Obama congratulates Modi on emphatic poll win.

New Delhi, May 17 (ANI): US President Barack Obama telephoned BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and congratulated him on his "emphatic election victory". According to reports, Obama told Modi that the largest democracy in the world has given a "decisive mandate". He said that he wished that under Narendra Modi's leadership, India will contribute significantly at the global level. Both leaders reportedly also discussed the India-U.S. Strategic Partnership and the prevailing global economic situation. May 17, 2014

My life and tenure an open book: Manmohan singh in his farewell speech

New Delhi, May 17 (ANI): Addressing the nation in his last day at office, Outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said that his life and tenure as the prime minister has been an 'open book' and that he has done his best to serve the nation. He also said that the people of the country should respect the judgement that they have delivered, and said that the concluded elections have deepened the foundations of country's democratic polity. Singh also said that the citizens of India are responsible for the nation’s development and that there is still vast latent development potential in the country which should be realized collectively. 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 leaders rejoice over thumping majority, humbled by voters generosity

New Delhi/ Lucknow /Bhopal, May 17 (ANI): BJP leaders said that they are humbled by the generosity of voters and expressed their happiness over thumping majority to form government as Narendra Modi storms to an historic election win. BJP leader, Amit Shah said this is the first time since independence a non Congress party has got the mandate to from the government with absolute majority. BJP chief Rajnath Singh said the new government would work towards accomplishing dreams of the people. Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj extended her gratitude to the voters for landslide victory. May 17, 2014

Need ten years to develop the country: Modi

Ahmedabad, May 17 (ANI): The big winner of general election, Narendra Modi, said that he needs ten years to develop the country. Allaying fears of any hidden divisive agenda, Modi said he would take every citizen on the journey of development. The BJP leader also said that people voted beyond any narrow consideration of caste or creed. Modi's landslide vicyory was welcomed with a thundering rally on stock markets and raucous celebrations at BJP offices across the country where supporters danced, exploded fireworks and handed out sweets. May 17, 2014

People have voted for change: RSS

New Delhi, May 17 (ANI): Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) congratulated the BJP, on its landslide victory in mammoth general elections saying that people of the country have voted for a change. RSS Joint General Secretary Dattatreya Hosabale, heartily congratulated the newly -elected government. Hosabale added that the new government was expected to do good work for the benefit of the country. May 17, 2014

2014 elections a game changer of 21st century: Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi, May 17 (ANI): As Narendra Modi is to arrive in Delhi after his prestigious victory in the 2014 polls, BJP leader Harsh Vardhan said that the polls were the ‘game changer of the 21st century’. He said that Modi is coming for the first time to Delhi as a prime minister designate and all the preparations are for his welcome. May 17, 2014

Narendra Modi to take part in road show in Delhi on his arrival

New Delhi, May 17 (ANI): After securing a handsome 337 majority win for the BJP-led NDA in the 2014 general elections, Narendra Modi will arrive in Delhi on Saturday morning to take part in a road show which will be more of a victory procession by him. Following which, he will attend a meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Board at the party headquarters in Lutyen's Delhi. The BJP has decided to use his journey from the Indira gandhi International Airport (IGIA) to the BJP headquarters as a victory procession. The Delhi Police has issued a traffic advisory asking commuters to avoid certain roads that fall on or around the route that the Modi roadshow will take and security has been tightened ahead of his arrival in the national capital. May 17, 2014

US marks 60 years of desegregation of public schools

US Attorney General Eric Holder commemorated on Friday the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of US public schools by calling for more action to put an end to the "still too persistent inequalities". Duration: 00:54 May 17, 2014

Kentucky residents sue distilleries over 'whiskey fungus'

Bourbon is key to Kentucky's identity, but some in the state are taking the big distilleries to court. Plaintiffs claim the whiskey makers emit fumes that cause an unsightly black fungus to grow on their homes and vehicles. Duration: 02:24 May 17, 2014

Modi eyes 'India's century' after landslide victory

Triumphant Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi promised to fulfil the dreams of 1.2 billion Indians as he propelled his party to a stunning electoral triumph Friday with the biggest winning margin for 30 years. May 17, 2014

It happens: Buddha Purnima

Shimla/Kushinagar/New Delhi, May 16 (ANI): Devotees thronged monasteries and shrines across India on May 14, to participate in prayer rituals, religious processions and dance performances to commemorate the birth of Lord Buddha. Buddha's birth anniversary, or Vesak Day, is celebrated on various dates in the Spring season throughout the world. It is usually observed during the first full moon in May. Participating in the festivities in the northern hill town of Shimla, devotees gathered early in the morning at the monastery to offer their prayers after which they were treated to Traditional Tibetan and tribal Himachali dances. Hundreds of Tibetan monks, Indian Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Christians and devotees from various other religions gathered to participate.In northern Kushinagar, members of the Buddhist community organised a religious procession with enchanting decorated idols of Lord Buddha being carried on vehicles and chariots amid enthusiastic supporters.Meanwhile in the national capital too, devotees gathered in huge numbers to offer prayers and monks propagated the message of peace and harmony. Across India, the Buddhists shrines echoed with religious hymns sung by devotees and the fragrance of the burning incense wafted far to create an aura of serenity and solemnity May 17, 2014