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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jethmalani sets out guidelines for new Government, express his confidence on Modi

New Delhi, May 19 (ANI): Former Bharatiya Janata Party leader and lawyer Ram Jethmalamani, on Monday stated that if the new incoming BJP-led NDA Government, doesn't bring in people with clean credentials at the helm as ministers, it risks facing the same consequences as the Congress had seen with its defeat in the general elections. He also expressed his full confidence on the ability of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) prime minister candidate Narendra Modi. May 19, 2014

Satyavrat Chaturvedi agrees with Ahmed Patel on owning up for poll debacle

New Delhi, May 19 (ANI): Congress leader, Satyavrat Chaturvedi on Monday agreed with party colleague and Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel's views that the party must own up for the loss in the recently concluded general elections. He also stressed on the need for rebuilding the team after deficiencies are analyzed. May 19, 2014

Politicos on Bihar's political saga

New Delhi, May 19 (ANI): Politicos on Monday reacted over the current situation in Bihar. The political drama in Bihar that began after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar offered his resignation on Saturday continues to unfold with new twists and turns even on Monday. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that Nitish took a bold decision of resigning. CPI leader D Raja said that Nitish has done a right thing to own up such a responsibility. Congress leader Meem Afzal said that CM of any state cannot be the reason for the loss in Lok Sabha. RJD leader Manoj Jha said that there is lot of internal conflicts in Nitish’s party. May 19, 2014

JD (U) leaders over Nitish Kumars resignation

Patna, May 19 (ANI): The political drama in Bihar that began after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar offered his resignation on Saturday continues to unfold with new twists and turns even on Monday. The Janata Dal United legislature is meeting today to discuss the ongoing situation after Nitish said that he would re-think his decision after a majority of JD (U) MLAs unanimously wanted him back at the helm of the state. However, JDU chief Sharad Yadav has said that the decision of Nitish quitting is final. Nitish's decision to resign as CM came in wake of a severe poll debacle for the JD (U) in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections. JD (U) leader Satish Kumar said that Nitish Kumar's stand is right, he should stick to his stand. May 19, 2014