AIADMK expels K Malaisamy for suggesting alliance with NDA, TRS too follows suit

New Delhi/ Hyderabad, May 15 (ANI): AIADMK Chief and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday expelled former MP K Malaisamy from the party for suggesting that she would support Narendra Modi led NDA government. His expulsion came a day after his remark on the possibility of ties between BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi and Jayalalithaa after the announcement of election results on May 16. Jayalalithaa said that Malaisamy was expelled because he had acted in violation of party's principles and ideologies. And that he has brought disrepute and bad name to the party. Meanwhile, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrashekar Rao's daughter K Kavitha also said that the party is not keen to support BJP-led NDA after the result announcement as they had 'some issues' with the NDA. May 15, 2014

Luscious varieties of 'King of Fruits' lure crowds to Mango Festival in Goa

Goa, May 15 (ANI): The ongoing Mango Festival in Goa drew a huge crowd of visitors from across the country to savor the delicious taste and tempting flavour of the fruit that is rightly dubbed the 'King of Fruits.' The festival which began on May 13, has been organized by the Directorate of Agriculture, Government of Goa and National Horticulture mission and will conclude today. Around 60 varieties were on display, including the Alphonso, Totapuri, Malgoa and Bhishma, besides others. Interactive sessions and seminars were also held by experts who informed people about mango production technologies, ultra high density planting as well as pest and disease management. May 15, 2014

Special prayers across India for Modi's victory day before poll results

Patna /Kaushambi / New Delhi, May 15 (ANI): Special prayers were being held across India on Thursday for the victory of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, a day prior to the results of the mammoth general election of the world's largest democracy. Major exit polls forecast BJP and its allies to sweep to a parliamentary majority in the world's biggest ever election. In Kaushambi district of Uttar Pradesh, BJP supporters conducting special prayers said they will continue till Modi takes over as the Prime Minister if BJP is elected to power. Supporters sat around the religious fire along with an idol of Modi, giving offerings to the fire and chanting hymns. Meanwhile, the scenario was no different in Patna and New Delhi with people holding banners and photos of Modi participating in the prayers. May 15, 2014

BSE closes points 90.48 up on May 15

New Delhi, May 15 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 90.48 points up to stand at 23,905.60. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 14.40 points up to stand at 7,123.15.Titan Company Ltd. and Apollo Tyres were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 5.99% and 5.64% along with National Aluminium Co.Ltd. and Tata Chemicals Ltd. with an increase of 5.51% and 5.34% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include JandK Bank and Asian Paints with a decrease of 5.45% and 4.89% along with Motherson Sumi and Tata Chemicals with a decrease of 4.81% and 4.58% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 65.84 points at 14,106.36 while the banking sector is up 23.32 points at 16,279.74 and the realty sector is down 16.94 points at 1,515.16.The Indian currency is down 0.59% at Rs 59.33 per dollar. May 15, 2014

Students protest against DU professor over his alleged Maoist links

New Delhi, May 15 (ANI): Members of a student organization took to streets in New Delhi on Thursday against a Professor at University of Delhi, G.N. Saibaba, as they demanded his suspension over alleged Maoist links. Professor of English, Saibaba was arrested by police in Maharashtra on May 09. Members of ABVP, a right-wing all-India student organization, also paid tribute to the soldiers who were killed in the Maoist attacks. According to reports, the English professor, who hails from Andhra Pradesh, was running an organization acting as a front for Maoists. May 15, 2014

Will consult opposition leaders over Mullaperiyar Dam row: Oommen Chandy

Thiruvananthapuram, May 15 (ANI): Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy said that he would consult opposition leaders over the Mullaperiyar Dam row which has been a bone of contention between Tamil Nadu and Kerala, as he mulls over a review petition in the Supreme Court for solving the issue. On May 07, country’s top court gave the verdict which quashed the law passed by Kerala on Mullaperiyar dam in 2006. A bench headed by Chief Justice RM Lodha quashed the amendments to the Kerala Conservation and Irrigation Act brought in by the Kerala Government in 2006 to restrict the water level to 136 feet. Announcing to mediapersons that the issue would be discussed in the Assembly session, Chandy reiterated that consultations with opposition leaders would be carried out first. May 15, 2014

Sonia Gandhi hosts farewell dinner for PM Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, May 15 (ANI): Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi hosted a farewell dinner in New Delhi on Wednesday for Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, as he prepared to leave office after presiding for a decade over the world's largest democracy. A momento, signed by all members of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) and Union Ministers, was also presented to Dr Singh by Sonia. Several top party leaders, including P Chidambabaram, Sushilkumar Shinde, Salman Khurshid, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Ajay Maken, were present for the dinner at 10 Janpath in Delhi. However, absence of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's from the send-off dinner raised many political eyebrows. Congress leader Rajiv Shukla, who attended the thanksgiving dinner said that Singh was felicitated by Sonia Gandhi. May 15, 2014

BJP slams Rahul for skipping PMs farewell dinner, Congress overlooks

New Delhi, May 15 (ANI): The BJP continues to target Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi even as election campaigning has come to an end. This time the party slammed Rahul for skipping the PM’s farewell dinner. The Congress has however defended Rahul saying he had met PM beforehand and wished him. May 15, 2014