Madurai

Floral tributes to Kalam

Hundreds of students and people from all walks of life paid homage to former President APJ Abdul Kalam on the occasion of his 88th birth anniversary at his memorial in Peikarumbu in Rameswaram on Tuesday.

After family members of Mr. Kalam, led by Mr. APJM Maraikayar, the elder brother of the former President, offered special prayers, hundreds of people, thronged the memorial and paid floral tributes. ‘Alim’ Abdur Rahman, priest of Rameswaram mosque, conducted special prayers with family members at the memorial.

Collector K. Veera Raghava Rao said he was privileged to pay tributes to the ‘Bharat Ratna,’ who was a great source of inspiration to students.

Need for more facilities

On lack of infrastructure facilities at the memorial, he said the Defence Research and Development Organisation, which had built and maintaining the memorial, would take up the necessary work at appropriate time.

Ms. Nazeema Maraikayar, niece of Mr. Kalam, requested the Centre and the DRDO to build the National Knowledge Centre at the memorial for the benefit of students. Pointing out that the memorial has so far received about 65 lakh footfalls, she said the Knowledge Centre would be of great help to students and public who could not afford to visit ISRO and other research stations. Actor Dhamu and leaders of various political parties, including MDMK office-bearers paid floral tributes to the late leader.

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