Free Press Journal
  • CIA USED ISI ‘DENS’ TO TORTURE TERROR SUSPECTS

    New York: Pakistani spy agency ISI’s detention facilities in Karachi and elsewhere were used as an initial detention and interrogation point by the CIA during America’s war on al-Qaeda which was supported by over 50 countries following 9/11 attacks, a new report has claimed, according to PTI.

  • N Korea video shows US city under attack

    Seoul: North Korea, poised to conduct a nuclear test any day now, has posted a video on YouTube depicting a US city resembling New York engulfed in flames after an apparent missile attack, reports AFP.

  • S Korea leader says North may stage multiple nuclear tests

    Seoul: South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak believes North Korea could detonate multiple devices when it goes ahead with a nuclear test expected in the coming weeks or even days. In an interview published on Tuesday in the Chosun Ilbo daily, the outgoing president also acknowledged the huge challenge the international community faces in seeking to wean Pyongyang off its nuclear weapons programme.

  • Get weapons of war off the streets, says Obama

    Washington: US President Barack Obama at an event with law enforcement officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where gun violence among teens has declined by 40 per cent said, “Weapons of war have no place on our streets” “No law or set of laws can keep our children completely safe.

  • ‘2016 US prez aspirants need head examined’

    Washington: Indian-American Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal has said Republicans thinking about the 2016 presidential race need to get their “head examined” as the party must win the “debate of ideas” after losing two consecutive bids to the White House, reports PTI.

  • Harry’s remarks about killing Taliban were a mistake: Karzai

    London:  Hamid Karzai has termed Prince Harry’s remarks about killing Taliban fighters and comparing war to video games as a “mistake”, for which the Afghan President said the young British Royal should be forgiven.

  • Top JI leader jailed for life in B’desh, riots follow

    Dhaka: A top leader of Bangladesh’s fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) was on Tuesday sentenced to life by a special tribunal here for “crime against humanity” committed during the 1971 independence war against Pakistan, sparking riots that claimed at least one life, reports PTI.

  • Liz Hurley’s ‘stolen’ car found where she had parked it

    London: Model-actress Elizabeth Hurley’s ‘stolen’ car, a luxurious black Audi, has been found four days later, right where she had parked it. The 47-year-old star had filed a theft report of her 75,000 pound car when it apparently went missing. But on Sunday, photographs emerged of the Audi parked up in the streets of the exclusive London district, with three parking tickets seen on the windscreen. Hurley’s vehicle was seen parked next

  • Govt seeks to double food production in five years

    New Delhi: The increase in food prices over the last year has not only burdened the common man while severely impacting economically weaker sections of society, it has also cast a shadow on the Indian growth rate with its inflationary impact.

  • Investment norms likely to be eased

    New Delhi: Retirement fund body EPFO is planning to relax investment norms so that a part of its corpus can be invested in bonds of private sector companies to ensure better returns for its over 50 million subscribers.

  • EPFO may offer 8.5 % interest for 2012-13

    New Delhi: Over 50 million subscribers of retirement fund body Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) may get 8.5 % return on their investment during 2012-13, higher than 8.25 % provided in the last fiscal.

  • HDFC, BoM, Vijaya Bank cut loan rates

    New Delhi: Two state-owned lenders Vijaya Bank and Bank of Maharashtra (BoM) as well as the housing finance company HDFC Ltd reduced their benchmark lending rates by up to 0.25 %. HDFC cut its benchmark lending rate by 0.1 %. Interest rate on home loans up to Rs 30 lakh will come down to 10.15 %, while above Rs 30 lakh will be 10.40 %.

  • Kotak buys Barclays’ SME lending unit

    Mumbai: Kotak Mahindra Bank acquired Barclays India’s business loans portfolio or SME lending business worth about Rs 700 crore for an undisclosed amount.

  • Tax officials told to beef up efforts to meet revenue goal

    New Delhi: Apprehending slippages in tax collection, Finance Minister P Chidambaram asked revenue officials to beef up efforts to achieve the budgeted target in the remaining period of this fiscal.

  • NTPC stake sale on Feb 7, to fetch govt Rs 12k cr

    Mumbai: The government will sell 9.5% stake in country’s largest power producer NTPC on Thursday at a likely price of Rs 145 per share, nearly 7% discount to the current market price. The NTPC disinvestment, which would be the biggest so far this fiscal, is expected to garner about Rs 12,000 crore for the exchequer.   An Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on disinvestment chaired by Finance Minister P Chidambaram today approved

  • Airtel buys Alcatel’s Lucent’s stake in JV

    New Delhi: Bharti Airtel said it will buy out Alcatel-Lucent’s entire stake in a joint venture company that manages the fixed-line and broadband network for Bharti.

  • Sebi clears Diageo’s open offer for United Spirits

    New Delhi: Moving closer to complete its Rs 11,167 crore takeover of majority stake in United Spirits, global liquor giant Diageo Plc has got market regulator Sebi’s clearance for an open offer to acquire 26% stake from public shareholders of the UB group firm.

  • BHEL bags ` 2,854 cr contract from Bihar

    New Delhi: State-run Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has bagged a Rs 2,854 crore contract for setting up a 1,980 MW thermal power project in Bihar. “BHEL has bagged a contract for supply of the Steam Generator Package for three coal-fired thermal units of 660 MW each. Valued at Rs 2,854 crore, the order has been placed on BHEL by Nabinagar Power Generation Company Ltd,” the company said in a statement.

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    More brain areas tied to panic attacks

    Washington: More brain areas could be linked with panic attacks or fear, other than the amygdala, long believed to induce these kind of sensations, says a new research.

  • Ex-SG should himself speak out about what went wrong: BJP

    New Delhi: BJP today said it will ask the government in Parliament the reason which led India’s second highest law officer, Solicitor General Rohinton Nariman, to resign from his post and maintained that he himself should speak out on what triggered the action.