The girl behind Who is Kalam

first_imgThe book titled Who is Kalam? may be intriguing but has a heart-warming story behind it. It is the story of a teenaged schoolgirl who posed a tough question to the former President. In turn, she was greeted with an answer that inspired her to become a scientist.It was in 2001, that Sudarkodi Sukumar, a 14-year-old from Tamil Nadu’s Vellore district, sent a question to Kalam in a Tamil monthly for children. She never knew that her question could inspire him so much that he would name a book after it.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Her question was: “Please rank yourself among the following: Scientist, Tamilian, human being and an Indian.” Kalam’s answer was: “One can find all three in a human being”.In 2003, Sukumar got an invitation to New Delhi for the release of the book Who is Kalam? A Good Human Being, which was dedicated to her. The book by Kalam’s aide R Ramanathan, about the personal side of the scientist-turned-Indian president, was released by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe next day, Sukumar, along with her family were called by Kalam in the Rashtrapati Bhavan and the meeting changed her life. “I realised that one has to pursue the passion of one’s life. I used to read all his writings when I was in school,” she recalled.The title Who is Kalam? was suggested by the former president himself, according to K P R Nair, managing director of Konark Publishers, who published the book. “Though I suggested some titles for the book, Kalam himself came up with Who is Kalam. The question raised by the girl was etched in his memory,” Nair said.last_img read more

Iran deal blocks every pathway for Nweapon

first_imgPresident Barack Obama has strongly defended the landmark Iranian nuclear deal, saying it blocks every pathway for Tehran to acquire nuclear weapons and was in the interest of both the United States and Israel.Addressing the concerns of the Jewish community ahead of a crucial congressional vote next month, Obama in a webcast from the White House said, “this deal blocks every pathway that Iran might take in order to obtain a nuclear weapon.” Because of the stringency of the deal, a vast majority of experts on nuclear proliferation have endorsed this deal, he asserted. Obama on Friday said the world is more or less united, with some exceptions of Israel around the deal. Also Read – Nine hurt in accident at fireworks show in French resort“People have said that, well, Iran will cheat. They are not trustworthy. I keep on emphasising we do not trust Iran.Iran is antagonistic to the US. It is anti-Semitic. It has denied the Holocaust. It has called for the destruction of Israel. It is an unsavoury regime,” he said, adding that Iran is a regional power and not a superpower.“But this deal doesn’t rely on trust; it relies on verification and our capacity to catch them when they cheat and to respond vigorously if they do,” Obama said. Also Read – Pakistan Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanObama also acknowledged the support that most Jews have given him, saying, “I wouldn’t be sitting here if it weren’t for my friends and supporters in the Jewish community.” “Because of the unprecedented partnership we have with Israel, Israel has a much stronger military. Our Gulf partners spend eight times as much money as Iran does on their military,” he said.“So what we have done is, for the first 10 years, essentially restricted Iran’s capacity not just to weaponize nuclear power but we severely constrain any nuclear programme — peaceful or militarised.“After 10 years, they’re able to obtain some additional advanced centrifuges, but they continue to have to be carefully monitored in terms of the stockpiles that they produce,” the US President said.last_img read more

A Thunder Bay first Sunwing to launch direct service to Punta Cana

center_img TORONTO — For the first time ever, Sunwing will be offering direct flights from Thunder Bay to Punta Cana starting this winter.The airline is returning to the Canadian gateway for a ninth season this coming winter with the addition of new weekly, nonstop service to Punta Cana, which will operate between Dec. 19, 2018 and March 27, 2019.In addition, Sunwing is bringing back its popular winter flight services to Varadero, Cuba from Nov. 6, 2018 to March 26, 2019, and Cancun, Mexico from Dec. 24, 2018 to April 1, 2019.With these latest flights, vacationers departing from Thunder Bay will enjoy convenient and direct access to what the company says are its three most popular vacation destinations.“We are delighted to be returning to Thunder Bay this coming season and to be offering our customers even more choice from their doorstep, without the need to make the long winter drive to Toronto or change planes to reach the sunny south,” said Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations. “Our seasonal flight services from Thunder Bay have always been well received and we are very pleased to be able to expand our operations even further this year.”More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJEd Schmidtke, President and CEO of Thunder Bay International Airports Authority Inc., added: “Sunwing has a long positive history in Thunder Bay. With three destinations and a schedule that spans four months, Sunwing offers Thunder Bay tremendous winter getaway options.”The travel company offers a number of family and adult options in Punta Cana, including the new Grand Memories Punta Cana, a modern all-inclusive resort featuring unlimited free access to one of the largest on-site water parks in the Caribbean, a complimentary kids club, two adult-only pools and varied specialty restaurants. Guests will also enjoy discounted green fees at nearby Punta Blanca Golf Club, an 18-hole championship course designed by Nick Price.Also available is the recently renovated Riu Palace Punta Cana, home to an extensive pool complex, RiuLand Kids Club, a spa, gym and exclusive RIU-topia inclusions like unlimited a la carte dining, spa discounts and more.Riu Palace Punta CanaAll vacations packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines. A Thunder Bay first: Sunwing to launch direct service to Punta Cana << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more