CWC rejects Sonia and Rahul's resignation, says party will work under their leadership

New Delhi, May 19 (ANI): As the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meet ended on Monday, nothing much changed in the party. While the leaders chose to remain mum on issues and on what happened in the meet, they confirmed that party President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi offered to resign, which was rejected by the party. Beni Prasad Verma said that the responsibility of the defeat is of all party leaders and that Congress chief will decide on further course of action and on reshuffling the leadership. May 19, 2014

Nitish Kumar names Jitan Ram Manjhi as next Bihar CM

Patna, May 19 (ANI): JD (U) senior leader and Former Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday named his close aide and SC and ST minister during his government, Jitan Ram Manjhi as the next chief minister of the state. Kumar said that his name is given to the Governor and further course of action will be taken by him. Talking about Manjhi, the former CM also said that he is an experienced leader and has worked tremendously for the party. May 19, 2014

Nitish Kumar will elect new leader tomorrow: JD (U)

Patna, May 19 (ANI): Following the JD (U)Legislative Party meet, Nitish Kumar remained adamant on his resignation and put to rest all possibilities of him getting back as chief minister of Bihar. However, the party authorized him to elect the new leaders as the next CM tomorrow, said state party President VN Singh. Singh said that there is no trouble or concern to the JD (U) government and that Nitish Kumar resigned taking moral responsibility. May 19, 2014

Pakistan invites Modi, says peace their foremost agenda

New Delhi, May 19 (ANI): Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit on Monday said that India's next PM Narendra Modi is invited to Pakistan as a step towards peace for development in both countries. On being asked about the abolition of terrorism, Basit said that terrorism is a major problem in Pakistan also due to which many civilians have lost their lives in recent past. He further said that all problems between India and Pakistan can be solvedwhen both countries engage with and understand each other. Basit added that that cricket is a mutual step that can be taken by both nations to develop friendliness. May 19, 2014

South Korean President apologizes for ferry disaster and disbands coastguard

Seoul, May 19 (ANI): South Korean President Park Geun-hye formally apologized on Monday for the ferry disaster last month that killed about 300 passengers, mostly school children, and said she would break up the coast guard because it had failed in its rescue mission. Park said that the coast guard's rescue duties will be transferred to a national emergency safety agency to be set up and the national police will take over its investigative function. The Sewol, with 476 passengers and crew members on board, capsized and sank in April, killing at least 286 people. Eighteen people remain missing after South Korea's worst civilian maritime disaster in 20 years. Of the passengers, 339 were children and their teachers on a field trip from a high school on the outskirts of Seoul. Only 172 people were rescued, with the rest presumed to have drowned. Park said that the coast guard had not only failed in its search and rescue duty but that, in its current form, it would be unable to prevent another large-scale disaster. May 19, 2014

Decision not taken in wave of emotions, extraordinary situations call for such actions: Nitish Kumar

Patna, May 19 (ANI): After the JD (U) legislative meet, Nitish Kumar remained adamant on his decision to resign and explained the party leaders on his reasons for the same. He said that the decision to resign was not taken in a wave of emotions and he decided the same taking moral responsibility for the party's performance in the 2014 general elections. He also said that there are some extraordinary situations which call for such actions. May 19, 2014

Speculations continue over Bihar's next CM's selection

Patna / New Delhi, May 18 (ANI): Nitish Kumar's resignation from the post of Bihar's chief minister has triggered speculation over who among the JD (U) legislators would be the next chief minister of the state. Kumar has not recommended dissolution of the assembly, this leaving a window for formation of a new government, if any other party cobbles up majority in the 243-member house. The JD-U legislators will meet on Sunday evening to elect their new leader. A senior JD-U leader Narendra Singh, who is believed to have been leading a quiet rebellion within the party against Kumar for breaking 17-year old alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), refuted speculation that he could be the new chief minister. May 19, 2014

Jagan Mohan Reddy seeks assurance from Modi for development in AP

New Delhi, May 19 (ANI): YSR Congress Chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday came to meet Narendra Modi seeking an assurance for the protection of Andhra Pradesh and said that he is ready to give issue based support to Modi. He said that though Narendra Modi does not need any support and, the party is willing to give him support. He also said that Congress never mentioned on how will it support the state of Andhra Pradesh and that is why he was looking for a sympathetic look from Modi. May 19, 2014

Party will work against secular forces, Lalu Prasad to decide on alliance with JD (U): RJD

New Delhi, May 19 (ANI): Reacting on the ongoing speculations of an alliance between the RJD and JD (U) in Bihar, RJD leaders Manoj Jha and Pappu Yadav said that the party will always work against secular forces and will try to keep BJP and RSS at bay. Jha said that there are many internal conflicts in JD (U). Meanwhile, Yadav said that iot is for the party Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav to decide on the alliance and the party will respect his decision. May 19, 2014

Asaram Bapu fails to get bail from SC in rape case

New Delhi, May 19 (ANI): The self-claimed godman Asaram Bapu on Monday failed to get any relief from the Supreme Court in a rape case against him. The apex court posted the matter for hearing on July 3. The controversial spiritual leader had approached SC seeking bail and dropping of charges under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. May 19, 2014

BJP's Ram Kripal Yadav terms Nitish Kumar 'Drama King'

New Delhi, May 19 (ANI): BJP leader Ram Kripal Yadav on Monday described former Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's resignation on Saturday as an act of pure drama, and insisted that Kumar would do his best to cling onto power in the state. May 19, 2014

Bangladesh academician hopes for middle-income status by 2021

Dhaka, May 19 (ANI): Pinning hope on economic revival, Bangladesh academician Bazlul H. Khondker said on Monday that the country will achieve middle-income status by 2021, even as he expressed concerns over trade concessions. Professor of Economics at Dhaka University, Khondker, said that they were concerned about losing trade concessions rather than low cost lending or investment. May 19, 2014

Politicos react over CWC meeting on stock of poll

New Delhi, May 19 (ANI): The Congress Working Committee will meet in New Delhi on Monday in the wake of party's worst-ever performance in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls. The meeting of the party's apex decision making body, which will be chaired by party president Sonia Gandhi, is expected to delve on exploring the reasons behind its defeat and chalking out its future strategy. CPI leader D. Raja said BJP benefited from the anti Congress anger all over the country and now it is for the Congress party to assess the situation and act accordingly. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that the meeting is an internal matter of Congress and there was nothing to worry about poll decisions as they keep varying. Meanwhile, Congress leader Manish Tewari said that there is a need to go into things deeply to come to certain conclusions. May 19, 2014

Navy chief says safety measures in place after spate of marine incidents

Mumbai, May 19 (ANI): Navy chief, Admiral Robin K Dhowan, on Monday assured that safety measures were in place and standing operating procedures were being followed in wake of recent maritime accidents. Dhowan, addressing the officers and sailors of the Western Naval Command in Mumbai said that various measures have been put in place to avert any major accident. Dhowan said naval officers were responsible to protect the assets and maritime interests. May 19, 2014