Mission to Mars possible in 2030: Kalam

Former President A P J Kalam today said that India is planning to send its mission to Mars in 2030.

Last Updated: Oct 17, 2010, 22:44 PM IST

Dehra Dun: Former President A P J Kalam today said that India is planning to send its mission to Mars in 2030.

"We hope that we will be able to send the mission to Mars in 2030," he said at a school function here. Significantly, Kalam had made a similar announcement here in 2001 regarding the Chandrayaan-I mission to the moon when he was scientific adviser to the government.

Answering a question, he said the best way to eradicate corruption in the country is to start a campaign from the home. "For a nation of a billion people, if you ask your
father, in case he is unfortunately corrupt, to stop corruption, this is the best way to stop corruption from the home itself. If everybody does that, then corruption will
stop," Kalam told the school children.

He said he had been asked this question earlier also at a school function and his answer at that time was the same. Later, Kalam also administered an oath asking the young students to fight corruption. To another question, Kalam said he does not believe in the brain drain theory and said the Indians used to go to other countries to acquire knowledge and wealth in the past also.

But as times have changed, the number of IITs, IIMs and similar educational institutes is increasing and now people from foreign countries would also come to India, the former President said.

When a student asked him the question that how is he a peace-loving person and at the same time a missileman too, Kalam said that strength is necessary to gain respect from
other nations.

He asked the students to acquire knowledge from great books and great teachers stating that "knowledge makes the man perfect." Reading books also plays an important role in building of characters, he said.

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Hyderabad: Four persons, including two
students, were arrested and later released on bail following
raids on bars and pubs in posh localities here.

According to a senior excise department official, special
teams conducted raids on at least 15 pubs and bars at Banjara
Hills, Jubilee Hills, Begumpet and Punjagutta areas here last
night on the charge that they were selling liquor to underage
youth.

The excise officials arrested A Sandeep and David,
Managers of pubs and bars besides two underage students, for
consuming liquor.

"The pubs and bars despite being served notices were
serving liquor to teenagers in violation of rules and hence
were raided," the Excise official said today.

The two managers and the students were booked under
relevant sections of the Excise Act, and were later released
on bail.

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