Ukraine prepares for crunch presidential polls

Ukraine heads to the polls on Sunday to elect a new president, with the country at risk of being torn apart by violence in the east where pro-Russian separatists killed 18 Ukrainian soldiers on Thursday. Duration: 02:40 May 23, 2014

India expresses concern over military coup in Thailand

New Delhi, May 23 (ANI): India expressed concern over military coup in Thailand on Friday and hoped for an urgent political resolution and restoration of normalcy based on the principles of democracy, will of the people and rule of the law.Thailand army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha set out his plans for the country on Friday, a day after seizing power in a coup, saying reforms were needed before an election can be held and enlisting the help of the civil service. India's foreign ministry spokesperson, Syed Akbaruddin, said that New Delhi was closely monitoring the evolving situation. India has also advised its troops to return home. May 23, 2014

MEA briefs about Afghanistan attack and invitation to SAARC leaders

New Delhi, May 23 (ANI): MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Friday briefed about the attack on Indian envoy in Afghanistan and strongly condemned it. He also said that the entire situation is being analyzed. He added that Afghanistan PM Hamid Karzai had spoken to Indian PM-designate Narendra Modi and assured him of all possible efforts to protect Indian missions there. Akbaruddin then, highlighting the invitation of SAARC nation leaders to Narendra Modi's oath ceremony, said that invitations were sent to 8 nations out of which Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Mauritius have confirmed and response is still awaited from Pakistan. He added that as far as the swearing-in ceremony of the Indian Prime Minister is concerned this will be the first occasion of SAARC leaders coming together. May 23, 2014

Tibetan government-in-exile congratulates Modi on election win

Dharamsala, May 23 (ANI): The Tibetan government-in-exile in hill town of Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh on Friday congratulated Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi for his massive victory in general election and also wished him good luck as he is set to take oath on May 26. Religion and culture minister in-exile, Pema Chhinjor, praised Modi for his landslide victory and also expressed admiration for the election process that went off smoothly. A Tibetan-in-exile, Tenzin Sangmo, said she is hopeful that Modi would do something about Chinese incursions as mentioned by him during his election campaigns. May 23, 2014

BJP will continue to fight against Nitish-Lalu government in Bihar

Patna, May 23 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Friday said that his party will now fight the Nitish-Lalu government in Bihar. Coming down heavily on former CM Nitish Kumar, Modi said that he has set a deal with the RJD as he can do anything to remain in power. May 23, 2014

BSE closes points 318.95 up on May 23

New Delhi, May 23 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 318.95 points up to stand at 24,693.35. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 90.70 points up to stand at 7,367.10. Ashok Leyland and Canara Bank were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 15.22% and 14.05% along with Jain Irrigation and Syndicate Bank with an increase of 13.38% and 10.87% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Gitanjali Gems and IPCA Lab with a decrease of 4.99% and 3.40% along with Indiabulls Real Estate and Cadila Health with a decrease of 3.29% and 2.59% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 246.33 points at 14,580.74 while the banking sector is up 283.49 points at 17,523.13 and the realty sector is up 40.75 points at 1,976.96. The Indian currency is up 0.03% at Rs 58.45 per dollar. May 23, 2014

Selena Gomez flaunts bikini body on Instagram

New Delhi, May 23 (ANI): Selena Gomez has posted a picture of herself wearing a yellow bikini on Instagram. The ' Come and Get It' singer expressed her love for her fans and wrote that she couldn't want to show them where she had been, a leading daily reported. Gomez, who has had a rough year with canceling her tour and a secret stint in rehab in January, added that she is taking her power back. May 23, 2014

Congress leaders now want Priyanka Gandhi to emerge as new face of party

New Delhi, May 23(ANI): After the humiliating rout of the Congress in the general elections, the party leaders felt that the charismatic scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, Priyanka Gandhi, should emerge as the new face of the party, if it is to be salvaged from the depths of defeat in near future. Congress leader KV Thomas said that Priyanka has inherited the charismatic charm of her grandmother, the late prime minister, Indira Gandhi. Congress leader, Shakeel Ahmad has, however, said that the Congress will welcome the decision taken by Priyanka. May 23, 2014