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

It happens: Mango Festival

Kozhikode, May 16 (ANI): Exotic varieties of mangoes tickled the taste buds of fruit lovers in Kozhikode city in Kerala state. The 21st edition of the mango festival, which began on May 08, has been organised by Calicut Agri- Horticultural Society and will conclude on May 18. Various varieties of mangoes were put on display including Alphonso, Kudadath, Banganampalli Malgova and the native Chakkarakkutty. Rare and indigenous varieties such as Chandrakkaran, Perakka Manga, Ammini and hybrid varieties like H4, Mallina, H44 and H151 also delighted the visitors. Meanwhile, there was also a mango eating competition which enthralled the audience. The participants were required to eat as many mangoes as possible. Jose Thomas emerged victorious who was rewarded with a cash prize and variety of mangoes to take home. A total of 35 participants tested their appetites with the crowds cheering and lauding for them.Mango, popularly known as king of fruits, is grown in different parts of the country. May 17, 2014

Russian rocket falls back to Earth after liftoff

A Russian Proton rocket carrying an advanced communication satellite fell back to Earth on Friday shortly after liftoff in the latest accident to hit the country's once-proud space industry. Duration: 00:43 May 16, 2014

Meeting between Netanyahu and Cuck Hagel

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that America do every they must to insure that Iran does not get a nuclear weapon. Duration: 00:36 May 16, 2014

UN warns of human rights abuses in Ukraine

The United Nations warned Friday of an "alarming deterioration" of human rights in eastern Ukraine, where an armed insurgency by pro-Russian separatists is threatening a presidential election just over a week away. Duration: 01:10 May 16, 2014

Torronts - Argentina's white wine

In the Salta region, in northern Argentina, is a wine that is produced virtually nowhere else: Torrontés. Duration: 02:06 May 16, 2014

Syria: government returns to ruined Homs

The writing is on the walls of Homs, telling the story of the siege of this central Syrian city once dubbed the "capital of the revolution" against President Bashar al-Assad. Duration: 01:03 May 16, 2014

Turkish mine engineer: risks were not properly assessed

The operator of a Turkish mine where an explosion has claimed more than 280 lives said on Friday the disaster was not due to negligence on its part. But for Muzaffer Köse, a mine engineer, "the risks were not sufficiently assessed." Duration: 00:48 May 16, 2014

LS polls 2014: Shashi Tharoor wins in Thiruvananthapuram

Thiravananthapuram, May 16 (ANI): Congress leader and Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor has won the Thiravananthapuram Lok Sabha seat. Tharoor defeated his main rival O Rajagopal of the BJP to the post. He said that he campaigned on the work that he did in last 5years and on the values and principles of the Congress party. May 16, 2014

Poll Trends (6 pm)

New Delhi, May 16 (ANI): Poll trends as of 6 PM shows BJP winning in 121 seats while the Congress is winning in 15 seats. May 16, 2014

Poll Trends (7 pm)

New Delhi, May 16 (ANI): Poll trends as of 7 PM shows BJP winning in 152 seats while the Congress is winning in 23 seats. May 16, 2014

LS Polls 2014: Mehbooba Mufti thanks voters for victory

Srinagar, May 16 (ANI): In a major setback to National Conference (NC) and Congress, the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defeated the coalition of NC Congress with clean sweep and won all three seats in Kashmir. May 16, 2014

LS Polls 2014: Naveen Patnaik thanks voters for victory

Bhubaneswar, May 16 (ANI): Odisha seems to have bucked Modi wave as Naveen Patnaik juggernaut ran over opposition Congress and BJP helping Biju Janata Dal to a record 4th consecutive win in simultaneous assembly and Lok Sabha polls. May 16, 2014

Election Results 2014: I will not congratulate Modi, not an opportunist, says Lalu

Patna, May 16 (ANI): RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Friday said that he cannot congratulate BJP’s Prime Minesterial candidate Narendra Modi as he is not an opportunist. In an embarrassment to the Lalu Prasad Yadav, his wife, Rabri Devi, and his daughter Misa Bharti lost elections to the Lok Sabha from Saran and Patliputra parliamentary constituencies, respectively. May 16, 2014