Gadkari defamation case: Kejriwal jailed for 14 days, next hearing on June 6

New Delhi, May 23 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Convener Arvind Kejriwal has been sent to 14-day judicial custody in the defamation case filed by senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nitin Gadkari. Kejriwal was sent to Tihar Jail after he refused to pay a personal bond as directed by the court. The next hearing is on June 6. He has already spent two nights in judicial custody after he refused to pay the personal bond saying it was against AAP's principles. Kejriwal had alleged that Gadkari is one of the most corrupt leaders of India following which the BJP leader had moved court. May 23, 2014

All four terrorists killed, Afghan ambassador says attack won't hamper India-Afghan relations

New Delhi, May 23 (ANI): Speaking on the attack on Indian consulate in Afghanistan's Herat, Afghanistan Ambassador to India, Shaida Mohammad Abdali said that all 4 terrorists have been killed. He also added that everyone is safe and there are no casualties. He further said that the enemy must know that doing this is not going to affect the relationship of both the countries. May 23, 2014

Jaswant Singh visits Advani, RSS reacts

Nagpur, May 23 (ANI): RSS ideologue MG Vaidya on Friday said that it is up to the expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh to decide whether he wants to join the BJP again or not. Stirring speculations about his return to BJP, Singh on Friday met BJP's veteran leader LK Advani. 77-year-old Jaswant Singh contested as an independent candidate in Lok Sabha polls from Barmer after BJP refused to field him from there. BJP fielded Sonaram Choudhary from Barmer. May 23, 2014

Jayalalithaa refuses to attend Modi's oath ceremony in presence of Sri Lankan President, Congress re

New Delhi/ Lucknow, May 23 (ANI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa refused to attend PM designate Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony if Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is invited. Congress leaders Meem Afzal and Akhilesh Pratap Singh reacted to the same. Meem Afzal said that BJP's decision has been opposed by the NDA supporters themselves which should be answered by BJP. Akhilesh Pratap Singh slammed the BJP for playing two faced politics. He said that BJP does vote bank politics, not what is in the nation's interest. 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

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

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

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

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

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 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