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Chennai: The last rites of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam would most probably be held in his native town Rameswaram as per the wishes of the family members, said a senior official at Tamil Nadu’s Ramanathapuram district. 00-FB-Share-Pic5 (1)

“A large number of relatives, friends, well wishers and common people have gathered at Kalam’s house at Rameswaram,” A.P.J.M.K. Sheik Saleem, the former president’s grandson told said..

Saleem is the son of Kalam’s brother A.P.J.M. Maraikayar.

“The central government normally would consider positively the wishes of the family members on matters like this. The government is yet to confirm the date on which the former president’s body would arrive at Rameswaram,” the official said

Temple town Rameswaram is around 600 km from here and falls under the Ramanathapuram district.

Kalam was born in Rameswaram and spent his poverty stricken childhood days.

According to the official, the central government normally would consider the family members wishes for conduct of last rites.

The central government is to inform the state government on the date on which Kalam’s body would be sent to Rameswaram.

He said the family members are also discussing on the site where Kalam’s last rites could be conducted.

According to the official, the administration is gearing up to make necessary arrangements as thousands of people would assemble at Rameswaram to pay homage to Kalam.

Kalam died on Monday evening in Shillong in Meghalaya.

He collapsed at the Indian Institute of Management-Shillong while giving a lecture to the students on “Livable Planet”.

“Whether a person is related or not, Kalam is a good teacher to all. He taught human and family values. I have worked with in some of his projects for five years,” Saleem said.

According to him, a large number of people have assembled at Kalam’s house at Rameswaram.

(IANS)

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  • Tamil Nadu weatherman is a common man who predicts the weather
  • His weather forecasts are based on his knowledge of rain and are accurate
  • His page, Tami Nadu weatherman is very famous

We don’t pay much attention to the weather news. It is one of the most ignored sections of newspapers and Television news. Weather forecast seems mundane to most of us. However, it is not mundane anymore. There is a weatherman in Tamil Nadu who takes weather seriously and the world takes him seriously as well.

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We often ignore weather forecasts, but Tamil Nadu’s weatherman takes it seriously. www.weather-forecast.com

This Tamil Nadu weatherman has an almost cult-like following in the southern state. Pradeep John is a self-proclaimed lover of rain and although he does not have any degree in meteorology, he provides weather information which is followed more closely than Met Department’s.

Pradeep’s Interest In Weather 

Tamil Nadu’s weatherman’s interest in weather began when he was 12 years old and witnessed his first cyclone in Chennai.

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The floods of 2015 in Chennai was a turning point for Pradeep. During this flood, Chennai witnessed its worst rainfall in over 100 years and people were in a state of panic. When they wanted some guidance and information about the heavy rainfall, the activity on Pradeep’s Facebook page increased rapidly. His posts on the predictions of rainfall went viral and he became an overnight sensation.

Pradeep witnessed his first cyclone in Chennai when he was only 12 years old.
Pradeep witnessed his first cyclone in Chennai when he was only 12 years old.

Here is the list of Pradeep, the Tamil Nadu weatherman’s reports which were spot on: 

On 6th August 2017, Pradeep put out a message regarding an intense 15 minutes rain. And just like his post mentioned, many parts in Chennai received rainfall for only about ten to twenty minutes that day.

Another post made by the Tamil Nadu weatherman was about the Runners of Jawadhu Ultra Run, on 6th August 2017. And it turned out to be true too.

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Tamil Nadu Weather Facebook is one of the most popular weather forecast pages in India. WESH Home

On 4th June 2017, during India vs. Pakistan cricket match, many weatherman followers asked him for his weather forecast, and like always Tamil Nadu weatherman predicted a sunny day with really light rainfall which again came out to be true.

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The Tamil Nadu weatherman is famous for his correct predictions which are concise and easily understandable by the common people. He has a huge social media following which is not seeing any signs of reducing. Tamil Nadu weatherman facebook page is the most famous page about weather forecasts in India today.