New Delhi: While the Union government has announced a seven-day state mourning as a mark of respect to former president APJ Abdul Kalam, it has also been clarified that all government offices will remain open on Friday.
"Government of India announces with profound sorrow the death of APJ Abdul Kalam, former president of India at Bethany Hospital, Shillong at 1945 hours, today. As a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, seven days of state mourning will be observed throughout India from July 27 to August 2, both days inclusive," an official statement said.
During the period of the mourning, the national flag will fly at half-mast on all the buildings throughout the country where it is flown regularly and there will be no official entertainment.
The date, time and venue of the state funeral will be intimated later, the statement said.