- Ram Nath Kovind becomes the 14th President of the Country; Chief Justice
J S Khehar administers him the oath of office in a special ceremony in the
Central Hall of Parliament.
- The New President says nations are not built by governments alone and it
can at best be a facilitator of society’s innate entrepreneurial and creative
- Both the Houses of Parliament adjourned
till afternoon, in view of the oath taking ceremony of the President.
- Defence Minister Arun Jaitley assures
the Rajya Sabha that the country has made considerable progress in defence
related procurements and armed forces are sufficiently equipped.
- Renowned scientist and educationist Professor Yash Pal passes away.
- Prime Minister to conduct aerial survey
of the flood affected areas of Gujarat.
Mr Ramnath Kovind has taken over as 14th President of India. He was
administered the oath of office by Chief Justice of India Justice JS Khehar at
a special function in the Central hall of Parliament this afternoon. After the
swearing-in, he was given 21-gun salute.
The ceremony was attended by outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee,
Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister
Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, senior members of the
Cabinet, former Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and HD Deve Gowda, veteran BJP
leader LK Advani, BJP chief Amit Shah, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and
leaders of other parties, MPs and other distinguished people from different
walks of life.
Addressing the gathering after swearing
in, Mr Kovind said India of the 21st century will be one that is in conformity
with ancient values as well as compliant with the fourth industrial revolution.
He said India must combine tradition and technology, wisdom of an age-old
Bharat and the science of a contemporary India.
The President said that nations are not
built by governments alone and it can at best be a facilitator and trigger for
society’s innate entrepreneurial and creative instincts. Mr Kovind said there
is a need to build an India and that is an economic leader as well as a moral
exemplar and those two touchstones can never be separate.
The President said India’s success is
its diversity, which makes the country unique. He said this land has a mix of
states and regions, religions, languages, cultures, lifestyles and much more.
Mr Kovind said that India’s voice counts in today’s world. The entire planet is
drawn to Indian culture and soft power and the global community looks up to
India for solutions to international problems of terrorism, money laundering
and climate change. He said in a globalized world, India’s responsibilities are
The President said India has achieved a
lot as a country but the effort to do more, to do better and to do faster is
relentless. This is especially so as the country approaches the 75th year of
its independence in 2022.
Earlier, Mr Kovind along with outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee
arrived in the Central Hall of Parliament in a ceremonial procession from
Rashtrapati Bhawan. Before the ceremony, Mr Kovind visited Rajghat to pay his
respect to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.
Mr Kovind who served as the 35th Governor of Bihar was born on 1st
October 1945 in Paraukh village in the Kanpur Dehat district, Uttar Pradesh. He
did his graduation in law from a Kanpur college. Mr Kovind joined the BJP in
1991. He was President of the BJP Dalit Morcha between 1998 and 2002. He also
served as Member of Rajya Sabha from 1994 to 2006.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
congratulated Ram Nath Kovind on taking oath as the President of the country.
In a tweet, Mr Modi said, President Kovind's address was very inspiring and
beautifully summed up the essence of India’s strengths, democracy and
Both the Houses of Parliament were
adjourned, the Lok Sabha till 3 PM and the Rajya Sabha till 2 PM, to enable
members to attend the oath taking ceremony of the President. As soon as the Lok
Sabha met for today’s business, Congress members demanded adjournment of
question hour seeking discussion on lynching incidents. Adjournment Motion was
given by the Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge. He tried to read out the
contents of his adjournment motion but Speaker did not allow him quoting
Opposition leaders today staged a dharna
in front of Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament House complex protesting
against the suspension of six Congress members from the Lok Sabha for five
days. They were joined by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and raised
slogans against the government. They also attacked the Centre over mob lynching
incidents in different parts of the country. Earlier, senior Congress leader
Mallikarjun Kharge demanded Speaker Sumitra Mahajan should withdraw the
suspension order of MPs.
Leader of the House and Defence Minister
Arun Jaitley today assured the Rajya Sabha that the country has made
considerable progress in defence related procurements and preparedness with
procedures simplified further and powers centralised. He said Indian armed
forces are sufficiently and efficiently equipped now. He was responding to a
query by Ramgopal Yadav of Samajwadi Party who quoted a CAG Report which said
that there is only 10-day stock of ammunition in the country. The Defence
Minister said that the CAG Report of 2013 had a reference to a particular point
Renowned scientist Professor Yash Pal passed away last night at his
residence in Noida, in Gautam Buddha Nagar in Uttar Pradesh. He was 90.
According to family sources, he will be cremated at the Lodhi Road crematorium
in New Delhi this afternoon.
The globally renowned physicist and higher education reformer began his career at Mumbai's Tata Institute
of Fundamental Research. Here is a brief profile of Prof Yashpal:
"Professor Pal was born in 1926 in Jhang district of British
India that is now in Pakistan. He gained recognition due to his contribution in
the study of cosmic rays. Professor Yash Pal was appointed as the Chief
Consultant of the Planning Commission. He acted as the Secretary of Department
of Science and Technology from 1984 to 1986. He was appointed as the Chairman
of University Grants Commission where he served a full single-term of five
years and also served as the Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University. He
served as a member of UN Advisory Committee on Science and Technology for
Development. He is also known for his appearances on the science programme,
Turning Point on Doordarshan and explaining scientific concepts in layman's
language. Pal was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 1976 and Padma Vibhushan in
2013 for his contribution to Science. "
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has
expressed grief over the passing away of Professor Yash Pal. In a tweet, Mr
Modi said, India has lost a brilliant scientist and academician who made a
lasting contribution to Indian education.
Prime Minister will today undertake an
aerial survey of the flood-affected areas of Gujarat, the Prime Minister's
office has said. Torrential rains in north Gujarat have caused flood in
Banaskantha and Patan districts. Authorities have declared a state-wide high
alert and called out the Army, the Air Force and NDRF teams for assistance.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who reviewed the situation with top
officials yesterday, said that the problem has been compounded by heavy rain in
neighbouring Rajasthan which has led to surge in water levels of rivers and
In Assam, an inter Ministerial Central
team headed by V. Shashanka Sekhar, Joint Secretary, Home Ministry arrived in
Guwahati today. The team will assess the recent flood situation and erosion
affected areas of the state till 28th July. More from our correspondent:
Central team comprises of senior officials from various ministries will make on
the spot assessment of the situation.The team is holding meeting with state
Chief Secretary and other senior officials in Guwahati now. The team will
inspect flood and erosion affected areas of Biswanath, Lakhimpur, Majuli,
Barpeta, Cachar, Karimganj, and Hailakandi and also meet officials of the
respective district administration. Nearly 20 lakh people were affected due to
flood in Assam this year. Flood water also damaged infrastructures including
roads, embankment, bridges and crops. MANAS
PRATIM SARMA, AIR NEWS, GUWAHATI "
At least two persons were killed as
four-storeyed building collapsed in Mumbai today. 60 people are feared trapped
under the debris. The incident took place in suburban Ghatkopar area this
morning. Four people have been successfully rescued from the debris. More from
"The rescue work
is going on a war-footing. The civic body control room received a call about
the accident around 10.45 am. The MFB has said that this is a Level 4 house
collapse and all required agencies along with ambulances and fire engines have
been mobilised. The injured have been admitted to Rajawadi Hospital. The
collapsed building named, Saidarshan was located near Shreyas cinema on the
busy LBS road in Ghatkopar collapsed soon after some smoke was seen coming out
of the ground floor. The building houses hospital on the ground floor, which
was closed for renovation and the upper three floors had apartments where 20
families resided. SONALI GHADYALPATIL,
AIR NEWS, MUMBAI"
Prime Minister today said India has
achieved new heights since its independence and it is sure that the country
will emerge as a powerful nation in the world by 2022. Addressing BJP
Parliamentary party meeting this morning, Mr. Modi asked the MPs to take pledge
to extend the benefits of the growth to the last man. Talking to reporters,
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said, the Prime Minister also
talked about the 70 years of Independence and said a week -long celebration
will begin from 9th of August to mark the occasion.
Madras High Court has asked all
educational institutions to sing the National Song Vande Mataram at least once
a week. It has also directed Government and private offices and establishments
to air the song in their premises once every month to stir up patriotic fervour
among the public. However, the court has directed not to force those who find
it not possible to recite it.
The first batch of Haj pilgrims from
Jammu and Kashmir today left for Saudi Arabia to perform the pilgrimage.
According to an official release, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Haj and
Auqaf Minister Farooq Andrabi were at the Airport to see off the first batch
comprising 420 pilgrims on a direct flight from Srinagar to the holy city of Madina.
Second flight carrying an equal number of pilgrims is scheduled to take off
later in the day.
Sri Lankan Navy has arrested three
Indian fishermen along with a boat northwest of Delft Island last night on
charges of poaching into their waters. A navy spokesman said they will be
handed over to fisheries department for further legal action. With this, the
total number of Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody has gone up to 92.
However, process is on to release most of the fishermen in coming days. Sri
Lanka has been releasing Indian fishermen from time to time on humanitarian
grounds has not released boats during last two years. Sri Lanka has agreed to
release 42 of around 150 boats in its custody, process for which is being
worked out. Fishing issue has been a lingering problem between the two
countries and both sides have formed a Joint Working Group to discuss the
At the stock markets, the Nifty at the
National Stock Exchange breached the 10,000 level for the first time ever, to
touch an all-time peak of 10,011, in opening trade, today. But the Nifty later
lost ground, and had declined 1 point, to 9,965 a short while ago. Similarly,
the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange hit a record high of 32,374 in opening
trade, but then retreated, and had gained just 7 points, to 32,253 a short
while ago. At the forex market, the rupee had weakened 3 paise, to 64.37
against the dollar in afternoon deals.