Nigeria's Jonathan vows 'total war' against Boko Haram

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Thursday vowed total war against terrorism as the country's security forces stepped up efforts to rescue more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists 45 days ago. Duration: 01:17 May 30, 2014

Shutdown call by TDS hits normal life in Telangana

Andhra Pradesh, May 29 (ANI): Chief minister-elect of India's new state, Telangana, which will come into existence on June 02, K Chandrasekhar Rao, called for a shutdown on Thursday (May 29) to protest the move of the central government to issue an ordinance related to the merger of a few villages of Khammam district into Andhra Pradesh. The city wore a deserted look as shops and business establishments remained closed at many places, including Hyderabad. Bus services from Hyderabad to various destinations in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh were also suspended. Activists of the regional TRS came out in droves in Bhadrachalam town and protested against the ordinance and termed it unconstitutional. May 29, 2014

Indian fishermen released by Pak return home, hail PM Modi

Vadodara, May 29 (ANI): Around 150 Indian fishermen returned home in Vadodara city of Gujarat after they were released from Pakistan prison as a part of goodwill gesture ahead of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's visit to New Delhi for Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony. In a bid to bolster ties, Sharif had ordered release of fishermen, who were jailed in Pakistan for straying into their territorial waters. A released fisherman, Bhavesh Nanji, said he was happy to return home after two months and appreciated Modi. May 29, 2014

Bangladesh's Gonojagoron Mancha calls for speedy trial of 1971 war criminals

Dhaka, May 29 (ANI): Bangladesh people's resurgence platform, Gonojagoron Mancha, called for speedy trial of war criminals, accused of genocide during 1971 liberation war. The members of the platform held a round-table conference in Dhaka city to discuss about war crimes trials. More than 200 people were killed in violent street protests in Bangladesh, which broke out in February and continued throughout 2013. The protests began after the Awami League government decided to charge people with war crimes and other abuses during Bangladesh's liberation war in 1971 and put them on trial. Gonojagoron Mancha Spokesperson Imran H Sarker said they would not accept the delay in the trials of the war criminals. May 29, 2014

China wants robust partnership with India: Li Keqiang tells Modi

New Delhi, May 29 (ANI): MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Thursday informed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the first official call from Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang. Akbaruddin said that the Chinese Premier congratulated Modi on election victory and conveyed that China wants a robust partnership with India for further development of relationship between the two countries. May 29, 2014

Badalta Manzar (May 29, 2014): An independent news report on Jammu and Kashmir

In an effort to vow tourists to the south kashmiris kulgam district the tourism dept is developing a new chinar park there. The department took a waste land of some 22 kanals and has constructed a fully landscaped park there. A whopping 2 crore has already been spent on the park and rupees 50 lakh are planned to be spend more on this park. The main aim according to the department is to give a resting place for the locals as well as the tourists travelling from that side. People of village jangad and bhowani are facing problems due to non existence of government offices in their area. They have to go to district headquarter rajouri for every work so they are demanding from the government to give tehsil status to their villages. Road connectivity is the mirror of development and shows the development of the particular area . The road between udhampur to pakhali is in worst condition and local of the said areas face many problems due to the worst condition of the pakhali road as a part of about 17 km of road from jakhani to pakhali are have path holes filled with dirty water . May 29, 2014

Postal stamps on Narendra Modi issued in Bihar

Patna, May 29 (ANI): Department of Posts issued special stamps on Prime Minister Narendra Modi made by a philatelist in Bihar. The stamps and a special cover conceptualised by philatelist Pradeep Jain depicted Modi in four different poses and the special cover showed him emerging from a lotus. Jain said that he got the idea of 'My Stamp' during the inauguration of Barack Obama as United States President. It was a global event and stamps were released in Washington. The stamps and the cover were released on Modi's swearing-in ceremony on May 26. Impressed by his work, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs contacted him to get few of the stamps to send them to the neighbouring countries. May 29, 2014

First session of 16th Lok Sabha from June 4

New Delhi, May 29 (ANI): The Union Cabinet has recommended convening of the first session of the 16th Lok Sabha from June 4 to June 11. Briefing the reporters, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu confirmed that the first session of 16th Lok Sabha will be held from June 4 to June 11. Naidu said that former parliamentary affairs minister and senior Congress leader Kamal Nath will be the Protem Speaker, who will perform the duties of the office of the Speaker till the election of Speaker. "During the inaugural session of the 16th Lok Sabha, newly-elected members to Lower House will take oath on June 4 and 5," Naidu said. The first session will also witness election of the new Speaker and the joint address by the President to the two Houses. The Rajya Sabha session will begin on June 9 with a joint address by the President Pranab Mukherjee, Naidu said. May 29, 2014

PM Narendra Modi resigns from Vadodara LS seat

New Delhi, May 29 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday resigned as MP from his Vadodara Lok Sabha seat from where he contested in 2014 General Elections. Modi had contested from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and Vadodara in Gujarat in the General Elections and won from both constituencies. Modi had defeated AAP's Arvind Kejriwal and Congress' Ajay Rai in Varanasi. He also won the Vadodara seat by a record margin of over 5 lakh votes against Congress' Madhusudan Mistry. Narendra Modi took charge as the PM on May 26 in a grand ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhawan. May 29, 2014

VK Singh takes charge as MoS for Development of North-East Region

New Delhi, May 29 (ANI): Retired General V.K.Singh took over as junior minister with independent charge for development of India's north-eastern region on Thursday. He assured development for country's north-eastern region as per the BJP's manifesto. V.K. Singh represents Ghaziabad constituency of Uttar Pradesh. Singh served as the 24th Chief of the Indian Army and had joined the party this year. May 29, 2014

Massive fire engulfs commercial building in Surat

Surat, May 29 (ANI): A massive fire broke out in a high-rise building in Surat on Thursday morning. As per initial reports, the fire first broke out at Vipul Sarees' shop located on the fourth floor of the 17-story Orchid Tower and quickly spread to other floors. There are no reports of casualties so far. At least 20 fire tenders are battling the fire but given the massive stock of textile material stored in the building, it would be sometime before the fire is controlled. May 29, 2014

Rajnath Singh takes charge as Home Minister

New Delhi, May 29 (ANI): Rajnath Singh on Thursday took charge as the Home Minister of India. Before assuming office in the North Block, Singh paid tribute to country's first home minister Sardar Patel. Singh has also asked for a detailed presentation of his ministry from the Home Secretary. Singh, who was elected from Lucknow Lok Sabha constituency, will succeed Sushilkumar Shinde in the crucial Ministry that handles country's internal security and the task of guarding the international border with Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. May 29, 2014

Najma Heptullah on 'Parsi Minorities' controversial remark

New Delhi, May 29 (ANI): The newly-elected NDA government's Minister of Minority Affairs Najma Heptullah said that India's Muslims were not minorities. Parsis, on the other hand, with their decreasing population could be considered as such. Heptullah's comment stirred quite a controversy in the political circle. Meanwhile, Heptullah on Thursday gave clarification on her remark. May 29, 2014