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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Dr A P J Abdul Kalam's Death - Tamil Nadu to Observe Mourning for a Week from July 27-August 2,2015

Tamil Nadu government has declared a seven-day state mourning from July 27-August 2,2015 both days inclusive, as a mark of respect to former President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam

During the period, the national flag will fly half-mast on all government buildings throughout the state and
there will be no official entertainment

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa Wednesday July 29,2015 said she would not attend the last rites of former President APJ Abdul Kalam in Rameswaram owing to her health condition and has deputed seven cabinet colleagues to represent her and the state government at the funeral.

"I have great love and respect for Mr APJ Abdul Kalam. It is my desire to attend his funeral and pay respects to him. However, due to my health condition I am unable to undertake a journey," she said in a statement.

The Chief Minister deputed the top four Ministers of her cabinet - O Panneerselvam, Natham R Viswanathan (Electricity), R Vaithilingam (Housing) and Edappady K Palaniswamy (Highways) to pay respects to the former President tomorrow on her behalf and the Tamil Nadu government.

Ministers for Higher Education, Youth Welfare and Sports and Revenue, P Palaniappan, S Sundararaj and RB Uthayakumar, respectively, will also pay respects, she added.

"I have also directed that a public holiday be declared tomorrow as a mark of respect to Kalam," she added.

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