Ram Nath Kovind: News

Ram Nath Kovind is the 14th President of India and a former Member of Parliament of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He did his BCom and LLB from Kanpur University. He started practicing as an Advocate with the Bar Council of Delhi in the 1970s, later rendering his services as Standing Counsel for the Union Government in the country’s Supreme Court. He joined the BJP in 1991 and served as a Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament from Uttar Pradesh for two terms between 1994 and 2006. He has been a member of the Parliamentary Committees on Law & Justice, Welfare of Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes, Social Justice & Empowerment, Home Affairs, and Petroleum and Natural Gas. As a member of the Indian delegation, Kovind addressed the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in October 2003. In 2015, he was appointed as the Governor of Bihar, serving in the position till 2017. In 2017, Kovind became the second Dalit person after KR Narayanan to hold the office of the President of India.

Kovind-led panel to seek political parties' suggestions on 'One Election'

A high-level committee, led by former President Ram Nath Kovind, met for the first time to discuss the feasibility of the "One Nation, One Election" idea on Saturday, PTI reported.

'One Nation, One Election': Centre's proposal faces opposition's heat

Several opposition parties have come out openly against the Centre's "One Nation, One Election" proposal, terming it against the current constitutional norms.

01 Sep 2023

Central Government

'One Nation One Election' committee formed, Kovind to head panel

A panel was reportedly formed by the central government on Friday to explore the possibility of a "One Nation One Election."

21 Jun 2022

Mamata Banerjee

Presidential polls: TMC's Yashwant Sinha is Opposition's pick for president

Leaders of the Opposition parties, including the Congress, Samajwadi Party, and Trinamool Congress (TMC), among others, met on Tuesday afternoon and finalized the name of TMC leader Yashwant Sinha as their joint nominee for the successor of President Ram Nath Kovind.

India's Presidential Election will take place on July 18

The Election Commission of India (ECI) announced on Thursday that the election to elect the next President of India will take place on July 18.

07 May 2022

Nitish Kumar

President, vice-president elections: BJP banks on 'friendly' parties, chief ministers

With the presidential elections due in July, political parties are intensifying their preparations to get their candidates elected.

NEET-PG 2022 exam not postponed, fake notice being circulated: NBE

The National Eligibility Entrance Test-Postgraduate (NEET-PG 2022) will take place on May 21 as scheduled and hasn't been postponed, clarified the National Board of Examinations (NBE).

31 Jan 2022


Budget Session 2022: President Kovind lauds India's vaccination program

Addressing the Budget Session of the Parliament, President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday lauded the role of India's vaccination program in the fight against COVID-19.

31 Jan 2022

Lok Sabha

Budget session 2022: What to expect on Day 1?

The Budget session of the Parliament kicked off on Monday with President Ram Nath Kovind's address to both houses.

20 Nov 2021


Indore bags India's cleanest city title again; Chhattisgarh cleanest state

President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday announced the Swachh Survekshan 2021 awards and Indore has once again been named the cleanest city in India.

13 Oct 2021

Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi-led Congress team meets President over Lakhimpur violence

A delegation of Congress leaders led by Rahul Gandhi today met President Ram Nath Kovind over the Lakhimpur Kheri violence that claimed the lives of eight people, including four protesting farmers.

02 Sep 2021

Narendra Modi

Former Rajya Sabha MP, veteran journalist Chandan Mitra passes away

Former BJP MP and veteran journalist Chandan Mitra passed away, his son Kushan Mitra said on Thursday.

Nine new judges administered oath of office by CJI

Nine new judges, including three women, were on Tuesday administered oath of office as judges of the Supreme Court, taking its strength to 33.

26 Jul 2021

Narendra Modi

Doctor tweeted this picture moments before dying in Himachal landslide

Deepa Sharma, an Ayurveda doctor from Jaipur, had tweeted a lovely picture from her Himachal Pradesh trip on Sunday afternoon.

06 Jul 2021

Government of India

Karnataka, MP, other states get new Governors. Check list here

President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed new Governors for eight states.

29 Mar 2021

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

President clears controversial Delhi Bill redefining 'government' as L-G

President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday passed a controversial law giving more powers to the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, a representative of the Centre, over the city's elected government.

27 Mar 2021

Health & Wellness

President Kovind stable, referred to AIIMS for further investigation

The condition of President Ram Nath Kovind is stable and he is being referred to the AIIMS for further investigation, the Army's Research and Referral Hospital said on Saturday.

26 Mar 2021


President Ram Nath Kovind visits Army Hospital following chest discomfort

President Ram Nath Kovind today visited the Army Hospital (Research And Referral) in New Delhi for a check-up after he complained of chest discomfort this morning.

06 Mar 2021

Madhya Pradesh

MP: Two killed in brawl at BJP MLA's birthday bash

Two persons attending the birthday bash of a BJP MLA in Madhya Pradesh's Damoh district were killed over some dispute, police said on Saturday.

25 Feb 2021


President's rule imposed in Puducherry after Congress government falls

Days after the fall of the Indian National Congress-led government in Puducherry, President's rule was imposed in the union territory.

29 Jan 2021

Pranab Mukherjee

President Kovind condemns R-Day violence in address to Parliament

On Friday, President Ram Nath Kovind addressed both Houses of the Parliament amid a sweeping boycott by 17 Opposition parties.

29 Jan 2021


Budget Session: 17 Opposition parties to boycott President's address

As many as 17 Opposition parties have decided to boycott President Ram Nath Kovind's address to both Houses of Parliament, indicating that the Budget Session will be replete with confrontations.

26 Jan 2021

Delhi Police

Tractor march: Farmers break police barricades at Tikri, Singhu

Hundreds of Farmers knocked down police barricades at Tikri and Singhu border points on Tuesday morning pushing themselves into Delhi, where they are slated to hold a tractor rally.

24 Jan 2021

Republic Day

Delhi Metro schedule on Republic Day; check details here

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Sunday released its schedule for Republic Day.

20 Jan 2021

West Bengal

Bengal: Fourteen people killed in a road accident

Fourteen members, including four children, of a marriage party, died and ten others were injured due to a collision between a stone-laden truck and their three vehicles in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district.

15 Jan 2021

Uttar Pradesh

President Kovind donates Rs. 5L for Ayodhya Ram Mandir construction

President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday donated an amount of Rs. 5,00,100 in his personal capacity toward the construction of the grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.

11 Jan 2021

Republic Day

No foreign leader as R-Day chief guest this year: Report

India will reportedly not have a chief guest for the Republic Day celebrations this year.

25 Dec 2020

Lok Sabha

Why are farmers protesting? A timeline of everything that happened

For nearly a month now, farmers and the Union government have been at loggerheads over three farm laws that were passed in the Parliament in September.

24 Dec 2020

Farmers Protest

Farm laws: Priyanka Gandhi detained on way to meet President

Armed with two crore signatures against the three controversial farm laws, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi and other members of the party started a march toward Rashtrapati Bhavan today.

23 Nov 2020

Narendra Modi

Ex-Assam CM Tarun Gogoi, undergoing treatment for post-COVID complications, dies

Former Assam Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Tarun Gogoi died on Monday.

19 Nov 2020


Bihar: Minister, accused of corruption, resigns hours after taking charge

Three days after taking the oath along with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Bihar's Education Minister Mewalal Choudhary tendered his resignation today.

11 Nov 2020


Digital news, streaming platforms to be regulated by I&B Ministry

Online news portals and content providers, like Netflix and Amazon Prime, will now be regulated by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, a notification issued on Wednesday read.

Rs. 1cr fine, 5-years prison: Centre brings law against pollution

Days after it apprised the Supreme Court that it would bring a law to deal with the annual menace of air pollution, the Centre on Wednesday got President Ram Nath Kovind to sign an ordinance, that allows the setting up of a commission to look into the air quality in NCR.

DU VC Yogesh Tyagi suspended by President over 'administrative lapses'

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Delhi, Professor Yogesh Tyagi, has been suspended by President Ram Nath Kovind, officials of the Ministry of Education said on Wednesday.

29 Sep 2020


Farmers continue protest; Congress-ruled states looking to "bypass" farm laws

Farmers across the country are continuing their protest against three laws, that the Centre claims will give them access to markets of their choice. The Bills, which were passed in the Monsoon Session, became laws with President Ram Nath Kovind's signature on Sunday.

24 Sep 2020


Congress MLA B Narayan Rao dies of severe coronavirus-linked complications

B Narayan Rao, a Congress MLA from Karnataka, passed away on Thursday at a private hospital, after testing positive for coronavirus earlier.

23 Sep 2020

Lok Sabha

Rajya Sabha passes 3 labor code bills amid Opposition boycott

The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday passed three of the four labor code bills, even as the Opposition continued its boycott of the Parliament.

Raghuvansh Prasad Singh dies during treatment for post-COVID complications

Former Union Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh passed away at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, on Sunday morning.

10 Sep 2020


Paresh Rawal appointed new chairperson of National School of Drama

National Award-winning veteran actor Paresh Rawal (65) has been appointed by President Ram Nath Kovind as the new chairperson of the renowned New Delhi-based theater institute National School of Drama (or the NSD).

01 Sep 2020


Former President Pranab Mukherjee cremated with full military honors

Former President Pranab Mukherjee, who breathed his last on Monday at the age of 84, weeks after testing positive for coronavirus, was cremated at New Delhi's Lodhi Crematorium with full military honors.

31 Aug 2020

Narendra Modi

Government announces 7-day state mourning upon ex-President Pranab Mukherjee's death

The central government on Monday announced a seven-day state mourning to pay respect to former President Pranab Mukherjee, who died earlier today.

17 Aug 2020

Narendra Modi

Classical music legend Pandit Jasraj passes away; Modi condoles death

Legendary classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj has died after suffering a cardiac arrest, his family said in a statement on Monday. He was 90.

06 Aug 2020

Jammu And Kashmir

J&K: L-G Murmu resigns; BJP's Manoj Sinha given top post

On Wednesday, exactly one year after the contentious Article 370 was abrogated, GC Murmu, who took oath as the Lieutenant-Governor of Jammu & Kashmir on October 31, 2019, resigned, paving the path for the appointment of former Union Minister Manoj Sinha.

Coronavirus: First Lady Savita Kovind stitches masks for shelter homes

As gloomy times have taken over the entire world, any and every help is appreciated. Abiding by these words, First Lady Savita Kovind, the wife of President Ram Nath Kovind, stitched masks on Wednesday that will be distributed to shelter homes.

Mary Kom broke quarantine protocol to attend President's meeting

Indian women's ace boxer and Rajya Sabha member MC Mary Kom broke the mandatory 14-day quarantine protocol.

Seven years later, Nirbhaya's rapists hanged till death in Tihar

More than seven years after they committed a crime that brought shame for the entire nation, four men — Akshay, Pawan, Vinay, and Mukesh, were hanged till death inside Delhi's Tihar prison on Friday.

Nirbhaya: Convicts to be hanged tomorrow, Delhi Court rejects petitions

A day ahead of the execution of the four death-row convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case, the Supreme Court rejected the curative petition of convict Pawan Gupta (25).

3 Nirbhaya convicts approach ICJ seeking stay on execution

Days ahead of their scheduled execution, three of the four death-row convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case approached the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

16 Mar 2020

Akshay Kumar

Days before Nirbhaya convicts' hanging, their families seek euthanasia

In yet another dramatic development in the infamous 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case, the families of the four death-row convicts have asked the President to grant them euthanasia.

President Kovind rejects Nirbhaya convict Pawan Gupta's mercy plea

President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday rejected the mercy petition of a convict in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case.

2 Nirbhaya convicts move Delhi court seeking stay on execution

Two convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case have approached a Delhi court, seeking a stay on their execution on March 3.

27 Feb 2020

Donald Trump

On Delhi riots, Congress' 'Rajdharma' message to President Kovind

In its meeting with President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday regarding riots in Delhi, a delegation of Congress asked him to use his power to protect Rajdharma.

27 Feb 2020

Delhi Police

Delhi riots: Guns, petrol-bombs, swords, and hammers used in violence

For over two days, Delhi burned this week taking the lives of as many as 28 people, including a head constable and an Intelligence Bureau official.

20 Feb 2020

Tihar Jail

On death row, Nirbhaya's rapist tries hurting himself inside Tihar

Vinay Sharma, one of the four convicts facing death in connection to the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case, attempted to hurt himself inside Tihar jail, said reports.

Calling anti-CAA protests 'sinister', 150 prominent citizens write to President

As protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act continue, over 150 prominent citizens have written to President Ram Nath Kovind in favor of the legislation.

06 Feb 2020

Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi's 'Tubelight' jibe at Rahul Gandhi sparks laughter

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in his full element inside the Lok Sabha today when he was replying to a debate on President Ram Nath Kovind's speech.

04 Feb 2020

Section 2

Hindu families from Pakistan cross Attari-Wagah border, could seek asylum

On Monday, nearly 200 Hindus from Pakistan crossed the Attari-Wagah border to enter India and could now seek asylum here as they felt unsafe in the neighboring country.

31 Jan 2020

Akshay Kumar

Nirbhaya's convicts will not be hanged tomorrow

A Delhi court on Friday stayed the execution of four convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case until further orders.

31 Jan 2020


Violence in name of protests weakens country, says President Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind believes violence under the garb of protests weakens the nation and the strengthening of democracy is paramount.

26 Jan 2020

Narendra Modi

Republic Day 2020: PM Modi pays tribute at War Memorial

As the celebrations for India's 71st Republic Day kick-off, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to the fallen Indian soldiers at the National War Memorial.

18 Jan 2020


Nirbhaya's mother slams Indira Jaising for saying 'forgive the rapists'

Senior lawyer Indira Jaising made a case for rapists of Nirbhaya saying the mother of the deceased 23-year-old physiotherapy intern should forgive the convicts.

Nirbhaya convicts broke prison rules 23 times: Reports

Scheduled to be hanged in a week, the four convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case broke prison rules 23 times during their stay at Delhi's Tihar Jail, reports said.

Nirbhaya's rapists will be hanged, SC dismisses curative petitions

The Supreme Court dismissed curative petitions filed by two convicts, namely Vinay Sharma and Mukesh Singh, in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case.

25 Dec 2019


President Kovind, PM Modi pay tributes on Vajpayee's birth anniversary

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday paid tributes to India's former PM, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, on his 95th birth anniversary.