By SM.18 Mar, 2019
NEW DELHI: Following the death of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, the centre has announced a national mourning tomorrow and declared the National Flag will fly at half-mast across the country.
The four-time chief minister will be accorded a state funeral. A meeting of the Union Cabinet has been called at 10 am as well.
All schools and educational institutions in Goa will be shut tomorrow and all examinations have been postponed.
Manohar Parrikar"s body is to be kept at the BJP head office in Panaji in the morning.
People will pay their final respects to the former defence minister from 11 am to 4 pm at Kala Academy in the state capital.
The funeral procession will begin at 4 pm and the last rites will performed at 5 pm at SAG grounds in Campal, approximately 4 km from Panaji.
Manohar Parrikar died today at the age of 63 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer at his son"s house in Goa. Condolences poured in from across the country with Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling him the "builder of modern Goa."
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi also expressed his condolences on Twitter.
"I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Goa CM, Shri Manohar Parrikar Ji, who bravely battled a debilitating illness for over a year. Respected and admired across party lines, he was one of Goa"s favourite sons. My condolences to his family in this time of grief," he said.