Smriti Irani urges reinstatement of five suspended DU officials

New Delhi, May 31 (ANI): HRD minister Smriti Irani on Saturday appealed to the Delhi University (DU) to reinstate the five university officials suspended for allegedly leaking documents related to her educational qualifications. The DU had on Friday suspended the officials for allegedly accessing and leaking confidential documents relating to Irani. May 31, 2014

Mamata Banerjee an efficient leader who has capabilities to run the country: TMC

Kolkata, May 31 (ANI): TMC leaders have said that West Bengal chief Mamta Banerjee, who is also the party supremo, has the potential of leading the country, common people as well as the downtrodden. After its sweeping win in West Bengal in the general elections, the Trinamool Congress held a general body meeting in Kolkata on Friday. TMC, which has 34 lawmakers in the Lok Sabha, said they will keep a close watch on the Modi government and see that it works for the common people and not just the corporates. TMC leader Firhad Hakim said Banerjee is an efficient leader who has the capabilities to run the country. Another TMC leader Mukul Roy said that Banerjee’s leadership single handedly overturned the CPI (M) rule in the state. May 31, 2014

Bangladesh and Indian theatre artistes look up to Modi for speedy cross border visa issuance

Siliguri, May 31 (ANI): Theatre artistes in Bangladesh and India are looking up to Modi for speedy cross border visa issuance for better cultural ties between the two neighbouring nations. Artistes from Bangladesh want an accessible and uncomplicated visa process and look forward to the new BJP government. An Indian theatre group, ‘Rittick Nattha Sangha’ had organised a five- day theatre festival, “Natta Mela” in Siliguri city of West Bengal where they also invited Pangoney More. May 31, 2014

People in India's Maoist-hit areas pin hopes on Modi government for safety

Gaya / Gumla / New Delhi, May 31 (ANI): People living in India's Maoist-hit areas are banking upon the newly formed government of Narendra Modi for their safety and security. Maoism is one of the critical issues that Modi would have to deal with among many other problems as it continues to disrupt people's lives and property. A trader from Gumla district in Jharkhand, Anil Mishra, said the new BJP government has given hope to the people. Jharkhand is one of the Maoist-prone areas where rebels carry out activities on a regular basis and create difficulties for people to earn their livelihood. India's eastern state of Bihar has also been a witness to the extremist issue for a long time. A trader from Gaya district in Bihar, Sumit Kumar, said the new government needs to form stringent laws against Maoism to tackle the problem. May 31, 2014

All five main accused arrested in Badaun gang-rape case

Uttar Pradesh/New Delhi, May 31 (ANI): Police on Saturday arrested the fifth accused in the gang-rape and murder of two teen sisters in Uttar Pradesh's Badaun district that had sparked enormous outrage among people. The girls, aged 14 and 15, were cousins and they went missing from their village on May 27 evening. The following morning, villagers found the bodies of the two teenagers hanging from a mango tree in a nearby orchard. The post-mortem report confirmed that both girls were raped and died due to hanging. An FIR was registered against seven persons including two policemen and two unnamed men after outrage over the incident. May 31, 2014

Congress says election defeat not verdict on performance

New Delhi, May 31 (ANI): The Congress party on Friday claimed that defeat in the recently concluded general election was not a verdict on performance. Citing a newspaper article by a foreign professor, Congress spokesperson Shashi Tharoor said the erstwhile Congress-led UPA government in the last ten years had a record second to none. May 31, 2014

RSS dubs Kashmir's Article 370 as 'temporary'

Pune, May 31 (ANI): Hindu radical outfit and ideological mentor of the BJP, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has said that Article 370, which provides special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir, is temporary which means it should go one day. A row had erupted after Junior minister in Prime Minister's Office (PMO), Jitendra Singh of the BJP stirred a controversy on May 27, after assuming charge, by saying that Article 370 was more of a psychological barrier than a physical one and added that the Narendra Modi-led government was open to debate with all stakeholders, including youths and that Article 370 of the Constitution was a hindrance to Kashmir's development. RSS leader Krishna Gopal who addressed a news conference in Pune said that the article holds a temporary status in the Indian Constitution. Gopal claimed the people of the country who had given a clear mandate to BJP were also on the same page with the party. May 31, 2014

Family-owned egg plant separates whites from yolks

The Deb El processing plant is viewed on May 29, 2014 in Thompsonville, New York. The family owned Deb El plant, located north of Manhattan, separates egg whites from yokes. Duration: 00:51 May 31, 2014

Hundreds jeer at burial of Poland's last communist leader

Hundreds of protesters jeered Friday at the Warsaw burial of Poland's last communist leader, General Wojciech Jaruzelski, in a sign the controversial figure continues to polarise Poles even in death. Duration: 01:01 May 31, 2014

Residents flee Ukraine's flashpoint city of Slavyansk

Residents leave the flashpoint city of Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine, saying they are too scared to keep living with the explosions and firefights as violent clashes between pro-Russian rebels and government troops continue. Duration: 01:01 May 31, 2014