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State announces 7-day mourning, but that doesn't mean a week long holiday

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.

First published: 28 July 2015, 22:52 IST
 
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