Indians in New York City react to Narendra Modi's win

New York, May 17 (ANI): Residents in New York City welcomed the news of India's next Prime Minister, Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Modi's landslide, the most resounding election victory India has seen in 30 years, was welcomed with a blistering rally on India's stock markets and spirited celebrations in New York, where supporters danced to a drum beat, wore Modi masks, and handed out sweets. The BJP looked certain of a parliamentary majority, giving the 63-year-old former tea-seller ample room to advance reforms started 23 years ago by current Prime Minister Manmohan Singh but which stalled in recent years. May 17, 2014

Youngsters in Manipur imparted training in Thang-ta and Folk dances

Imphal, May 17 (ANI): These young girls are getting training in Thangta and Manipuri folk dances at Keirao Bitra in Imphal East district. The one-month long workshop-cum-training program was organized by the Performing Organization of Arts and Culture, Manipur under the aegis of Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi with Guru Thaba as the project director. During the course of the training program, special emphasis was given on teaching the girl trainees how to use the traditional martial art forms for self defense. A total of 30 girls as well as 8 boys were a part of the programme. In the past few years, Guru Thaba has regularly been training youths and promoting Thangta and folk dances. May 17, 2014

BJP parliamentary board praises Modi for successful election campaign

New Delhi, May 17 (ANI): The BJP parliamentary board, which met on Saturday in New Delhi, thanked its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for leading a successful election campaign. The board also felicitated Modi for guiding the party to a remarkable victory in the Lok Sabha polls. BJP Chief Rajnath Singh also thanked hundreds of dedicated party workers for their role in the BJP's victory and said assured that NDA will provide a stable government. Singh also informed that party national general secretary Thawarchand Gehlot has been appointed the observer to monitor to election of new Chief Minister for Gujarat. May 17, 2014

Janardan Dwivedi greets BJP for victory, hopes Modi will work in interest of country

New Delhi, May 17 (ANI): Congress General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi on Saturday accepted Congress’ defeat in the Lok Sabha Polls. Dwivedi said that Congress accepts the decision of people mandate. Further, paying his greetings to BJP and Narendra Modi, Dwivedi hoped that the winning party will work in the interest of country. He also added that Modi will have a positive support of Congress. May 17, 2014

Kamal Nath meets President regarding dissolution of 15th Lok Sabha

New Delhi, May 17 (ANI): Congress leader Kamal Nath on Saturday met President Pranab Mukherjee regarding the dissolution of 15th Lok Sabha. Kamal Nath said that he has given a letter to President in concern with the decision of Cabinet over dissolution of the 15th Lok Sabha with immediate effect. He added that the President would give his decision after considering the letter. May 17, 2014

Modi to be elected as leader of BJP Parliamentary party on May 20

New Delhi, May 17 (ANI): BJP Chief Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that the BJP Parliamentary Party will meet on 20th of May and decide on the date of the new government’s swearing in ceremony. The Parliamentary Party will also elect its leader, although Rajnath Singh made it quite clear that it will be Narendra Modi. May 17, 2014

Bangladesh ferry death toll rises to 45

Navy divers have recovered 16 more bodies from the wreckage of a Bangladesh ferry as the death toll from the disaster rose to 45 with scores more feared drowned. Duration: 00:44 May 17, 2014

Nawaz Sharif invites Narendra Modi to visit Pakistan

Lahore, May 17 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif telephoned Narendra Modi whose party BJP has swept India’s general elections. The media coordinator for Sharif's ruling Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) party, Tariq Azeem said that Sharif had congratulated Modi and had invited him to visit Pakistan. There have been concerns in Pakistan over Modi's victory because of his hard-line stance towards the nation, especially during his election campaign. Azeem said Pakistan was hoping Modi would change his attitude towards the country after he took over office. Many Pakistanis also believe that Modi is extremely anti-Pakistan. May 17, 2014

Indians in New York City react to Narendra Modis win

New York, May 17 (ANI): Residents in New York City welcomed the news of India's next Prime Minister, Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Modi's landslide, the most resounding election victory India has seen in 30 years, was welcomed with a blistering rally on India's stock markets and spirited celebrations in New York, where supporters danced to a drum beat, wore Modi masks, and handed out sweets. The BJP looked certain of a parliamentary majority, giving the 63-year-old former tea-seller ample room to advance reforms started 23 years ago by current Prime Minister Manmohan Singh but which stalled in recent years. May 17, 2014

BJP received 42% votes in UP, which means 58% people didn't supported BJP: Mayawati

Lucknow, May 17 (ANI): Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Saturday appeared before the media, a day after her party faced defeat in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections. But, instead of acknowledging her party's defeat which failed to win even one seat in 2014 polls, Mayawati went on to claim that her party had done better than the 2009 elections. Seeking to discredit BJP's victory, she said that BJP received 42% votes in UP, which means that 58% of people didn't supported the party. May 17, 2014

Modis wave and Congress failure caused BJPs win: Yeddyurappa

New Delhi, May 17 (ANI): BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa on Saturday expressed his happiness over BJP’s victory in these General Elections. He said that the entire country is happy that Narendra Modi will be the PM. He added that Modi’s wave and Congress’ failure led to BJP’s tremendous win. May 17, 2014

Manmohan Singh resigns as Prime Minister of India

New Delhi, May 17 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh submitted his resignation to President Pranab Mukherjee in Rashtrapati Bhawan on Saturday, a day after the BJP routed the Congress in the Lok Sabha election. Earlier in the day, Dr Singh addressed the nation for the last time before submitting his resignation. Manmohan Singh was the prime minister at the head of a Congress-led government since 2004. May 17, 2014