Free Press Journal
  • New trains are too wide for French platforms

    Paris : A total of 341 new trains ordered by the French train operator SNCF in a deal worth more than $4 billion (or £2.43 billion) are too wide for many platforms. Of the total 8,700 platforms, 1,300 will need to be modified to accommodate the new trains, Sky News reported, according to IANS. “We discovered the problem a bit late, we recognise that and we accept responsibility on that score,”

  • Spotted: Bipasha-Harman on dinner date

    It’s known that Bipasha Basu and Harman Baweja are dating. The couple was recently spotted enjoying a quiet dinner date at a restaurant in Bandra. The sexy lady was dressed in a sheer black shirt paired with white jeans, black pumps and minimal accessories while Harman was in casuals.

  • UK voters asked not to take selfies in polling booths

    London : Amid the global craze for selfies, Britain’s election authority has told staff at polling stations to stop people taking self-portraits and violators could face a hefty fine or six months in prison.  The Electoral Commission fears the craze for taking self-portraits on phones and posting them on social media threatens the secrecy of the ballot. However, taking photos is not against the law.

  • Airplane surfaces harbour deadly bacteria: Study

    New York : Are you a frequent air traveller? Watch out for armrest, plastic tray table, metal toilet button, window shade, seat pocket cloth and leather inside the airplane as these may be harbouring disease-causing bacteria, according to IANS.

  • Decorator booked for Vasai gallery collapse

    Bhayandar : Hours after more than 30 people landed in hospital after the wooden gallery erected to accommodate audience collapsed during a stage-show in Vasai Fort on Tuesday, the police have booked two people, including a private stage decorator for negligence. At least 30 people were injured after the wooden gallery collapsed before the start of “Jaanta Raja,” a stage-play based on the life of the great Maratha warrior- Shivaji Maharaj-

  • Poll panel favours cluster counting of votes

    New delhi: The Election Commission Wednesday told the Supreme Court that it was in favour of cluster counting of votes instead of the existing practice of ward-wise counting. The poll panel told the SC bench that it has written to the government to amend Rule 66 A of the Representation of the People Act to provide for cluster counting of votes of 15 polling booths taken together as against ward-wise

  • Upcoming singer dies in road accident

    Guwahati: Upcoming Assamese singer Suman Mahanta was among 11 people killed when the vehicle they were travelling in collided with a truck in Assam’s Goalpara district in the early hours Wednesday, police said. Two others were injured in the accident, one of them critically.

  • Pak jets kill 60 militants in restive tribal region

    Islamabad : At least 60 militants were killed on Wednesday in precision bombing by air force jets on Taliban targets in Pakistan’s restive tribal region on the Afghan border, military officials said, reports PTI.

  • Man beats daughter to death for copying homework in China

    Beijing : In a tragic incident, an 11-year- old Chinese girl was allegedly beaten to death by her father for copying her classmate’s homework, police said. The father, a migrant worker surnamed Zhang from Zhejiang Province, ordered the girl to kneel down, tied her hands and beat her on Monday when he discovered she had copied her classmate’s homework multiple times, police was quoted as saying by state-run Xinhua news agency,

  • KSA record second successive victory

    Mumbai: Karnatak Sporting Association (KSA) had to put in some extra hard efforts to record their second successive win as they eked out a narrow 1-0 win against Wellingdon Catholic Gymkhana (WCG) in a far from exciting Super Division ‘Super Six’ play-off match of the MDFA (Mumbai District Football Association) League, played at the St. Xavier’s ground, Parel on Wednesday evening.

  • Case of more seats than support?

     Times like these form the flagged pages of history. The Government of India has finally walked out of the prison of coalition after 30 years.

  • Preparations for Kumbh Mela

    Nashik : Police officers are getting lessons on disaster and crowd management at a workshop being organised here in view of ‘Kumbh Mela’ (religious congregation), which is scheduled next year.

  • Iranians arrested for dancing in video to Pharrell’s ‘Happy’

    Washington : Young Iranians have been arrested in Tehran after they uploaded a video of themselves dancing throughout Tehran to Pharrell’s ‘Happy’. Three men and three women danced to Pharrell Williams’ smash hit in a video that was widely shared on social media. According to the Huffington Post, many Iranians praised their joyful video, but it was met with censure by the conservative religious forces.

  • Cisco Chairman bats for Modi

    San Francisco:  Narendra Modi, India’s newly appointed Prime Minister, has an excellent reputation as being “decisive and focused” on business, which is going to be “very good” for the country, tech giant Cisco Chairman John Chambers has said.  The three-time Gujarat Chief Minister has steered the BJP to a landslide victory in general elections, with the party winning a majority in Parliament.  “I think that is going to be very

  • Mubarak jailed for 3 years for embezzling state funds

    Cairo : Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was on Wednesday sentenced to three years in prison by a criminal court here for embezzling millions of dollars of public funds, three years after the 86-year-old former strongman was toppled following a popular uprising, reports PTI.

  • Turncoats help BJP win Haryana

    Chandigarh : Fielding turncoats from other parties at the last minute in the Lok Sabha elections in Haryana proved beneficial for the BJP. Riding on a pro-Modi wave, these turncoat leaders have won four of the seven seats the Bharatiya Janata Party bagged in the state.

  • Ex-engineer, wife get 3-year RI in DPA case

    Aurangabad : A retired Executive Engineer of the Irrigation Department and his wife were sentenced to three-year rigorous imprisonment by Sessions Court on Wednesday after the charge of amassing disproportionate asset (DPA) against them was proved. The convicts include Samratsing Onkarsing Pardeshi (67) and his wife Shivnanda. They have been slapped a fine of Rs 20,000 each. The case was filed against the couple in 2001 by the Aurangabad office of