Google pays tribute to APJ Abdul Kalam with ‘Black Ribbon’ on its homepage:
Most using internet search engine Google paid respects to former president APJ Abdul Kalam, who passed away on Monday, by marking its homepage with a black ribbon. Google has always honoured popular and famous leaders on their birth and death anniversaries with creative doodles.
Dr Kalam, a recipient of the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour, a former president and a scientist, had collapsed in the middle of a lecture to students at the IIM in Shillong. Shortly later, his death was confirmed at a local hospital.
As the news of his death became public, tributes spread in from across the country with personalities from across different walks of life remembering his contributions to the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee, cabinet ministers and leaders from different political parties had paid tributes to Dr Kalam when his body was flown to Delhi from Shillong. On Thursday, his funeral ceremony will take place in his hometown of Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu.
The solemn mark of respect on Google India homepage only shows to the universal appeal the former President exercised on the minds of people, especially the youth, from small-towners to net-savvy urban folks.
For Dr Kalam, perhaps reflecting the simplicity that he stood for all his life, the search giant has used no doodle but just a black ribbon placed below the search tab, and on running the mouse ever it reads, “In memory of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam”.
Also, Tributes have been pouring in from home and abroad for India’s “missile man”, whose life inspired countless Indians.
His funeral will be held in Rameswaram. Tamil Nadu, at 11 am today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries are expected to attend the funeral.
Bihar government has decided to name an agricultural college in Kisanganj after him. Incidentally, President Kalam was the brain behind the revival of the Nalanda University.
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