YSR Congress MP SPY Reddy joins TDP

New Delhi, May 25 (ANI): In a blow to the YSR Congress, one of its party MPs on Sunday joined the rival TDP, which is set to form the government in Andhra Pradesh. A three-time Nandyal MP, SPY Reddy, who was elected on an YSR Congress ticket, switched over to TDP. He was elected to Lok Sabha in 2009 on a Congress ticket. Reddy's switch-over has come as a surprise as he was part of an MP's delegation of YSR Congress led by party chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy which met Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi and BJP President Rajnath Singh. May 25, 2014

Bhutan PM andBangladesh Speaker arrive in New Delhi for Modi's oath ceremony

New Delhi, May 25 (ANI): Leaders of SAARC nations started arriving in India's capital New Delhi on Sunday to attend PM designate Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony to be held on May 26. Speaker of the Bangladesh National Parliament, Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhary arrived with a delegation to attend the ceremony. Chaudhary was warmly received and welcomed at the airport by Sripriya Ranganathan, Joint Secretary (BM) in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). Also, Bhutan Prime Minister H.E. Lyonchen Tshering Tobgay arrived in New Delhi to be present at the ceremony. Prime minister designate Narendra Modi in a first of kind has invited all the heads of State from SAARC nations to attend his swearing-in ceremony on May 26. Bangladesh and Bhutan had also been invited to grace the event. May 25, 2014

Sonia re-elected as chairperson of CPP, Politicos react

New Delhi, May 25 (ANI): Sonia Gandhi has been re elected as chairperson of the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) by members of the newly-elected Lok Sabha and their colleagues in the Rajya Sabha. Reacting over this Congress said it is a good decision and Sonia will lead the party forward. May 25, 2014

Sonia says Congress failed to gauge widespread anger against it, politicos react

New Delhi, May 25 (ANI): After facing a crushing defeat in the Lok Sabha polls, Congress President Sonia Gandhi has admitted that her party failed to gauge the voters' anger against the party which ultimately led to its massive rout. Reacting over this CPI leader Atul Kumar Anjan said that the Congress failed miserably due to its anti people policies and programmes and gave the power to BJP and Narendra Modi in a decorated plate. May 25, 2014

No infiltration in Kashmir this year: Indian Army

Srinagar, May 25 (ANI): General Officer Commanding in Chief of Indian Army's Northern Command Lieutenant General Sanjiv Chachra said on Sunday that there have been no infiltration attempts by militants from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) in India's Kashmir valley so far this year. Chachra concluded his two-day trip to Kashmir on Sunday and visited Chinar Corps War Memorial to pay his tribute to the fallen heroes who laid down their lives in the service of the nation. He was also seen placing a floral wreath at the memorial. Chachra also mentioned that they are ready to take on any challenge from the militants. Chachra then felicitated some Army officers for their services May 25, 2014

Jairam Ramesh says Congress couldn't match Modi's aggressive campaigning, politicos react

New Delhi, May 25 (ANI): Politicos on Sunday took a potshot at Congress strategist Jairam Ramesh, who has admitted that Narendra Modi's aggressive campaigning delivered a knockout blow to his party. While the Congress leaders backed him saying that the party fought the elections based on principles, politicos from rival parties claimed that no one had stopped the Congress from running similar campaigning. May 25, 2014

Nawaz Sharif's decision to attend Modi's swearing evokes mixed reaction in Pakistan

Islamabad/ Lahore, May 25 (ANI): Pakistan has accepted an invitation to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to attend the inauguration of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi. The announcement has stirred up a mixed reaction in Pakistan, with most people hailing the decision and hoping the visit will prove to be an ice breaker between the hostile neighbours. Jan Achakzai, a spokesperson for Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), a religious conservative political bloc led by Maulana Fzalur Rehman, said his party welcomed Sharif's decision but called upon the Pakistani leader to use the opportunity to iron out "irritants like the Mumbai debacle. The Jamaat-e-Islam (JI), the largest Islamist political party in Pakistan which has for decades supported Kashmiri separatist rebels fighting against Indian rule, called the visit "an empty visit" that could hurt the feelings of the Kashmiri people. May 25, 2014

Pak to release 151 Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture

New Delhi, May 25 (ANI): Pakistan is set to release 151 Indian fishermen on Sunday as part of its goodwill ahead of the swearing-in ceremony of prime minister-designate Narendra Modi led new government at the Centre on May 26. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that this is a very good gesture from Pakistan and there are hopes of getting rid of all malice between both nations. As per reports an official at the Malir Jail in Karachi where Indian fishermen are lodged, has said that the prison authorities have received orders from Islamabad to release the fishermen who will be transported to Wagah border in Lahore. An estimate point that at present around 229 Indian fishermen and about 780 Indian boats are in Pakistan's custody. May 25, 2014

Police arrest 10 Bangladesh nationals near Indo-Bangla border

South Dinajpur, May 25 (ANI): Police in West Bengal arrested 10 Bangladesh nationals near the Indo-Bangla border. The Bangladesh nationals who were travelling in a private bus were taken in custody by the South-Dinajpur police, under Kushmandi police station near the border in West Bengal. Acting on a tip off, the sub divisional police officers tracked the bus which was on its way to Balurghat and found 10 Bangladeshis travelling without proper documents. The arrested nationals belong to Mirjapur and Bogra district of Bangladesh. Meanwhile, within three months south Dinajpur police and paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) jointly arrested 112 Bangladeshi infiltrators along the Indo-Bangladesh border. May 25, 2014

Sarabjit Singh's family expresses displeasure over Nawaz Sharif's visit to India

Jalandhar, May 25 (ANI): Family of dead Indian prisoner, Sarabjit Singh, expressed displeasure over the move of inviting the Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to attend the swearing in ceremony of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi. Modi had sent an invite to all SAARC member nations for his swearing-in ceremony on May 26. The members include Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif accepted the invitation on Saturday. Meanwhile, Sarabjit Singh's sister Dalbir Kaur said that Modi should have demanded justice for the Indian prisoners languishing in Pakistani jails first, rather than sending an invitation for his swearing-in ceremony. Echoing similar views, Sarabjit Singh's daughter, Swapandeep Kaur said the move was disheartening for the family as well as all those whose near ones are still held in Pakistan prisons for no fault of theirs. May 25, 2014