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APJ Abdul Kalam in Hyderabad:

Allays fears of 2012 doomsday, calls for poverty eradication by 2020

Sunday, November 15, 2009 05:58:13 PM, Agencies

Former president APJ Abdul Kalam

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Hyderabad: 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 President allays 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 said.


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 economy.


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 years.


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.


"Technology 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 students.


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.









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