India's former president, Dr. Abdul Kalam dies


Former Indian President Dr.Abdul Kalam has died at the age of 83.

Kalam served as India's 11th president from 2002 to 2007 and was popularly known as "Missile Man" after pioneering the country's military missile programme.

He died yesterday after collapsing as he delivered a scientific lecture.

India has declared seven days of national mourning.

The former professor's body will be flown to New Delhi today for burial.

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee said: "Kalam would be long remembered for his passion for science and innovation and his contribution as an eminent scientist, administrator, educationist and writer."