Congress on Narendra Modi's swearing in ceremony

New Delhi, May 26 (ANI): Speaking on Narendra Modi's swearing in ceremony, Congress leader Meem Afzal on Monday said that people are waiting to know if there will be any Muslim face in the cabinet that will represent the Muslim community. May 26, 2014

Congress pays homage to departed leaders on first anniversary of Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh, May 26 (ANI): Congress paid homage to its departed leaders on the first anniversary of the Maoist attack that killed a convoy of the party's men in the red corridor of Darbha Valley in the Sukma district of Chhattisgarh. On May 25, the first anniversary of the brutal attack, Congress leaders paid homage by organizing a special prayer session. Scores of rebels had trapped the convoy in a forest in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, on May 25 in 2013 when the Congress politicians were returning from a rally. May 26, 2014

Modi's olive branch to Pakistan builds hope of bilateral trade ties

Amritsar, May 26 (ANI): Cross Border traders in Punjab hailed PM-designate Narendra Modi's olive branch to the nuclear-armed rival Pakistan in a bid to root out his anti-Muslim image ahead of his swearing- in ceremony scheduled on Monday. The traders of Pakistan and India have welcomed the gesture hoping for fruitful ties between the nations which could lead to a boost in bilateral trade. Modi had invited Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to attend his swearing-in ceremony which the Pakistani counterpart has accepted. A truck driver from Pakistan, Irshad, hailed Modi's gesture saying that the friendship would ensure better trade relations between both the nations. Another truck driver, Ibrar, also heaped praises on Modi saying that he would bring prosperity to both the nations. May 26, 2014

Sri Lankan President and Mauritius PM arrive in New Delhi for Modi's oath ceremony

New Delhi, May 26 (ANI): Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday arrived in India's capital New Delhi to attend Modi's swearing-in ceremony to be held in the evening. Rajapaksa arrived with a delegation comprising of Minister of External Affairs G.L. Peiris, Minster of Livestock and Rural Community Development, Arumugam Thondaman, Mayoress of Jaffna Yogeshwari Pathkunarajah, Monitoring Member of Parliament Sajin de Vass Gunawardena and Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga. There are reports that Rajapaksa will hold bilateral talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after participating at the latter's swearing in ceremony. May 26, 2014

Obama makes surprise Afghanistan visit

US President Barack Obama promises a decision on post-2014 troop numbers in Afghanistan "fairly shortly", after paying a surprise visit to soldiers fighting the last battles of America's longest war. Duration: 00:46 May 26, 2014

Modi pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat

New Delhi, May 26 (ANI): Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi paid floral tribute to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi at his memorial Rajghat early on Monday morning in New Delhi ahead of his swearing-in-eremony. Modi was accompanied to Rajghat by senior BJP leaders Harsh Vardhan and Prakash Javadekar, besides others. He is due to take oath as India's next PM at a glittering ceremony that will be as much a show of his determination to be a key player on the global stage as a celebration of his stunning election victory. For the first time in India's history, a clutch of South Asian leaders will be among the guests watching Modi's inauguration at the presidential palace in New Delhi - including the Prime Minister of arch-rival Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif. May 26, 2014

BJP leaders reach Gujarat Bhavan to meet Modi

New Delhi, May 26 (ANI): BJP leaders Ravi Shankar Prasad, Nirmala Sitharaman, and Sushma Swaraj reached Gujarat Bhavan on Monday to meet Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi before his swearing-in as the 15th prime minister of India. The stage is set for swearing-in of Modi at a grand function in Rashtrapati Bhawan today at 6 p.m. For the first time in India's history, a clutch of South Asian leaders will be among the guests watching Modi's inauguration at the presidential palace in New Delhi - including the Prime Minister of arch-rival Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif. President Pranab Mukherjee will be administering the oath of office and secrecy to Modi and his council of ministers. May 26, 2014

Angry Thai anti-coup protests despite junta warnings

Thai anti-coup protesters squared off against soldiers in Bangkok Sunday in a growing show of dissent despite warnings from the ruling junta to end rallies, after the army consolidated all law-making authority (Duration 01:07) May 26, 2014

Belgium heads to polls in European elections

Belgium premier Elio Di Rupo cast his vote in EU elections Sunday as Belgian police hunted down a gunman who shot dead three people on Saturday in an attack on the Brussels Jewish Museum. Duration: 01:32 May 25, 2014

India reels under sweltering heat

Allahabad /Bhopal, May 25 (ANI): People in northern and central states of India are looking for ways to escape the scorching sun as temperatures are predicted to rise even further before the onset of monsoon. As the month of June approaches, one of the hottest months of the country, heat wave conditions continue to hit normal lives, making it difficult for the people to step out of their houses. People in Allahabad were seen with their heads covered with scarves and caps and carrying umbrellas as temperatures reached around 42 degrees Celsius. Roadside juice vendors are also doing brisk business as local residents throng the shops for refreshing drinks. Some residents sought shelter under tree shade as power cuts across the country remain a major issue in summers, adding to their plight. May 25, 2014

CPI (M) targets WB Govt after Hindustan Motors suspends operations at Uttarpara

Kolkata, May 25 (ANI): The CPI (M) on Sunday targeted the TMC led West Bengal government, over the suspension of work declared at the Uttarpara plant of Hindustan Motors in West Bengal, by its owners. Party leader Shyamal Chakraborty said that the West Bengal government is not looking at the problems of the workers who have not got their salary for the past 6 months. The CK Birla owned auto flagship Hindustan Motors, which has been making iconic brand- Ambassador, on Saturday declared suspension of work at its Uttarpara plant. The company sent a notice to this effect to stock exchanges citing low productivity, large accumulation of liabilties, critical shortage of funds and lack of demand for the core product-Ambassador cars as the reasons for the shut down. May 25, 2014

Hemraj Singh's family protests against Sharif's visit on Modi's oath taking

Mathura, May 25 (ANI): Family of a deceased Indian soldier Hemraj Singh, whose head was severed by Pakistani army, protested against the visit of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Sharif is coming to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi. Irked protesters shouted anti-Pakistan slogans and also burnt an effigy of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Meanwhile, the Hemraj family demanded cessation of firing on the border as a precondition for talks. May 25, 2014

Police arrest hardcore Maoist in Odisha, seize explosives

Koraput, May 25 (ANI): India's paramilitary, Border Security Force and police in a joint operation arrested a hardcore Maoist, seized explosives from him in the red corridor of Odisha. At the tip of intelligence, combing was launched in Koraput district of Odisha on Sunday to nab the red rebel, Satya Mandingi alias Malla, who was caught in the Narayanpatna area after an exchange of fire. Police said Malla has revealed useful information about few attacks planned by the Maoists. May 25, 2014