Free Press Journal
  • Former union minister Matang Sinh arrested in Saradha Scam

    Kolkata: The CBI Saturday arrested former union minister Matang Sinh for his alleged complicity in the multi-crore rupee Saradha chit fund scam. Sinh, who was minister of state for parliamentary affairs in the P.V. Narasimha Rao-led Congress government (1991-96), was arrested after being grilled for more than seven hours.

  • Smart Cities

    Smart City Plan: Criteria agreed for selection, ranking

    New Delhi: The government’s initiative for creating 100 smart cities achieved a major milestone today as the various stakeholders came out with the criteria for the selection and ranking of cities and also broadly agreed on innovative financing models and urban governance reforms to be implemented as part of the project.

  • 5 labourers die in Assam

    Barpeta (Assam): Five labourers died when an electrical tower collapsed at Saudar Vitha in Baska district today. A senior police official said while four of the labourers died on the spot, another succumbed to injuries on way to Barpeta Medical College and Hospital. Six other persons were also injured in the accident.


    Salman case: Court asks police to record statements of RTO officer, cops

    Mumbai: The sessions court today directed the Mumbai police to record the statements of three additional witnesses in connection with the 2002 hit-and-run case allegedly involving Bollywood superstar Salman Khan. “The court directed the police to record the statements of a Road Transport Office inspector and two police constables,” said special public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat.

  • NABARD to fund rural projects in Maharashtra

    Mumbai: The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) Saturday said it is willing to fund rural infrastructure projects in Maharashtra as the quantum of priority sector lending in the state will stand at Rs. 1,80,032 crore for the coming fiscal year.

  • Marine Wildlife

    World’s ocean species up to 9 times likelier to become extinct

    London: A new study has recently revealed that world’s marine species are up to nine times likelier to become extinct than formerly thought. The alarming study by the University of Sheffield, has been said to be the most thorough analysis of marine conservation data yet, comes as campaigners accused the Government of “watering down” plans to protect England’s marine life, the Independent revealed.

  • Ban Ki-moon

    UN chief Ban Ki-moon backs regional African force to fight Boko Haram

    Addis Ababa: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed an African Union proposal to set up a regional five-nation force of 7,500 troops to fight Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamist militants. Support for the initiative, announced at an African Union summit being held in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, came hours after the Chadian military said three soldiers and 123 militants were killed in two days of fighting with a Chadian army contingent in northern Cameroon.

  • Egypt court lists Hamas’ armed wing as terrorist group

    Cairo: An Egyptian court Saturday banned Palestinian group Hamas’ armed wing, al-Qassam Brigades, and listed it as a terrorist organisation. “The court decided to ban the al-Qassam Brigades and to list it as a terrorist group,” Xinhua news agency quoted a judiciary official of the Cairo Urgent Matters Court as saying.

  • Manohar Parrikar

    Dhruv helicopters are good, says Manohar Parrikar after Ecuador’s move

    New Delhi: Asserting that Dhruv helicopters are good, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said HAL has been asked to set up additional depots for spares after Ecuador put the Indian choppers on “restricted” operations following a spate of accidents. “Dhruv is a good platform. If there is any issue about maintainance…I have already discussed. I have asked HAL to create a depot wherever it is required so that spares are available,” he told reporters

  • minor raped

    Minor girl allegedly raped by neighbour

    Jamshedpur: A nine-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her neighbour in Demkasai on the outskirts of the steel city here, police said today. The girl was lured by the accused identified as Raja Kunkal, who took her to an isolated place last night and allegedly raped her, police said.

  • Suresh Prabhu

    Feasibility report on Bullet train being prepared, says Suresh Prabhu

    Ahmedabad: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today said the feasibility report on high-speed bullet train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai was being prepared with the assistance of a Japan government’s company. A feasibility report on the high-speed bullet train is being prepared with the governments of Maharashtra and Gujarat, Prabhu told reporters on the sidelines on flagging off of two new trains from Ahmedabad.

  • Sensex down

    Sensex, Nifty end in red after hitting all-time high

    Mumbai: Heavy profit booking at the fag-end of the week pulled down the S&P BSE benchmark Sensex by 96 points to close at 29,182.95 and CNX Nifty by 27 points to end at 8,808.90 from their all-time high of 29,844.16 and
    8,996.60 respectively. Trading for the week started on a strong note, but the trend reversed on the last trading session of the week when large caps declined sharply.

  • Narendra Modi

    PM Narendra Modi says AAP is a backstabber in Delhi rally

    New Delhi: In a hard-hitting attack on AAP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called it “backstabber” and asked Delhiites not to repeat the “mistake” of voting for the Arvind Kejriwal-led party. During his over half-an-hour address at an election rally, Modi sought a clear mandate for the BJP, which fell short of majority in the 2013 polls, and asserted that his party will provide such a clean and stable government which people have “never

  • Pranab Mukherjee

    President Mukherjee congratulates DRDO on successful Agni-V test

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee today congratulated DRDO on the successful test-firing of the third developmental trial of Agni-V surface-to-surface missile. In his message to Avinash Chander, Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister and Director-General, DRDO, Mukherjee has said “I extend hearty congratulations to all those associated with the successful test-firing of the third developmental trial of India’s indigenous Agni-V surface-to-surface missile.”

  • CBI raid across 14 locations of a chit fund company in Odisha

    Bhubaneswar: CBI sleuths today conducted raids across 14 locations against Micro Finance Limited, one of the 44 chit fund companies under the scanner of the central investigating agency. A senior CBI official said raids were conducted at all the places where the company was operating its business and has offices, including Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Berhampur.

  • Farhan Akhtar

    Farhan Akhtar’s Twitter family crosses 4.5 million

    Mumbai: Multi-faceted Bollywood talent Farhan Akhtar, who has been active on Twitter since 2009, has amassed over 4.5 million followers on the social networking platform. He has sent out a “virtual hug” to his Twitter family. “Crazy!!…touched 4.5 million followers on Twitter…Well not literally touched…That would be creepy & very exhausting. Big virtual hug,” Farhan tweeted Saturday.

  • Kiran Bedi

    Kiran Bedi says she will host ‘Dil Ki Baat’ like PM Modi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’

    New Delhi: A confident and optimistic Bharatiya Janata Party’s chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi on Saturday said she would host a ‘Dil Ki Baat’ programme every month similar to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ initiative as an act of encouragement for Delhi’s citizens.

  • Gurinder Chadha

    Gurinder Chadha thanks Big B for ‘Desi Rascals’ cameo

    Mumbai: Gurinder Chadha, the co-producer of “Desi Rascals”, has thanked Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan for “playing along” a cameo in the TV show. “@SrBachchan legend makes a special appearance on @DesiRascals that was quite a surprise eh…thank you sir for playing along,” tweeted the British film director of Sikh origin, who is currently in India to scout locations for her next film.

  • Katy Perry

    Katy Perry reveals cryptic `Mean Girls` tweet was about Taylor Swift

    Washington: Katy Perry has confirmed that her cryptic ‘Mean Girls’ tweet that she posted in September 2015 was aimed at Taylor Swift. When asked in an interview if her “Watch out for the Regina George in sheep’s clothing” tweet was about the ‘Shake It Off,’ the 30-year-old singer said if somebody is trying to defame her character, people are going to hear about it, the CBS News reported.