Free Press Journal
  • HC rejects Abu Jundal’s plea against solitary confinement

    Mumbai: Observing that prison management and security as well as safety of inmates is a policy matter,the Bombay High Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition filed by alleged LeT operative Abu Jundal, seeking a direction to jail authorities to not keep him in solitary confinement.

  • N. Korea tried to export gas masks

    Tokyo: North Korea tried to export gas masks to Syria but they were seized in Turkey along with arms and ammunition, a Japanese daily said on Tuesday, as the US threatened action over an alleged chemical weapons attack. A Libyan-registered vessel, identified as Al En Ti Sar, left North Korea for Syria earlier this year with the consignment, the Sankei Shimbun said, quoting unnamed sources from the US military, Japanese and South


    Washington : US President Barack Obama is considering a limited military strike against Syria, as Washington accused Damascus of using chemical weapons against its own people, according to a media report . Even as the White House insisted that President Obama has made no such decision and is yet to take a final call on it, the US Navy warships reportedly positioned itself for a strike using long range Tomahawk Land Attack

  • Show proof of chemical weapons use: Damascus

    Damascus/London : Syria on Tuesday challenged Western nations to provide evidence on the involvement of Syrian troops in chemical weapons use even as Britain’s armed forces started working on contingency plans in case of military action in the Middle Eastern country, reports IANS.

  • Rupee hits new low vs pound; pips Rs 103-mark

    New Delhi : The rupee slipped below the 103- level to touch a new bottom of Rs 103.29 against the British pound today amid sharp plunge in equities and fresh investor concerns over foreign capital outflows.

  • Food bill to strain finances, oil prices key risk: Experts

    Mumbai : The battered Indian currency hit a new low on Tuesday, touching 66.30 against the dollar and stocks nosedived on worries the food security programme will widen the fiscal deficit and raise the risk of a rating downgrade.

  • To restart investment cycle, govt clears raft of power, infra projects

    New Delhi : Seeking to win back investors to shore up the rupee and spur growth, the government has approved a raft of infrastructure projects worth Rs 1.83 lakh crore. Finance Minister P Chidambaram said the Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCI) cleared hurdles faced by 18 power projects, and a similar number of projects in road, railways and petroleum.

  • Govt keen to start iron ore mining

    New Delhi : The government is keen on starting iron ore mining and exports, which face a Supreme Court ban, and will soon take up the matter, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said.

  • Nikki Haley kicks off her re-election campaign

    Washington : Indian-American South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has kicked off her re-election campaign, showcasing the work done by her during the first term and targetting President Barack Obama for his healthcare reform.

  • Freight rates to go up from Oct

    New Delhi : Railway freight traiff will go up from October 1 due to the increase in fuel cost but passenger fares will remain untouched, according to Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. However, he did not quantify the percentage of hike in freight tariff saying it was a budget proposal to review the fuel adjustment component (FAC) after six months.

  • Mush’s formal trial in Benazir Bhutto murder case begins

    Islamabad : The formal trial of former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf in connection with the 2007 assassination of Benazir Bhutto began on Tuesday.”The trial began with the anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi recording evidence of a witness,” state prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar said. He said four witnesses were summoned but only one turned up to testify. Azhar said he was unsure how long the trial would take.  Musharraf was not present in court

  • Chinese boy, 6, has eyes gouged out in gruesome attack

    Beijing : A six-year-old boy in China had his eyes gouged out, blinding him for life, reports said today, in a gruesome attack that may have been carried out by a ruthless organ trafficker.

  • Germany’s ex-prez to face trial over favours scandal

    Berlin : Germany’s former president Christian Wulff, who resigned amid a scandal last year, will face court on charges of accepting a favour while in office, justice officials said on Tuesday, reports AFP. Wulff, 54, who was Germany’s youngest president and served less than two years in the largely ceremonial job, will become the country’s first former head of state to answer charges in court.

  • Oxford risks reputation in face of commercial interests

    London : Britain’s Oxford University, one of the world’s most prestigious educational institutions, may be risking its scholarly reputation in favour of commercial interests by courting rich but academically weaker overseas students. An internal report has warned that the university’s admission of wealthy foreign students with often poor grades “poses severe reputational risk”.

  • Govt forms 11-member task force to study currency swap pacts

    New Delhi : The government decided to set up a task force which will look at the possibility of having currency swap agreements with key trading partners, a move which would help in bridging current account deficit. Hitting record lows consistently, the rupee has depreciated by nearly 15% since April.

  • Demolition man

    New York City (United States) : Second seed Rafael Nadal stormed into the US Open second round on Monday with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win over American wildcard Ryan Harrison.