluded budget session of Parliament, the President has asked the government to seek a comprehensive criteria for exemption of posts to protect MPs and MLAs against disqualification which should be fair and reasonable and can be applied across all states and union territories in a clear and transparent manner. The other point on which the President is said to have reservation is about the propriety of applying the law with retrospective effect. While the BJP has described the President's decision as as a rap on the knuckles of the UPA government and the Congress agreed that the President has the right to raise queries, the government has decided to re-present the legislation in the Monsoon session of the Parliament and the Cabinet will decide whether it should be in the present form or amended form. In the Bill that was passed, 56 posts, including that of the National Advisory Council chairperson, a post earlier held by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, were exempted from the definition of office of profit. As many as 11 members of the Left front - leading with Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee - stand to lose their seats if the President's suggestions were to be implemented.
<b>Wednesday 8 March</b><br>
Myanmar junta leader Senior Gen. Than Shwe greets President APJ Abdul Kalam upon his arrival at Yangon International Airport in Yangon, Myannmar. Amid protests by Delhi and Yangon based pro-democracy groups, President Kalam became the first Indian President to visit India's military ruled neighbour. Apart from overseeing a $2 billion trade agreement and a MoU on energy cooperation between India and Myanmar, the President also paid visit to the garve of last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar where he offered floral tributes, a chadar from the dargah of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya and recited the fatiha . Former President K.R. Narayanan shakes hands with current President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam during the latter's oath-taking ceremony in this July 25, 2002 file photo.  Narayanan, the first Dalit President of India, died today at the age of 85 at the Army Research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi after grappling with acute pneumonia and renal failure for the past 12 days. A career diplomat before entering politics in 1984, Narayanan was the unanimous choice of political parties when he became President in 1997 for a term till 2002. He was previously elected to the Lok Sabha from Ottapalam, Kerala thrice consecutively in 1984, 1989 and 1991 and became the Vice-President in 1992. More recently after leaving office, Narayanan was in the news again for his remarks on the Gujarat riots, which he said had left him feeling ashamed and helpless. <b> Thursday 26 May</b><p>President APJ Abdul Kalam tries to blow an alphorn as he is watched by Swiss President Samuel Schmid and his wife Verena Schmid in Iseltwald in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland. In a rare gesture, the Swiss government declared May 26 as Science Day in recognition of President Kalam's experience in the fields of science and technology and his eminence as a scientist. Kalam's four-day state visit to Switzerland is the first by an Indian head of state after a gap of more than 30 years. Former President V V Giri's was the last Indian high profile visit to the country. President APJ Abdul Kalam and Swiss federal councillor Pascal Couchepin visit the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, EPFL, in Ecublens, near Lausanne. In a rare gesture, the Swiss government declared May 26 as Science Day in honour of President Kalam in recognition of his experience in the fields of science and technology and his eminence as a scientist. Kalam's four day state visit to Switzerland is the first by an Indian head of state after a gap of more than 30 years. Former President V V Giri's was the last Indian high profile visit to the country. <b>Sunday 22 May</b><p>President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam reviews an honor guard at Vnukovo airport on his arrival in Moscow for a four-day state visit to Russia. Addressing senior members of the Russian Parliament, the President asserted that India would never be a proliferator of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and asked US and Russia to set an example by reducing their nuclear arsenal. When asked about India's nuclear tests, the President said when we are surrounded by nuclear armed countries, we didn't have any other alternative but to become nuclear. The President's first evening was marred by a late night phone-call from New Delhi and then confabulations with his legal advisors regarding the faxed proclamation dissolving the Bihar Assembly. President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam talks to delegates from Qatar, during the ceremonial welcome of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Sheikh arrived for a three-day visit to meet Indian leaders and hold bilateral talks, particularly focussing on stepping up cooperation in the energy sector. President Abdul Kalam waves to a stilt dancer on his departure at the Dar es Salaam International Airport in Tanzania. The President was in the east African country for a four day state visit. President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam delivers his address as Ratan Tata,  chairman of the Tata Group listens at a function held to pay homage to Jamshetji Nusserwanji Tata on his 100th death anniversary in Bangalore. <b>Friday 2 April</b><p>President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam salutes army soldiers guarding at Humar post at the Siachen glacier, the world highest battlefield situated at more than 18,000 feet . Making the first-ever Presidential visit to the Siachen glacier,  Kalam  said the 75 kms-long  glacier was of 'extreme geo-strategic importance' to India and told the troops there is a comprehensive security plan while having a diplomatic approach to peace. President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam checks the bugle of an Army soldier in the Siachen glacier, the world highest battlefield situated at more than 18,000 feet. Kalam is the first President to visit the troops there. <b>30 January</b><p> President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam salutes the eternal flame at the Rajghat on the occassion of 56th death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in Delhi. But the solemn day was not without political controversy. The omission of Mahatma Gandhi’s name from the Speaker’s obituary reference on Martyrs’ Day today prompted the entire opposition - except the BSP and the AIADMK - to walk out of Lok Sabha. The speaker Manohar Joshi initially urged the members not to make an issue of it as Martyrs’ Day marked the Mahatma’s martyrdom. He added that the President, the Prime Minister and his deputy, and he had just returned from Rajghat after paying tribute to the Father of the Nation and that this was not the first time Gandhi’s name was not mentioned during an obituary reference on Martyrs’ Day. There were two similar instances in the past, Joshi said. Former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar intervened to tell the Speaker that the mistakes of the past need not be repeated a third time. Joshi then said he had already agreed to make explicit mention of Gandhi. O tempora! O mores! President Abdul Kalam and his Bulgarian counterpart Georgi Parvanov review the guard of honour during the welcoming ceremony in Sofia. Kalam arrived for a two-day official visit. Sudanese President Omer El-Bashir, standing far right, with his Indian counterpart A.P.J Abdul Kalam  watch the Sudanese State Minister for Finance, Ahmed El-Majzoub, sitting right, and Indian Communications Minister Arun Shourie sign an agreement on cooperation in Communication and Information Technology sectors in Khartoum. President. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam waves to  students at the Indian High School in Dubai, on the last day of his state visit to the United Arab Emirates. Kalam's three-nation visit to the UAE, Sudan and Bulgaria is his maiden foreign tour as President. President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam shakes hands with students during his visit to a school as part of Teachers Day celebrations in Rajkot. President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam greets Ustad Bismillah Khan before his concert at the Parliament, Thursday, August 7, 2003. Pakistan High Commissioner Aziz Ahmed Khan presents his credentials to President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Thursday, July 10, 2003. Speaking to the press about the SAARC summit Khan said, 'We are ready for a meaningful dialogue any time, any where and at any level.' <b>SATURDAY, JUNE 28</b><br>President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam adjusts his hair while taking ride on a motorboat with Chief Minister Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Mohammad Sayed in Dal Lake, Srinagar. President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam steps into a police jeep to inspect a guard of honor at the Jammu Kashmir Sher-I-Kashmir police academy in Udhmapur, Thursday, June 26, 2003. President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam speaks as Speaker Manohar Joshi looks on during the International Parliamentary Conference to mark the 50th anniversary of the Indian Parliament in New Delhi. Kalam said that in 2003, the world is facing a new kind of warfare, owing to a combination of religious conflicts, ideological differences and market warfare. President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam shares a light moment with defense officials during the Confederation of Indian Industry meeting in Kolkata. Kalam presented an audio-visual presentation under the theme 'Vision for India' and an interactive session with some 8,000 school children. <b>31 October 2002: </b> Congress Party President and opposition leader Sonia Gandhi listens to India's President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam during a memorial ceremony to mark the 18th death anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at the Indira Gandhi memorial in New Delhi. Shooter Shri Abhinav Bindra receives the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award from Presdident A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, for excellence in sports performance at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi. A child ties Rakhi, a sacred thread, to President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in New Delhi. Rakhi is being celebrated across India, when sisters tie a sacred thread on their brother's wrist, and in return the brother vows to protect them. <b>25 July 2002: </b>Newly elected President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam waves to the media from the traditional horse driven carriage before entering Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. In his acceptance speech, Kalam said India should brace itself to face the growing threat posed by terrorism, internal conflicts and unemployment. President elect A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is congratulated by Communist Party of India Leader Somnath Chatterjee after the news of his victory as presidential candidate for India’s 12th President in New Delhi. Kalam won 89.58 percent of the votes cast on Tuesday by Members of Parliament and State Legislatures. Kalam, the father of missile program, believes that fear of nuclear conflict averted war with Pakistan last month. Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee congratulates presidential candidate A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, after he cast his vote for presidential election at the Parliament house in New Delhi. Legislators across India cast their vote for the country's new figurehead president. Kalam, a military scientist credited with leading the development of India's missile program. <b>19 June 2002: </b>A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, a military scientist who helped develop India's missile program, answers questions at a press conference in New Delhi. Kalam, who was nominated by the governing coalition and the main opposition party, said that his expected election as the nation's next president would send the right signal to the world. Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee along with President nominee Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam waves to the media just before filing nomination for India's 12th President at Parliament House, New Delhi. The Presidential election will be held on 15 July 2002.
May 19, 2014
Former President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam is awarded an honorary degree by the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

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A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

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Feb 23, 2014
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam with President of Parmarth Niketan Rishikesh, Founder of Ganga Action Parivar (GAP) and Co-Founder of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA), Swami Chidanand Saraswati during a meeting in Rishikesh.

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Dec 06, 2013
File photo of former South African President Nelson Mandela with the then President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in Johannesburg in Sept 2004.

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Oct 24, 2013
In this file photo, former President APJ Abdul Kalam presens Padma Bhushan award to legendary singer Manna Dey at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi in March 2005. Dey passed away at a Bengaluru hospital today after a prolonged illness.

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Aug 09, 2013
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam during a visit to Swaminarayan Temple in Surat.

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Jul 29, 2013
Bharat Ratna former president APJ Abdul Kalam during the inaugural function of the Silver Jubilee of SIES college in Mumbai.

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Jul 29, 2013
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam felicitates Everest climber Guribadat Singh during a college function in Mumbai.

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Jul 16, 2013
APJ Abdul Kalam former President of India at his Residence.

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Feb 04, 2013
Former President A P J Abdul Kalam interacts with child patients at the inauguration of the integrated outpatient centre at CARE Hospitals in Hyderabad.

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Dec 30, 2012
A laboratory on wheels, inspired by former president of India APJ Abdul Kalam, during its rounds to popularise science in rural Bihar.

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Nov 30, 2012
A student explains his model to former President APJ Abdul Kalam at a three-day International Symposium on 'Cost Effective Museum Exhibits in Engineering and Applied Sciences' in Hyderabad.

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Nov 25, 2012
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama (C),former President APJ Abdul Kalam (R) and Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy during the Catholicate centenary celebrations in Ernakulam.

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Nov 10, 2012
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam during a visit to Charnka Solar Park in Radhanpur district.

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Sep 11, 2012
Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama during the world meet for 'Peace and Harmony' to celebrate 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda in New Delhi.

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Sep 04, 2012
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam, senior BJP leader L K Advani and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and others at the launch of Sudheendra Kulkarni's (3rd R) book Music of the Spinning Wheel in New Delhi.

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Jul 02, 2012
Former president APJ Abdul Kalam at the BJP national president Nitin Gadkari's son's wedding reception in New Delhi.

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Jun 21, 2012


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Jun 21, 2012
What setback? Kalam, at 80, still keeps a brisk pace

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Jun 15, 2012
Former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam being greeted by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during his arrival at Patna Airport on Thursday.

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Jun 14, 2012
Former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam being greeted by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during his arrival at Patna Airport.

- PTI Photo
Jun 13, 2012
File picture of APJ Abdul Kalam, Manmohan Singh and Somnath Chatterjee (C), who are the first, second and third choice of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for Presidential election, as they revealed after a meeting in New Delhi.

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Jun 13, 2012
**COMBO** File picture of Pranab Mukherjee and Hamid Ansari, who are the first and second choice of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi for Presidential election, and APJ Abdul Kalam, Manmohan Singh and Somnath Chatterjee , who are the first, second and third choice of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for Presidential election as revealed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee after a meeting with Gandhi in New Delhi.

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May 25, 2012
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam arrives at the 14th Convocation of Indian Institute of Technology in Guwahati.

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May 13, 2012
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil arrives to attend a function to mark the 60th Anniversary of the first sitting of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha in Central Hall of Parliament House in New Delhi. Also seen in the picture are Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former president Abdul Kalam and Finance Minister Pranab Mukhrjee.

- PTI Photo/Shahbaz Khan
Apr 19, 2012
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Ex-Prez

USP Been there, done that, still quite the “people’s president”.

Backers The ex-president has given no indication that he’s interested in a second stint, but TMC sees a chance to poop UPA’s party and Mulayam keeps sending mixed signals. Never quite a Congress favourite, UPA still grateful for his role in defusing Koodankulam protests.

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Mar 08, 2012
Prez rivals? Kalam and Ansari at a Rashtrapati Bhavan function

- Reuters (From Outlook, March 19, 2011)
Feb 23, 2012
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam with Social activist Anna Hazare at the "S R Jindal prize 2011" ceremony in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/Subhav Shukla
Dec 20, 2011
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam, Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai, Railways Minister Dinesh Trivedi, Congress MP Mohd Azharuddin and actor-politicians Shatrughan Sinha and Chiranjeevi during the inauguration of "Campaign for Clean India" workshop in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/Aman Sharma
Nov 13, 2011
The US Transportation Security Admn to ex-prez A.P.J. ABDUL KALAM after India protests frisking at JFK airport in NY. Online jabs call for “retaliatory action”.

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Nov 06, 2011
Former President A P J Abdul Kalam addressing a press conference after meeting with the nuclear experts and engineers of the Koodankulam Nuclear Power plant (KKNPP).

- PTI Photo
Nov 05, 2011
File: Legendary singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika with former President A P J Abdul Kalam during Sangeet Natak Academy awards function in Mumbai in July, 2003. Hazarika passes away at a hospital in Mumbai. He was 85.

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Sep 10, 2011
Former President Abdul Kalam with President of Ramakrishna Math (Bengaluru) Swami Harshananda during an Inter Faith Meet on the occasion of 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Swami Vivekananda, in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/ Manvender Vashist
Sep 08, 2011
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam meeting school students as he arrives to attend a Literacy Day function in Bangalore.

- PTI Photo
Jun 09, 2011
File photo: Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (RIGHT) felicitating renowned painter M. F. Husain during the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Lalit Kala Akademi in New Delhi on Monday, Aug 9, 2004. Husain died at a hospital in London following over a month-long illness.

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May 11, 2011
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam honours Chhavi Rajawat, Sarpanch of a village of Rajasthan at the Technology Day function in New Delhi. Union Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Pawan Kumar Bansal applauds.

- PTI Photo/Subhav Shukla
Apr 30, 2011
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam honours senior cartoonist Kaak with Lifetime Achievement Award 2011 during a function organised by Cartoon Watch in New Delhi on Friday.

- PTI Photo
Feb 02, 2011
Former President A P J Abdul Kalam receives a memento from Sister Christine Soutinho (L), Principal of Loreto College, during the inauguration of the centenary celebrations of the college in Kolkata.

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Feb 02, 2011
Former President A P J Abdul Kalam and Anupam Kher (L) and Vidya Balan (2nd L) during the launch of the book Again written by Pritish Nandy (2nd R) in Kolkata.

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Jan 24, 2011
File photo of Legendary Vocalist Pandit Bhimsen Joshi with former President A P J Abdul Kalam.

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Jan 03, 2011
Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam paying a visit to the shrine of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer.

- PTI Photo
Dec 21, 2010
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi (R) and TERI Director General R K Pachauri (L) release a book 'Convenient Action: Gujarat Response to Challenges of Climate Change' written by Modi, in Ahmedabad.

- PTI Photo
Dec 20, 2010
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam releases a book on President Pratibha Patil "An Inspirational Journey: Patibha Devisingh Patil" along with Jyoti Rathore, daughter of Patil, at a function in New Delhi on Dec 19, 2010.

- PTI Photo/ Atul Yadav
Nov 15, 2010
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam being welcomed during the inauguration of a state-level science exhibition in Bhopal. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also seen.

- PTI Photo
Nov 15, 2010
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam during the 7th convocation of Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) in Bhopal.

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Oct 22, 2010
Vajpayee, George Fernandes, Kalam at the blast site, ’98

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Mar 10, 2010
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam being presented a memento by State Director Gneral of Police A N Roy during a seminar on terrorism, organised by Mumbai Police in Mumbai.

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Nov 19, 2009
Former president APJ Abdul Kalam tests his acting chops in I Am Kalam, alongside 'bad man' Gulshan Grover etc. No worries, it's a UNICEF-onboard kid's flick.

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Jul 21, 2009
Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam smiles during a function in Bangalore. Officials said Kalam was frisked before boarding a Continental Airlines flight to the U.S. in April, in a breach of protocol that exempts VIPs from such searches.

- AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi
Jul 06, 2009
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is felicitated by former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at a function to celebrate his birthday. The Dalai Lama celebrates his 74th birthday, remarking lightheartedly that the prayers being said for him by his followers might help him live at least 100 years.

- AP Photo/Saurabh Das
Jun 25, 2009
Former President of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam being accorded a traditional welcome by tribals upon his arrival at the venue of 47th foundation day celebrations of Managment Training Institute (MTI) of SAIL at Ranchi.

- PTI Photo
Jun 11, 2009
Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (R) with Lord Rana, India’s Honorary Consul to Northern Ireland at a ceremony in Queen’s University Belfast, Ireland. Dr. Kalam was conferred with an honorary Doctorate of Laws for distinction in public service by the University.

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May 27, 2009
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi during the first convocation of Pandit Din Dayal Petroleum University at Gandhinagar.

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May 07, 2009
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam shows his marked finger after casting his vote at a polling booth in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/Kamal Singh
Mar 25, 2009
Former President A P J Abdul Kalam being given a traditional welcome by students at the DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology, in Jalandhar.

- PTI Photo
Nov 14, 2008
It couldn't have been timed better. Chandrayaan-I kept its tryst with destiny on Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru's 119th birth anniversary. The 35-kg Moon Impact Probe (MIP), with Indian flags painted on its four sides, landed on moon exactly at 20.31 hrs, about 25 minutes after the probe instrument descended from the satellite in what ISRO described as a "perfect operation", making India join the select club of the US, the erstwhile Soviet Union and the European Union. 'We have given the moon to India', said Madhavan Nair, chairman of ISRO as he presented a replica of moon with the Indian tricolor flag to former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, during a press conference at the ISRO center

- PTI Photo by Shailendra Bhojak
Jul 24, 2007
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam takes a walk at the Mughal Garden at the Rashtrapati Bhavan premises, on the eve of his demitting office, in New Delhi. Describing his tenure in Rashtrapati Bhavan as "five beautiful and eventful years" in his farewell address to the nation; the 75-year-old outgoing President today said that he favours building of India as a developed nation where governance is responsive, transparent and corruption free. The missile-scientist said that he "enjoyed every minute" of his tenure with his "wonderful association" with people from different walks of life including politicians as also those associated with business, judiciary, academics, youth and special children. While outlining a 10-point vision for turning India as a developed nation, the President said a developed India should have a divide between urban and rural population reduced to a think line and there should be equitable distribution and adequate access to energy and quality water.

- AP Photo/Saurabh Das
May 21, 2007
Friday 18 May
President APJ Abdul Kalam administers the oath of office and secrecy to V Radhika Selvi, to induct her into the Council of Ministers in New Delhi. In one of the shortest swearing-in ceremony held in the Rashtrapati Bhavan-- taking a total of three minutes and 20 seconds-- the DMK's first time MP from Trichendur Lok Sabha constituency was sworn as Minister of State for Home in the three year-old UPA government. Widow of alleged mafia don Venkatesa Pannaiyar, Selvi entry into the Council of Ministers was opened by DMK leader Dayanidhi Maran's resignation as Union IT and Communication Minister and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's bid to consolidate his party's vote base among the powerful backward Nadar community. A post-graduate in English literature, 31-year-old Radhika Selvi plunged into politics soon after the killing of her husband Venkatesa Panniyar in a police encounter in Chennai in 2003 during the AIADMK rule.

- AP Photo
May 02, 2007
President APJ Abdul Kalam offers prayers on Lord Buddha's birth anniversary at the Mahaparinivara temple in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh.

- AP Photo/H.O
Apr 26, 2007
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam places a wreath at the Phaleron War Cemetery near Athens, where Indian servicemen who died during the World War II were buried. The President is in Greece on a three-day official visit.

- AP Photo /Petros Giannakouris
Apr 16, 2007
Friday 13 April
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, center, stands with Infosys' chief mentor N. R. Narayana Murthy and his wife Sudha Murthy at Infosys Technologies corporate campus in Mysore in this Sunday, April 8, 2007 photo. The controversy over Narayana Murthy's remarks--that an instrumental version of the national anthem Jana Gana Mana was played instead of having on-stage singers leading the audience during the President's visit so that foreigners in the audience don't feel "embarrassed" -- snowballed further this week with Karnataka police registering an absurd case against him under the Insult to National Honour Act and the state government even more bizarrely condemning the remark as an "unpardonable offence". The remark may have been needlessly defensive, for neither any disrespect was meant or shown to the national anthem nor any protocol broken, but call it a commentary on the state of affairs that Murthy deemed it perhaps prudent to even apologise for his remark!

- AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi
Mar 26, 2007
Friday 23 March
Author Khushwant Singh receives the Padma Vibhushan award from President A. P.J Abdul Kalam in New Delhi. Noted jurist Fali Nariman, author Khushwant Singh and Centre's pointsman on Jammu and Kashmir N N Vohra were honoured with the coveted Padma Vibhushan awards at the Ashoka Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

- AP Photo/Saurabh Das
Mar 01, 2007
President APJ Abdul Kalam is assisted by others to get up after he slipped during an award ceremony of the Sangeet Natak Academy, the apex body of the performing arts, in New Delhi. The 75-year-old President was tripped by a walking stick being used by 87-year-old N Khelchandra Singh, eminent Manipuri scholar, an awardee who was seated at the end of the line on the dais. Singh was honoured just minutes before the incident by Kalam with the Akademi Fellowship.

- AP Photo/Ashok Vahie
Dec 19, 2006
President APJ Abdul Kalam waters a plant which had been planted as per his instructions in Cochin, Kerala. The President, who is on a two-day visit to the state had earlier ordered planting of these saplings after the district administration pruned five trees for security reasons ahead of the Presidential visit.

- AP Photo
Nov 20, 2006
Tuesday 14 November
President A P J Abdul Kalam plays the drums with noted percussionist Anandan Sivamani at the Rashtrapati Bhavan's Mughal Gardens. Sivamani performance was part of the Indradhanush programme, started by President Kalam in December 2002 and organised by the Rashtrapati Bhavan Cultural Club, is held annually to highlight India's rich cultural heritage.

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Oct 30, 2006
Tuesday 24 October
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh congratulates re-appointed minister of state Jai Prakash Narayan Yadav as newly appointed Cabinet Minister A K Antony and minister of state M H Ambareesh and President A P J Kalam look on at the swearing in ceremony in New Delhi. In a surprise move, Congress's 'Mr Clean' A. K. Antony was appointed the new defence minister in place of Pranab Mukherjee, who moved to the external affairs portfolio in a Cabinet expansion and reshuffle which also saw the reinduction of a controversial RJD MP Jai Prakash Narayan Yadav, who had resigned last year when a non-bailable warrant was issued against him for allegedly aiding the escape of his brother from police custody during the assembly elections in Bihar. Oscar Fernandes, minister without portfolio, also got independent charge of Labour and Employment, which had fallen vacant following the resignation of K Chandrasekhar Rao of the Telengana Rashtra Samiti.

- AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi
Jun 12, 2006
Thursday 8 June
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam waves before his flight in a Sukhoi-30 MKI, at an Indian Air Force base in Pune. The 75-year-old Kalam piloted the supersonic jet flying at speeds of over 1,200 km an hour, becoming the first President to make a sortie in a combat aircraft. Wing Commander Ajay Rathore, commanding officer of the SU-30 squadron, piloted the jet as it soared to a height of 25,000 feet or about 7.5 km above the earth, and Kalam was allowed to turn the Sukhoi towards the left and then the right when he had the controls. The President, who had once applied for the air force and was bitterly disappointed after he was rejected, exhorted the youth to take up a career in the armed forces. Kalam is also the first President to visit the Army troops at Siachen glacier and had spent a night in a Indian Navy submarine lat month

- AP Photo
Jun 08, 2006
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam waves before his flight in a Sukhoi-30 MKI, at an Indian Air Force base in Pune. The 75-year-old Kalam today piloted the supersonic jet flying at speeds of over 1,200 km an hour, becoming the first President to make a sortie in a combat aircraft. Wing Commander Ajay Rathore, commanding officer of the SU-30 squadron, piloted the jet as it soared to a height of 25,000 feet or about 7.5 km above the earth, and Kalam was allowed to turn the Sukhoi towards the left and then the right when he had the controls. The President, who had once applied for the air force and was bitterly disappointed after he was rejected, exhorted the youth to take up a career in the armed forces.

- AP Photo
Jun 06, 2006
Tuesday 30 May
In a dampener on efforts to exempt a number of posts from the purview of office of profit, President A P J Abdul Kalam has returned the Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification) Amendment Bill 2006 on the issue for reconsideration by both Houses of Parliament. In his communication while returning the Bill that was passed in the just-concluded budget session of Parliament, the President has asked the government to seek a "comprehensive criteria" for exemption of posts to protect MPs and MLAs against disqualification which "should be fair and reasonable and can be applied across all states and union territories in a clear and transparent manner". The other point on which the President is said to have reservation is about the propriety of applying the law with retrospective effect. While the BJP has described the President's decision as as a "rap on the knuckles of the UPA government" and the Congress agreed that "the President has the right to raise queries", the government has decided to re-present the legislation in the Monsoon session of the Parliament and the Cabinet will decide whether it should be in the "present form or amended form". In the Bill that was passed, 56 posts, including that of the National Advisory Council chairperson, a post earlier held by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, were exempted from the definition of office of profit. As many as 11 members of the Left front - leading with Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee - stand to lose their seats if the President's suggestions were to be implemented.

- AP File
Mar 13, 2006
Wednesday 8 March
Myanmar junta leader Senior Gen. Than Shwe greets President APJ Abdul Kalam upon his arrival at Yangon International Airport in Yangon, Myannmar. Amid protests by Delhi and Yangon based pro-democracy groups, President Kalam became the first Indian President to visit India's military ruled neighbour. Apart from overseeing a $2 billion trade agreement and a MoU on energy cooperation between India and Myanmar, the President also paid visit to the garve of last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar where he offered floral tributes, a chadar from the dargah of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya and recited the fatiha .

- AP Photo
Nov 09, 2005
Former President K.R. Narayanan shakes hands with current President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam during the latter's oath-taking ceremony in this July 25, 2002 file photo. Narayanan, the first Dalit President of India, died today at the age of 85 at the Army Research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi after grappling with acute pneumonia and renal failure for the past 12 days. A career diplomat before entering politics in 1984, Narayanan was the unanimous choice of political parties when he became President in 1997 for a term till 2002. He was previously elected to the Lok Sabha from Ottapalam, Kerala thrice consecutively in 1984, 1989 and 1991 and became the Vice-President in 1992. More recently after leaving office, Narayanan was in the news again for his remarks on the Gujarat riots, which he said had left him feeling ashamed and helpless.

- AP Photo/Ajit Kumar¤ File
May 30, 2005
Thursday 26 May

President APJ Abdul Kalam tries to blow an alphorn as he is watched by Swiss President Samuel Schmid and his wife Verena Schmid in Iseltwald in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland. In a rare gesture, the Swiss government declared May 26 as Science Day in recognition of President Kalam's experience in the fields of science and technology and his eminence as a scientist. Kalam's four-day state visit to Switzerland is the first by an Indian head of state after a gap of more than 30 years. Former President V V Giri's was the last Indian high profile visit to the country.

- AP Photo/Keystone¤ Yoshiko Kusano

May 26, 2005
President APJ Abdul Kalam and Swiss federal councillor Pascal Couchepin visit the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, EPFL, in Ecublens, near Lausanne. In a rare gesture, the Swiss government declared May 26 as Science Day in honour of President Kalam in recognition of his experience in the fields of science and technology and his eminence as a scientist. Kalam's four day state visit to Switzerland is the first by an Indian head of state after a gap of more than 30 years. Former President V V Giri's was the last Indian high profile visit to the country.

- AP Photo/Keystone/Laurent Gillieron
May 24, 2005
Sunday 22 May

President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam reviews an honor guard at Vnukovo airport on his arrival in Moscow for a four-day state visit to Russia. Addressing senior members of the Russian Parliament, the President asserted that India would never be a proliferator of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and asked US and Russia to set an example by reducing their nuclear arsenal. When asked about India's nuclear tests, the President said "when we are surrounded by nuclear armed countries, we didn't have any other alternative but to become nuclear." The President's first evening was marred by a late night phone-call from New Delhi and then confabulations with his legal advisors regarding the faxed proclamation dissolving the Bihar Assembly.

- AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko

Apr 14, 2005
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam talks to delegates from Qatar, during the ceremonial welcome of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Sheikh arrived for a three-day visit to meet Indian leaders and hold bilateral talks, particularly focussing on stepping up cooperation in the energy sector.

- AP Photo/Manish Swarup
Sep 14, 2004
President Abdul Kalam waves to a stilt dancer on his departure at the Dar es Salaam International Airport in Tanzania. The President was in the east African country for a four day state visit.

- AP Photo/Khalfan Said
Jul 23, 2004
President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam delivers his address as Ratan Tata, chairman of the Tata Group listens at a function held to pay homage to Jamshetji Nusserwanji Tata on his 100th death anniversary in Bangalore.

- AP Photo/Gautam Singh
Apr 05, 2004
Friday 2 April

President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam salutes army soldiers guarding at Humar post at the Siachen glacier, the world highest battlefield situated at more than 18,000 feet . Making the first-ever Presidential visit to the Siachen glacier, Kalam said the 75 kms-long glacier was of 'extreme geo-strategic importance' to India and told the troops there is a comprehensive security plan while having a diplomatic approach to peace.

- AP Photo/Presidential Palace/HO

Apr 02, 2004
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam checks the bugle of an Army soldier in the Siachen glacier, the world highest battlefield situated at more than 18,000 feet. Kalam is the first President to visit the troops there.

- AP Photo/Presidential Palace/HO
Feb 02, 2004
30 January

President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam salutes the eternal flame at the Rajghat on the occassion of 56th death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in Delhi. But the solemn day was not without political controversy. The omission of Mahatma Gandhi’s name from the Speaker’s obituary reference on Martyrs’ Day today prompted the entire opposition - except the BSP and the AIADMK - to walk out of Lok Sabha. The speaker Manohar Joshi initially urged the members not to make an issue of it as Martyrs’ Day marked the Mahatma’s martyrdom. He added that the President, the Prime Minister and his deputy, and he had just returned from Rajghat after paying tribute to the Father of the Nation and that this was not the first time Gandhi’s name was not mentioned during an obituary reference on Martyrs’ Day. There were two similar instances in the past, Joshi said. Former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar intervened to tell the Speaker that the mistakes of the past need not be repeated a third time. Joshi then said he had already agreed to make explicit mention of Gandhi. O tempora! O mores!

- AP Photo / Manish Swarup

Oct 23, 2003
President Abdul Kalam and his Bulgarian counterpart Georgi Parvanov review the guard of honour during the welcoming ceremony in Sofia. Kalam arrived for a two-day official visit.

- AP Photo / Dimitar Deinov
Oct 22, 2003
Sudanese President Omer El-Bashir, standing far right, with his Indian counterpart A.P.J Abdul Kalam watch the Sudanese State Minister for Finance, Ahmed El-Majzoub, sitting right, and Indian Communications Minister Arun Shourie sign an agreement on cooperation in Communication and Information Technology sectors in Khartoum.

- AP Photo / Abd Raouf
Oct 20, 2003
President. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam waves to students at the Indian High School in Dubai, on the last day of his state visit to the United Arab Emirates. Kalam's three-nation visit to the UAE, Sudan and Bulgaria is his maiden foreign tour as President.

- AP Photo / Kamran Jebreili
Sep 05, 2003
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam shakes hands with students during his visit to a school as part of Teachers Day celebrations in Rajkot.

- Siddharth Darshan Kumar / AP
Aug 08, 2003
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam greets Ustad Bismillah Khan before his concert at the Parliament, Thursday, August 7, 2003.

- Ajit Kumar / AP
Jul 10, 2003
Pakistan High Commissioner Aziz Ahmed Khan presents his credentials to President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Thursday, July 10, 2003. Speaking to the press about the SAARC summit Khan said, 'We are ready for a meaningful dialogue any time, any where and at any level.'

- T.S.Ashok / AP
Jun 28, 2003
SATURDAY, JUNE 28
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam adjusts his hair while taking ride on a motorboat with Chief Minister Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Mohammad Sayed in Dal Lake, Srinagar.

- Aman Sharma / AP
Jun 26, 2003
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam steps into a police jeep to inspect a guard of honor at the Jammu Kashmir Sher-I-Kashmir police academy in Udhmapur, Thursday, June 26, 2003.

- Channi Anand / AP
Jan 22, 2003
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam speaks as Speaker Manohar Joshi looks on during the International Parliamentary Conference to mark the 50th anniversary of the Indian Parliament in New Delhi. Kalam said that in 2003, the world is facing a new kind of warfare, owing to a combination of religious conflicts, ideological differences and market warfare.

- Ajit Kumar/ AP
Jan 21, 2003
President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam shares a light moment with defense officials during the Confederation of Indian Industry meeting in Kolkata. Kalam presented an audio-visual presentation under the theme 'Vision for India' and an interactive session with some 8,000 school children.

- Bikas Das/ AP
Nov 02, 2002
31 October 2002: Congress Party President and opposition leader Sonia Gandhi listens to India's President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam during a memorial ceremony to mark the 18th death anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at the Indira Gandhi memorial in New Delhi.

- Manish Swarup/ AP
Aug 29, 2002
Shooter Shri Abhinav Bindra receives the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award from Presdident A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, for excellence in sports performance at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.

- Ajit Kumar/ AP
Aug 22, 2002
A child ties "Rakhi", a sacred thread, to President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in New Delhi. Rakhi is being celebrated across India, when sisters tie a sacred thread on their brother's wrist, and in return the brother vows to protect them.

- Ajit Kumar/ AP
Jul 27, 2002
25 July 2002: Newly elected President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam waves to the media from the traditional horse driven carriage before entering Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. In his acceptance speech, Kalam said India should brace itself to face the growing threat posed by terrorism, internal conflicts and unemployment.

- Manish Swarup/ AP
Jul 18, 2002
President elect A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is congratulated by Communist Party of India Leader Somnath Chatterjee after the news of his victory as presidential candidate for India’s 12th President in New Delhi. Kalam won 89.58 percent of the votes cast on Tuesday by Members of Parliament and State Legislatures. Kalam, the father of missile program, believes that fear of nuclear conflict averted war with Pakistan last month.

- Manish Swarup/ AP
Jul 15, 2002
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee congratulates presidential candidate A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, after he cast his vote for presidential election at the Parliament house in New Delhi. Legislators across India cast their vote for the country's new figurehead president. Kalam, a military scientist credited with leading the development of India's missile program.

- Ajit Kumar/ AP
Jun 22, 2002
19 June 2002: A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, a military scientist who helped develop India's missile program, answers questions at a press conference in New Delhi. Kalam, who was nominated by the governing coalition and the main opposition party, said that his expected election as the nation's next president would send "the right signal" to the world.

- Ajit Kumar/ AP
Jun 18, 2002
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee along with President nominee Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam waves to the media just before filing nomination for India's 12th President at Parliament House, New Delhi. The Presidential election will be held on 15 July 2002.

- Manish Swarup/ AP
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Former President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam is awarded an honorary degree by the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

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