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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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A final notification was issued by the Revenue Department about the creation of two new districts - Mulugu and Narayanpet.

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In 2016, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government reorganised Telangana to create 21 new districts. Pixabay

The number of districts in Telangana rose to 33 with two new districts coming into being on Sunday.

A final notification was issued by the Revenue Department about the creation of two new districts – Mulugu and Narayanpet.

While Mulugu has been carved out of Jayashankar Bhupalapally district, Narayanpet came into being with the division of the existing Mahabubnagar district.

This followed demands from the local people. The in-charge district collectors of the two new districts on Sunday inaugurated the collectors’ offices. Local public representatives attended the functions.

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In 2016, TRS government reorganised Telangana to create 21 new districts. Pixabay

It had 10 districts when it came into being as India’s 29th state on June 2, 2014, after it was carved out of Andhra Pradesh.

 

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In 2016, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government reorganised Telangana to create 21 new districts.

Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao said smaller districts would help in better administration as they could have better focus on implementation of development and welfare schemes. (IANS)