Newly elected MPs of BJP to meet today to formally elect Modi as its leader

New Delhi, May 20 (ANI): The BJP Parliamentary Party is holding a meet in New Delhi today to formally elect BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi as its leader. Parliament House is all decked up to welcome the new MPs, especially Narendra Modi. Modi will be elected by BJP's 282 MPs as the Parliamentary Party leader at a meeting in the central hall of Parliament. Party patriarch LK Advani will propose his name as the new leader of the Parliamentary Party. Later, the NDA MPs will also elect him as the leader of NDA parliamentary coalition. After Modi's election as the Parliamentary Party leader, the BJP-led NDA will stake claim to form a new government at the Centre. May 20, 2014

Thailand's military declare martial law

Thailand's army declares martial law after months of deadly anti-government protests, deploying armed troops in the capital but insisting the move is "not a coup" (Duration 01:05) May 20, 2014

Nitish Kumar names Jitan Ram Manjhi as Bihar new CM, Politicos react

New Delhi, May 20 (ANI): Political leaders react after Nitish Kumar named Dalit leader Jitan Ram Manjhi as the new chief minister of Bihar following his resignation. RJD Spokesperson Manoj Jha said that judgement should be passed on Manjhi after he has taken the oath and worked for the state. He said that its not fair enough to critise him before looking at his works. Further, BJP leader Sushil Kumar said that any such decision or bringing Manjhi to power won’t affect Bihar and the state’s politics. May 20, 2014

Thailand's military declare martial law

Thailand's army declares martial law after months of deadly anti-government protests, deploying armed troops in the capital but insisting the move is "not a coup" (Duration 01:05) May 20, 2014

At least 17 killed in JandK road accident

Jammu, May 20 (ANI): At least 17 people were killed and more than 30 injured when a bus going to the Kashmir valley fell into a deep gorge on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in Ramban district of Jammu on Tuesday. According to a senior official, the bus was carrying passengers from Jammu to Srinagar and fell into a deep gorge after it went out of the driver's control at Digdol in Ramban district. Helicopters have been rushed to the spot to evacuate the injured to hospital. Most of the passengers in the bus were youths coming to the Valley from Poonch and Rajouri districts for a recruitment rally. May 20, 2014

Lokayukta raids Joint Director RC Kuril's residence

Bhopal, May 20 (ANI): Madhya Pradesh Lokayukta on Tuesday raided the residence of Bhopal Joint Director of Industries RC Kuril and unearthed illicit assets in Bhopal city of Madhya Pradesh. The Deputy Superintendent of Police, anti-corruption team (Lokayukta), Vinod Sharma talked about all that has been unearthed. Sharma also stated that Kuril owns seven houses three of which are in Jabalpur and four are in Bhopal. Kuril's bank lockers will also be looked into by the team. A complaint had been registered against Kuril for having disproportionate assets following which his house was raided. May 20, 2014

Manmohan Singh takes responsibility of Congress's failure on government front

New Delhi, May 20 (ANI): As Sonia and Rahul Gandhi offered to step down from the their posts in Congress party, PM Manmohan Singh took responsibility of party's failure on government front where he said it could not control the rising inflation and corruption leading to landslide victory of Narendra Modi. Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi addressed a news conference in New Delhi soon after the Congress working committee meeting was over. He said both Congress chief and vice president offered to quit but the members of the committee refused to accept their resignation and said it was not a solution. Singh who was present in the meeting said his government failed to control the inflation and other problems like rising corruption which dented the image of the party and therefore he was responsible for any failures on the government front. Congress leaders adopted a resolution authorizing Sonia to take steps to revamp the party. May 20, 2014

Decisive clear mandate is promising for decision making, development: FICCI President

New Delhi, May 20 (ANI): Narendra Modi's landslide election win marked market optimism as Industry leaders welcomed a clear and decisive mandate which they said was important for decision making and development agenda, which was stalled for long by outgoing Congress led central government. Sidharth Birla, President of federation of Indian chambers of commerce and industry (FICCI), who addressed a news conference in New Delhi, said that the clear and decisive mandate would lead the country on the path of development. Elaborating on how India could revive its growth, Birla said moderate inflation and a positive business environment was a must for the country. May 20, 2014

Thailand Wakes up to Martial Law, 'Not a Coup' Says Army

Thailand's army declared martial law nationwide on Tuesday to restore order after six months of street protests that have left the country without a proper functioning government, but denied that it was staging a military coup. May 20, 2014

Customers make beeline to see sweets bearing Modi's face

Kolkata, May 20 (ANI): In a bid to show admiration and celebrate results of general elections, a sweets shop in Kolkata made traditional sweets bearing faces of BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee. The alliance led by Modi's BJP won 336 of the 543 seats in Lok Sabha, making it the first time in a quarter of a century that the country will not be led by a coalition government. Meanwhile, TMC also emerged victorious by winning 34 seats. Many customers flanked sweets shop in Kolkata to savour the sweets and also admired the creation. May 20, 2014