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Nitish Kumar steps down as Bihar Chief Minister

Patna, May 17 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar decided to step down from his post on Saturday afternoon after his party, the Janata Dal United, was routed in the general election. According to reports, several ministers and Janata Dal (United) members of the legislative assembly squarely blamed him for the defeat of the party in the polls. The JD (U) has won just two of Bihar's 40 Lok Sabha seats. His former partner the BJP has won 31 along with its allies in the state. May 17, 2014
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Manmohan Singh leaves legacy of achievements, failures as he demits office

New Delhi, May 17 (ANI): Decade-long journey of Manmohan Singh as Prime Minister came to an end on Saturday leaving behind a legacy of achievements and failures. Singh made history, becoming India's first Prime Minister from a minority community - he is a Sikh- and serving for longer than anyone other than a Nehru-Gandhi leader. Political analyst, Sanjay Kumar, said Singh, although, is best-known for his personal integrity, his term in office was marred by a string of corruption scandals. Earlier this year, Singh, 81, announced he would not serve at the helm, even if the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) won the election for a third consecutive term. May 17, 2014
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There is no issue of majority, government can continue to work if it wants: Nitish Kumar

Patna, May 17 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday informed that he has stepped down from his post after his party, the Janata Dal United, was routed in the general election. According to reports, several ministers and Janata Dal (United) members of the legislative assembly squarely blamed him for the defeat of the party in the polls. The outgoing CM, however, added that there is no issue of majority and the state government can continue to work if it wants. May 17, 2014
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Nitish's resignation not surprising, he lost badly: BJP

New Delhi, May 17 (ANI): BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Saturday reacted over Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's resignation saying that it is not surprising. Rudy stated that Kumar's party had given a poor performance in Lok Sabha Polls for which Nitish Kumar is stepping down from his post. Rudy further said that perceiving the results of General Elections and the attitude of his Cabinet Ministers, Nitish Kumar took an intelligent decision. May 17, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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