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Prez Kovind arrives in Kerala, takes salute amid pouring rain

Sakshi Chaturvedi

Sakshi ChaturvediBy Sakshi Chaturvedi

Published on 8 Oct 2017 7:57 AM GMT

Prez Kovind arrives in Kerala, takes salute amid pouring rain
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Thiruvananthapuram: President Ram Nath Kovind, who arrived here on Sunday on his first state visit, took the salute at the Guard of Honour given to him at the airport amid pouring rain, and preferred to stand without any umbrella.

The President, who is the supreme commander of the Indian Armed Forces, arrived here at around 09030 hours.

Kovind was received by Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan besides others.

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As it was raining heavily, the security officials were seen providing a cover to the President, who however, refused and stood on the dais to take the salute.

He then inspected the guard of honour with all other dignitaries present watching him from under the cover of a shamiana.

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The President later left by helicopter to inaugurate the charity programmes as part of the 64th birthday celebrations of spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi at Kollam, about 85 km from the state capital.

President Kovind will return to New Delhi on Sunday afternoon.

IANS

Sakshi Chaturvedi

Sakshi Chaturvedi

A journalist, presently working as a Sub-Editor at newstrack.com.

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