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By Team Billion Beats | NOV 2015
Billion Beats, one of the key digital initiatives of Guru Kalam, was relaunched on November 14 by Dr A P J Abdul Kalam International Foundation, Rameswaram.
The first copy of Billion Beats was released by 11-year-old Anushiya, a sixth standard student of St Joseph Higher Secondary School in Verkottu, near Rameswaram.
Anushiya handed over first copy of Billion Beats to A P J M Maraikayar, 99-year-old elder brother of former President of India, at a simple event held at House of Kalam.
Anushiya’s mother Vazhivittal accompanied her while members of House of Kalam, including Dr Nazeema Maraikayar and A P J M Jainullabudeen were present on the occasion.
Hundreds of students from different schools in Rameswaram braved rains and floods in the area to witness the event held at House of Kalam. Students and teachers from No I Primary School, Rameswaram, where Dr Kalam studied, were also present on the occasion.
Anushiya had recently lost her father Vilvaraj, a fisherman, after his mechanised boat was involved in a mishap in the high seas. The Kalam Foundation will now support Anushiya’s education.
“I am happy to be part of a dream that’s so dear to Kalam Sir. Now, even I have a dream to read books, write and help humankind in whatever way I can. I liked the inspiring stories in Billion Beats,” Anushiya said.
Kalam Foundation did a survey of schools in Rameswaram and finally narrowed down on Anushiya to be selected as the chief guest for the event.
“I couldn’t believe when my mother informed me that I will have to release Kalam Sir’s paper. I wish my father was around to witness this event. He would always tell me that, I should become a great person like Kalam Sir. Today’s event has boosted my confidence,” Anushiya.
Dr Nazeema, Founder Chairperson of Kalam Foundation, said that Billion Beats is an ideal gift to all those who believed in creating a positive India.
“Dr Kalam launched this project in 2007 on Children’s Day from Karimnagar, with the support of a journalist friend of his. The idea was to capture inspiring stories of Indians across the globe. Just a few days before his demise, he had expressed his desire to relaunch Billion Betas, which had to be discontinued due to administrative reasons. He wanted the same team to handle it from Bengaluru and Kalam Foundation has entered into an arrangement with Inspired Indian Foundation to bring out this monthly e-paper,” says Dr Nazeema, niece of Dr Kalam.
“Our idea is to concentrate on one activity at a time. We want to initiate result-oriented actions in tune with the philosophy of Dr Kalam,” says Dr Nazeema.
A P J M Maraikayar will play the role of a Mentor for the paper, who takes great interest in world affairs even at the age of 99 years. The trustees of Kalam Foundation form the Editorial Advisors for Billion Betas. They include: Dr Nazeema Maraikayar, A P J M Jainullabudeen, G K Moinudeen, A P J M J Sheik Saleem, A P J M J Sheik Dawood and A P J M S Nagoor Roja.
Inspired Indian Foundation, a movement for unsung heroes in Bengaluru, will handle the editorial operations of Billion Beats.
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