Free Press Journal
  • Life is Becoming

    At every stage of life we sustain losses – and grow in the process. We begin our independent lives only when we emerge from the womb and lose its protective shelter. We enter a progression of schools; then we leave our mothers and fathers and our childhood homes. We get married and have children and then have to let them go. We confront the death of our parents and our spouses. We

  • Panvel to get its own bus service

    The entire funding will come through JNNURM scheme which  provides 100 per cent finance to buy vehicles for public utilities :

  • APMC in wholesale mess

    When the wholesale markets from Mumbai shifted to Navi Mumbai’s Vashi yards in early and mid nineties, they were supposed to have decongested Mumbai by conducting business in the so-called `City of the 21st century’.
    But the reality even after 20 years of the great shift is that
    Mumbai’s congestion and haphazard growth seem to have inundated Navi Mumbai, that too in much larger proportions than what prevailed in the island city.
    Adi-Vashi drove around the markets

  • HIV-positive driver reinstated as MSRTC peon

    Mumbai : The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) on Monday informed the Bombay High Court that it was ready to reinstate the driver who contracted HIV but won’t pay back wages on the ground that there was an agreement between the corporation and the petitioner. The driver’s lawyer pressed for his wages. The court asked the MSRTC to produce the agreement and slated next hearing on October 10. A division bench of Justice

  • Satara SP asked to file affidavit on probe in rape case

    Mumbai : The Bombay High Court on Monday directed Satara district superintendent of police to file an affidavit on investigation conducted in a rape case of a minor girl. Justice was hearing a bail plea filed by a person arrested for raping a 16-year-old girl at Karad in Satara district in August this year on the pretext of securing her a job. Earlier, the Karad police informed the court that it was yet to

  • Fake encounter: Govt to appeal against Sharma’s acquittal

    Mumbai : The Maharashtra government on Monday informed the Bombay High Court that it would file an appeal against the acquittal of encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma in the Lakhan Bhaiyya fake encounter case. The state sought three weeks’ time, which was granted by HC and matter was adjourned was four weeks.
    A division bench of Justice P.V. Hardas and Justice P.N. Deshmukh was hearing the plea of Ramnarayan Gupta alias Lakhan Bhaiyya’s brother advocate Ramprasad

  • National child rights panel summons State officials

    Mumbai : The national child rights panel on Monday summoned Maharashtra government officials for failing to respond to queries on issues related to children’s deaths due to suspected malnourishment.
    The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) told the officials to appear before it October 3.
    The officials were earlier questioned on issues of child health and nutrition which the panel officials observed during a visit to the Melghat region, about 500 km from Mumbai,

  • Titanic victims’ burial at sea

    A rare never-before-seen black and white photograph showing victims of the 1912 Titanic disaster being buried at sea has now been made public and is expected to fetch 5,000 pounds at an auction in the UK. The picture was taken on board the Mackay Bennett – one of the body recovery ships – during a mass funeral service of dozens of the dead.

  • Nine tests to know reasons of collapse

    Mumbai : BMC will conduct nine preliminary tests to find out the reasons behind the collapse of the Mazgaon building that claimed 61 lives.
    The building was just 32 years old.
    Further investigation will be conducted only if the result of the preliminary report does not reveal the exact reason about the collapse of the building.
    With the help of slab cutters and column cutters, the BMC is collecting various samples from the mishap spot. The thickness

  • Comedy is fun, but it’s not too easy. Comedy all depends on the comic timing and this you can’t learn from anybody. It should come naturally.
    —Soha Ali Khan.

  • Nitish silent, Sharad says one has to pay for one’s wrongdoing

    Patna/Madhepura : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday refused to comment on a CBI court order convicting his bete noire Lalu Prasad in the fodder scam but his party JD(U) president Sharad Yadav said the RJD chief was “paying” for “looting the government treasury” for his personal greed and it is a lesson for others, reports PTI.
    “I do not wish to make any comment on a court order,” Kumar told when asked for

  • CRACKS CAME EARLY, NO ONE BOTHERED!

    The building was repaired in 2005 at a cost of Rs 33 lakh, but no inspection report was given about the repairs. This year Rs 1.25 cr was sanctioned for repair in March, but it was never used : 

  • OBAMACARE FUELS US SHUTDOWN FEARS!

    With the Health care law nearing implementation,  conservatives are determined to use the spending bill as leverage to derail Obama’s chief domestic accomplishment :

  • Thinner colleagues motivate women to lose weight

    London : Looking at thinner colleagues in the office might be a strong motivational factor for women to lose weight, says IANS.
    A new study reveals that along with this competition with colleagues regarding weight , women also require higher energy and stamina levels to perform in their professions and this often leads to a condition termed as ‘Diet Brain’, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
    Almost 40 percent of women have admitted to suffering from this condition. It involves

  • Rajasthan Royals face Otago Volts challenge

    Sunrisers knocked out
    Ahmedabad: Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday crashed out of the Champions League Twenty20 after their last Group B match against Brisbane Heat was called off due to wet ground conditions.
    The match was called off without a ball being bowled as heavy rains in the evening rendered the ground unplayable. Rain lashed the stadium towards the end of the first Group B match of the day between Titans and Trinidad and Tobago, creating huge

  • Apr-Aug fiscal gap touches 75% of budget estimate

    NEW DELHI  : India’s fiscal deficit in Apr-Jul rose 20% on year to 4.047 trln rupees, driven by higher government expenditures. The fiscal deficit in the first five months of 2013-14 accounted for 74.6% of the year’s Budget target of 5.425 trln rupees. In the same period of the previous year, the fiscal deficit had accounted for 65.7% of the target.
    The government’s plan expenditures witnessed a 23.8% rise in Apr-Aug, pushing the total expenditures

  • iPhone 5c, 5s available online for preorder

    Mumbai : Apple’s new iPhone offerings, the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 5s, are now up for pre-order in India, much before the official launch. Both devices can be purchased from iBhejo, where the 16GB version of the 5c is listed at Rs 45,261. The 32GB variant of the same will set users back
    Rs 53,441. iPhone 5c is listed on eBay India at Rs 44,500. On some ecommerce sites, the 16GB version of the

  • Wave of car bombs across Baghdad kills 51

    Baghdad : A wave of car bombs struck mainly in Shiite neighbourhoods of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 51 people and wounding dozens more, officials said, the latest in relentless violence roiling Iraq in recent months.
    The country’s Interior Ministry blamed al-Qaeda-linked insurgents, saying they are exploiting the political infighting and security shortcomings to stage attacks.
    The deadliest of the day’s bombings was in the eastern Sadr City district, where a parked car bomb tore