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Billion Beats is an e-paper conceptualised by former President of India Dr A P J Abdul Kalam. It was launched on November 14, 2007 (Children’s Day) from Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh, in the presence of over one lakh students.

The first nine issues of this e-paper were edited and designed from Bengaluru and later, in 2008, the editorial base was shifted to New Delhi. However, the periodicity became irregular, with Guru Kalam’s team caught up in hectic schedules.

In October 2011, addressing journalists at the Press Club of Bengaluru, Dr Kalam expressed his desire to re-launch Billion Beats. Even just couple of days before his demise, he had told his family members about the inspiring concept adopted by Billion Beats.

On October 11, 2015, while launching the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation in Chennai, his family members (House of Kalam, Rameswaram) decided to re-launch Billion Beats on November 14, 2015 – again on Children’s Day.

11-year-old Anushiya, a sixth standard student of St Joseph Higher Secondary School and daughter of a fisherman from Verkottu, released the first edition of Billion Beats at House of Kalam in Rameswaram on the occasion of Children’s Day. She handed over the first copy to A P J M Maraikayar, the 99-year-old elder brother of the former President of India.

The editorial responsibilities were handed over to Inspired Indian Foundation to bring out the e-paper every month. The new-look Billion Beats sticks to the principle Guru Kalam had in mind, when it was first launched in 2007. The core idea of this e-paper is to capture inspiring stories of Indians from across the globe.

“Billion Beats is aimed at capturing positive stories. It is indeed a beautiful idea. Billion Beats should spread the success of Indians and their glad tidings. We have islands of success in every field and we should connect them to make a garland," Guru Kalam had said.

“The idea of Billion Beats is to make every Indian write. I am confident that Billion Beats would create knowledge connectivity among the people,” he had said. We will upload a new edition of Billion Beats in PDF format every month and you may bookmark this page to make sure you get all updates.

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