Mayawati hits out at Akhilesh over Badaun gangrape, demands President's rule

Lucknow, May 30 (ANI): BSP chief Mayawati on Friday slammed SP government and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for the rise in crimes in the state. Mayawati said that law and order in the state has completely brokendown and demanded that the state be put under President's rule. BSP Chief demanded a CBI probe into the gangrape and murder of two Dalit teenagers in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh, saying there was absolutely no control over crime in the state. Maywati also hit out at Akhilesh for the power crisis in the state. May 30, 2014

Akhilesh Yadav, Centre enters into blame game over power crisis in UP

New Delhi/ Kanpur, May 30 (ANI): As the people in UP are reeling under 10- hour power-cuts, the blame game is on between UP CM Akhilesh Yadav and union government. Yadav said that centre is not providing adequate power. He said that due to less supply of coal from Coal India, power crisis is growing in the state. Meanwhile, hitting back at Yadav, Minister of state for power Piyush Goyal said that the state government must buy power from the Centre and that there is no shortage of power. He also urged UP CM to stop making excuses. May 30, 2014

Two Indian-origin boys tie for Scripps National Spelling Bee championship trophy

United States, May 30 (ANI): Two Indian-origin boys have been crowned the co-winners of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. For the first time in 52 years, two spellers have been declared co-champions. Sriram Hathwar, 14, of Painted Post, New York, and Ansun Sujoe , 13, of Fort Worth, Texas, shared the title after they spelled a dozen words correctly in a row. They were declared co-champions by judges after six rounds of face-to-face duelling. 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 30, 2014

Gujarat govt dropped idea of Modi's biography in school curriculum post his refusal

Ahmedabad, May 30 (ANI): Gujarat Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama on Friday said that the state government has dropped the idea of including Narendra Modi's biography in school curriculum. Chudasama said that Modi this morning called him to request that anything on a living person should not be included in school syllabus. The education minister said that Modi has been working efficiently for the state and is a role model of Gujarat and that the ministry thought that students should know about him. May 30, 2014

Rani co- hosts Mom in law's cinema inspired fashion store launch 'Divani'

Mumbai, May 30 (ANI): New Bride Rani Mukerji Chopra made her first public appearance at the launch of India's first cinema inspired fashion brand 'Divani' by her mother in law Pamela Chopra in the showbiz capital Mumbai. Dressed typically as an Indian bride Rani looked stunning in a Sabya Sachi creation, she completed the look by donning sindoor, red bindi and chodas. Speaking on the occasion Rani thanked all her fans for the lovely wishes she received on her wedding and said that she was happy to be a co-host of the event with her mom-in law. The launch saw the presence of all the B-Town biggies from Parineeti Chopra to Alia Bhatt, Arjun Kapoor to Sushant Singh Rajput, amongst others who came in to cheer up Late Yash Chopra's wife Pamela Chopra in her new venture. The Flagship store which is a fusion of fashion and cinema includes everything from bridal and couture to western out fits is Yash Raj's tribute to Mumbai for the city's contribution to cinema. May 30, 2014

Health Minister's clarion call for students to campaign against tobacco consumption

New Delhi, May 30 (ANI): Health Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan, flagged off a rally of school students in New Delhi on Friday, a day ahead of 'World No Tobacco Day' to draw attention towards the health risks associated with tobacco consumption. The rally was part of the activities taken up by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare along with the WHO, to mark the 'World No Tobacco Day' in order to promote the theme 'Raise taxes on tobacco to reduce tobacco consumption' for this year. Globally, every year, 31st May is observed as World No Tobacco Day. Interacting with participants of the rally, he said that the health ministry is working towards advocating policies that could help reduce tobacco- related health risks and ensuring at the same time that the laws implemented by the state governments are made people friendly. He further added that the rally is organized to spread awareness, especially among students, so that they come forward and campaign against tobacco in India. May 30, 2014

PM Modi's move to raise FDI in defence to 100 per cent remarkable: Defence Expert

New Delhi, May 30 (ANI): After Commerce Ministry cleared the DIPP note to hike FDI in the defence sector to 100 percent from the current 26 percent, Defence Expert Bharat Verma said that it is a remarkable move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that it will meet the country's military requirements, will bring new scientific knowledge and technologies and that there will be spin of civil industries. Verma also said that the move will make India a hub of modern defence manufacturing. May 30, 2014

PM Modi asks ministers to set 100-day agenda, Politicos react

New Delhi, May 30 (ANI): Political reactions flow in a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi told his ministers to set a 100-day agenda that is focused on efficient governance, delivery and time-bound implementation of programmes and schemes. BJP leader Nalin Kohli said that this proves that the new government is focused on developmental works. Meanwhile, Congress leader Meem Afzal said that the agendas to be completed in 100 days constitute nothing on inflation and other such things. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that if something good comes out of the set agenda. CPI leader D Raja said that the agenda should include something on inflation and other things or else it is useless. May 30, 2014

Reactions flow in as Modi refuses his biography to be part of school curriculum

New Delhi, May 30 (ANI): Reactions flow in Narendra Modi tweeted refusing inclusion of his biography in the school curriculum. Congress leader Meem Afzal said that life of person who is alive should not be part of educational curriculum and that children will go in wrong thought process if the person commits something wrong. NCP leader Tariq Anwar appreciated Modi’s move to refuse the move. Meanwhile, CPI leaders D Raja and Atul Anjan welcomed Modi’s tweet. May 30, 2014

Anna praises Modi, slams Kejriwal; politicos react

New Delhi, May 30 (ANI): A day after social activist Anna Hazare praised the BJP-led government at the Centre, saying it seemed like "achchhe din aane wale hain" and criticized Arvind Kejriwal for getting "carried away", the Congress said that Anna was always in favour of BJP. While the BJP said everyone was looking forward to Modi, politicos from rival parties refused to comment on the same. May 30, 2014

N Chandrababu Naidu meets Arun Jaitley over Seemandhra

New Delhi, May 30 (ANI): Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Chief N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi over the issue of Seemandhra which is to be formed as the residual state out of Andhra Pradesh on June 2. Jaitley after meeting him, said that the NDA government will help the state re-establish it in due course of time as was talked about during the previous UPA government. Naidu is also expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and place his list of demands, which will include a special category status to the Seemandhra region. May 30, 2014

People in Maoist-hit Rayagada pins hope on Modi govt for security

Rayagada, May 30 (ANI): People living in Maoist-affected Rayagada district of Odisha banked on newly formed central government for safety and security. Residents of Maoist-affected villages said they were expecting Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led union government to take concrete steps against Maoists in the region. People complained that the district was neglected during Congress party's regime and hoped for better future. Even though the Congress party introduced many developmental schemes related to agriculture, irrigation, communication, food security and consumer welfare sanctions, people were unhappy with improper implementation. May 30, 2014