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Independence Day eve Message: President of India points to China and its “misadventure of expansion”

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Without naming but directly pointing at China, President of India Ram Nath Kovind Friday, 14 August 2020, said when the world community was supposed to be fighting together COVID-19, the greatest challenge before humanity, some in our neighbourhood tried to carry out their misadventure of expansion. Our brave soldiers laid down their lives defending our borders.

Those worthy sons of Bharat Mata (Mother India) lived and died for national pride. The entire nation salutes the martyrs of Galwan Valley. Every Indian feels grateful to their family members. Their bravery in combat has demonstrated that while we believe in peace, we are also capable of giving a befitting response to any attempt of aggression. We are proud of the members of our Armed Forces, paramilitary forces and police personnel who protect the borders, and ensure our internal security.

The was addressing the nation on the eve of the 74th Independence Day. Construction of the temple at Shri Ram Janmabhoomi began ten days ago, in Ayodhya, he said adding it was indeed a moment of pride for all. People of the country maintained restraint and patience for a long time and reposed unflinching trust in the judicial system. The issue of Ram Janmabhoomi was resolved through judicial process. All concerned parties and the people respectfully accepted the verdict of the Supreme Court and displayed before the world, Indian ethos ​​of peace, non-violence, love and harmony.

Mahatma Gandhi became the guiding light of our freedom movement, the President said and went on to underscore that he was as much a saint as a political leader. He was a phenomenon that could have happened only in India. Troubled by social strife, economic problems, and climate change, the world seeks relief in Gandhiji’s teachings. His quest for equality and justice is the mantra for our Republic. I am glad to see the younger generations re-discover Gandhiji.

The celebrations of Independence Day this year will be rather restrained as the whole world confronts a deadly virus that has disrupted all activities and taken a heavy toll. It has altered the world we lived in before the pandemic, the President said.

The president said that the nation is indebted to doctors, nurses and other health workers who have been continuously on the forefront of our fight against this virus. Unfortunately, many of them have lost their lives battling the pandemic. They are our national heroes.

Fruther the President said:

Corona Warriors deserve high praise. They go much beyond their call of duty to save lives and ensure essential services. These doctors, health workers, members of Disaster Management Teams, police personnel, sanitation workers, delivery staff, transportation, railway and aviation personnel, providers of various services, government employees, social service organisations and generous citizens have been scripting inspiring stories of courage and selfless service.

It is very reassuring to note that, the central government, while anticipating the tremendous challenge, responded effectively and well in time. For a country so vast and diverse with high population density, meeting this challenge requires super-human efforts. All state governments took measures in accordance with local circumstances. People also supported whole-heartedly.

We have learnt some tough lessons in the year 2020. The invisible virus has demolished the illusion that human being is the master of nature. I believe, it is still not too late for humanity to correct its course and live in harmony with nature. The pandemic, like climate change, has awakened the global community to our shared destiny.

Amid the Corona crisis, Cyclone Amphan hit us in West Bengal and Odisha. Concerted response of Disaster Management Teams, Central and State agencies and alert citizens helped minimize loss of life.

Offices of the Government of India and of the state governments have been extensively using virtual interface to discharge their functions. The judiciary has been conducting virtual court proceedings to deliver justice. In Rashtrapati Bhavan also, we have used technology to conduct virtual conferences and carry out many activities. IT and communication tools have promoted e-learning and distance education. Work-from-home has become the norm in many sectors. Technology has enabled certain establishments in government and private sectors to work overtime to keep the wheels of the economy running. Thus, we have learnt the lesson that adoption of science and technology, in harmony with nature, will help sustain our survival and growth.Floods also have been disrupting lives of
our people in the North-East and eastern state.

The poor and daily wage-earners are the worst hit by the pandemic. In order to support them through this phase of crisis, virus containment-efforts have been supplemented by welfare interventions. By introducing ‘Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana’, the government has enabled crores of people to earn their livelihood, and mitigate the impact of job-loss, dislocation and disruption caused by the pandemic.

The ‘National Education Policy’ spells a long term vision with far-reaching impact. It will strengthen the culture of ‘Inclusion’, ‘Innovation’ and ‘Institution’ in the sphere of education.

With a view to providing futuristic education to our children and youth, the Central Government has decided to implement the National Education Policy. I am confident that with the implementation of this policy, a new quality education system will be developed and this will transform the future challenges into opportunities, paving the way for a New India.

When India won freedom, many predicted that our experiment with democracy will not last long. They saw our ancient traditions and rich diversity as hurdles in democratization of our polity. But we have always nurtured them as our strengths that make the largest democracy in the world so vibrant. India has to continue playing its leading role for the betterment of humanity.

From Berne to Bengaluru much work is being done in green growth, blue economy, climate change & artificial intelligence: Ram Nath Kovind

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The markers of these times are green growth, blue economy, climate change, artificial intelligence, innovation and smart solutions. From Berne to Bengaluru, and from research labs to manufacturing floors, much work is being done in these domains.  – Ram Nath Kovind, President of India

President of India Ram Nath Kovind today said that India and Switzerland have long shared democratic values, pluralism and enterprise. The world looks at both of us with admiration. You are among the world’s oldest democracy wherein more than 2000 communes function democratically. And India the world’s largest democracy with a 900 million electorate, out of which over 600 million participated in the largest festival of democracy on this planet, just a few months back.

The president was speaking at the University of Berne on India – Switzerland new age partnership: Connecting Alps with Himalayas. He said: “We metaphorically describe the deep foundational connection between the Indian and Swiss thought and values as the ‘Connection between the Alps and the Himalayas’. The energy of these mountains has ever drawn our people closer”.

The President drew attention to over 80 scientific institutions and 300 researchers from India and Switzerland who have connected with each other on joint programmes. Under these, four Virtual Centers of Excellence on Micro-Engineering, Micro-Electronics, Diseases Control and Advanced Materials have been established in India.

Earlier this year, The President said Swiss Astrosat 0.2 satellite was set in orbit by India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. A few weeks ago, our second moon Mission, Chandrayaan 2 was launched. The gains from the Mission are firing the determination of our space scientists to conquer new frontiers. Our accomplishments, indeed, open new possibilities for bilateral collaboration.

The President further said that Switzerland is a world leader on innovation. Inspired by you, we are also making new strides in the fields of Start-ups and smart solutions. India today hosts the third largest start-up network in the world with over 21,000 enterprises working on subjects as varied as robotics and vitiligo. Several Swiss and Indian start-ups have already join hands to create solutions for climate change, human health and more. We look forward to many more such partnerships.

The world of innovation and cyberspace go hand in hand Kovind said adding digital revolution has made public service just a click away and e-commerce the preferred shopping experience. Financial inclusion and fin-tech services are helping us with greater cashless economy. Opportunities in the digital world are limitless, but it needs an effective security cover. We must strengthen cyber security cooperation, both bilaterally and with the global community.

The President said that Switzerland and India are leading global action on Climate Change. India is on course to meet its commitments under the Paris accord to reduce energy intensity of its growth and to achieve 40 percent of its energy use from non-fossil sources. We have taken the lead on the International Solar Alliance to promote solar energy worldwide. 

Praising the role of the Mumbai film industry in bringing India and Switzerland close, the President said no word on Indo-Swiss partnership, past, present or future, is complete without our people-to-people ties. Bollywood has taken Switzerland to every nook and corner of India. Whether it is the snow clad Jungfrau or the ITU Monument in front of the Einstein Museum in Berne, the Indian movie industry has captured it all. The scenes from Indian movies can be as effective as Google Maps in understanding the topography of Switzerland!

President appoints Narendra Modi to the office of Prime Minister of India

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New Delhi: Exercising powers vested in him under Article 75 (1) of the Constitution of India, the President Ram Nath Kovind, today appointed Narendra Modi to the office of Prime Minister of India. He requested Modi to:

  • advise him about the names of others to be appointed members of the Union Council of Ministers; and
  • indicate the date and time of the swearing-in-ceremony to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan

Modi was formally intimated when he called on the President at Rashtrapati Bhavan today in his capacity as leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party, which has majority support in the House of the People following the general election to the 17th Lok Sabha.

Earlier in the day, a delegation of the National Democratic Alliance led by Amit Shah, President, BJP, and comprising Prakash Singh Badal, Rajnath Singh, Nitish Kumar, Ram Vilas Paswan, Sushma Swaraj, Uddhav Thakeray, Nitin Gadkari, K. Palaniswami, Conrad Sangma and Neiphiu Rio, called on the President at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

A letter stating that Narendra Modi has been elected leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party was handed over to the President. Letters of support from NDA constituent parties were also handed over to the President.

Earlier Modi was elected leader by the BJP Parlaimentary Party and also the newly elected MPs of the NDA constituent parties at the Central Hall of Parliament. Modi said on this occasion that the people of India do not tolerate leaders if power goes to their head. For the last five years, even though we were in the corridors of power we were there only to serve the people, he added.

Elections divide but in the 2019 election people got united and all the barriers that divide people were broken, Modi said adding that the people of this country have walked with us in unison between 2014 and 2019. They have shared responsibilities with us. This election was fought on the pro-incumbency wave and there was over-riding faith, not only between the Government and the people but also between the citizens. There has been a positive vote and people had decided to re-elect NDA to power. The experts of electoral politics could not visualise this.

Modi announced that the new government will carry forward the “NARA” (which means “slogan” in English). He explained it further saying NARA stands for National Agenda + Regional Agenda.


Education should make students self-reliant: Ram Nath Kovind

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Sagar (Madhya Pradesh): President of India Ram Nath Kovind said here today that formal education is not the only the source to acquire knowledge and job but it should play a definite role in making the students self-reliant and enterprising.

The President said that the university acts as a source of social and economic empowerment. Hence education should be inclusive, easy and quality-based. The President was addressing the 27th convocation ceremony of Dr. Harisingh Gour Central University at Sagar.

Kovind said that today there is need for an education system that builds character and instills values in life. He said that the Centre and the state governments are working together for the expansion of education. Youth should become educated through the modern education system and the aim should not be restricted to searching for jobs, Instead education shuld also build the potential to provide jobs. The contribution of Sagar University in society building and Dr. Harisingh Gour’s commitment towards education is exemplary. Dr. Gour has presented a remarkable example of making use of personal property in public welfare. This University is a source of social and economic empowerment. The President expressed the hope that the University will continue to develop as per Dr. Gour’s dreams.

President Kovind expressed joy over the establishment of entrepreneurship cell to guide youths and the setting up of Dr. Ambedkar Peeth for research on social vision in the University. He said that Ambedkar strongly advocated for the upliftment and education of the weaker sections. He said that education of weaker sections was mandatory. Shri Kovind said that he saw the increasing importance of girls in education and other areas as a great social transformation and lauded the steps taken by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for expansion of education in Madhya Pradesh.

Governor Anandiben Patel has encouraged girls to move forward, the Prersident said. He especially congratulated University Professor Sanjay K. Jain for receiving the special award for research on treatment of cancer of the intestines.

Governor Patel said that students must not consider education as a medium to acquire a job.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that acquiring knowledge is the basic right of every children. For this we have made concrete schemes so that no child remains deprived of education due to lack of funds.

Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Dr. Satyapal Singh said that convocation ceremonies will be organized every year in every University of the country. He said that education never ends. We should achieve the highest goal with utmost dedication.

As many as 356 students were conferred titles at the convocation ceremony. The toppers of the university were awarded gold medals. Ten of the 11 gold medal winners were girls.