Thai coup fails to dent tourists' enthusiasm

Tourists are still arriving at the Thai capital, quashing fears last week's army coup and a curfew would slash the number of visitors. While some businesses reported a drop in takings, some hotels say trade is returning to normal. Duration: 02:13 May 31, 2014

Rahul Gandhi visits Badaun, meets family of gang-rape victims

Badaun, May 31 (ANI): Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday visited Badaun in Uttar Pradesh where the two sisters were gang-raped and murdered. Gandhi met the family members of the victims and said that he agreed with the family who pressed for a CBI probe and refused to take any compensation as it would not restore their girls' honour. He added that justice should be done to the innocent girls and their family so that a message is spread among the culprits who execute similar crimes that such offenses will not be spared in country. Gandhi was accompanied by AICC general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh Madhusudan Mistry, state PCC chief Nirmal Khatri and chairman of AICC Scheduled Castes department K Raju. May 31, 2014

Priority is to build self confidence and develop economic policies: D Pradhan

New Delhi, May 31 (ANI): MoS for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday stated that his priority in the department will be to build self confidence and develop economic policies. Pradhan stated that economy has improved since the new BJP government took charge of the nation. He added that their aim is to buy fuel at low price and deliver the best for people's convenience. May 31, 2014

Politicos react as Priyanka seeks withdrawal of special security at airports

New Delhi, May 31 (ANI): Politicos on Saturday reacted over Priyanka Gandhi's letter to the SPG where she has asked him to withdraw the exemption given to her and her family from normal security checks in the airports. The plea comes in the wake of reports that government was considering cancellation of such a facility to her husband Robert Vadra. May 31, 2014

SP defends itself as BJP targets Akhilesh Govt over rape shockers in UP

Lucknow, May 31 (ANI): The BJP on Saturday launched a scathing attack against the Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh over a series of rapes reported in the state. The Samajwadi Party while defending itself said that people should stop doing politics over such a sensitive issue. May 31, 2014

Modi discusses infrastructure, development objectives with key ministers

New Delhi, May 31 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi met key ministers to discuss development and infrastructure objectives that his government would be focusing on. Road, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde, Steel Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati and Minister of State (independent charge) for Power Piyush Goyal were among those Modi met May 31, 2014

Fire engulfs a hotel in Kashmir, four dead

Jammu, May 31 (ANI): A raging inferno broke out in a hotel in Jammu in Kashmir on Saturday night, killing at least four and injuring several tourists. The incident took place around 12:30 in Hotel Neelam near the main bus stand in Jammu city. An eyewitness said that only one fire tender had reached the spot for dousing the flame. May 31, 2014

Politicos react as Ex-IB chief Ajit Doval appointed NSA

New Delhi, May 31 (ANI): Politicos on Saturday reacted over Ajit Doval's appointment as PM Narendra Modi's national security adviser (NSA). The appointment was announced on Friday. Doval is a highly accomplished intelligence officer and an acknowledged security expert. May 31, 2014

Rao Inderjeet hits back at Congress, says CBI found nothing against him

New Delhi, May 31 (ANI): A day after the Congress attacked MoS for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh over alleged corruption during the UPA-1 tenure; the Gurgaon MP has hit back dismissing the charges against him. Rao Inderjeet on Saturday hit back at Congress over allegations by Kirit Somaiya saying that the CBI had investigated the entire case and found nothing against him so there was no need of baseless allegations. He further defended Smriti Irani over her education row saying that education does not matter in politics. He also gave an example of Haryana’s Tau Devilal who was illiterate but became the Deputy Prime Minister because he had the will to work. May 31, 2014

W. African leaders discuss unrest in Mali, Nigeria

West African leaders meet in an emergency summit to discuss regional security issues, including the unrest in Mali and Nigeria, which are fighting an Islamist-led insurgency. Duration: 01:29 May 31, 2014

People in India's Maoist-hit areas pin hopes on Modi government for safety

Gaya / Gumla / New Delhi, May 31 (ANI): People living in India's Maoist-hit areas are banking upon the newly formed government of Narendra Modi for their safety and security. Maoism is one of the critical issues that Modi would have to deal with among many other problems as it continues to disrupt people's lives and property. A trader from Gumla district in Jharkhand, Anil Mishra, said the new BJP government has given hope to the people. Jharkhand is one of the Maoist-prone areas where rebels carry out activities on a regular basis and create difficulties for people to earn their livelihood. India's eastern state of Bihar has also been a witness to the extremist issue for a long time. A trader from Gaya district in Bihar, Sumit Kumar, said the new government needs to form stringent laws against Maoism to tackle the problem. May 31, 2014

Bangladesh and Indian theatre artistes look up to Modi for speedy cross border visa issuance

Siliguri, May 31 (ANI): Theatre artistes in Bangladesh and India are looking up to Modi for speedy cross border visa issuance for better cultural ties between the two neighbouring nations. Artistes from Bangladesh want an accessible and uncomplicated visa process and look forward to the new BJP government. An Indian theatre group, ‘Rittick Nattha Sangha’ had organised a five- day theatre festival, “Natta Mela” in Siliguri city of West Bengal where they also invited Pangoney More. May 31, 2014

Mamata Banerjee an efficient leader who has capabilities to run the country: TMC

Kolkata, May 31 (ANI): TMC leaders have said that West Bengal chief Mamta Banerjee, who is also the party supremo, has the potential of leading the country, common people as well as the downtrodden. After its sweeping win in West Bengal in the general elections, the Trinamool Congress held a general body meeting in Kolkata on Friday. TMC, which has 34 lawmakers in the Lok Sabha, said they will keep a close watch on the Modi government and see that it works for the common people and not just the corporates. TMC leader Firhad Hakim said Banerjee is an efficient leader who has the capabilities to run the country. Another TMC leader Mukul Roy said that Banerjee’s leadership single handedly overturned the CPI (M) rule in the state. May 31, 2014