Former President APJ Abdul Kalam admitted to ICU in Shillong

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Former President APJ Abdul Kalam was on Monday admitted to the intensive care unit of a hospital in Shillong after he suddenly fell ill while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM).

Kalam, 83, was rushed to a hospital, M Kharkrang, Superintendent of Police Khasi Hills, said.

“He is in the Intensive Care Unit. We are examining him. We suspect that it could be cardiac arrest,” John Sailo Ryntathiang, director of Bethany Hospital, told IANS.

This morning Kalam had tweeted, “Going to Shillong.. to take course on Livable Planet earth at iim. With and Sharma.”

Kalam is India’s most respected nuclear scientist and was operational in-charge of the 1998 Pokharan-II Tests before becoming the President. A lot of people remember him as the man who transformed the Indian presidency during his tenure from 2002 to 2007 by making the Rashtrapati Bhawan much more accessible.

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