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Odisha formally renames Wheeler Island after APJ Abdul Kalam


Bhubaneswar: On the occasion of second death anniversary of former President APJ Abdul Kalam, Odisha government officially declared the Outer Wheeler Island – an island for missile test facility – after the great scientist.

State Revenue and Disaster Management Department had yesterday issued a gazette notification in this regard.

“With a view to paying a humble tribute to the former President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the state government on obtaining no objection certificate from Ministry of Home Affairs, do hereby rename the ‘Outer Wheeler’ as ‘APJ Abdul Kalam Island’ under Chandbali Tehsil of Bhadrak,” the notification read.

Earlier in the day, Mohanty handed over a copy of the gazette notification to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the state secretariat here.

Worth mentioning, Patnaik today took to micro-blogging site Twitter to share his handwritten note on renaming the Wheeler Island as APJ Kalam Island.

Patnaik also paid floral tribute to the former President on his death anniversary.

It may be recalled here that Kalam suffered a massive cardiac arrest on July 27, 2015 while delivering a lecture at the IIM-Shillong in Meghalaya. He was rushed to a hospital where he breathed his last.