- Ram Nath
Kovind becomes 14th President of the Country; Says diversity is India's success
which makes the country unique.
- Prime Minister conducts aerial survey of flood
affected areas of Gujarat; Announces ex-gratia of two lakh rupees for next of
kin of those killed due to floods in the state.
- A Delhi court sends seven arrested Kashmiri
separatists to NIA custody for 10 days in terror funding case.
- At least eight people killed in a building collapse in
Mumbai; 16 rescued; 20-25 people still believed to be trapped under concrete rubble.
- Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar
says government has no plan to remove
Rabindranath Tagore from school
- Madras High Court asks all educational institutions to
sing National Song Vande Mataram at least once a week.
- Israel removes metal detectors from Al Aqsa compound
in East Jerusalem.
Kovind has taken over as 14th President of India. He was administered the oath
of office by Chief Justice of India Justice JS Khehar at a special function in
the Central hall of Parliament this afternoon.
After the swearing-in, he was given 21-gun salute. Addressing
the gathering after swearing in, Mr Kovind said, India of the 21st century will
be one that is in conformity with ancient values as well as compliant with the
fourth industrial revolution. He said, India must combine tradition and
technology, wisdom of an age-old Bharat and the science of a contemporary
The President said, nations are not built by
governments alone and it can at best be a facilitator and trigger for society’s
innate entrepreneurial and creative instincts. Mr Kovind emphasized the need to
build an India that is an economic leader as well as a moral exemplar and those
two touchstones can never be separate.
The President said, India’s success is its diversity,
which makes the country unique. He said, this land has a mix of states and
regions, religions, languages, cultures, lifestyles and much more.
Mr Kovind said, India’s voice counts in today’s world.
He said, entire planet is drawn to Indian culture and soft power and the global
community looks up to India for solutions to international problems of
terrorism, money laundering and climate change.
ceremony was attended by outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President
Hamid Ansari, Prime
Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, senior members of
the Cabinet, former Prime Ministers, leaders of BJP and other political
parties, MPs and other distinguished people from different walks of life.
ceremony, Mr Kovind visited Rajghat to pay his respect to Mahatma Gandhi.
Prime Minister congratulated Mr. Kovind on taking oath as the President of the
country. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, President Kovind's address was very
inspiring and beautifully summed up the essence of India’s strength, democracy
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an
ex-gratia of two lakh rupees each for the next of kin of those killed and 50
thousand rupees for those seriously injured in floods in Gujarat. Mr Modi was
speaking in Ahmedabad after conducting an aerial survey of the flood-affected
Mr Modi said,
everything possible will be done to help the farmers, who have suffered
immensely due to the floods. He said,
relief work will be further intensified. The Prime Minister said he has
taken stock of the situation arising out of floods, adding that officers from
the Government of India will assist in short term and long term measures.
the Prime Minister chaired a meeting to review progress of relief work with
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani , ministers, senior officials of the state
government at Ahmedabad airport.
Torrential rains in north Gujarat have caused flood in
Banaskantha and Patan districts. Our correspondent reports that authorities have declared a state-wide high
alert and called out the Army, the Air Force and NDRF teams for assistance.
Airforce and NDRF are conducting rescue and relief works on war footing basis.
2 columns of Army, 4 Airforce choppers and 16 teams of NDRF have been deployed
in the worst affected Banaskantha and Patan districts. About one thousand
persons have been rescued in last 24 hours. More than 46 thousand people have
been shifted to the safer place. While 6 lakh food packets and water pouches
have been despatched to the flood affected areas.Yogesh Pandya// AIR News//
In Rajasthan, people got some respite in flood-hit
districts including Jalore, Sirohi, and Pali as there was no rainfall reported
today in these districts. Meanwhile, flood like situation in Barmer, Jodhpur
and Udaipur has affected normal life in these districts.Defence sources said,
three Indian Air Force helicopters which resumed operation this morning, rescued seven people stranded on a
tree in flood affected Jalore district.
Two teams of NDRF and SDRF each are also engaged in
rescue operations in the flood-affected areas. More than hundred passengers of
three buses stranded in flood water in Krishnaganj village of Sirohi district
have been evacuated safely with the help of a rescue team. Meanwhile, schools in five districts -
Jalore, Pali, Sirohi, Jodhpur and Barmer - were closed today in view of
predictions of abnormal rain in next 48 hours in these districts. Jodhpur’s Jai
Narayan Vyas University cancelled all its exams for Tuesday and Wednesday. With Murari Gupta from, Jaipur Subhdara Ram
chandran for air News.
The Assam government has submitted a memorandum to the
Central inter-ministerial team on flood damages. State Chief Secretary V K
Pepersenia said that Assam had to suffer a loss of 2 thousand 940 crore rupees
due to flood and erosion. He said that senior officials of the state government
held a meeting with the Central team and a memorandum mentioning all losses was
submitted. The Central team which arrived in Guwahati today is undertaking on the spot assessment of
flood hit areas . Over 25 lakh people were affected at 29 districts in the
state this year.
The seven Kashmiri separatists, who were arrested
yesterday, have been sent to NIA custody for 10 days by a Delhi court. They are
facing charges of terror funding. The accused, including Altaf Ahmed Shah, the
son-in-law of separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, were produced in the
court today, which remanded them to NIA custody for further investigation.
eight people, including a three month old baby were killed while 17 others
injured when a four-storey building collapsed in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar region this
joint operation by Mumbai’s Fire Brigade and National Disaster Response Force
has been successful in rescuing 16 people from the concrete rubble so far. The
search and rescue operation is still on a war footing as atleast 20-25 people
are still believed to be trapped under the debris. While Municipal Corporation
of Greater Mumbai is yet to ascertain the cause of this building collapse;
locals have alleged that the renovation work being conducted by the nursing
home on the ground floor is one of the likely cause. Meanwhile, taking serious
note of the incident, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has also
ordered an inquiry into the matter. NISHA RANEY, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI.
scientist Professor Yash Pal passed away last night at his residence in Noida
in Uttar Pradesh. He was 90. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime
Minister Narendra Modi have
expressed condolences on passing away of
Prof. Yash Pal.
Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javedekar
today clarified that government has no plan to remove Rabindranath Tagore from
school textbooks. Responding to the issue raised by Derek O'Brien of TMC during
the Zero Hour in Rajya Sabha, Mr Javadekar said, for NCERT books, teachers and
others have been asked to give suggestions to correct or remove any factual
errors in textbooks. The Minister said, the government respects Tagore and all
others who had contributed to the freedom and literature of the country. He
said, the government hail everybody and nothing will be removed.
Earlier, Mr Brien said, the HRD Ministry had
called for suggestions and one of the suggestions from a RSS-affiliated outfit
was to remove Tagore's works and references from the NCERT syllabus.
Madras High Court has asked all educational
institutions to sing the National Song Vande Mataram at least once a week.
Hearing a petition today, the Court also directed Government and private
offices and establishments to air the song in their premises once every month
to stir up patriotic fervour among the public.
It further said a person who has difficulty in singing the national song
will not be compelled or forced to sing it, provided there are valid reasons.
The court has also suggested uploading the translated version of Vande Mataram
on all Government websites and social media handles in different languages.
Leader of the House and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley
today assured the Rajya Sabha that the country has made considerable progress
in defence related procurements and preparedness with procedures simplified
further and powers centralised. He said Indian armed forces are sufficiently
and efficiently equipped now. He was responding to a query by Ramgopal Yadav of
Samajwadi Party who quoted a CAG Report which said that there is only 10-day
stock of ammunition in the country.
Israel has removed metal detectors at the entrance to
the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem after uproar from
Palestinians over their recent introduction. It said it plans to replace them
with less obtrusive surveillance. However Muslim leaders have called on
worshippers to continue boycotting the sacred compound for now. There were
violent clashes after the metal detectors were set up, which Palestinians saw
as an Israeli attempt to assert control over the site. Israel said, they were
necessary to prevent weapons being smuggled in. It followed the killing on the
14th of this month of two Israeli policemen by Israeli-Arab gunmen.