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  • All that you need to know about Ram Nath Kovind and why his victory won’t be a surprise

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    New Delhi: Despite Congress led opposition having announced the very competent Meira Kumar as its candidate, Kovind still has way brighter chances of becoming the 14th President of India. Apart from being a Dalit face, Kovind’s image has also been clear and he has generally steered clear of controversy. His nomination was certainly a big surprise for all and set the stage for an interesting presidential election. Here are a few facts you definitely need to know about the next prospective president and his family and also why his victory is definitely confirmed.

    Kovind's birth and marriage:

    Kovind, who was associated with the Koli community of the Dalits, was born in Parakh, a small village in Kanpur village. Ram Nath Kovind's wife's name is Savita Kovind. They were married on May 30th, 1974. They have a son, whose name is Prashant and he is married, while his daughter's name is Swati. Swati’s done B.Com and LLB from Kanpur University and is a successful lawyer.

  • Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind resigns

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    Patna: Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind has resigned from his post after he has been nominated as the ruling NDA's presidential candidate. 

  • Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind to be NDA's presidential candidate: Amit Shah

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     New Delhi: Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind will be NDA nominee for Presidential election, addressing a press conference in New Delhi, BJP chief Amit Shah announced his name. 

  • Budget 2018: Highlights of Economic Survey 2018-19

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    The budget day started with President Ram Nath Kovind's address to the joint sitting of lower and upper house at Parliament. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tabled the Economic Survey-2018 in the Lok Sabha.

    According to the Economic Survey, it is expected for India to regain the world’s fastest growing major economy tag as it is likely to clock7 to 7.5 per cent growth rate in 2018-19, elevated from 6.75 per cent in the current fiscal.

    The economy also said, the survey for 2018-19, will grow on the back of major reforms which would be strengthened further.

     

    Following are the highlights of the Economic Survey 2018-19. (PTI reports)


    * GDP to grow 7-7.5 percent in FY19; India to regain fastest growing major economy tag

    * GDP growth to be 6.75 percent in FY2018-19

    * Policy vigilance required next fiscal if high oil prices persist or stock prices correct sharply

    * Policy agenda for next year -- support agriculture, privatise Air India, finish bank recapitalisation

    * GST data shows 50 percent rise in number of indirect taxpayers

    * Tax collection by states, local governments significantly lower than those in other federal countries

    * Demonetisation has encouraged financial savings

    * Insolvency Code being actively used to resolve NPA woes

    * Retail inflation averaged 3.3 percent in 2018-19, lowest in last 6 fiscals

    * India needs to address pendency, delays and backlogs in the appellate and judicial arenas

    * Urban migration leading to feminisation of farm sector

    * Rs 20,339 cr approved for interest subvention for farmers in current fiscal

    * FDI in services sector rises 15 percent in 2018-19 on reforms

    * Fiscal federalism, accountability to help avoid low equilibrium trap

    * India's external sector to remain strong on likely improvement in global trade

    * Technology should be used for better enforcement of labour laws

    * Swachh Bharat initiative improved sanitation coverage in rural areas from 39 percent in 2014 to 76 percent in January 2018

    * Priority to social infrastructure like education, health to promote inclusive growth

    * Centre, states should enhance cooperation to deal with severe air pollution

    * Suvey 2018-19 in pink colour to highlight gender issues

    * Indian parents often continue to have children till they have desired number of sons

     

  • JD(U) to back Ram Nath Kovind despite the opposition nominating Meira Kumar as candidate

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    New Delhi : Janata Dal (United) spokesperson, Pavan Kumar Varma reconfirmed that their party will support Kovind in the upcoming presidential election scheduled on the 17th of this month. This statement came after the congress led opposition nominated Meira Kumar as its presidential candidate.

    Meira Kumar, a five-time member of Lok Sabha, the first female Lok Sabha speaker and an IFS officer was nominated because of the Dalit-Card BJP had played. Meira’s father,  Jagjivan Ram was a dalit icon and the opposition needed a dalit figure to compete with Kovind.

    “It was a decision taken on merit after due application of mind and full consultation within the party. We will stick with his choice,” JD(U) spokesperson Pavan Kumar Varma said on Thursday. Despite lalu Prasad Yadav persuading Nitish Kumar to change his mind , JD(U) is continuing to support Kovind. 

  • Kovind did not get entry in President's Retreat, now he can become President

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    New Delhi: On Monday Bihar's Governor Ramnath Kovind was declared the Presidential candidate by BJP. Let us tell you that about a month ago Ramnath Kovind had to return from the President Retreat because he was not allowed to enter. He was on a visit from May 28- May 30 in Himachal Pradesh. The reason for not allowing him to enter into Retreat was that, he didn’t take a prior permission for the visit.

  • Mortal remains of Marshal of IAF Arjan Singh consigned to flames

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    The mortal remains of Marshal of Indian Air Force Arjan Singh was consigned to flames in New Delhi a short while ago. He was accorded 17 Gun salute and a fly past before the final rites. Marshal Arjan Singh was accorded a state funeral. His mortal remains were taken to the funeral site from his residence Kautilya Marg in a gun carriage procession. 

    Marshal Arjan Singh passed away in New Delhi on Saturday evening. 98-year old Singh had been admitted to Army's RR Hospital following a heart attack. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Vankaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to legendary soldier at his residence. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, former Prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh and BJP veteran Lal Krishna Advani were present at the funeral.

  • NDA Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind gets support of AIADMK & JD(U)

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    New Delhi: NDA proposed Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind got a boost with the AIADMK (Amma) faction, led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami announced its support to him. 

  • Oppn to meet Pres today for intervention in Loya death case

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    Opposition leaders will meet the President Ram Nath Kovind today evening to discuss the death case of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge, BH Loya, sources told.

    Action of meeting the president was taken when several Opposition members and Members of Parliament from both Houses had signed a three-page letter to the president regarding suspicions surrounding Judge Loya's death.

    The letter spoke of the need for an independent probe explaining the case in detail and mentions the new "revelations" related to the case.

    Judge BH Loya, who was hearing the sensitive Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, had died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur on 1 December, 2014, when he had gone to attend the wedding function of a colleague’s daughter. Some members of Loya’s family had alleged foul play in his death.

    On 31 January, Congress leader Kapil Sibal held a press conference in New Delhi demanding Loya's death must be probed independently by a Supreme Court-monitored Special Investigation Team.

    (With agency inputs)

  • PM to speak on Kovind’s ‘motion of thanks’ debate

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    A source of BJP on Tuesday said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to reply to the debate on the motion of thanks to the President’s address in Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

    The action was initiated on Monday and the motion in expected to be accepted by the House, yet the rulling NDA has a big main part, on Wednesday, following the PM’s reply.

    The BJP has issued a whip asking its members to be present in the House on Wednesday and the day after. The government may introduce some important bill on Thursday, sources said.

    In his reply, Modi is expected to respond to the opposition attack on his government over a host of issues, including alleged tardy employment generation, the state of economy, agriculture and foreign affairs, among others, and will list its achievements.

    BJP members in their speech have hailed the government for its work in curbing black money, strengthening economy and boosting agriculture, claims refuted by opposition lawmakers in their address.

    The debate on the motion of thanks to President Ram Nath Kovind's address to the joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament on the opening day of the Budget Session began on Tuesday. It was initiated by the BJP's chief whip Rakesh Singh.

    (With agency inputs)

  • Presidential Election LIVE: PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah voted

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    The country will soon be getting its next president. Today all the legislators and MPs of the country are voting for the presidential election. The process of voting started from 10 am, which will run till 5 pm. The results of this election will be on July 20.

    Ramnath Kovind is the candidate for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA, while the former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar is in the candidate from the United Progressive Alliance (UPA).

    In this election voting will be held though ballot paper and all legislators and MPs will be given special pens to vote. 

  • Ram Nath Kovind elected as 14th President of India

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    Ram Nath Kovind has been elected as the new President of India as he secured victory over opposition candidate Meira Kumar to become the 14th President of the country.

    Announcing the results, Lok Sabha Secretary General and returning officer Anoop Mishra told media in New Delhi that Kovind got 2930 votes valued 7,02,044 and Meira Kumar got 1844 votes valued 3,67,314.

    Prime Minister Modi congratulated to Ram Nath Kovind on twitter:
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    Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani has congratulated Ram Nath Kovind on being elected as the 14th President. In a tweet, Irani said, Kovind's rich experience in public life will enrich the office of President of India.
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    Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has also congratulated Ramnath Kovind.
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  • Ram Nath Kovind to be sworn in as 14th President of India on Tuesday

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    President elect Ram Nath Kovind will be administered oath of office by Chief Justice of India on Tuesday in a special function at the Central hall of Parliament. NDA candidate Kovind was elected as the 14th President of India yesterday after securing victory over opposition Meira Kumar. He got 2,930 votes valued 7,02,044 and Ms. Kumar got 1,844 votes valued 3,67,314.

  • The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind confers National Award for Child Welfare 2017 on The Akshaya Patra Foundation

    National Award For Child Welfare 2017 On The Akshaya Patra Foundation

    The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind conferred The Akshaya Patra Foundation, with the National Child Award for Child Welfare 2017 recently at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi. The award was received by Chanchalapathi Dasa, Vice-Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation. The awards were given in the presence of Minister of State for Women & Child Development, Dr Virendra Kumar.

  • Where is the atom bomb's button, Ramnath Kovind will know before the oath

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    Now after the results of the presidential election, everyone is waiting for the oath of the country's newly elected President Ramnath Kovind. The term of the present President Pranab Mukherjee is being completed on July 24. Ramnath Kovind will take oath on July 25. Before their swearing, the newly elected President will be informed of the situation of internal security of the country.