Former president APJ Abdul Kalam
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Former president APJ Abdul Kalam has called for a progressive
reduction in the number of people below poverty line in a phased
manner and be brought to zero by 2020. In a separate function later
in the evening held in the IT city, the exuberant former Indian
people’s apprehensions that the world would come to an end or the
direction of the Earth’s rotation would change in 2012.
Kalam gave the
call for poverty eradication while
addressing senior officers of the Higher Defence Management
Course at the College of Defence Management here today.
Kalam expressed the hope that with the continued impetus to economy,
India could realise at least 10 per cent growth rate in the next ten
years. The results of economic liberalisation and growth measures
being initiated by the government were beginning to show now, he
Though the Indian economy was in the ascent phase, the growth was
not fully reflected in the quality of life of a large number of
people of the country, he regretted and said the mission of
transforming India into a developed nation could be achieved with
focus on on five core sectors: agriculture and food processing,
education and health care, information and communication technology,
quality and reliable infrastructure including power and transport,
and self reliance in critical technologies.
Referring to his Provision of Urban Amenity in Rural Areas (PURA)
mission, Kalama said that with this approach, the core competencies
in the rural sector would be harnessed for development of the
He said that he was happy that his three dreams of space research
programme of ISRO, Agni missile programme and DRDO and PURA had
taken shape as vision, mission and realisation and became the
national mission. Commandant of College of Defence Management Rear
Admiral VS Batra also participated in the programme
Kalam allays fears of ‘2012 doomsday'
Meanwhile, allaying people’s apprehensions that the world would come
to an end or the direction of the Earth’s rotation would change in
2012, former president and renowned scientist APJ Abdul Kalam today
urged people not to get freightened about the future as the Sun’s
thermonuclear reaction would be there for another five billion
Participating as a chief guest at the golden jubilee celebrations of
the Government’s College of Nursing here today, Kalam, during an
interactive session with the students, said the Earth would not be
there if there was no sunshine.
"The Sun would shine and its thermonuclear reaction would be there
(on Earth) for 10 billion years. As per the `Chandra limit’
equation, five billion years have elapsed and another five billion
years are to go. According to the equation, we can find out how long
the Sun will shine. Hence, you (people) don’t need to worry over the
news reports", he said.
With regard to nuclear energy, the former president asserted that
India will not make first use of the nuclear weapons (against its
enemies) in accordance with its nuclear doctrine. It will use it
only if somebody attacks it.
always has multiple uses. An aircraft can be used to carry
passengers and freight, and also as a warplane. Similarly, nuclear
material can be used to generate electricity and its radiation to
treat cancerous diseases. It can also be used to make weapons.
Ultimately, national needs determine how it is used", he said.
Kalam, in his address, wanted all nursing students to strive to
become great like Florence Nightingale by serving the needy. `What
can I do for you (patients)’ should be the motto, he told the
The former president assured the students that he would strive to
have a new `beautiful’ building for the nursing college (currently
located in a heritage building `Vijay Vihar’ on Raj Bhavan Road) by
2016. He unveiled the golden jubilee plaque of the college.
Care Foundation chairman Dr P Krishnam Raju inaugurated the college
website. Principal secretary (health) J Satyanarayana, director of
medical education T Ravi Raju, college founder-principal Tahira HA
Khan, principal Rafath Razia were among those present.