Speed News Desk | Updated on: 28 July 2015, 22:52 IST
As a mark of respect the Government of India has announced a seven-day mourning period to pay homage to former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. The mourning will be observed nationwide from 27 July to 2 August.
- According to official protocol seven-day mourning is observed after the death of a sitting President. Despite being a former president, Kalam was given this honour because of his contribution in developing Agni and Prithvi missiles that strengthened our defence sector.
- During this period, the national flag will fly at half-mast on all official buildings. Also no celebratory events would be organised at Government offices.
- A state funeral will also be held in Rameswaram on 30 July.
- Schools and colleges will remain open as the 1997 central government notification restricts announcement of a public holiday during state mourning, except during the death of a sitting Prime Minister or President.