Ram Nath Kovind

Ram Nath Kovind is India's 14th President. He was born on 1 October 1945 in Derapur tehsil of Kanpur Dehat in Uttar Pradesh. He graduated in both Commerce and Law from Kanpur University. In 1977, Kovind became the Personal Secretary to the then PM Morarji Desai, which marked the beginning of his political career. Kovind was the President of BJP Dalit Morcha during 1998-2002. Kovind had represented India in the United Nations in New York and also addressed the United Nations General Assembly in 2002. The NDA Presidential candidate served as a member of several key Parliamentary Committees

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Madras HC issues notice to Center on 10% EWS quota

21 Jan 2019

Madras HC issues notice to Center on 10% EWS quota

Just days after Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) organizing secretary RS Bharathi filed a writ petition challenging the recently-approved 10% economically weak section (EWS) quota for the general category, the Madras High Court, on Monday, issued a notice to the Center about the same.

'Manikarnika': Kangana warns Karni Sena, says "I will destroy them"

18 Jan 2019

'Manikarnika': Kangana warns Karni Sena, says "I will destroy them"

It seems Kangana Ranaut has a knack of hitting the headlines with her fierce statements.

To enable quota for economically-weak, 25% hike in college seats

16 Jan 2019

To enable quota for economically-weak, 25% hike in college seats

Union Minister for Education Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday announced a 25% increase in seats across universities and colleges in the country to ensure the new caste-agnostic reservation doesn't affect the existing quotas.

10% general category reservation cleared by President; becomes law

12 Jan 2019

10% general category reservation cleared by President; becomes law

President Ram Nath Kovind has cleared the bill seeking to provide 10% reservation to economically weaker sections (EWS) of the general category, thereby making the bill a law.

Vajpayee's memorial, Sadaiv Atal, inaugurated on his 94th birth anniversary

25 Dec 2018

Vajpayee's memorial, Sadaiv Atal, inaugurated on his 94th birth anniversary

Sadaiv Atal, a memorial of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, was dedicated to the nation today on his 94th birth anniversary.

President's rule to be imposed in J&K from midnight

19 Dec 2018

President's rule to be imposed in J&K from midnight

Jammu & Kashmir will be placed under President's rule from 20 December, for the first time in 22 years.

President Ram Nath Kovind visits Shri Kali temple in Myanmar

13 Dec 2018

President Ram Nath Kovind visits Shri Kali temple in Myanmar

President Ram Nath Kovind today visited a temple of goddess Kali in Yangon, Myanmar.

India-Myanmar friendship driven by quest for mutual peace, prosperity: Kovind

12 Dec 2018

India-Myanmar friendship driven by quest for mutual peace, prosperity: Kovind

The friendship between India and Myanmar is not driven by short-term goals, but by a lasting quest for mutual peace and prosperity, President Ram Nath Kovind said yesterday, as he extended New Delhi's support for preserving the unity and territorial integrity of the neighboring country.

President Ram Nath Kovind to visit Myanmar from December 10-14

04 Dec 2018

President Ram Nath Kovind to visit Myanmar from December 10-14

President Ram Nath Kovind will visit Myanmar from December 10 to 14 during which he will hold talks with his counterpart U Win Myint and State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, an official statement said today.

Sunil Arora replaces OP Rawat as new Chief Election Commissioner

27 Nov 2018

Sunil Arora replaces OP Rawat as new Chief Election Commissioner

Sunil Arora has been appointed as new Chief Election Commissioner by President Ram Nath Kovind. Arora will take charge on December 2.

Imran Khan invites Sidhu for Kartarpur corridor foundation ceremony

24 Nov 2018

Imran Khan invites Sidhu for Kartarpur corridor foundation ceremony

Punjab local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has been invited by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for the foundation-laying ceremony of Pakistan's side of the Kartarpur corridor.

President Kovind unveils bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Australia

22 Nov 2018

President Kovind unveils bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Australia

President Ram Nath Kovind today unveiled a bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Sydney (Australia) and said his powerful message of non-violence and peaceful coexistence is relevant in these times of strife.

India, Australia ink 5 pacts as Kovind meets PM Morrison

22 Nov 2018

India, Australia ink 5 pacts as Kovind meets PM Morrison

India and Australia signed five agreements today to boost investments and enhance cooperation in key sectors like disability, agricultural research and education as President Ram Nath Kovind met Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, in Sydney, capital of New South Wales.

India and Vietnam to step up defense cooperation, oil exploration

21 Nov 2018

India and Vietnam to step up defense cooperation, oil exploration

India and Vietnam have decided to step up defense cooperation and oil exploration to boost their bilateral ties as they reaffirmed the importance of freedom of navigation and unimpeded economic activities in the South China Sea.

President Kovind arrives in Australia to discuss bilateral talks

21 Nov 2018

President Kovind arrives in Australia to discuss bilateral talks

President Ram Nath Kovind arrived in Australia today on a three-day visit, becoming the first-ever Indian head of state to visit the country.

President Ram Nath Kovind visits Hindu temple complex in Vietnam

19 Nov 2018

President Ram Nath Kovind visits Hindu temple complex in Vietnam

President Ram Nath Kovind today visited My Son temple complex in Vietnam, which has Indian influence and houses Hindu deities like Krishna, Vishnu, and Shiva.

Punjab: Hookah bars permanently banned as President Kovind okays Bill

18 Nov 2018

Punjab: Hookah bars permanently banned as President Kovind okays Bill

Hookah bars have been permanently banned in Punjab as President Ram Nath Kovind has given assent to a Bill from the state to check use of tobacco.

PM Modi, Sonia pay tributes to Nehru's birth anniversary

14 Nov 2018

PM Modi, Sonia pay tributes to Nehru's birth anniversary

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, and senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi today paid tributes to India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his 129th birth anniversary.

Union Minister Ananth Kumar dies at 59, condolences follow

12 Nov 2018

Union Minister Ananth Kumar dies at 59, condolences follow

In a tragic incident, senior BJP leader and cabinet minister HN Ananth Kumar died on Monday at 2 in the morning.

Here's how our PM, President, Vice-President condoled Khurana's death

28 Oct 2018

Here's how our PM, President, Vice-President condoled Khurana's death

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were among those who expressed grief on the demise of former Delhi Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Madan Lal Khurana.

Office-of-profit case: President dismisses plea to disqualify 27 AAP MLAs

25 Oct 2018

Office-of-profit case: President dismisses plea to disqualify 27 AAP MLAs

President Ram Nath Kovind is learned to have dismissed a plea to disqualify 27 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs of Delhi for allegedly holding office of profit by being appointed as chairpersons of Rogi Kalyan Samitis attached to various city hospitals.

Sonam Wangchuk, the real-life 'Phunshuk Wangdu', awarded honorary D.Litt degree

24 Oct 2018

Sonam Wangchuk, the real-life 'Phunshuk Wangdu', awarded honorary D.Litt degree

Sonam Wangchuk, the Ladakh-based engineer whose life inspired the character of Phunshuk Wangdu in Bollywood blockbuster '3 Idiots', has been awarded an honorary D.Litt degree by a Pune university in Maharashtra.

Maharashtra: President Ram Nath Kovind to inaugurate peace conference

13 Oct 2018

Maharashtra: President Ram Nath Kovind to inaugurate peace conference

President Ram Nath Kovind will inaugurate a three-day 'Vishwa Shanti Ahimsa Sammelan' at Mangi Tungi in Nashik district of Maharashtra on October 22, officials said.

#AmritsarTrainTragedy: UN chief Guterres, Canada's Trudeau condole death of victims

20 Oct 2018

#AmritsarTrainTragedy: UN chief Guterres, Canada's Trudeau condole death of victims

United Nations chief, Antonio Guterres, has expressed his deepest condolences to the families and friends of over 60 people who died in a train accident in Amritsar, Punjab terming the incident as "tragic".

#AmritsarTrainTragedy: Russian President Vladimir Putin offers condolences on train accident

20 Oct 2018

#AmritsarTrainTragedy: Russian President Vladimir Putin offers condolences on train accident

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday offered condolences to India on the train accident near Amritsar in Punjab, which claimed 61 lives, the Russian Embassy said.

Maharashtra: PM to give house keys to 40,000 PMAY beneficiaries

19 Oct 2018

Maharashtra: PM to give house keys to 40,000 PMAY beneficiaries

Fulfilling promises of his scheme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today hand over keys of houses to some beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) and interact with them in Maharashtra's popular temple town of Shirdi, an official said.

President Kovind greets citizens on Dussehra, emphasizes women empowerment

18 Oct 2018

President Kovind greets citizens on Dussehra, emphasizes women empowerment

President Ram Nath Kovind today greeted the people on the occasion of Durga Puja and Dussehra, exhorting them to work for women empowerment.

No such thing as too much information in democracy: President

12 Oct 2018

No such thing as too much information in democracy: President

President Ram Nath Kovind strongly advocated for transparency in governance, saying there is no such thing as "too much information" in a democracy and information overload is always preferable to a deficit.

President gives assent to Telangana bill to tackle sexual-offenders, cybercrimes

07 Oct 2018

President gives assent to Telangana bill to tackle sexual-offenders, cybercrimes

President Ram Nath Kovind has given assent to a bill which will help tackle sexual offenders, cybercriminals, and traditional unlawful acts in Telangana, officials said.

Maharashtra bans hookah parlours; Rs. 1 lakh fine for violations

06 Oct 2018

Maharashtra bans hookah parlours; Rs. 1 lakh fine for violations

On Thursday, the Maharashtra government issued a notification imposing a blanket ban on all hookah parlours in the state, with immediate effect.

Justice Ranjan Gogoi takes oath as next CJI: Details here

03 Oct 2018

Justice Ranjan Gogoi takes oath as next CJI: Details here

Being the first Chief Justice of India from North-East, Justice Ranjan Gogoi has taken the oath a while back.

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres to visit India in October

22 Sep 2018

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres to visit India in October

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres will travel to India early next month, his first trip to the country as the UN Secretary-General.

Kohli with 'zero' points gets Khel Ratna, but Punia rejected

21 Sep 2018

Kohli with 'zero' points gets Khel Ratna, but Punia rejected

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and world champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu were nominated for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna by the Sports Ministry.

Justice Ranjan Gogoi appointed next CJI by President Kovind

13 Sep 2018

Justice Ranjan Gogoi appointed next CJI by President Kovind

On Thursday, Justice Ranjan Gogoi was appointed the Chief Justice of India by President Ram Nath Kovind.

President Ram Nath Kovind unveils Mahatma Gandhi's statue in Bulgaria

06 Sep 2018

President Ram Nath Kovind unveils Mahatma Gandhi's statue in Bulgaria

A statue of Mahatma Gandhi was unveiled on Thursday by President Ram Nath Kovind and his Bulgarian counterpart Rumen Radev at the famous South Park, located at the center of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.

United Kingdom authorities confirm Nirav Modi is in UK

20 Aug 2018

United Kingdom authorities confirm Nirav Modi is in UK

The United Kingdom authorities have confirmed that diamantaire Nirav Modi is in the UK. Further, it has been reported that the CBI has already filed a case for his extradition.

Leaders from around the world condole Atal ji's demise

17 Aug 2018

Leaders from around the world condole Atal ji's demise

Leaders from a number of countries, including the US and Russia, have expressed grief over the death of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and recalled his contributions in strengthening bilateral relations and maintaining regional peace.

Advani remembers his closest friend for 65 years, Vajpayee

16 Aug 2018

Advani remembers his closest friend for 65 years, Vajpayee

Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away at AIIMS on Thursday, creating a void in Indian politics that can't be filled ever.

President, PM pay tributes to former cricket captain Ajit Wadekar

16 Aug 2018

President, PM pay tributes to former cricket captain Ajit Wadekar

President Ramnath Kovind and PM Narendra Modi joined Indian cricket fraternity in offering tributes to former captain Ajit Wadekar, who died at 77 in Mumbai yesterday after prolonged illness.

President Kovind to watch special-screening of 'The President's Bodyguard' documentary

12 Aug 2018

President Kovind to watch special-screening of 'The President's Bodyguard' documentary

President Ram Nath Kovind will watch a special screening of National Geographic's "The President's Bodyguard" documentary at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday.