A look at the top stories this afternoon:

  1. Pinaray Vijayan sworn in as Kerala’s new chief minister: The Left leader has promised a “people’s government” in the state.

  2. Five arrested in connection with journalist's murder in Bihar's Siwan district: Police said the main culprit admitted to killing Rajdev Ranjan.

  3. Sushma Swaraj assures African community of their safety after leaders boycott Africa Day: The external affairs minister said her colleague VK Singh will meet African diplomatic heads in Delhi to address their concerns.

  4. US lawmakers question India’s plans for strategic Chabahar port in Iran: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday pledged up to $500 million to develop the Iranian port of Chabahar.

  5. BJP nominates Piyush Goyal from Maharashtra for Rajya Sabha election: The minister of state for power filed his nomination on Tuesday for the Upper House polls scheduled for June 11.

  6. Digvijaya Singh calls Batla House encounter fake, Congress keeps its distance: Senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi refuted the claim, while BJP leader Subramanian Swamy wants an NIA inquiry into Singh's remark.

  7. Congress MLAs in West Bengal sign undertaking promising “unqualified allegiance” to party: The declaration also said they will not indulge in anti-party activities.

  8. The BJP has formed a non-Congress bloc in the North East: Besides Assam, chief ministers of Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim have proposed joining the alliance headed by BJP’s Himanta Biswa Sarma.

  9. Centre will not buy torpedoes for Scorpene submarines from Finmeccanica: The government withdrew the Rs 1,200-crore tender after the VVIP helicopter scam fallout.

  10. Afghan Taliban confirms death of Mullah Akhtar Mansour: The group announced Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada would be their next leader.

  11. DNA samples taken from relatives to identify EgyptAir crash victims: Forensic experts say human remains now point to an explosion on board the aircraft that crashed in the Mediterranean Sea.