Congress leaders now want Priyanka Gandhi to emerge as new face of party

New Delhi, May 23(ANI): After the humiliating rout of the Congress in the general elections, the party leaders felt that the charismatic scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, Priyanka Gandhi, should emerge as the new face of the party, if it is to be salvaged from the depths of defeat in near future. Congress leader KV Thomas said that Priyanka has inherited the charismatic charm of her grandmother, the late prime minister, Indira Gandhi. Congress leader, Shakeel Ahmad has, however, said that the Congress will welcome the decision taken by Priyanka. May 23, 2014

Selena Gomez flaunts bikini body on Instagram

New Delhi, May 23 (ANI): Selena Gomez has posted a picture of herself wearing a yellow bikini on Instagram. The ' Come and Get It' singer expressed her love for her fans and wrote that she couldn't want to show them where she had been, a leading daily reported. Gomez, who has had a rough year with canceling her tour and a secret stint in rehab in January, added that she is taking her power back. May 23, 2014

BSE closes points 318.95 up on May 23

New Delhi, May 23 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 318.95 points up to stand at 24,693.35. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 90.70 points up to stand at 7,367.10. Ashok Leyland and Canara Bank were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 15.22% and 14.05% along with Jain Irrigation and Syndicate Bank with an increase of 13.38% and 10.87% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Gitanjali Gems and IPCA Lab with a decrease of 4.99% and 3.40% along with Indiabulls Real Estate and Cadila Health with a decrease of 3.29% and 2.59% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 246.33 points at 14,580.74 while the banking sector is up 283.49 points at 17,523.13 and the realty sector is up 40.75 points at 1,976.96. The Indian currency is up 0.03% at Rs 58.45 per dollar. May 23, 2014

BJP will continue to fight against Nitish-Lalu government in Bihar

Patna, May 23 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Friday said that his party will now fight the Nitish-Lalu government in Bihar. Coming down heavily on former CM Nitish Kumar, Modi said that he has set a deal with the RJD as he can do anything to remain in power. May 23, 2014

Tibetan government-in-exile congratulates Modi on election win

Dharamsala, May 23 (ANI): The Tibetan government-in-exile in hill town of Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh on Friday congratulated Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi for his massive victory in general election and also wished him good luck as he is set to take oath on May 26. Religion and culture minister in-exile, Pema Chhinjor, praised Modi for his landslide victory and also expressed admiration for the election process that went off smoothly. A Tibetan-in-exile, Tenzin Sangmo, said she is hopeful that Modi would do something about Chinese incursions as mentioned by him during his election campaigns. May 23, 2014

Jayalalithaa refuses to attend Modi's oath ceremony in presence of Sri Lankan President, Congress re

New Delhi/ Lucknow, May 23 (ANI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa refused to attend PM designate Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony if Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is invited. Congress leaders Meem Afzal and Akhilesh Pratap Singh reacted to the same. Meem Afzal said that BJP's decision has been opposed by the NDA supporters themselves which should be answered by BJP. Akhilesh Pratap Singh slammed the BJP for playing two faced politics. He said that BJP does vote bank politics, not what is in the nation's interest. May 23, 2014

Jaswant Singh visits Advani, RSS reacts

Nagpur, May 23 (ANI): RSS ideologue MG Vaidya on Friday said that it is up to the expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh to decide whether he wants to join the BJP again or not. Stirring speculations about his return to BJP, Singh on Friday met BJP's veteran leader LK Advani. 77-year-old Jaswant Singh contested as an independent candidate in Lok Sabha polls from Barmer after BJP refused to field him from there. BJP fielded Sonaram Choudhary from Barmer. May 23, 2014

All four terrorists killed, Afghan ambassador says attack won't hamper India-Afghan relations

New Delhi, May 23 (ANI): Speaking on the attack on Indian consulate in Afghanistan's Herat, Afghanistan Ambassador to India, Shaida Mohammad Abdali said that all 4 terrorists have been killed. He also added that everyone is safe and there are no casualties. He further said that the enemy must know that doing this is not going to affect the relationship of both the countries. May 23, 2014

Gadkari defamation case: Kejriwal jailed for 14 days, next hearing on June 6

New Delhi, May 23 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Convener Arvind Kejriwal has been sent to 14-day judicial custody in the defamation case filed by senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nitin Gadkari. Kejriwal was sent to Tihar Jail after he refused to pay a personal bond as directed by the court. The next hearing is on June 6. He has already spent two nights in judicial custody after he refused to pay the personal bond saying it was against AAP's principles. Kejriwal had alleged that Gadkari is one of the most corrupt leaders of India following which the BJP leader had moved court. May 23, 2014

Jitan Ram Manjhi wins trust vote in Bihar Assembly

Patna, May 23 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Jeetan Ram Manjhi won the trust vote in the special session of the Bihar Assembly on Friday. During the session, the BJP came down heavily on the outgoing Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for "plunging Bihar into a crisis" merely due to his "deep hatred" for Narendra Modi. It later staged a walkout. May 23, 2014

Coal scam: Vijay Darda, son granted bail

New Delhi, May 23 (ANI): A Delhi court on Friday granted bail to Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda in the coal blocks allocation case. Darda, a Congress leader, was chargesheeted by the CBI in March. The Court also granted bail to Darda's son Devendra in the case. May 23, 2014

Sushmita Sen celebrates 20th anniversary of crowning with cancer kids

Mumbai, May 23 (ANI): India's Beauty Queen, Sushmita Sen, who won the Miss Universe in 1994, on May 21 celebrated 20 years of crowning with cancer patients in India's showbiz capital Mumbai. Model-turned-actress Sushmita Sen, celebrated the landmark event with 100 little kids suffering from cancer. The gorgeous bollywood actress, who won the Miss Universe crown in 1994, said these children know how to celebrate life. On the occasion the actress even watched just released children centered film, 'Hawaa Hawaai' with the kids. Sushmita was the first Indian beauty to win the Miss Universe title. May 23, 2014

Modi spoke to Indian Envoy in Afghanistan, all Indians safe: MEA

New Delhi, May 23 (ANI): The MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Friday updated the information regarding attack on Indian envoy in Afghanistan. Akbaruddin said that situation is uncertain as exchange of fire is still going on but contact is being maintained with all ambassadors. He also said that PM-designate Narendra Modi has spoken to the mission staff in Afghanistan to boost their morale. He added that all Indians are safe there and no threat is reported currently. May 23, 2014

Our aim is Delhi, not Bihar: Sharad Yadav

New Delhi, May 23 (ANI): JD (U) Chief Sharad Yadav on Friday explained the alliance of JD (U) and RJD in Bihar. Yadav said that there is a big challenge before the nation for which this initiative of alliance has been taken in Bihar. He added that this aim is not limited to Bihar but will reach till Delhi. May 23, 2014