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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Citizenship (Amendment) Bill becomes Act with President Kovind's assent

13 Dec 2019

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill becomes Act with President Kovind's assent

President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, on Thursday, making it an Act.

Nirbhaya convict claims he didn't authorize mercy plea; seeks withdrawal

07 Dec 2019

Nirbhaya convict claims he didn't authorize mercy plea; seeks withdrawal

An accused in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape case has sought an immediate withdrawal of a mercy plea in his name.

President's Rule revoked in Maharashtra at 5:47 am

23 Nov 2019

President's Rule revoked in Maharashtra at 5:47 am

When the whole world was sleeping, President's Rule was revoked in Maharashtra, in a rather strange development.

Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde sworn in as 47th CJI

18 Nov 2019

Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde sworn in as 47th CJI

On Monday, Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde took oath as the 47th Chief Justice of India.

Brazilian President to be chief guest at Republic Day 2020

14 Nov 2019

Brazilian President to be chief guest at Republic Day 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to be the chief guest for Republic Day celebrations next year, and the latter has graciously accepted the same.

President's Rule imposed in Maharashtra after weeks-long drama

12 Nov 2019

President's Rule imposed in Maharashtra after weeks-long drama

Bringing an end to the Maharashtra political impasse, President Ram Nath Kovind approved President's rule in the state on Tuesday.

India's map has changed, J&K officially split into two UTs

31 Oct 2019

India's map has changed, J&K officially split into two UTs

From midnight today, the state of Jammu and Kashmir ceased to exist and was officially split into two Union Territories, namely Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

Indian cricket team under terror threat in Delhi: Report

29 Oct 2019

Indian cricket team under terror threat in Delhi: Report

The Indian cricket team is set to face Bangladesh in a three-match T20I series, starting November 3 in Delhi.

Justice Bobde will take oath as next CJI in November

29 Oct 2019

Justice Bobde will take oath as next CJI in November

On Tuesday, President Ram Nath Kovind approved a warrant appointing Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde as the next Chief Justice of India.

Last month, SpiceJet flight intercepted by Pakistan jets amid confusion

17 Oct 2019

Last month, SpiceJet flight intercepted by Pakistan jets amid confusion

With Indo-Pak tensions heightened since the Balakot airstrikes, Pakistani fighter jets intercepted a SpiceJet passenger plane over their airspace last month, sources in the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said today.

Murshidabad triple-murder: Police deny political angle, BJP criticizes Trinamool's governance

11 Oct 2019

Murshidabad triple-murder: Police deny political angle, BJP criticizes Trinamool's governance

The horrifying murder of three members of a family in Murshidabad remained a topic of outrage on social media on Thursday.

#HappyBirthdayPMModi: BJP, opposition leaders wish him health and happiness

17 Sep 2019

#HappyBirthdayPMModi: BJP, opposition leaders wish him health and happiness

On his 69th birthday today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi received wishes from his fans and critics alike.

President Ram Nath Kovind denied permission to enter Pakistan airspace

07 Sep 2019

President Ram Nath Kovind denied permission to enter Pakistan airspace

Pakistan has refused to allow President Ram Nath Kovind into its airspace for his flight to Iceland, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Saturday.

DD News' award-winning founding anchor Neelum Sharma passes away

17 Aug 2019

DD News' award-winning founding anchor Neelum Sharma passes away

Neelum Sharma, an award-winning senior anchor and news presenter of Doordarshan News, passed away on Saturday after working for over 20 years with the news channel.

UP: Aligarh BJP minority leader's husband thrashed over membership drive

11 Aug 2019

UP: Aligarh BJP minority leader's husband thrashed over membership drive

The husband of a local BJP minority wing leader named Farheen Mohsin in Uttar Pradesh's Aligarh was allegedly thrashed by some people who were angered by her participation in a membership drive of the party.

Pranab Da gets Bharat Ratna, Gandhis skip event. But why?

09 Aug 2019

Pranab Da gets Bharat Ratna, Gandhis skip event. But why?

Pranab Mukherjee, one of the tallest leaders of Congress, was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor on Thursday, by President Ram Nath Kovind.

Saudi-based man gives 'triple talaq' to wife over phone, booked

05 Aug 2019

Saudi-based man gives 'triple talaq' to wife over phone, booked

A Saudi Arabia-based man, originally hailing from Supaul district in north Bihar, has been booked for divorcing his wife by uttering "talaq" thrice.

Six states get new Governors; Anandiben Patel appointed UP Governor

20 Jul 2019

Six states get new Governors; Anandiben Patel appointed UP Governor

In a major reshuffle, the Center has announced the appointment of new Governors in six states, including Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Nagaland, and Tripura, on Saturday.

International Yoga Day 2019: Modi attends mega event in Ranchi

21 Jun 2019

International Yoga Day 2019: Modi attends mega event in Ranchi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the celebrations on International Yoga Day, Friday (June 21), by attending a mega event in Jharkhand's capital Ranchi.

President Ram Nath Kovind dissolves 16th Lok Sabha

25 May 2019

President Ram Nath Kovind dissolves 16th Lok Sabha

Two days after results of Lok Sabha elections were declared, President Ram Nath Kovind signed an order dissolving the 16th Lok Sabha on Saturday.

Polling in Tamil Nadu's Vellore canceled, confirms Election Commission

17 Apr 2019

Polling in Tamil Nadu's Vellore canceled, confirms Election Commission

The Election Commission said on Tuesday that Lok Sabha polling in Tamil Nadu's Vellore has been canceled after Rs. 11.5 crore cash was seized from a warehouse, allegedly belonging to a DMK leader's aide.

Jaitley questions Rahul's qualification, says he got M.Phil without Masters

13 Apr 2019

Jaitley questions Rahul's qualification, says he got M.Phil without Masters

A day after Union Minister Smriti Irani's educational qualification dominated political conversations in the country, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley took a swipe at Congress President Rahul Gandhi saying he got his M.Phil degree without completing Masters.

#ThisDayThatYear: Today marks 100 years of Jallianwala Bagh massacre

13 Apr 2019

#ThisDayThatYear: Today marks 100 years of Jallianwala Bagh massacre

Saturday, April 13, marked the 100th anniversary of Jallianwala Bagh massacre, one of the darkest days of British rule in India in which innocents were killed by a ruthless general.

Two veterans deny signing letter to President about Army's misuse

12 Apr 2019

Two veterans deny signing letter to President about Army's misuse

On Friday, a letter signed by over 150 Army veterans and addressed to President Ram Nath Kovind surfaced on social media.

India's first Lokpal: President Kovind appoints chief, eight other members

20 Mar 2019

India's first Lokpal: President Kovind appoints chief, eight other members

After years of delay, India got its first Lokpal on Tuesday as President Ram Nath Kovind appointed its chief and eight other members.

State funeral for Manohar Parrikar today, PM Modi to attend

18 Mar 2019

State funeral for Manohar Parrikar today, PM Modi to attend

Manohar Parrikar, one of the tallest leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party, passed away on Sunday in Goa.

Rahul Gandhi, Amit Shah, President Kovind remember Manohar Parrikar

17 Mar 2019

Rahul Gandhi, Amit Shah, President Kovind remember Manohar Parrikar

Goa Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Manohar Parrikar passed away on Sunday, after battling pancreatic cancer for months. His health deteriorated on Saturday and CMO said doctors were "trying their best" to save him.

This Bengaluru woman has written 700+ exams for the differently-abled

17 Mar 2019

This Bengaluru woman has written 700+ exams for the differently-abled

Pushpa NM is the real life hero Indian education system needs.

Kerala scientist makes low-cost bra which can detect breast cancer

16 Mar 2019

Kerala scientist makes low-cost bra which can detect breast cancer

In a major breakthrough, Dr. A Seema, a scientist from Kerala's Thrissur, and her six-member team developed a low-cost bra which can detect breast cancer.

PM Modi holds bilateral talks with Argentine President Mauricio Macri

18 Feb 2019

PM Modi holds bilateral talks with Argentine President Mauricio Macri

On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Argentine President Mauricio Macri held bilateral talks at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi as part of the latter's ongoing three-day visit to India which began on February 17.

#PulwamaTerrorAttack: NSG, NIA to assist J&K Police in terror-attack probe

14 Feb 2019

#PulwamaTerrorAttack: NSG, NIA to assist J&K Police in terror-attack probe

Anti-terror force National Security Guard (NSG) experts and National Investigation Agency (NIA) investigators will join the investigation into the deadly terror attack at Awantipora in J&K's Pulwama.

Rafale jets to improve IAF's strike capability: President Kovind

31 Jan 2019

Rafale jets to improve IAF's strike capability: President Kovind

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is preparing to welcome the new generation ultra-modern Rafale fighter aircraft in its fleet to strengthen its strike capabilities, President Ram Nath Kovind said today in New Delhi.

Parliament Budget Session 2019 begins: Details here

31 Jan 2019

Parliament Budget Session 2019 begins: Details here

On Thursday, President Ram Nath Kovind addressed a joint sitting of both Houses of the Parliament, and kicked off the Budget Session.

On Gandhi's death anniversary, Hindu Mahasabha recreates his assassination

30 Jan 2019

On Gandhi's death anniversary, Hindu Mahasabha recreates his assassination

In a shocking incident, right-wing outfit Hindu Mahasabha recreated the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi on his death anniversary, Wednesday, in Uttar Pradesh's Aligarh.

This year, IITs could introduce 5% EWS reservation; IIMs unsure

29 Jan 2019

This year, IITs could introduce 5% EWS reservation; IIMs unsure

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are likely to implement the recently announced 10% quota for economically weak sections (EWS) of the general category in a gradual manner.

Caught-on-camera: Congress minister fails to read Republic Day speech

26 Jan 2019

Caught-on-camera: Congress minister fails to read Republic Day speech

In a rather embarrassing situation for Congress, Imarti Devi, the state Union and Child Development Minister of Congress, was unable to read the Republic Day speech at a program held at SAF ground in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.

Soldier, who left militancy for Indian army, gets Ashok Chakra

26 Jan 2019

Soldier, who left militancy for Indian army, gets Ashok Chakra

In an emotional moment which filled the hearts of millions of Indians with pride, President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday conferred the Ashok Chakra to Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani who died fighting terrorists last year.

Citing timing, Gita Mehta, Naveen Patnaik's sister, refuses Padma Shri

26 Jan 2019

Citing timing, Gita Mehta, Naveen Patnaik's sister, refuses Padma Shri

Author Gita Mehta, who is also the sister of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, refused the Padma Shri award, announced on Friday, saying the timing isn't right.

Pranab Mukherjee, Nanaji Deshmukh, Dr. Bhupen Hazarika awarded Bharat Ratna

25 Jan 2019

Pranab Mukherjee, Nanaji Deshmukh, Dr. Bhupen Hazarika awarded Bharat Ratna

President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday awarded Bharat Ratna to former President Pranab Mukherjee, social activist Nanaji Deshmukh (posthumously), and music maestro Dr. Bhupen Hazarika (posthumously).

SC doesn't hold 10% EWS quota, but will examine validity

25 Jan 2019

SC doesn't hold 10% EWS quota, but will examine validity

On Friday, the Supreme Court said it will examine the validity of the 10% quota law for the economically weaker sections.