Droupadi Marmu: In a first, India elects a tribal woman as new president

02:25 PM | 22 Jul, 2022
Droupadi Marmu: In a first, India elects a tribal woman as new president
Source: Narendra Modi (Twitter)

NEW DELHI – India has created a history as it elected a woman from tribal minority for the first time as new president of the country.

Droupadi Marmu, 64, achieved the support of more than half the electorate of MPs and state legislators, according to partial results released by the country’s election commission on Thursday.

More than 4,500 state and federal lawmakers took part in balloting for the largely ceremonial position on Monday and counting was held on Thursday.

There were brighter chances of the victory of the teacher-cum-politician, who belongs to Santhal tribe, as she had the support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies.

Following the election, Modi visited Marmu in New Delhi and presented her with a bouquet of flowers. He also tweeted his congratulations, saying her “exemplary success motivates each and every Indian”.

“She has emerged as a ray of hope for our citizens, especially the poor, marginalised and the downtrodden.”

Murmu will be second woman president of India after Pratibha Patil, who held the office for five years from 2007.

Born in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district, the president-elect started her career as a teacher before joining politics.


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 8, 2023 (Wednesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 276.9 280.15
Euro EUR 296.12 296.74
UK Pound Sterling GBP 331.78 332.48
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.06 75.36
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.48 73.79
Australian Dollar AUD 190.31 192.71
Bahrain Dinar BHD 732.23 740.23
Canadian Dollar CAD 205.22 207.42
China Yuan CNY 40.72 41.12
Danish Krone DKK 39.92 40.32
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.08 35.45
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 900.32 909.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 64.65 65.25
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.19 176.18
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.12 27.41
Omani Riyal OMR 715.11 723.11
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 75.64 76.34
Singapore Dollar SGD 208.03 210.03
Swedish Korona SEK 26.1 26.4
Swiss Franc CHF 297.31 299.81
Thai Bhat THB 8.25 8.4

KARACHI – Gold prices fell on Wednesday for the third straight day in local markets, after hitting aan all-time high in previous week.

The per tola price of 24 carats gold in Pakistan dropped by Rs2,000 to settle at Rs198,000 while the price of 10 grams decreased by Rs1715 to reach Rs169753.

On Monday, the gold price witnessed a drop of Rs200 per tola to close at Rs204,300.

In the international market, the commodity witnessed an upward trend as per ounce price reached to $1,880 after an increase of $11 dollars.


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