A look at the headlines right now:

  1. ‘There has been a pro-incumbency wave this year,’ says Narendra Modi after being elected leader of NDA: President Ram Nath Kovind dissolved the 16th Lok Sabha earlier in the day.
  2. Rahul Gandhi offered to resign as Congress president, but working committee rejected it, says party: Similarly, Mamata Banerjee said she offered to resign as West Bengal chief minister but her party rejected it.
  3. Three people beaten up for allegedly possessing beef in Seoni, Madhya Pradesh; five arrested: The victims were also arrested for alleged possession of beef, the police said, adding that the samples of the meat have been sent to a laboratory in Hyderabad.
  4. Day after Surat fire, man who conducted coaching classes arrested; police say toll has risen to 20: The police have named two builders in the first information report.
  5. Two more climbers die on Mount Everest, toll rises to 10 over the last week: The toll on different mountains above 8,000 metres in Nepal has touched 20 this climbing season.
  6. NYAY scheme, Priyanka Gandhi’s entry into politics should have come earlier, says Kamal Nath: Congress campaign chief in Karnataka and Amethi unit president have resigned over the dismal election results.
  7. In Andhra Pradesh, Jaganmohan Reddy elected YSR Congress legislature party leader: Reddy is likely to be sworn-in as chief minister on May 30 in Vijayawada.
  8. Harvey Weinstein set to reach $44 million settlement with accusers, say reports: The settlement will not affect Weinstein’s criminal trial, which is set to begin on September 9. Hehas been indicted on multiple charges of rape and assault.
  9. ‘Narendra Modi cannot remove Articles 35A, 370 from J&K,’ says Farooq Abdullah: The former chief minister had made Kashmir’s special status a key point in his campaigns too.
  10. 13 injured in packet bomb blast in Lyon, France: The attack comes two days ahead of the country’s closely contested European Parliament elections.