News in Brief on Sunday, May 18:
6.00 pm: PDP Chief Mufti Mohammad Sayeed says, "We congratulate Modi and his party on their outstanding victory. We hope his developmental agenda is intensive and his political agenda inclusive. "That is what is needed and expected of him in his new role."
5.50 pm: "India's Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi has expressed his desire to "deepen and develop" ties with Israel", Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says.
5.30 pm: BJP says RSS has no role in government formation and sought to downplay the ongoing hectic parleys and thronging of its senior leaders to the Sangh headquarters, holding that its leadership is competent enough to take its decisions.
5.10 pm: Stalin withdraws his resignation. DMK president M Karunanidhi and other senior leaders prevails over party Treasurer M K Stalin to reconsider his decision to quit party posts owning moral responsibility for its rout in Lok Sabha elections, with his brother and Madurai-based expelled leader M K Alagiri describing it as a "drama."
5.00 pm: JD(U) MLAs gathers at Nitish Kumar's official residence for the crucial legislature party meeting to choose a new leader in the House after the JD(U) leader's resignation following the ruling party's debacle in the Lok Sabha elections in the state.
4.00 pm: RSS says it will not interfere in the functioning of the BJP-led government at the Centre, dismissing suggestions that it was running the party through "remote control".
3:35 pm: 45 crore hits on Election Commission website on vote counting day, the highest number of hits on an Indian website on a single day: PTI.
3:30 pm: PM designate Narendra Modi calls up to Jayalalithaa, assures full co-operation to Tamil Nadu.
3:15 pm: Protests outside MK Stalin's residence against his resignation. Earlier today, Stalin resigned from all posts after DMK rout in LS polls.
3:00 pm: More trouble for Lalu Prasad within his own ranks as RJD MLAs Samrat Chaudhary, Ram Lakhan & Jawed Ansari resign.
2:25 pm: The Election Commission will this evening call on President Pranab Mukherjee and submit the list of new Lok Sabha members, reports PTI.
2:15 pm: MK Alagiri hits back at Stalin, says "Stalin is responsible for DMK rout".
1:50 pm: JD(U) leaders and chief Sharad Yadav to elect Bihar Chief Minister at 4 pm as Nitish Kumar resigned.
1:45 pm: Narendra Modi is likely to reach Atal Bihari Vajpayee's residence to get the veteran leader's blessing.
1:15 pm: PM designate Narendra Modi reached LK Advani's residence in New Delhi.
12:45 pm: DMK leader ML Stalin offers to resign from the party over poll debacle in Tamil Nadu.
12:30 pm: JD(U) workers, supporters gherao chief Shahrad Yadav urging him to ask Nitish Kumar to withdraw his resignation.
12:00 pm: JD(U) workers protests against Nitish Kumar's resignation in Patna.
11:45 am: Didn't compare Narendra Modi with a tea seller, he is a disgrace for the profession, says Mani Shankar Aiyar.
11:00 am: Brazil prisoners take more than 120 hostages, says Official.
10:56 am: Congress leadership's understood to have assured JD(U) chief of support in govt formation in Bihar, say sources.
10:30 am: "Nitish Kumar not keen on continuing as the Chief Minister of Bihar," says Sharad Yadav.
10:15 am: JDU in talks with Congress; Bihar likely to see a new alliance, say Sources.
10:00 am: BJP leader Ananth Kumar meets LK Advani in New Delhi.
9:55 am: Former Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to hold a meeting of JD(U) MLA's to elect a new leader.
9:52 am: Modi to meet RSS top brass in Delhi, may discuss Cabinet formation.
9:51 am: Gerardo Martino quits as Barcelona coach after trophyless season.
9:50 am: Beats music service sued by former executive amid possible sale to Apple.
9:49 am: Former Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa, Amit Shah & BJP general secretary Dharmendra Pradhan meet Narendra Modi at Gujarat Bhawan.
9:47 am: Islamic court permits pregnant woman to give birth before she is hanged.
9:45 am: IPL final to stay in Bangalore, despite MCA (Mumbai Cricket Association) plea.
9:30 am: Magnitude 6.2 earthquake hits off the west coast of northern Sumatra, says USGS.