Singh started his career with the Times of India in 1985 (Lucknow) and worked in the Economic Times and the Telegraph.
The President drove to the airport but was asked to return to his hotel after a 'Rudder Fault' was detected in the aircraft.
Kovind, in a special event organised in Switzerland, thanked the commune of Villeneuve for celebrating Gandhi's legacy and naming a Square after him.
After the Supreme Court ordered the demolition of apartment complexes in Maradu for CRZ violation, residents have decided to approach the President and Prime Minister seeking remedial action.
The President said that India is keen to engage with Switzerland on water governance, water use efficiency and treatment of wastewater.
Bollywood films as effective as Google Maps to understand Switzerland's topography: President Kovind
President Kovind, who arrived in Switzerland on a visit to hold talks with the country's leadership, addressed the students and faculty of the prestigious University of Berne.
After the talks, India and Iceland signed agreements and MOUs on fisheries collaboration, cultural cooperation and visa waiver for holders of diplomatic and official passport.
This is the first visit of an Indian President to Iceland since the visit of former president APJ Abdul Kalam in 2005.
Pakistan on Saturday had refused India's request to allow President Kovind to use its airspace for his flight to Iceland.
External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India regretted Pakistan's decision to deny overflight clearance for the VVIP special flight.
The decision comes at a time of high tension between the two nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
"With #Chandrayaan2 Mission, the entire team of ISRO has shown exemplary commitment and courage. The country is proud of @ISRO. We all hope for the best #PresidentKovind," President said in a tweet.
The President will be travelling with a large business delegation and the economic segment during the visit will be important, he said.
Sharing a video Modi tweeted: "Teachers Day greetings to everyone. India pays tributes to Dr S Radhakrishnan, an exceptional teacher and mentor, on his Jayanti."
According to the spokesperson of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, President Ram Nath Kovind will confer the award during the 'Swachh Mahotsav' to be organised by the ministry.