Invites sent to SAARC nation leaders to attend Modi's swearing-in ceremony

New Delhi, May 21 (ANI): MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Wednesday said that invites have been sent to the SAARC nation leaders including Pakistan to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as the next prime minster of India. Akbaruddin said that invites are sent and dialogues by the ministry are underway and that response from the nations is awaited. May 21, 2014

AAP gets agitated over Kejriwal taken in police custody

New Delhi, May 21 (ANI): AAP leaders on Wednesday reacted agitatedly over AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal taken into police custody in a defamation case filed by BJP leader Nitin Gadkari. Manish Sisodia said that Kejriwal has not done any crime by not filling a bail bond, thus targeting the 'good days' of governance under next PM Narendra Modi. Prashant Bhushan gave an insight into the matter saying that a bail bond was not filled even in the previous cases against Kejriwal so it was not even compulsory in this one. Also Sanjay Singh said that Kejriwal has not filled a bail bond in previous cases also and added that this case will be carried in higher courts. Meanwhile, Ashutosh stated that Kejriwal had only raised voice against corruption which is 'sarcastically' wrong according to law. He added that according to law if one does not want bail will be jailed and AAP is ready for that. May 21, 2014

Anandiben Patel elected as new Gujarat CM

Gandhinagar, May 21 (ANI): Gujarat revenue minister Anandiben Patel has been proposed as the BJP Legislature Party Leader on Wednesday and will succeed PM-designate Narendra Modi. Patel’s name was proposed and adopted unanimously at a meeting of the Legislature Party in the presence of Modi, who had earlier resigned as the chief minister of the state. She will be the first woman chief minister of Gujarat. In her acceptance speech, Patel turned emotional and thanked Modi and others for making her the chief minister. May 21, 2014

Gujarat Assembly gives warm farewell to Modi

Gandhinagar, May 21 (ANI): PM Designate Narendra Modi, who swept to power in an election that has changed the face of politics in the country, got emotional while bidding farewell to the legislative assembly of Gujarat on Wednesday. During his farewell speech, Modi said bipartisanship is the Gujarat model. Praising Gujarat's model of development, Modi lauded the efforts of the legislators. May 21, 2014

Kejriwal sent to judicial custody in Gadkari defamation case

New Delhi, May 21 (ANI): Former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday sent to two days judicial custody till May 23 after he refused to furnish a bail bond in connection with a defamation complaint filed against him by BJP leader Nitin Gadkari. A lawyer in the case confirmed the same and said that Kejriwal refused to file a bail bond which was asked from him by the court. Kejriwal will be taken to Tihar jail, not giving him any exception treatment. May 21, 2014

BSE closes points 78.86 down on May 21

New Delhi, May 21 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 78.86 points down to stand at 24,298.02. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 22.60 points down to stand at 7,252.90. Essar Oil and IFCI were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 14.30% and 13.09% along with Torrent Power and MMTC with an increase of 12.24% and 11.33% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Hindustan Zinc and Adani Ports with a decrease of 4.16% and 3.96% along with Ultratech Cement Ltd. and Idea Cellular with a decrease of 3.58% and 3.36% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 71.31 points at 14,321.80 while the banking sector is down 184.51 points at 17,119.75 and the realty sector is up 34.13 points at 1,834.60. The Indian currency is down 0.29% at Rs 58.80 per dollar. May 21, 2014

Narendra Modi meets Governor, resigns as Gujarat CM

Gandhinagar, May 21 (ANI): Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi on Wednesday submitted his resignation as Gujarat chief minister to Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal. Modi is chairing a meet with Gujarat BJP leaders to elect the next CM of Gujarat. As per reports, Anandiben is the frontrunner for the top post. Earlier on Tuesday, President Pranab Mukherjee had appointed Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister of India. May 21, 2014

Naveen Patnaik takes oath as Odisha CM for fourth consecutive term

Bhubaneswar, May 21 (ANI): Biju Janata Dal (BJD) chief Naveen Patnaik was sworn-in as Chief Minister of Odisha for a fourth consecutive term on Wednesday. He was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor SC Jamir at Raj Bhawan. Twenty-one ministers, including ten of cabinet rank, were also administered the oath of office and secrecy. Patnaik led the BJD to a landslide victory in the just concluded assembly elections in the state. The BJD won 117 of the 147 seats in the state assembly. May 21, 2014

Four more suspects in Patna and Bodhgaya blast arrested: NIA

New Delhi, May 21 (ANI): The Director General of NIA, Sharad Kumar on Wednesday addressed media regarding the arrest of four more suspects in Patna and Bodhgaya blasts that took place last year. Kumar said that the four suspects had been arrested on Tuesday night after extreme hard work. He also said that all four were residents of Ranchi in Jharkhand and were being followed by the NIA team since long. Kumar added that all the suspects in Patna and Bodhgaya blast have been arrested till now. On being asked whether the aim of these suspects was Modi, Kumar said that the previously arrested suspects had admitted their target to be Narendra Modi whom due to heavy security they could not reach, thus tried to spread terror among people through serial blasts in Patna. May 21, 2014

SC commutes death sentence of two convicts in 2002 American Centre blast

New Delhi, May 21 (ANI): Supreme Court on Wednesday commuted death sentence of two convicts, held for attack on American Centre in Kolkata city in 2002, to life imprisonment. The attack took place in January 2002 in which five policemen on duty were killed. A senior lawyer, Debashish Bhowmik, said the court directed Mohammed Aftab Ahmed Ansari, one of the convicts, to serve life imprisonment and other convict Jamaluddin Nasir to remain in jail for 30 years without any remission. Ansari, Nasir and five others were given death sentence by a lower court in Kolkata nine years ago for their role in the attack. May 21, 2014

Bangladesh economist highlights challenges before middle-income vision

Dhaka, May 21 (ANI): Bangladesh’s senior economist Ashikur Rahman highlighted major challenges before the middle-income vision, which the government aims to achieve by 2021, as political strikes have resulted in staggering losses to the country’s economy. Rahman said that there was a need to overcome challenges related to energy security and diversification of export base to achieve the goal of middle-income status. Unrest eased after the polls, which were boycotted by the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, and shunned by international observers. But the respite could be short-lived as the opposition has said it will launch a fresh movement to try and topple the government. Expressing his concern over chronic poverty in the country, Rahman said the government should focus on promoting a better healthcare sector and better education to achieve inclusive growth. May 21, 2014

Politicos react over Kejriwals apologies to public

New Delhi, May 21 (ANI): Political leaders on Wednesday reacted over AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal’s apologies to public over quitting from his government in Delhi. BJP leader MJ Akbar said that Arvind Kejriwal can do anything to come to power but he needs to develop his political character. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that it is up to the people whether they will grant Kejriwal’s apologies and refused to comment over elections in Delhi. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that Kejriwal should get back to his social work as he is not capable of politics. May 21, 2014

Confusion reigns in Pakistan after polio guidelines

Pakistan, the world's number-one exporter of polio, has seen a rush on vaccines and angry scenes at hospitals after new World Health Organization guidelines aimed at halting the crippling disease caused widespread confusion. May 21, 2014