President turns 77



New Delhi: A big chocolate cake was cut at Rashtrapati Bhawan on Monday to mark President Pratibha Patil's 77th birthday.

Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Railways Minister Dinesh Triwedi called on her to greet her on the occasion.

The President along with her spouse Devisingh Patil cut the cake in the presence of her Rashtrapati Bhavan staff.

In her brief speech, Patil, whose tenure ends in July next year, said she has cherished her time at Rashtrapati Bhavan and derives her strength from the hardworking staff of the President House.

Her Secretary Christie Fernandez handed over a bouquet of red roses to the President on behalf of the Rasthrapati Bhawan staff.

PTI