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India mourns former president Kalam

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 01:09

India's former president A.P.J Abdul Kalam, considered the father of the nation's missile programme, has died at the age of 83. Rob Muir reports.

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==RESENDING, CORRECTING "A.J.P" to "A.P.J" Abdul Karem ++ India's former president A.P.J Abdul Kalam died in hospital on Monday. He was 83. Kalam, who was president between 2002 and 2007, had collapsed earlier in the day as he delivered a lecture. He was taken to hospital where officials say he died from cardiac arrest. Kalam is considered the father of India's missile programme. He led the team which developed the weapons to carry the country's nuclear warheads. India's finance minister says he was inspirational. (SOUNDBITE)(English) INDIAN FINANCE MINISTER ARUN JAITLEY SAYING: "Everything about him was positive. He thought well, he had positive ideas, his contribution as a scientist, his contribution as a president, was unparalleled. He has left a void for all of us." Kalam became a national folk hero after helping oversee the nuclear tests in 1998 which consolidated India's status as a nuclear weapons state.

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India mourns former president Kalam

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 01:09