Free Press Journal
  • Ex-royal who has seen both sides of Bollywood

    Shimla : Just as you leave the Mall, the hill station’s main shopping street, towards the chief minister’s official residence, the narrow road meanders its way to a heritage hotel owned by the erstwhile royal family of Jubbal that has an enduring link to Bollywood.

  • Salman, Ranbir: Karmically Connected?

    Seven seasons down the line, Salman Khan has been sounding increasingly disenchanted with ‘Bigg Boss’. And with good reason… During the last season, he had been targeted across social media for his supposed bias towards Tanisha and the criticism has been rather severe. So much so, Salman had to defend himself on Twitter, declaring that there had been times when

  • DCB Bank net up 33% to Rs 36 cr

    Mumbai : Private sector DCB Bank reported a 33 per cent rise in net profit to Rs 36 crore in the three months ended December 31 from Rs 27 crore a year ago. The mid-size lender’s deposits grew 27 per cent to Rs 9,592 crore, while advances jumped 23 per cent to Rs 7,361 crore on a good show by corporate and mortgage books.

  • SAT asks Sebi, RIL to clarify impact of new consent norms

    Mumbai :  The Securities Appellate Tribunal sought clarifications from market watchdog Sebi and Reliance Industries on how new consent settlement norms would affect the ongoing case between the regulator and the company.

  • VOX POPULI

    Languid arm of the law
    Please refer to ‘Road safety begins with Cops’ (January 7). Vasai -Virar started developing from 1988, when the area was opened for urbanisation. At that, the time population was just around three lakhs. Now it is almost twenty lakhs.
    The rule of law is completely in a shambles. Road traffic is out of control. Police evoke no respect or fear among lawbreakers. They are seen reading newspapers with dubious

  • Revealing the truth behind ‘Oscar appeal’ movies

    New York : On the eve of the Oscar nominations, slated to be declared Jan 16, here comes a fascinating study that reveals the logic behind tough decisions studios make to get an Oscar nomination. 

  • Shinde on sticky wicket yet again

    Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has a penchant for getting into the news for the wrong reasons. Ever since he was catapulted to the coveted office, he has made bloomers that have left parliamentarians and government functionaries red-faced. His conduct has embarrassed the government no end, but it is believed that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh cannot touch him because

  • Green panel clears Tata Steel’s washery expansion proposal

    NEW DELHI  : A high-level environment ministry panel has recommended for  clearance a proposal of Tata Steel worth 1.3 bln rupees for the expansion of its Jamadoba coal washery in Jharkhand’s Dhanbad district, a government official said. The expert appraisal committee has sought  clearance on the condition that the company would provide adequate green belt around coal handling and other areas.  -Cogencis

  • EGoM to consider ONGC, Oil India buying IOC stake today

    Greater Noida : With Oil Ministry opposed to selling Indian Oil Corp (IOC) shares on stock market, a ministerial panel is likely to decide today on selling 10 % government stake in the company to ONGC and OIL. An Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) headed by Finance Minister P Chidambaram will decide on selling 3 % government stake in IOC to Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) and another 7 %

  • Huma: Declared Innocent!

    Huma Qureshi’s name has been floating around for a while now, everyone insinuating that she has been pivotal in all marital problems across Bollywood. What started with Anurag Kashyap and Kalki’s separation was kind of pulled onto Arshad Warsi and Maria too. So much so, that the girl has stopped reacting to these rumours. However, good friend and mentor, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap is visibly upset with stories about his alleged link-up with

  • 3 dead as communal clashes rock Jaipur

    Jaipur : Three persons were killed while six others injured in a communal clash which broke out between two communities in Rajasthan’s Pratapgarh district, prompting the authorities to impose curfew in the town and nearby areas. The clash broke out last night when some youths were returning home after a programme when another group of four-five youth had a verbal spat with them. “Within minutes, over hundred persons from both the

  • How to keep the mind steady

    The nature of the mind is like that of a monkey, it jumps from branch to branch. It goes to one branch, then to the next branch, then to the branch next to that, then again the first branch—2nd, 4th, 10th,1st, 9th, 3rd. It’s the way the mind works. But when you give the monkey a nice ripe banana, it’s happy. Similarly, Bhakti is about giving the mind a deep and fulfilling

  • your day By Nilikash P. Pradhan

    Aries:- Try out something creative. Take good care of your health. Good news for the unemployed. Your family life will be peaceful. Several issues can be solved at business place
    Taurus:– Today a good chance of getting new contracts and rise in income. You will be rewarded. Romantic relationships will be good. Your good foreplay will satisfy your partner.
    Gemini:- Expenditure needs to be controlled. Be careful, too

  • Sate police raids red light areas, detain six girls

    Pune : In a bid to combat illegal prostitution, the Maharashtra Police raided a red light areas in Maharashtra and detained around six girls alleged to be a part of immoral trafficking. Police Inspector S D Kamble said Hari Shankar Moolchand Mahto, who was running the sex racket, has also been arrested.

  • Globe Trotting

    Oxford Univ email gaffe names worst-performing pupils
    London : UK’s prestigious Oxford University made a rare blunder after the institution accidentally leaked a list of worst-performing students’ marks in an email to hundreds of fellow pupils. The email, sent accidentally by an administrator, disclosed the names of students who were awarded marks graded 2.2 and below in their first-term exams at University College, Oxford. A 2.2 university grade is any result above 50

  • Letters to the editor

    SBI can make good on bad debt
    The article featuring the chairperson of State Bank of India, “SBI plans to levy Service charges for ATM usage” (January 13) made for some very amusing reading.
    If the SBI can recover all the money (approximately Rs 3,000 crore), owed by the UB group (Kingfisher Airlines default loans) and invest the same in fixed deposits in some other bank and gain interest at the rate of 10

  • Light up a candle to brighten your LCD TV screen

    London: Ever thought that candles you brought home for dinner with your girlfriend and LCD television in the backdrop have anything in common? In fact, these two vastly different products have much more in common than you might imagine, says IANS.
    Physicists at University of Luxembourg have found that wax molecules found in candles align in a similar way to molecules in liquid crystal – resembling the processes that are used in liquid

  • Corporate Briefs

    HCL Tech inks technical pact with US-based rival CSC
    NEW DELHI: HCL Technologies Ltd said it has signed a pact with US-based rival Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) to jointly work towards modernising software applications for clients, on a 50:50 revenue, cost sharing pattern. The two companies have not formed a joint-venture company for the same, and would work out of their existing offices in Bengaluru and Chennai, to start with, with the only