Free Press Journal
  • Drinking will be banned, not bikinis on Goa beaches: Parrikar

    Bikinis will not be banned from Goa’s beaches, but drinking alcohol in public and on the state’s popular beaches will not be tolerated, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Wednesday, while defending a cabinet minister who has demanded a ban on revealing clothes in pubs.
    “You cannot ban bikinis on beaches. But we will have to crack down on drinking in open areas, especially beaches,” Parrikar told a press conference Wednesday.

  • India seeks explanation from US over BJP snooping row

     Conveying its serious concern over reports that the BJP was among parties which the US National Security Agency (NSA) was authorised to spy upon, India Wednesday summoned a senior US diplomat and sought an explanation on the issue.
    External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said India has clearly explained its concerns to the US government and sought an assurance from the country that any such authorisation will not be acted upon.

  • Pushkar’s death controversy revives after AIIMS doctor’s claims

    The controversy surrounding the death of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, was again revived Wednesday after the chief of the AIIMS forensic department reportedly said he was pressurised to show her death as “natural”. Even as union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan sought a report from AIIMS, the institute denied the allegation made by its senior doctor.
    Tharoor also requested the authorities to conduct a “thorough investigation” to conclude the inquiry “rapidly and

  • Clashes in Jerusalem after Palestinian teenager’s murder

     Clashes erupted between Palestinians and the Israeli Defence Forces Wednesday after the body of a Palestinian teenager was found with marks of violence in East Jerusalem, in what appeared to be a revenge killing for the murder of three Israeli youths.
    The Palestinian teenager, Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir, was abducted late Tuesday, a day after the bodies of the three Jewish seminary students were discovered in the West Bank not far from the place where

  • India raises minimum export price of onions by 67 percent

    The government Wednesday hiked the minimum export price of onions by 67 percent to $500 per tonne in a bid to discourage exports and improve local supplies as the price of the vegetable surged in domestic markets.

  • Prithviraj Chavan

    Chavan asks people to save water, power as rain deficit widens

    Mumbai:  Water scarcity condition in Maharashtra has become “critical” due to deficit rainfall, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said today while asking citizens to save water and use electricity carefully.

  • Ishrat Jahan fake encounter

    MHA likely to deny sanction to CBI to prosecute 4 IB officers

    New Delhi:  The Home Ministry is likely to deny sanction to CBI to prosecute four Intelligence Bureau officials, including its former Special Director Rajinder Kumar, in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter killing case.

  • Facebook regrets ‘terrible’ communication on test: Sandberg

    New Delhi:  Apologising for bad communication on Facebook’s news feed experiment, visiting Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg today said it was like any other test aimed at improving service quality for over 1.2 billion users.

  • Shashi Tharoor

    Tharoor calls for ‘clear, definitive’ end to Sunanda death probe

    New Delhi: Former Union minister Shashi  Tharoor today sought a speedy inquiry for a “clear and  definitive conclusion” as to the cause of death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar in the wake of reported claims by a senior forensic doctor that he was pressurised to manipulate the autopsy report in the case.

  • Onion

    India raises minimum export price of onions by 67 percent

    New Delhi:  The government Wednesday hiked the minimum export price of onions by 67 percent to $500 per tonne in a bid to discourage exports and improve local supplies as the price of the vegetable surged in domestic markets.

  • Green ministry is no more a roadblock: Javadekar

    New Delhi:  Timelines for environmental and forest clearances are being brought down and processes made transparent, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said today seeking to exorcise the image of “roadblock” his ministry had gained during the previous UPA government.

  • Siddaramaiah

    CM not summoned by high command over blame for party’s LS show

    Bangalore: Karnataka Higher Education Minister today said there was no truth in reports that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has been summoned to Delhi by Congress high command in the wake of several legislators and leaders blaming him for the party’s not so impressive show in the Lok Sabha elections.

  • Parkash Singh Badal

    Badal reviews progress of development projects

    Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today reviewed the progress of all development projects and welfare schemes taken up with the Centre, with the concerned administrative secretaries to ensure their timely and effective implementation.

  • Sunanda Pushkar death

    Tharoor, forensic doctor will be examined if needed: Police

    New Delhi: With a senior AIIMS forensic doctor reportedly alleging that he was pressurised to manipulate the autopsy report of Sunanda Pushkar, Delhi Police today said it will “examine” him and former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor if needed.

  • Ind takes global lead to empower blind to read

    New Delhi: India has become the first country to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to published works for persons who are blind, visually-impaired or print disabled.