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

Sri Lanka to release 5 fishermen, wishes for peace

New Delhi, May 25 (ANI): Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India, Prasad Kariyawasam on Sunday, stated that India's PM designate Narendra Modi has set up a good initiative by inviting Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his oath ceremony. Kariyawasam said that as a gesture of goodwill, Sri Lanka is releasing 5 Indian fishermen. He added that people of India are happily welcoming Rajapaksa other than a few who are protesting and it is a good start to maintain peace and prosperity between both nations. May 25, 2014

Tamilians protest against Modi's invitation to Sri Lankan President for inauguration

Chennai/ New Delhi, May 25 (ANI): Tamilians took to streets against invitation to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa by the Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi for his swearing-in ceremony. Protesters say the move has hurt the sentiments of people as well as victims of alleged war crimes. Supporters of May 17 Movement staged a protest on Sunday in Chennai against Rajapaksa who will be attending Modi's oath ceremony on Monday. Students and cadres expressed their dissatisfaction and demanded that India should move a resolution against Sri Lanka at United Nations Human Rights Council for its alleged war crimes against Lankan Tamils. Meanwhile, protests were held in New Delhi’s famed agitation site of Jantar Mantar on Sunday by the Tamil Youth forum. May 25, 2014

Water ATMs reinvented to provide mineral water at cheap rates

Kanpur, May 25 (ANI): An alumnus of IIT Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh has set up a water ATM to provide water to the common man at cheap rates. Though such ATMs themselves are not the first of their kind, being found in China already, they are quite the novelty in India. Vaibhav Bajpayee, an I.I.T. alumnus and the founder of Akshay Jal ATMs, aims to provide clean mineral water to the less fortunate at cheap rates. The water ATM works like any other cash dispensing one. The water ATM card is touched upon a panel on the machine, which then dispenses water into a container. May 25, 2014

Pope calls for courage during presser with Abbas

Pope Francis on Sunday urged an end to the "increasingly unacceptable" Israeli-Palestinian conflict, calling on leaders to show "courage" to achieve a peace based on a two-state solution. Duration: 01:24 May 25, 2014