Highlights: World leaders congratulate India's President Droupadi Murmu, celebrations ensue in Odisha

Updated on Jul 25, 2022 10:06 PM IST

Highlights: The former Jharkhand governor is India's first tribal and second female President.

President Droupadi Murmi in Rashtrapati Bhavan. (ANI)
President Droupadi Murmi in Rashtrapati Bhavan. (ANI)

India gets new President highlights: Droupadi Murmu took oath on Monday as the 15th President of India at a ceremony in Parliament's Central Hall in New Delhi The former Jharkhand governor, who represented the BJP-led ruling NDA in the July 18 presidential polls, defeated joint opposition's candidate, ex-Union minister Yashwant Sinha, securing 64% of the total valid votes. The counting of votes was held on July 21.

Murmu, who is the first tribal and second woman to hold the country's highest constitutional office, was administered oath of office by Chief Justice of India NV Ramanna. She succeeds Ram Nath Kovind, whose five-year-term ended on Sunday.

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  • Jul 25, 2022 08:48 PM IST

    Overwhelmed by farewell given to me: Former president Ram Nath Kovind

    In his first reaction after demitting the office, former president Ram Nath Kovind said his successor Droupadi Murmu dropping him off to his new residence was a very touching personal moment as well as an example of high traditions of the Indian democracy.

    "I am overwhelmed by the heartfelt farewell accorded to me today at the end of my term as President," Kovind tweeted.

  • Jul 25, 2022 08:39 PM IST

    UK conveys ‘badhai’ to Droupadi Murmu on becoming India's President

    Britain has sent greetings to India's new President Droupadi Murmu and expressed confidence that the India-UK relationship would go from "strength to strength" under her tenure. 

    Lord Tariq Ahmad, the Minister of State in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) for South Asia and the Commonwealth, had on Friday tweeted "badhai" in Devanagari script to the new Indian Head of State when she won the presidential election.

  • Jul 25, 2022 07:54 PM IST

    Sri Aurobindo's thoughts continue to inspire me: Murmu

    President Droupadi Murmu, who had worked as a teacher decades ago, on Monday said in her acceptance address at the Central Hall of Parliament that thoughts of Sri Aurobindo on education continue to inspire her.

    "After a few days, we will observe the 150th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo. Sri Aurobindo's thoughts on education continue to inspire me," she said. 

  • Jul 25, 2022 07:20 PM IST

    Special prayers, sweets, country-made rice beer: Celebrations ensue as ‘daughter of Odisha’ becomes President

    Special prayers were organised, sweets and country-made rice beer distributed and people danced to the tune of tribal music as "daughter of Odisha" Droupadi Murmu took oath as the 15th President of India on Monday.

    The streets of Murmu's hometown Rairangpur in Mayurbhanj district were deserted for some time as people were glued to television sets and big screens set up in the town to witness her oath-taking ceremony.

  • Jul 25, 2022 05:19 PM IST

    ‘Testimony of trust, confidence’: Sri Lanka's newly appointed prez on Murmu's new role

    Sri Lanka's newly-appointed President Ranil Wickremesinghe congratulated Murmu, recalling the close ties between the two nations and underlining that her leadership offers "fresh impetus" to the joint endeavours to nurture and strengthen the cordial ties they enjoy.

    “Your appointment to this chief responsibility in one of the largest democracies is testimony to the trust and confidence the government and the people have placed in your caliber and political acumen,” Wickremesinghe wrote in his message.

  • Jul 25, 2022 05:16 PM IST

    China's Xi Jinping congratulates Droupadi Murmu

    Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday congratulated Murmu, 64, on assuming office, saying he stands ready to work with her to enhance political mutual trust, deepen practical cooperation and properly handle differences.

  • Jul 25, 2022 03:53 PM IST

    Amritsar artist creates 7-feet-tall painting of Murmu

    Amritsar artist Jagjot Singh Rubal created this seven-feet tall painting of President Droupadi Murmu to congratulate her, prior to her oath-taking ceremony. ( ANI)
    Amritsar artist Jagjot Singh Rubal created this seven-feet tall painting of President Droupadi Murmu to congratulate her, prior to her oath-taking ceremony. ( ANI)

    "I hope that this painting is displayed in the Rashtrapati Bhavan," said Amritsar artist Jagjot Singh Rubal, prior to her oath-taking ceremony.

  • Jul 25, 2022 03:24 PM IST

    Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik honours Murmu with sand sculpture on Puri beach

    Droupadi Murmu's sand sculpture
    Droupadi Murmu's sand sculpture

    Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik marks the swearing-in day of President Droupadi Murmu, makes a sand sculpture on the Puri beach, Odisha.

  • Jul 25, 2022 02:59 PM IST

    Celebrations afoot in Droupadi Murmu's hometown in Odisha

  • Jul 25, 2022 02:19 PM IST

    ‘Every word had a meaning’: Gehlot on Murmu's speech as the new President

    “Every word in her speech had a meaning. I am very impressed. The views expressed by a tribal woman are commendable. I hope she meets the commitment she made to the nation today,” says Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on President Droupadi Murmu.

  • Jul 25, 2022 02:09 PM IST

    ‘The tribal community will make a new beginning’: Arjun Munda

    The first tribal woman took the oath of the President's office today. The tribal community is set to make a new beginning, with a tribal woman holding the highest office of the land. This constitutional position is above the party lines: Arjun Munda, Union minister

  • Jul 25, 2022 01:49 PM IST

    Watch: Murmu's maiden address as First Citizen

    Watch Droupadi Murmu's maiden speech as First Citizen if you did not missed the live broadcast.

  • Jul 25, 2022 01:22 PM IST

    ‘Example of empowerment of each section…’: Amit Shah

    Today's historic day is a wonderful example of empowerment of each section of the society: Amit Shah, Union home minister

  • Jul 25, 2022 01:00 PM IST

    Ex Prez Kovind arrives at his new residence

    Ram Nath Kovind arrives at his new residence at 12, Janpath, in New Delhi. Congress president Sonia Gandhi to be one of his neighbours.

  • Jul 25, 2022 12:34 PM IST

    President Murmu inspects first guard of honour

    Droupadi Murmu inspects first guard of honour as President.

  • Jul 25, 2022 12:26 PM IST

    Ex-President received guard of honour

    Tri-services guard of honour given to now-former President, Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

  • Jul 25, 2022 12:09 PM IST

    PM Modi hails ‘watershed moment’

    The entire nation watched with pride as Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji took oath as the President of India, tweets prime minister Narendra Modi.

  • Jul 25, 2022 11:55 AM IST

    Watch: Swearing-in ceremony of India's youngest Prez

    Missed the swearing-in ceremony? Can watch it here.

  • Jul 25, 2022 11:41 AM IST

    Droupadi Murmu assumes office as President

    Droupadi Murmu assumes office as 15th President of India.

  • Jul 25, 2022 11:21 AM IST

    President Murmu receives ceremonial salute

    President Droupadi Murmu receives ceremonial salute at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

  • Jul 25, 2022 10:57 AM IST

    President Murmu greets PM Modi, other dignitaries

    President Droupadi Murmu greets PM Modi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, and other dignitaries.

  • Jul 25, 2022 10:50 AM IST

    President of India Twitter handle gets new profile pic

    Profile image of President of India's Twitter account now shows Droupadi Murmu.

  • Jul 25, 2022 10:46 AM IST

    Oath-taking ceremony concludes

    Oath-taking ceremony, held in Parliament's Central Hall, concludes; President Droupadi Murmu, now-former President Ram Nath Kovind to return to Rashtrapati Bhavan.

  • Jul 25, 2022 10:41 AM IST

    VP Naidu reads portion of new President's speech in English

    M Venkaiah Naidu, the outgoing vice-president, reads a portion of new President's Hindi speech in English.

  • Jul 25, 2022 10:29 AM IST

    'Want to assure, women, youth…': Prez Murmu

    My elevation as President is not just my achievement but that of everyone in the country, that they can dream of reaching this level. Every poor person, every marginalised person has blessed me in this step and I feel honoured. I want to assure women and the youth that their interests are most important to me: President Droupadi Murmu

  • Jul 25, 2022 10:23 AM IST

    ‘Fortunate to serve during…’: Murmu in first speech as Prez

    I am fortunate to have got this opportunity to serve during the 75th year of independence: Droupadi Murmu, President

  • Jul 25, 2022 10:13 AM IST

    Droupadi Murmu sworn-in as India's 15th President

    CJI NV Ramanna administers oath of office to Droupadi Murmu, India's 15th and youngest President, and the first President to be born after Independence.

  • Jul 25, 2022 10:05 AM IST

    Murmu, accompanied by Kovind, reaches Parliament

    Droupadi Murmu reaches Parliament for her swearing-in ceremony.

  • Jul 25, 2022 10:04 AM IST

    Prez-elect, outgoing Prez given national salute

    Droupadi Murmu, Ram Nath Kovind receive national salute.

  • Jul 25, 2022 09:43 AM IST

    Outgoing Prez, wife call on Prez-elect

    Ram Nath Kovind, Savita Kovind meet Droupadi Mumru at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

  • Jul 25, 2022 09:36 AM IST

    Bihar CM Nitish Kumar to skip ceremony

    The JD(U) leader, whose party is part of the ruling NDA and voted for Murmu, will give her oath taking ceremony a miss.

  • Jul 25, 2022 09:34 AM IST

    CJI NV Ramanna to administer oath

    Chief Justice of India NV Ramanna, who will retire on August 26, will administer oath to the incoming President.

  • Jul 25, 2022 09:27 AM IST

    Prez-elect Murmu pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

    Ahead of swearing-in, Droupadi Murmu visits Rajghat to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.

  • Jul 25, 2022 09:15 AM IST

    Droupadi Murmu to take oath as President today

    Droupadi Murmu, the former Jharkhand governor, will be sworn-in as India's 15th President at 10:15am today, in a ceremony in Parliament's Central Hall in New Delhi.

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