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Odisha’s Tribute to The Missile Man of India : Abdul Kalam Island


It is a proud moment for all and a great initiative by The Government of Odisha .Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik renamed Wheeler Island which is located in Bhadrak after former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on Friday. Hon’ble CM Naveen Pattnaik has named Wheeler Island after the Missile Man,” said a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office. Mr. Patnaik hopes that it would encourage the youth to further pursue a scientific temperament. It would be Odisha’s humble homage to the legendary scientist in return for his unstinted love towards this land, he said in the statement.There was a growing demand across sections of society to rename the island after Dr. Kalam, who described the island as his ‘Theatre of Action’. President Kalam, who was India’s 11th president from 2002 to 2007, died from cardiac arrest in Shillong on July 27 and thousands of people including Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended his funeral in his hometown of Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu. He was fondly remembered as the ‘People’s President’, his death was mourned widely. The government of Delhi announced it would rename a key road at the heart of the capital city after the former President last week while the Bihar government named an agriculture college after him. Wheeler Island, named after an English commandant Lieutenant Wheeler, is used as a missile-testing facility by the union government. The maiden successful test fire of the land-to-land Prithvi Missile was conducted from the mainland and it landed on the then uninhabited Wheeler Island on November 30, 1993.

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