Free Press Journal
  • Why Mumbai’s Failure Is India’s Failure

    Ever since the new government came to power in Delhi, there have been oft-repeated, clarion calls for ‘big-bang reforms’. That India needs reforms in several forms, fields and ministries is indisputable, but what kind of reforms, especially in the nation’s crumbling cities, can drive economic growth, improve the quality of life and ensure inclusive development?

  • 5 Things To Know Before Boarding A “Local”

    Before I came to Mumbai in April 2013 from the Himalayan hill town of Nainital, my commute to work was a 30-minute, bracing walk in the mountain chill and charm. So, as I contemplated climbing aboard a Mumbai commuter train for the 10-km, 20-minute journey to work, my friends and family had one helpful suggestion—don’t board a “local”.

  • Indian Catholics now have three native saints

    Vatican City: From now on Indian Catholics will have three native saints following the elevation of Kuriakose Elias Chavara, popularly known as Chavara Achen, and Sister Euphrasia, popularly known as Evuprasiamma, in a canonisation ceremony presided over by Pope Francis II in the Vatican Sunday.

    In 2008, Sister Alphonsa became the first native Indian to be canonized and she too belonged to

  • No person As Squeezed In As The Mumbaikar

    A visit to any open area in Mumbai reveals what the locals, known as Mumbaikars, really crave — open space. Every playground, every promenade and every park is packed, revealing what they lack—open space.

  • Mall closed in Tamil Nadu following rumours of kiss for love event

    Tamil Nadu: A shopping mall here was closed today following rumours spread through social media that some organisations have decided to organise ‘kiss for love’ event to air their protest against moral policing. Rumours were ripe since yesterday in Whatsapp and other Social Media that a group of people are to converge at the mall on Avanashi Road, as part of their event of kissing in public.

  • Manipur boy beaten

    Rise in incidents of crime against North Eastern people in Delhi

    Delhi: Crime against people from Nort-East in the national capital has witnessed a steady rise with Delhi Police receiving 650 calls related to crime this year. According to data compiled by Delhi police, till November 15 this year, it has received a total 847 calls out of which 645 calls were related to crime.

  • Omar Abdullah

    Contradicting stand on Art 370 will sink BJP’s boat: Omar

    Srinagar: With Prime Minister Narendra Modi skirting any statement on Article 370, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday said BJP is shying away from committing on this contentious issue and is instead keeping its “feet in two boats” in Jammu and Kashmir which normally ends up “sinking”.

  • Congress President Sonia Gandhi

    Sonia Gandhi targets BJP, promises development in Jharkhand

    Jharkhand: Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of encouraging communal elements and developing hatred within the people,Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday said that her party which has an ideology to taking everyone along will continue to work for development of Jharkhand.

  • Manohar Parrikar attempts to break Bofors jinx

    New Delhi: In a fresh bid to break the Bofors jinx, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday cleared proposal to acquire 814 artillery guns for Rs 15,750 crore while deferring decision on joint bid by Tata Sons and Airbus to replace IAF’s Avro transport fleet and also procurement of 106 Swiss Pilatus basic trainer aircraft.

  • Arun Jaitley

    Arun Jaitley wants RBI to make cost of capital cheaper

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday pitched for an interest rate cut, expressing confidence that the RBI will move in the direction of making the cost of capital reasonable to help perk up economy.

  • Narendra Modi

    Centre to push economic agenda in Winter session

    New Delhi: Winter session of Parliament beginning tomorrow is expected to generate heat with government planning to push an ambitious economic agenda undeterred by resistance from a section of the Opposition.

  • Delhi Half Marathon

    Bipasha glad to see people showing eagerness to participate in sports

    New Delhi: Bollywood star Bipasha Basu on Sunday expressed her gladness with growing enthusiasm among people, both men and women showing their keenness to participate in all kinds of sports including the ‘Airtel Delhi Half Marathon’ as a right signal for the nation stepping forward into the world of sports.

  • Narendra Modi

    Modi warms hearts in freezing Kashmir

    Kishtwar: Avoiding any reference to controversial issues like Article 370 on special status to J-K, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday invoked Atal Behari Vajpayee’s “dream” of “democracy, humanity and Kashmiriyat” and asked the youth in Kashmir to turn over a new leaf. “… whatever has happened in the past has happened. Now is the time to take decisions for the new generation,” he said, while stressing on “development mantra” and the

  • Arun Jaitley

    Jaitley’s heart beats for the middle class

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said that he does not favour burdening the salaried and middle-class with more taxes but would go after the evaders in widening the net. In fact, he would encourage more money being put in the pockets of tax payers that will lead to spending and collection of more indirect taxes. “This widening of the tax base. What does it mean? …I pay the same indirect