Free Press Journal
  • Modi calls up Sharif, Jaishankar to visit Pak soon

    New Delhi: In an ice-breaking move after a six-month hiatus in Indo-Pak ties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today spoke to his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif after which it was announced that Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar will visit Islamabad when he will “push bilateral agenda”.

  • Swine Flu

    3 more die of swine flu in Telangana; toll 45

    Hyderabad: Three fresh swine flu deaths and 23 positive cases have been reported in Telangana, a bulletin on the viral disease issued by the state government said here today. “From January 1 till February 12, 2,938 samples have been tested out of which 969 were found to be positive and number of deaths because of other complications and swine flu are 45,” the bulletin said.

  • Bilateral issues on agenda during Jaishankar’s SAARC visits: India

    New Delhi: Pakistan would be among the countries which Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar would visit as part of his tour of SAARC nations during which he would utilize the opportunity to discuss “bilateral issues”, India’s external affairs ministry said Friday.

  • Talks can only resolve the Indo-Pak issue: Hurriyat

    Srinagar: Talks are the only way forward for resolving all the outstanding issues between India and Pakistan including Kashmir, moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference today said. “Talks are the only option between the two neighbours to resolve all outstanding issues including Kashmir,” moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said in a statement here.

  • 25% industrial land to be earmarked for SC/ST entrepreneurs

    Hyderabad: The Telangana government is planning to earmark 25 per cent of the land allotted for industrial use to SC and ST entrepreneurs, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said today. Speaking at the inaugural session of a three-day industrial and trade expo organised by Dalit Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DICCI), the Chief Minister said his government would offer all support to entrepreneurs though the state’s new industrial policy.

  • 21 Navy officers pass out as ‘Observers’

    Kochi: As many as 21 officers were awarded ‘Wings’ on passing out as ‘Observers’ at the Naval Air Station here today. Of them, 16 are from Indian Navy, two from Indian Coast Guard and three from friendly foreign countries. Real Admiral G Ashok Kumar, Flag Officer, Sea Training, who reviewed the ceremonial passing out parade at INS Garuda, presented the awards and wings to the passing out officers, a defence press release said.

  • Four Maoists surrender in Odisha

    Malkangiri (Odisha): Four hardcore Maoists including three women, who were allegedly involved in many offences and carried rewards on their heads, surrendered before the police in Odisha’s Malkangiri district today.

  • Sebi bars Shah Group Builders from raising money from public

    Mumbai: Continuing its crackdown on illicit investment activities, market regulator Sebi has restrained Shah Group Builders Ltd and its directors from mobilising funds from public through the issuance of securities.

  • Give tax sops to renewable energy projects: Report

    New Delhi: Tax incentives, easier overseas borrowing norms and innovative financial instruments for clean energy projects will boost India’s efforts to achieve sustainable development in the long term, says a report. The renewable energy sector should be put under Priority Sector Lending (PSL) category and unutilised amount under PSL should be diverted to clean energy, the Ficci UNEP Inquiry Report, prepared at the behest of Power Minister Piyush Goyal, said in its recommendations.

  • Sandip Dikshit attack on “elitist” culture in Congress

    New Delhi: After his mother, Sandeep Dikshit today unleashed a fusillade on the way the Congress is run saying its “elitist” culture produces “arrogance” and it does not have “genuine” leaders. The former MP from East Delhi and son of Shiela Dikshit cautions the party against becoming a “copy cat” of either BJP on issues relating to secularism or the AAP on economic issues.

  • Par panel visits Ludhiana to chalk out development plan

    Ludhiana: A Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science, Technology, Environment and Forest, headed by Rajya Sabha MP Ashwani Kumar today visited Ludhiana to chalk out a plan for the city’s development. The committee members visited two points along the Budha Nullah behind Ayurvedic College near Haibowal and near Haibowal Dairy Complex.

  • Jammu: JKSUF stages protest against ‘MSG’ release

    Jammu: Members of the Jammu and Kashmir Sikh United Front (JKSUF) on Friday staged a protest against release of the film ‘The Messenger of God’ (MSG), portraying Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. The protesters shouted slogans against Singh and burnt posters of ‘MSG’ as the film which hits the silver screen today.

  • Now, a low-cost test to detect cancer fast

    Tokyo: Japanese multinational Hitachi and Kyushu University hope to develop a new low-cost test to detect cancer in one hour, by studying the reaction of roundworms after coming into contact with the urine of patients, media reported Friday.

  • Sri Lanka to probe wells in north suspecting bodies inside

    Colombo: Sri Lanka’s new government has ordered an investigation into all water wells in the country’s Northern Province — lying closed since the 30-year civil war period — following charges that thousands of missing people lay buried in them, a minister said Friday.

  • Boko Haram regional mastermind arrested in Niger

    Niamey: The suspected mastermind behind different attacks by the Boko Haram Islamist group in Niger’s Diffa region near the Nigerian border has been arrested by Nigerian security forces, media reported.

  • Cerebral palsy can be genetic: study

    Melbourne: Researchers have discovered that many cases of cerebral palsy, a major neurodevelopmental disorder, may have genetic causes. It has long been the belief that cerebral palsy occurs when a child experiences a lack of oxygen during pregnancy or at birth.

  • Stay fit or lose ranks: Chinese government to military

    Beijing: Chinese government has set a new compulsive fitness standard for its 2.3 million-strong army, the world’s largest, failing which a soldier would lose his rank. Members of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have been reminded to stay in shape or else lose out on promotions, the official mouth piece of the Chinese military, PLA Daily reported today.