Indias stature in the world will grow with Modi at the helm: Ramdev

New Delhi, May 19 (ANI): Yoga guru, Ramdev said that with Modi at the helm of affairs after a historic win in the General Elections, the stature of India will rise as it competes with economic giants like US and China. Ramdev was speaking at an event to celebrate the stupendous win of the BJP in the recent general elections held in the country. Speaking on the occasion, BJP President, Rajnath Singh, said that the BJP was the only party since independence which could look Congress in the eye. Narendra Modi, on Friday, thundered to a historic victory in India's election to run the world's most populous country, in a seismic political shift that gives the BJP a mandate for sweeping economic reforms. May 19, 2014

Two Maoists injured in fierce gun battle with police in Jharkhand

Ramgarh, May 19 (ANI): A fierce encounter with police personnel injured two Maoists in Ramgarh district of Jharkhand. Superintendent of Police Ranjit Kumar Prasad said the team got the success in countering the rebels. Maoists, also known as Naxals, have killed police and politicians, and targeted government buildings and railway tracks in an insurgency that has killed thousands since the 1960s. The Maoists, who say they are fighting for the rights of the poor and landless, control some of India's mineral-rich areas and operate in large areas of the eastern, central and southern countryside. May 19, 2014

Four engineering students drown in West Bengal

Bankura, May 19 (ANI): Four engineering students drowned while taking bath in a water barrage in Bankura district of West Bengal. The incident happened when 11 students from B.C. Roy Engineering College went at the Durgapur water barrage. Three students, who have been identified as Aditya Roy, Chandrajit Kumar and Nitish Kumar, drowned while rescuing their fellow Shubham Pankaj, who fell in water and did not know how to swim. Fishermen and police recovered bodies from the water barrage which were sent to Durgapur Bidhannagar Hospital and Bankura Medical College. May 19, 2014
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Modi Grapples with First Challenge - Filling his Cabinet

India's prime minister-to-be Narendra Modi was huddled in discussions with close aides and advisers on Sunday, finalising the names of people to join his cabinet and grappling with the crucial decision of who will be his finance minister. May 19, 2014

EC submits list of newly elected MPs to President

New Delhi, May 18 (ANI): The Election Commission on Sunday submitted the list of newly elected members of the 16th Lok Sabha to President Pranab Mukherjee. A three-member EC team headed by Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath handed over the list containing the names of all 543 Members of Parliament to the President. Talking to the mediapersons, Sampath said that President congratulated the poll panel and voters of the country who made the democratic exercise meaningful and said that it was one of the best democratic exercise taken place in the whole world. May 19, 2014

Tripura's tea industry ailing due to dry spell

Tripura, May 18 (ANI): Tea planters in Tripura fear a massive fall in leaf production as the prolonged dry spell can push the industry into a crisis situation. In large areas the bushes have become almost black in colour as the buds have started dying up due to the excessive temperature in spite of artificial irrigation. The workers complained that due to inadequate rainfall they were incurring losses as they were paid on daily basis and during the lean period they do not have much work or any extra income. May 19, 2014

Slow construction work of water pipelines upset Kashmir people

Srinagar, May 18 (ANI): Residents of Jammu and Kashmir remain unhappy with damaged water pipelines and roads in the capital city of Srinagar. Local residents faced inconvenience due to unfinished water pipeline work, due to which the water supply was affected in hotels and households. Over the past few years, the state government started construction work on roads, bridges, drainages and installation of water pipes in Srinagar. But some are still incomplete due to slow work and harsh weather conditions. Authorities in Roads and Buildings (R and B) department say heavy rains resulted in delay of completing works. The water problem is causing inconvenience to tourists as well as hoteliers. May 19, 2014

Nitish Kumar seeks a day's time to rethink over resignation following legislative party meet

Patna, May 18 (ANI): After JD (U) legislative party meeting, Nitish Kumar seek a day's time to rethink on his decision to resign as Bihar's chief minister. This came after party leaders and MLAs pressurized him to continue as the state chief minister. Party leader Sanjay Singh said that keeping in view the sentiments of party leaders and supporters, Kumar asked for a day's time to think. Further, another party leader Neeraj Kumar said that the party wants him to continue as he has worked for the state tremendously. He also dared BJP to try and form government in Bihar. May 19, 2014

Ramdev contributed to party's win: BJP

New Delhi, May 18 (ANI): The BJP on Sunday heaped praise on yoga guru Ramdev for contributing in BJP's victory in the Lok Sabha Elections 2014. BJP leader Arun Jaitley thanked Ramdev for campaigning for the BJP and helping in bringing the change in the political scenario of the country. BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi too credited Ramdev's contribution for party's spectacular victory in the Elections. May 19, 2014

RSS won't interfere in NDA govt at centre, no remote control with organization: Ram Madhav

Jaipur, May 18 (ANI): RSS Spokesperson Ram Madhav on Sunday said that the organization has no remote control and that it will not interfere with BJP-led NDA government at the centre. He said that RSS was working for a social cause asking people to come and vote and now that the work is done, the organization will start its normal work for the nation. His statement came in the midst of meetings between top BJP and RSS leaders ahead of Tuesday's BJP parliamentary party meeting. May 19, 2014

TRS chief stakes claim to form government in Telangana

Hyderabad, May 18 (ANI): Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief K Chandrashekar Rao, on Sunday staked claim to form his government in Telangana, which would come into existence on June 01, after winning the general election. Present southern state of Andhra Pradesh will be split into Telangana and Seemandhra on June 01, as per the parliament law. Rao met Andhra Pradesh Governor Ekkadu S. L. Narasimhan and formally informed about his election as the legislature party leader and introduced the newly elected legislators in Hyderabad. TRS won 62 seats in 117-member Telangana assembly. A TRS leader, E. Rajender, said they would have better relation with the central government. May 19, 2014