President Ram Nath Kovind wants Triple Talaq Bill to be passed soon in Parliament

President Ram Nath Kovind made his first speech to both Houses in the Parliament, expressing his hope that the Triple Talaq Bill will be passed soon. He was addressing a joint sitting of both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha at the beginning of the Budget Session.

The President said, “My government has brought the Triple Talaq Bill to safeguard the rights of the Muslim women. And I am hopeful that Parliament will pass the bill.”

He emphasized upon how 2018 would turn out to be a vital year in India’s journey to realizing its full potential. He enlisted the various measures that the government had undertaken such as the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ campaign. He also mentioned the Maternity Bill that has been passed. “Parliament has approved a bill granting working women paid maternity leave of 26 weeks.”

He encouraged the masses to promote and support the Swachh Bharat mission. “It is our duty that when we celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary in 2019 we pay tribute to him by making our country completely clean.”

He also recognized the efforts made by the current government in promoting digitization. Broadband connectivity was already being initiated in villages across. He stated that 2.5 villages had already been connected.

Sources: Asian Age, The New Indian Express

President Ram Nath Kovind’s address to the nation on the eve of 68th Republic Day

In the backdrop of intensifying row and violence over Padmaavat, President Ram Nath Kovind on on the eve of Republic Day called for a “civic-minded” social order where one can disagree with opinions even which had a historical background without mocking the other person’s self-respect.

Civic conscious nation is built by civic-minded neighbourhoods, whether in our cities or our villages. Where we revere the next-door individual’s privacy and rights. Where we do not trouble our neighbours – while celebrating a festival or when resort to a protest or on any other event.

Where one can debate with another on a viewpoint – or even with a historical setting – without mocking a fellow citizen’s self-respect and personal space. This is fraternity in action, the President added in his first Republic Day-eve address to the nation.

Kovind also pointed out that institutes should be “disciplined and morally upright”, in addition they are always “more important” than the persons in office. The institutes should also esteem their “fraternal relationship” with other institutes, he said.

In his address, the President emphasized the struggle of millions of people led by Mahatma Gandhi in getting independence of the country which was tracked by writing the Constitution for the country.

He said that the country cannot be content without meeting the rudimentary needs and essential dignity of our under privileged people.

He referred to those from a less privileged socio-economic background, from the weaker communities and from families that still live at the edge of poverty. He emphasised that it is our sacred obligation to eliminate the curse of poverty in the shortest possible time. This is not negotiable for the Republic.

Observing that the “promise of a developed India beckons us”, Kovind said this is the new stage of our nation building project on which we have embarked. “This is the Republic that our young people need to take forward and enhance – in keeping with their vision, their ambition and their ideals. And their vision, ambition and ideals.”

Calling for reforms, upgradation and enlarging the education system, the President said over 60 per cent of the country’s population are below the age of 35. “It is in them that our hopes lie. We have made strides in spreading literacy; now we must expand the frontiers of education and of knowledge. Our aspiration must be to reform, upgrade and enlarge our education system – and to make it relevant to 21st century realities of the digital economy, genomics, robotics and automation…”

Highest stage of India’s nation building project is to contribute to building a better, amalgamated and cohesive world at peace with itself and at peace with landscape which is the ideal of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – of the World being One Family, he said.

Sources: NDTV, The Hindu

Kanpur woman seeks President’s permission to euthanise son

Being unable to collect a sum of Rs 10,000 for the treatment of her son suffering from skin cancer, Kanpur woman, Janaki, wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday, seeking permission to euthanize her son. The woman informed ANI that she doesn’t have money for treatment of her son.

The doctor diagnosed her son with skin cancer and demanded a sum of Rs 10,000 for his treatment. When Janaki told him she doesn’t have that kind of money, the doctor refused to treat her son.

In order to receive some help, she contacted the District Magistrate, Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma, district officer, collector and MLA of UP, Nilima Katiyar. Out of all the people, she met, most ignored her situation but MLA Katiyar. She wrote a letter to Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath requesting him to help her from the state’s relief fund. However, the letter dated May 14, 2017, did not receive any response from the CM.

Janaki, has no source of income or even a house to live. She was given shelter by Mahant Amarnathpuri and has been supporting her for four years now.

“We have received no help from any government in the past five to six months. We are buying medicines by collecting money through charity,” Amarnathpuri told ANI.

President Kovind will soon visit his hometown Kanpur. Thus, Janaki wrote the letter requesting to euthanise her son. Janaki and Amarnathpuri wish to meet the President and convey their problem to him in person.

Sources:

The Indian Express, ANI

Justice Dipak Misra becomes 45th Chief Justice of India

Justice Dipak Misra succeeded Justice J.S Khehar as the 45th Chief Justice of India. Justice Misra, who headed the Supreme Court bench that gave capital punishment to four convicts in May this year in the Nirbhaya gang-rape case, took oath on Monday in a short ceremony in the Darbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The oath of office was administered to Justice Misra in the presence of President Ram Nath Kovind. He will hold office till October 2, 2018, that is roughly for the next 14 months.

According to the ongoing practice, Justice Khehar had suggested Justice Misra’s name for the next CJI last month. But with his retirement, the Aadhar Constitution bench has to sacrifice its lead judge. It will now either be headed by Justice Misra or he will make Justice Chelameswar the leading judge of the bench.

Justice Misra was also part of the historic bench that heard terrorist Yakub Memon’s last minute plea against his death sentence in July 2015. Memon was one of the primary accused in the 1993 Mumbai blasts which took the lives of 257 people. It was Justice Misra who read out the Court’s decision at 5 A.M.

Justice Misra has been given the tag of a “pro-citizen judge” by his peers. He was the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court before being appointed as a Supreme Court judge in 2011.

Sourced from NDTV and The Hindu

President Ram Nath Kovind addresses the nation on Independence Eve

On the eve of 71st Independence Day, the newly elected President of India Ram Nath Kovind addressed the nation for the first time. The vision for creating a “New India” by 2022 and an egalitarian society that does not discriminate based on gender or religious background formed the crux of Kovind’s maiden speech to the country. Maintaining an optimistic tone, Kovind backed government’s demonetization act and appreciated people’s support for the recent Good and Services Tax scheme.

In his talk, the Dalit president emphasized that India must be an empathetic society where socially backward classes like SC, ST and OBC constitute a major part in India’s development. Focussing on the “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” campaign, Kovind said that it is every individual’s duty to ensure that best education is provided to girls. In addition to this, he also highlighted the people’s role in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Highlighting the cooperation between government and the citizens, President Kovind said, “The stress on the moral basis of policy and action, belief in unity and discipline, faith in a synthesis of heritage and science, and promotion of the rule of law and of education – all of it was located in a partnership between citizen and government.”

Kovind concluded his speech with Buddha’s quote of “Being your own light”, and appealed everyone to contribute their share in taking India to greater heights.

Sources-

  1. Economic Times-http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/president-ram-nath-kovind-addresses-the-nation-on-independence-day-eve/articleshow/60061181.cms

2. Hindustan Times- http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/india-must-be-compassionate-and-egalitarian-society-president-ram-nath-kovind/story-WQUbpF82L0OEncyzEpr1wO.html

Image Source- India Today

Ashok Malik picked as Ram Nath Kovind’s Press Secretary

Senior journalist and analyst, Ashok Malik, has been selected as the new President-elect, Ram Nath Kovind’s press secretary.

 

The announcement of press secretary was made by the Department of Personnel and Training, along with the selection of Sanjay Kothari and Bharat Lal as Rashtrapati Bhavan’s secretary and joint-secretary, respectively.

 

Malik, a veteran journalist, is one of India’s well-known columnists, having written for The Indian Express, The Telegraph, India Today and more, and also occurs as a commentator on news television programs. Additionally, he also held the position of consulting editor at media publications Tehelka and Pioneer. He frequently writes about trade policy from a domestic and international context, along with national politics and economics. The press secretary is also currently part of Indian think-tank Observer Research Foundation as a Distinguished Fellow from 2015.

 

In 2016, the senior analyst was awarded the Padma Shri Award by the Indian Government. The Modi government has awarded him honorary positions – a part of the board of governors at a CSR-focused think-tank, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, and the Rajghat Memorial Committee.

Sources-

  1. Indian Express- http://indianexpress.com/article/who-is/who-is-ashok-malik-president-ram-nath-kovind-press-secretary-ram-nath-kovind-4762067/

2. Financial Express-http://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/who-is-ashok-malik-narendra-modi-led-committee-picks-senior-journalist-as-press-secretary-to-president-elect-ram-nath-kovind/774466/

Ram Nath Kovind elected as India’s 14th President

NDA’s candidate Ram Nath Kovid has been elected as the 14th President of India on July 20. Kovind won the Presidential position after beating Meira Kumar of the opposition by garnering two-thirds of the total vote.

The 71-year-old Dalit leader, who will be following the footsteps of President Pranab Mukherjee, has received over seven lakh votes which sums up to about 65 per cent of the votes cast while Kumar could only get 3.6 lakh votes.

Talking about his victory, Kovind said that he had never thought that he would be elected as the President, but his love for the nation has brought him here, reported Indian Express.

“I thank all who supported me from across country, I feel very emotional, I’ll represent all struggling to make a living. I promise to serve the nation with all honesty,” he said.

While Meira Kumar claimed that the battle against her values and ideologies will continue.

Congratulating Kovind on his victory, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to his Twitter handle and wrote, “Congratulations to Shri Ram Nath Kovind Ji on being elected the President of India! Best wishes for a fruitful & inspiring tenure.”

In a series of tweet, PM Modi also thanked the members of the Electoral College for extended support to the NDA candidate. He also posted a 20 years before and present picture of him and Kovind.

Many other politicians including MM Joshi, N Chandrababu Naidu, Suresh Prabhu, Sharad Pawar, Nitish Kumar, Nitin Gadkari also gave their best wishes to Kovind.

Sources: Indian Express, NDTV