President Mukherjee completes three years in office on July 25





President Mukherjee completes three years in office on July 25 

The President of India, Shri Mukherjee will complete his three years in office on July 25, 2015. 


To mark this occasion, the President will host a dinner for the Council of Ministers and other dignitaries. Two volumes of his selected speeches and two books on Rashtrapati Bhavan will be released on the occasion by the Vice President of India and Union Minister of Home Affairs. The books are titled “Abode under the Dome” and “Right of the Line: The President’s Bodyguard (1773-2015)”. 

The two volumes of Selected Speeches of President Mukherjee contain important speeches delivered by the President since assumption of office on July 25, 2012 as the thirteenth President of India. The first volume includes fifty two speeches and is divided into five sections: (i) The Nation; (ii) Parliament and State Legislatures; (iii) Judiciary and Constitutional Bodies; (iv) Armed Forces; (v) and Eminent Personalities and Commemorative Events. The second volume contains 102 speeches and is divided into three sections: (i) Education; (ii) Banquet Speeches; and (iii) Foreign Visits. The speeches included in these volumes reflect President Mukherjee’s thinking and appreciation of some of the core issues concerning our nation. The two volumes are part of a four volume collection of speeches soon to be published. 

“Right of the Line: The President’s Bodyguard (1773-2015)” is being published in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and IGNCA. The book traces the history and ethos of President’s Bodyguard with its origin in the 18th century as a trained body of soldiers who would escort and protect the Governor-General of India to its modern day contemporaneous role comprising mainly of ceremonial duties. 

“Abode under the Dome” is part of a series of books aimed at documenting the vibrant and rich legacy of Rashtrapati Bhavan to make the public informed about its historicity and contribution to India’s democratic fabric. The book is a product of extensive research and throws light on how Rashtrapati Bhavan spared no effort in caring for its guests and adhering to traditional Indian culture. It also details the part played by staff members of Rashtrapati Bhavan’ Guest Wing in making each and every honoured guest feel valued and at home. It captures fascinating information on these visits; how the world leaders were welcomed in India, their impressions about our nation and how their visits to India changed the way they and consequently the world looked at our country. 

All the above books have been published by Publications Division, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. 


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President of India inaugurated a restored clock tower and a renovated clinic at President’s Estate to mark his third year in office 

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee today (July 24, 2015) inaugurated a restored Clock Tower and a renovated Clinic today (July 24, 2015) at the President’s Estate to mark the completion of his third year in office. The President completes three years on July 25, 2015. 

The clock tower is heritage structure built by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1924. This was built as an Institute for men of the President Body Guard and had reading and recreational rooms, canteens, etc. Since, 1947, it has been occupied by the President Body Guard as its Regimental Head Quarter. The clock system installed in the tower at Schedule ‘A’ is inscribed with the name “Pulsynetic”, which indicates that its manufacturer was Gent and Company of Leicester, UK. The Gent and Company’s electric clocks adorn many important buildings around the world. 

Restoration work of the Clock Tower has been done by INTACH while repair of Clock has been done by IIT, Delhi. The building was precisely documented and analyzed prior to the restoration work. The restoration undertaken includes preservation of original plaster, Kota stone flooring, repair of conical obelisks, cleaning and painting of fire places etc. as per original design. 

The President’s Estate Clinic building was constructed in 1929 and was originally known as Viceroy’s Dispensary. At present, the President’s Estate Clinic and CGHS Wellness Centre are functioning in it. Many architectural features like cornices, moulding & turrets etc. of the Clinic had been badly damaged/defaced as no major repair/restoration work was taken up since last many years. The building has now been renovated and restored to its original shape. Renovation work started on 4 June 2015 and was completed on 23 July 2015, i.e. within 50 days. 


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President of India to inaugurate AYUSH wellness clinic at President’s Estate 

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate a new AYUSH Wellness Clinic in the President’s Estate on July 25, 2015 to mark the completion of the third year of Presidency. 

The Government of India has outlined a national policy on Indian systems of medicine & homeopathy with a view to giving impetus to the centuries-old heritage of medical sciences in India. Keeping in view the emphasis laid by the Government to this holistic method of healing and therapy, Rashtrapati Bhavan has established an AYUSH Wellness Clinic (AWC) in the President’s Estate. The Clinic will cater to the medical needs of the President, officials of President’s Secretariat and residents of the President’s Estate. 

A dilapidated building in the President’s Estate has been renovated and converted into the AWC. The work of renovation was started on March 30, 2015 and completed on July 24, 2015. The AWC will have treatment facilities in the streams of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha & Homeopathy under one roof with the assistance of the Ministry of AYUSH. 

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Visit of Deputy Secretary of Supreme National Security Council of Iran


Deputy Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, Mr. Ameer Saeed Iravani, is visiting India at the invitation of Deputy National Security Adviser Dr. Arvind Gupta from 22-24 July 2015. 

The Indian and Iranian sides held delegation-level talks on 22 July 2015. India and Iran Security Council structures have a regular dialogue channel. Both sides exchanged views on regional and bilateral issues of mutual interest and agreed to continue their interaction in the future. 

The Iranian delegation also met the Foreign Secretary Dr. S. Jaishankar and the National Security Adviser Shri Ajit Doval on 23 July 2015. 

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