New Delhi [India], Oct 15 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday paid floral tribute to former president and the "Missile Man" Dr.
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on his 85th birth anniversary. "Tributes to our former President, the person who captured the imagination of every Indian, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam on his birth anniversary," Prime Minister Modi tweeted. Officers and staff of Rashtrapati Bhavan along with family members of Dr. Kalam also paid floral tributes on the occasion. Dr Kalam, a recipient of several awards including Padma Bhushan in 1981, Padma Vibhushan in 1990 and the highest civilian award Bharat Ratna in 1997, became the 11th President of India on July 25, 2002 and served the post till July 25, 2007.
Dr Kalam was born on October 15, 1931 in Rameswaram town of Tamil Nadu and died due to a cardiac arrest on July 27 last year while delivering a speech at IIM Shillong.