Kovind said he always considered himself as a part of the larger family, which included the members of parliament.
The President said that "apart from deepening our economic relations, it is important for India and EU to engage in strategic and geo-political avenues such as in the Indo-Pacific".
The President, who is on a visit to the Netherlands and will return to India on Thursday, said the two countries are long-standing partners with historical ties of friendship and collaboration.
Noting the exemplary work done by the national water award-winners for water management in their respective fields, the President said that on the basis of such examples, "we could find hope for a water-secure future."
This year, no names were announced for 'Bharat Ratna', India's highest civilian award, which was last awarded in 2019 to former president Pranab Mukherjee, social reformer Nanaji Deshmukh and noted singer Bhupen Hazarika.
Gochikar presented Kovind a dedicated Tamra Falak (copper plate). Following the darshan at Srimandir, a special Patachitra was presented to Kovind by the temple administration. He remained for around 40 minutes in Srimandir.
Kovind will stay in Puri Raj Bhawan during his visit and not in the Governor’s House which was previously scheduled as per the protocol
President Kovind will be on a two-day visit to the pilgrim city. He is scheduled to visit Srimandir from 5 pm to 5.45 pm on February 19 and the temple will remain closed for the general public from 4 pm till 6 pm on the same day.
An interfaith prayer was held at Raj Ghat and Gandhi's favourite devotional songs were rendered to mark the 74th death anniversary of the father of the nation.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Home Minister Amit Shah also extended greetings to Indian Army personnel for their selfless service and dedication towards the nation.
In a "major security lapse", the prime minister's convoy was stranded on a flyover due to a blockade by protesters in Ferozepur on Wednesday.
The President was speaking while presenting the coveted "President's Standard to 22nd Missile Vessel Squadron", here, in the presence of Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R. Hari Kumar.
He particularly referred to 'Har Ghar, Nal Se Jal' as an incredibly successful programme which changed the lives of people and urged Governors to help ensure active participation of educational institutions, government organisations as well as NGOs.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi wished the people of the country on the ocassion of Eid.
"Goddess Durga is a symbol of power and is also a divine form of 'nari shakti'. Durga Puja is the celebration of the victory of good over evil.' Kovind said, as he extended his greetings and best wishes to his fellow citizens living both in India and abroad.
On the occasion of Teachers’ Day, President of India Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday honoured 44 teachers with National Award in recognition of their contribution to the society.
The reading material related to Lord Ram, from around the world, is being compiled by the Ayodhya Research Institute.
Speaking after inaugurating the university, Kovind noted that he was confident that the Mahayogi Gorakhnath University would prepare such knowledgeable students who would contribute in building a self-reliant, strong and healthy India .
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday extended his greetings to the people on the eve of Independence Day, saying they have to work together to achieve the noble constitutional ideals of securing justice, liberty, equality and fraternity for all citizens.
New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: BJD’s MP from Cuttack, Bhartruhari Mahtab, received the Best Parliamentarian award for the year 2017 from President Ram Nath Kovind today. The Lok Sabha member was awarded by the President at an event attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Similarly, Trinamool Congress MP […]
President of India Ram Nath Kovind has given his nod to the ordinance which states for capital punishment for those who rape a kid below 12 years age. Many child rights and women activists vied for strictest punishment to the rapist when the Nirbhaya incidence happened in Delhi in the year 2012 and the demand […]
Bhubaneswar: After President Ram Nath Kovind nominated sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra and Odissi exponent Sonal Mansingh to Rajya Sabha, talks are abuzz that the Centre has played the ‘goodwill’ card to counter BJD’s strategy to promote brand ‘Naveen Patnaik in the State. The saffron party is attempting to connect with the sentiments of people of the […]
Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: Making Odisha proud, young Odia Geo-scientist from Berhampur Dr Ashit Kumar Swain has received National Geoscience Award 2017 from President of India Ram Nath Kovind for his contribution towards research in the field of Geoscience. Swain, nominated for his outstanding Glaciology research carried out in Antarctica, Arctic as well as in the Himalayas, […]
Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: Three persons from Odisha, Sisir Purushottam Mishra, Bhabani Charan Pattnaik, Chandra Sekhar Rath (Posthumously) received Padma Shri from President Ram Nath Kovind at a function in New Delhi today. Sisir Purushottam Mishra and Bhabani Charan Pattnaik bagged the award for Filmmaking and Public Affairs, respectively. Wife of late Chandra Sekhar Rath received the […]
Bhubaneswar: Urging IITians to think of the society and work towards its betterment, President Ram Nath Kovind today said they should aspire to achieve the best for themselves, society, the nation and world at large. Kovind said, “IITians are fortunate to have received a world-class education and have a moral obligation to pay back and […]
Cuttack: While describing how women are benefitting from various welfare schemes, President Ram Nath Kovind cited the example of an Odia woman in his speech during the inauguration of Anand Bhawan Museum and Learning Centre in Cuttack today. Hemabati Bage, a housewife of Jamda village in Mayurbhanj district, is a not-so-famous figure. But praises […]
Bhubaneswar/Cuttack: The Commissionerate police has made elaborate security arrangements in the Capital city for the two-day visit of President Ram Nath Kovind starting tomorrow. Sources said 30 platoons of police force have been deployed in Bhubaneswar to avoid any eventuality during the President’s visit. Besides, a carcade rehearsal was conducted by the Commissionerate Police here […]
Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: Vacancies in Central Universities were unfair to students and they should be filled quickly and urgently, said President Ram Nath Kovind. It was for all authorities to ensure that recruitment was “absolutely above” board and not influenced by other considerations, he said during one-day meet of Vice Chancellors of 17 new Central Universities. […]
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took to twitter to congratulate Ram Nath Kovind on being elected as the country’s 14th President. “Congratulate Shri Ramnath Kovind ji on being elected President of India. We look forward to work under his leadership at @RashtrapatiBhvn,” Patnaik, also president of Biju Janata Dal(BJD), said in a Twitter post. […]
Bhubaneswar: Sparking a fresh debate over ‘cross-voting’, BJD’s Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda on Tuesday alleged that few MP’s allegedly voted against party’s decision in the Presidential Election held yesterday. Panda has questioned as to why political parties take stand during President and Vice President Election as there is no provision for party whip. ‘Why do […]
Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: Voting for the 14th President of India began at Odisha Assembly at 10 am today. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and many MLAs reached the Assembly to exercise their power to vote. The contest for the President post is between National Democratic Alliance (NDA) nominee Ram Nath Kovind and candidate of several major opposition […]
Bhubaneswar: Clearing the air on upcoming Presidential polls, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday categorically ruled out possibilities of ‘cross voting’ by any leaders from his Biju Janata Dal (BJD). The statements of Patnaik came after his meeting with National Democratic Alliance (NDA’s) Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind at Bhubaneswar. Patnaik’s statements assume significance as […]
Bhubaneswar: NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind along with Union Health Minister JP Nadda today met BJD legislators and MPs at the State Assembly conference hall for around one hour. Kovind also addressed the BJD MLAs and MPs after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s short speech. Before the meeting started, Patnaik, Kovind and Nadda raised hands […]
Bhubaneswar: Questioning BJD’s support to BJP nominee Ram Nath Kovind for President, the party MP Bhartruhari Mahatab on Sunday said Naveen Patnaik should have waited till UPA’s declaration of its candidate. In his editorial ‘President Election- Dalit vs Dalit’, Mahatab once again rattled the BJD and expressed displeasure over the party’s decision to support Kovind. […]
Bhubaneswar: BJD MP Tathagata Satpathy has once again stirred a political storm by questioning party’s decision to extend support to NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind for the President’s post in public forum. In his fresh editorial, Tathagata wrote that as BJP is one of its major opposition parties, BJD’s decision to support NDA candidate may […]
New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday said that the Centre was working for sustainable solutions to the issues faced by farmers and has taken some recommendable steps to improve their conditions. Addressing a joint sitting Parliament at the beginning of the Budget Session, Kovind said: “My government is working day and night to […]
Prayagraj: President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated a three-day Gandhian Resurgence Summit at Parmarth Niketan camp at the ongoing Kumbh Mela on Thursday. About 300 Gandhians from different parts of the country and organisations are participating in the Summit. Speaking at the event, the President said that Kumbh is the biggest congregation of humanity of the world […]
New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several political leaders on Tuesday condoled the death of veteran Bollywood actor-director Kader Khan. The President tweeted: “Sad to learn about the passing of veteran actor and dialogue writer Kader Khan. His versatility, from comic to negative roles, and the films he embellished as […]
New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday greeted the country on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi, the birthday of Prophet Mohammed. “Good wishes to all fellow citizens, especially our Muslim brothers and sisters in India and abroad,” the President, who is in on four-day visit to Australia tweeted. “We remember […]
Hanoi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday called for more cooperation between India and Vietnam in the areas of agriculture, pharmaceuticals, textiles and IT. “Agriculture has been a key sector of our cooperation involving trade, investment and training,” Kovind said while addressing the Vietnam-India Business Forum here. “We feel privileged to have supported the Vietnamese […]