Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday inaugurated Dr APJ Abdul Kalam memorial in Rameshwaram on the second death anniversary of the former President who passed away on July 27, 2015.
The ceremony kick started with PM Modi hoisting the national flag at the memorial and later flag off an exhibition bus ‘Kalam Sandesh Vahini’ that is slated to travel across states and reach Rashtrapati Bhavan on October 15, marking the birth anniversary of APJ Abdul Kalam.
The memorial is built by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Pei Karumbu.
Kalam died of cardiac arrest in Shillong in 2015 and was laid to rest at Pei Karumbu in Rameswaram.
Highlights of the event:
01: 24 PM IST | Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also flagged off a new express train from Rameswaram to Ayodhya
01: 18 PM IST | Addressing a public rally in Rameswaram, PM Modi said that it was a great honour for him to be in the sacred land of Rameswaram. He asserted that Rameswaram was a center of deep spiritual knowledge.
“Rameswaram has a vital place in our history and it is also known as a place so closely associated with Dr. Kalam,” he added.
Speaking further he said that Rameswaram has given India one of its most famous sons in Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
01: 15 PM IST | Remembering Jayalalitha, PM Modi said that ‘Amma’ would have been very happy today. he also said that we all can feel the void and miss her.
“If Amma was here today, in our midst, she would have been very happy and extended her good wishes. She is a leader we all remember. Her soul will continue to shower blessings,” said PM Modi.
01: 07 PM IST | Raking the issue of fishermen being apprehended by Sri Lankan Navy, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami requested PM Narendra Modi to take immediate action for the release of 75 Indian fishermen release and 149 boats from Sri Lanka.
Notably, there has been a sudden rise in the number of Indian fishermen being arrested in the Palk Strait region.
Earlier, after the growing concern over the Indian fishermen being detained, Tamil Nadu government on Friday flagged concerns after Sri Lanka amending its Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Act put a ban on bottom trawling in the Palk Bay.
As per the new rule, a fine of 50,000 Lankan rupees (LKR ) will be imposed along with imprisonment of up to two years on those found guilty of bottom trawling — a dangerous method where the fishermen drag large nets with heavy weights across the seafloor to catch fishes in bulk.
Apparently, the destructively dragging method scoops everything in its path, damaging the sea life form including the corals.
Also, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking the Centre to take necessary steps against the move Sri Lankan move
11: 57 AM IST | PM Narendra Modi met family members of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam in Rameswaram
11: 54 AM IST | A life size model of Dr. Kalam, 45-foot replica of Agni missile along with other belongings kept inside the memorial
11: 43 AM IST | PM Modi being taken for a tour of the memorial building. Kalam’s photographs and other belongings are kept in the exhibition inside the memorial stretched in a 2.1-acre area.
11: 41 AM IST | Narendra Modi inaugurates Kalam memorial in Rameshwaram. The memorial is built by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Pei Karumbu. The budget allocated for the memorial was Rs 20 crore
11: 40 AM IST | PM Narendra Modi kicks off the event by hoisting national flag.
11: 35 AM IST | PM Modi will also distribute sanction letter to the beneficiaries under the ‘Blue Revolution’ scheme.
11: 30 AM IST | The PM is slated to also flag off ‘Kalam Sandesh Vahini’, an exhibition bus, which would travel across various states of the country and reach Rashtrapati Bhavan on October 15.
Notably, October 15 also marks the birth anniversary of the former President Kalam.
11: 15 AM IST | Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Madurai. All set for the inauguration of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam memorial in Rameshwaram.