Sushmita Sen celebrates 20th anniversary of crowning with cancer kids

Mumbai, May 23 (ANI): India's Beauty Queen, Sushmita Sen, who won the Miss Universe in 1994, on May 21 celebrated 20 years of crowning with cancer patients in India's showbiz capital Mumbai. Model-turned-actress Sushmita Sen, celebrated the landmark event with 100 little kids suffering from cancer. The gorgeous bollywood actress, who won the Miss Universe crown in 1994, said these children know how to celebrate life. On the occasion the actress even watched just released children centered film, 'Hawaa Hawaai' with the kids. Sushmita was the first Indian beauty to win the Miss Universe title. May 23, 2014

Modi spoke to Indian Envoy in Afghanistan, all Indians safe: MEA

New Delhi, May 23 (ANI): The MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Friday updated the information regarding attack on Indian envoy in Afghanistan. Akbaruddin said that situation is uncertain as exchange of fire is still going on but contact is being maintained with all ambassadors. He also said that PM-designate Narendra Modi has spoken to the mission staff in Afghanistan to boost their morale. He added that all Indians are safe there and no threat is reported currently. May 23, 2014

Our aim is Delhi, not Bihar: Sharad Yadav

New Delhi, May 23 (ANI): JD (U) Chief Sharad Yadav on Friday explained the alliance of JD (U) and RJD in Bihar. Yadav said that there is a big challenge before the nation for which this initiative of alliance has been taken in Bihar. He added that this aim is not limited to Bihar but will reach till Delhi. May 23, 2014

Fire engulfs lift of residential building in Nagpur, kills five

Nagpur, May 23 (ANI): Fire broke out in the parking area of a residential building in Maharashtra on Friday and engulfed a lift, which left five members of a family dead. The incident took place at around 12.30 am in Nagpur city after vehicles parked in the basement of an apartment caught fire. Three women and two children were charred to death while they were in the lift to reach the ground floor. Dozens of fire tenders rushed to the spot to douse the inferno. One of the residents, Kalyan, said the watchman was the first to raise an alarm. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. May 23, 2014

JD (U) faces trust vote in Bihar Assembly today, RJD extends support

Patna, May 23 (ANI): Jitan Ram Manjhi, who has succeeded Nitish Kumar as the new Chief Minister of Bihar after the latter demitted office taking moral responsibility for the JD (U)'s debacle in general elections, is seeking a confidence vote today. The JD (U) government led by Manjhi has to prove its majority on the floor of the house. In a major development towards the formation of a new alliance in Bihar, Lalu Prasad Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal had on Thursday announced its unconditional support to the JD (U) government in the state. With Manjhi, who belongs to Musahar sub-caste, taking over as the Chief Minister, the Lalu Prasad-led party does not want to be seen as opposing a member of one of the most backward community. May 23, 2014

Colombias presidential election

With the first round of Colombia’s presidential election on Sunday, the ongoing peace process between the government and the leftist FARC guerrillas in Havana is more than ever at the center of attention. Duration:02:14 May 23, 2014

Bangkok wakes up after first night of curfew

Bangkok wakes up after its first night under a curfew imposed by the military following a coup which has triggered US-led international censure. Duration: 01:14 May 23, 2014

Politicos condemn Indian Consulate attack in Afghanistan

New Delhi/ Nagpur, May 23 (ANI): Politicos on Friday condemned the attack on the Indian consulate in Afghanistan's Herat. The consulate was attacked on Friday by three gunmen who tried to enter the building and later fired from the neighbouring buildings. May 23, 2014

Congress leaders analyze reasons behind massive defeat in general elections

New Delhi/ Guna, May 23 (ANI): India's out of favour Congress leaders did introspection over disconnect with the people of the country and analyzed the reasons behind the party's massive defeat in the world's biggest democratic exercise. Congress leader, Priya Dutt stated that the Congress needs to go back to the people and ask their advice to understand where the party went wrong in gaining their confidence. Meanwhile, Congress leader Captain Amrinder Singh who was declared winner against senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley in Amritsar constituency of Punjab, said the failure of Congress was a collective responsibility and that there is nothing wrong with the leadership of Rahul Gandhi. May 23, 2014

Vaiko meets Rajnath; objects to Rajapaksa's invite

New Delhi, May 23 (ANI): Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) chief Vaiko met BJP president Rajnath Singh on Friday and told him that Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's attendance in Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi's oath ceremony would be the saddest day for Tamils. Talking to reporters, Vaiko said he has urged Rajnath Singh to discuss the issue with Modi and avoid Rajapaksa's attendance in the ceremony, due to be held on May 26. May 23, 2014

Congress supports Digvijay's 'ex-Cong leaders comeback' remark

New Delhi/ Bhopal, May 23 (ANI): Congress on Friday backed party's General Secretary Digvijay Singh's remark that all ex-Congress leaders, including Sharad Pawar and Mamata Banerjee should come back to the party to face challenges unitedly. May 23, 2014

MEA on Indian consulate attack in Afghanistan

New Delhi, May 23 (ANI): The Indian consulate in the Afghanistan's Herat was attacked on Friday by three gunmen who tried to enter the building and later fired from the neighbouring buildings. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin informed that all Indians are safe. May 23, 2014

Strike hampers cross border Indo-Bangladesh trade

South Dinajpur, May 23 (ANI): An indefinite strike at Hilly border transit in South Dinajpur district of West Bengal hampered trade between India and Bangladesh. The strike was called on May 14 by the Bangladesh Exporters Association. According to the President of Hilly Exporters Association Bikash Mandal, the complication started between Bangladesh Customs clearing Agents with the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) at the transit point. BGB reportedly tried to forcefully thump their seal on every export manifesto and also harassed importers which resulted in 1500 trucks stranded at the Indian site as well as in the Bangladeshi site. May 23, 2014

BJP applauds Modi's move to invite Nawaz Sharif to attend his oath ceremony, Congress reacts

New Delhi/ Pune, May 21 (ANI): While the BJP hailed the prime minister-designate Narendra Modi's invite to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to attend his swearing-in ceremony on May 26, the Congress slammed his move. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that in the past such initiatives were undertaken by Manmohan Singh's government which faced a lot of criticism at the hands of BJP. May 23, 2014