President braves steady drizzle to take salute

President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday braved a steady drizzle and kept standing when the national anthem was being played while taking the salute by the Army on his arrival in Thiruvananthapuram on a day-long visit to attend a function at the Mata Amritanandamayi Math.

Though an official offered him an umbrella, he did not accept it and kept standing in the rain to take the salute.

Earlier in the day, Kovind launched a Rs- 100 crore initiative of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math to provide clean water to rural India at the math headquarters at nearby Vallikkavu.

A function was organised on the occasion in connection with the 64th birthday celebrations of spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi.

(Agencies)

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