Former President Pranab Mukherjee passed away at the Army Hospital (Research and Referral) Hospital where he was admitted earlier this month and had undergone surgery for the removal of a clot in his brain.

Pranab Mukherjee passed away on Monday at the Army Hospital Hospital where he was admitted earlier this month and had undergone surgery for removal of a clot in his brain.

Having witnessed the country's politics for close to five decades as a participant and an observer, Mukherjee had an encyclopedic knowledge of time and events.

The President recalled the journey of Mukherjee, stating that in his 5-decade-long illustrious public life, he remained rooted to the ground irrespective of the exalted offices he held.

Van Mahotsav is an annual one-week tree planting festival which is celebrated in India. It was started in the year 1950 by Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi by planting a tree at Rajghat, Delhi.

This comes after US President Donald Trump urged the country to reopen businesses and educational institutions despite the surge in COVID-19 cases.

The President said India is proud of the members of armed forces, paramilitary forces and police personnel who protect the borders, and ensure internal security.

In his address to the nation on the eve of 74th Independence Day, the President said that Mahatma Gandhi's quest for equality and justice is the mantra for the Republic.

We are fortunate that Mahatma Gandhi became the guiding light of our freedom movement. I am glad to see the younger generations re-discover Gandhiji, says President Kovind

Sinha, an IAS officer has previously served as secretary in the ministries of finance and home He was Minister of State for Railways.