Free Press Journal
  • Dalit youth pays for audacity to dine with upper caste people

    Jalaun (UP): A 30-year-old Dalit youth had to pay for the “crime” of breaking bread with his feudal masters in a Uttar Pradesh village. Members belonging to an upper caste took strong exception to his sharing meal at a wedding feast with them at a village in Unnao district, 60 KM from state capital Lucknow.

  • More and more Indians now head to Vienna 

    Mumbai: There has been a marked increase in Indians visiting Vienna and a senior Austrian official hoped to “increase it to 100,000 overnights by 2017”.

  • Coast Guard rescues over 70 stranded pilgrims

    Mumbai: Over 70 stranded pilgrims have been rescued by the Coast Guard after their boat got stuck in a mud patch due to a low tide near the Elephanta Islands off Mumbai harbour.

  • Umbai’s ghazals soothe patients

    Kochi: If Ghazals are often hailed as the purest expression of unconditional love, the music form’s leading Kerala exponent Umbai did soothe many a frayed nerve at the Government General Hospital here today. Performing before a crowd that largely comprised patients, the recital held as part of the Kochi Biennale Foundation’s weekly Arts and Medicine programme showcased not just how the celebrated Malayali vocalist has enriched the music form that has Sufi origins

  • Animals ‘enjoy’ music like humans do!

    London: Many animals can perceive the components of music the way humans do, scientists say. An international research team led by Marisa Hoeschele from the University of Vienna said animal research could be the key to unlocking what features of human music are cultural phenomena, and what features are rooted in our biology.

  • Chinese MH370 relatives protest at Malaysia PM’s office

    Putrajaya (Malaysia): Chinese relatives of MH370 passengers gathered outside the Malaysian prime minister’s office today to demand his government rescind its declaration that all on board the plane were presumed dead. “We want an explanation from (Prime Minister Najib Razak). And we want him to cancel the declaration that the incident was an accident,” said Kelly Wen, a Chinese national whose husband was on the Malaysia Airlines flight.

  • Saudi court upholds 15 years’ jail for rights lawyer

    Dubai, An appeals court in Saudi Arabia has upheld a 15-year jail term for a human rights lawyer who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, a watchdog said today. The Specialised Criminal Court of Appeal, which hears terrorism cases, confirmed on Sunday the latest verdict against Waleed Abulkhair, said the Gulf Center for Human Rights.

  • Saudi court upholds 15 years’ jail for rights lawyer

    Dubai: An appeals court in Saudi Arabia has upheld a 15-year jail term for a human rights lawyer who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, a watchdog said today. The Specialised Criminal Court of Appeal, which hears terrorism cases, confirmed on Sunday the latest verdict against Waleed Abulkhair, said the Gulf Center for Human Rights.

  • Narendra Modi

    PM’s ‘keep-off-religion’ warning welcome but belated

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s strong though belated assertion at a Christian forum in Delhi that violence against any religion on any pretext is unacceptable and condemnable and that his government would act strongly against it, is as categorical a statement of intent as can be. It has indeed brought a whiff of fresh air in an atmosphere which was jeopardizing communal peace and harmony.

  • Sachin Tendulkar

    I had to work the hardest to reach the top, says Tendulkar

    Mumbai: Retired batting great Sachin Tendulkar today said he had to work the hardest to reach the top, while adding that he always believed in letting his bat do the talking in his glorious 24-year-long cricket career. “In my career I had a number of challenges. Once you are among the best, the fight was about being right at the top. (For) Someone to be right at the top, I have always had

  • Kapur shocks top seed Muchhal to enter final

    Mumbai: West Bengal’s Krish Kapur stunned top seed Harshit Muchhal of Delhi in straight games to enter the under 19 boys’ final in the 2-Star Matunga Gymkhana All India Junior Open Squash Tournament here today.

  • Not for elite only: BJP leader on Aditya’s nightlife plan

    Mumbai: A day after Yuva Sena chief Aditya Thackeray said that Maharashtra Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had given his nod for revival of the “vibrant” Mumbai nightlife, a BJP leader said the plan should not be elite-centric. “Elite parties should not be reason to do it. What is important is finding ways to improve living conditions of the common man,” city BJP chief Ashish Shelar said.

  • Rooney apologised to me for diving: Preston goalkeeper

    London: English Preston North End FC goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann Wednesday claimed that striker Wayne Rooney has apologised for his alleged “dive” during Manchester United’s 3-1 win in FA Cup. Rooney won a controversial penalty after allegedly diving to get the verdict in his favour and converted it to score his team’s third goal at Deepdale stadium.

  • Swiss police search HSBC’s Geneva office

    London: Swiss police searched HSBC bank’s office in Geneva as part of an inquiry into alleged money-laundering, a media report said. Prosecutors said they were investigating “HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA and persons unknown for suspected aggravated money laundering”, BBC reported.

  • Mamata to meet Hasina during three-day Bangladesh trip

    Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is scheduled to call on Bangladesh President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to discuss a host of issues during a three-day trip to the neighbouring nation beginning Thursday.

  • IndiaMART inducts Lizzie Chapman on its board

    New Delhi: Lizzie Chapman, executive director, DBS Digital Bank, has been appointed a director on the board of online marketplace IndiaMART, a statement by the latter said.

  • BJP names Vijender Gupta as leader of opposition in Delhi

    New Delhi: BJP’s Rohini legislator Vijender Gupta was appointed the leader of opposition in the Delhi assembly even as the party failed to win the required seven seats to claim the status of the main opposition party.

  • ED questions Matang Sinh’s aide

    Kolkata: Enforcement Directorate officials today interrogated former union minister Matang Sinh’s aide Khyati Sadannah in connection with the Saradha scam. ED sources told PTI that she was interrogated to ascertain the details of Sinh’s involvement in the scam by entering into a business transaction with Sudipto Sen, owner of the tainted Saradha Group. She was interrogated by ED officials for more than 90 minutes. Sinh is now in CBI custody after his arrest by

  • 144 species spotted in Goa’s maiden wetland bird census

    Panaji: The first-ever bird census has recorded 144 bird species and 9,992 birds across Goa’s 23 wetlands which includes four vulnerable and five near-threatened species, according to experts. A first of its kind wetland bird census called the All Goa Waterfowl Count (AGWC) was conducted by the Goa Bird Conservation Network (GBCN) in association with BirdCount India (BCI) in two phases, on January 18, 2015 covering North Goa district and January 25, 2015