Free Press Journal
  • ‘RTO used discretion to give VIP licence No 786 to Salman’

    Mumbai: The RTO reserves certain licence numbers for allotting them to applicants as per its discretion and that is how actor Salman Khan was given a special VIP licence number 786, a witness today informed a sessions court hearing the 2002 hit-and-run case. He was explaining the procedure adopted by the Regional Transport Office (RTO) on allotment of a special VIP number to Khan whose car had rammed into a bakery in suburban

  • MMRDA spends Rs 4.29 crore on air travel in 13 years

    Mumbai: The Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) has spent Rs 4.29 crore on air travel from April, 2001 to March, 2014, with most expenses incurred for study tours, an RTI query revealed. MMRDA is executing developmental projects worth thousands of crores in the MMR region comprising Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Palghar and Raigad districts.

  • Forget Google Glass, Sony’s SmartEyeglass now on sale

    New York: While the world is yet to get over the shocking demise of eye-wearable device Google Glass, Japanese multinational firm Sony has launched a cheaper edition of its device known as SmartEyeglass.

  • Closest Earth flyby of a star occurred 70,000 years ago

    Washington: Astronomers have identified the closest known flyby of a star that passed our solar system at a distance of just 0.8 light years 70,000 years ago. A group of astronomers from the US, Europe, Chile and South Africa determined that 70,000 years ago a recently discovered dim star is likely to have passed through the solar system’s distant cloud of comets, the Oort Cloud.

  • Inaction against attacks on UN peacekeepers dangerous: India

    United Nations: India has criticised the United Nations over lack of any “specific concrete action” by member states to penalise those who attack UN peacekeepers and warned that it might have “dangerous implications” for the maintenance of international peace and security. India, the single largest contributor of troops to UN peacekeeping operations that has actively participated in 11 out of the 15 active peacekeeping operations, also told a special UN committee that the

  • Italy warns world time running out to address IS threat

    Rome: Italy today issued its strongest warning yet about the danger of the Islamic State group establishing a stronghold in Libya that would threaten Europe’s security and the stability of neighbouring states. Addressing parliament, Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said there was an “evident risk” of IS fighters in Libya forging an alliance with local militias or criminal gangs currently engaged in a multi-sided battle for control of the country.

  • New app,

    App to reveal ‘hidden persona’ through tweets

    London: A British psychotherapist has developed an app that according to her can reveal your “hidden persona” by analysing what you tweet. The application developed by Sandra Scott is based on an algorithm that searches keywords and expressions of emotion that puts people into one of the four categories – passionate, materialistic, egoist and mischievous, Express.co.uk reported.

  • Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie

    Fire service called to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s home

    Los Angeles: Firefighters and paramedics were rushed to the LA home where Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt live with their six children. The emergency services rushed to the couple’s LA mansion on Monday and were later spotted chatting to a passer-by walking his dog before vacating the residence, reported InTouch magazine.

  • Amitabh Bachchan

    Big B meets Michael Bloomberg, gets enlightened

    Mumbai: Bollwood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who met former Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg, says the gathering was a learning experience for him. Bachchan, 72, conducted a public conversation with Bloomberg last evening, in the presence of his industrialist friend Anil Ambani and people from creative field, corporate world and media.

  • Irrfan Khan in Tom Hanks’ in ‘Inferno’

    Los Angeles: Indian actor Irrfan Khan is set to work with Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones in Ron Howard’s upcoming adaptation of Dan Brown’s novel ‘Inferno’. Irrfan, best known for his roles in ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, ‘Life of Pi’ and ‘The Lunchbox’, will play the role of Harry Sims aka The Provost, the head of a mysterious organisation.

  • Mkts rise to 3-wk highs on budget hopes, rate cut expectations

    Mumbai: Riding high on optimism over the upcoming Budget and hopes of rate cut, Indian markets rose for the sixth straight day with benchmark Sensex surging 184.38 points to close at three-week high of 29,320.26 today. Interest-rate sensitive counters like consumer durables, power, capital goods and auto led the rally.

  • Urban households have used goods worth Rs 56,200 cr: OLX

    New Delhi: Urban families in India are estimated to have over Rs 56,200 crore worth of used goods like clothing, utensils and books, a study by used goods marketplace OLX said today. According to its ‘Consumer Research on Used Goods and Selling Trends (CRUST) Survey 2014-15’, the estimated market for used goods was about Rs 22,000 crore last year. “Metros and tier I cities contribute 60 per cent of the total value of

  • Arvind Kejriwal

    AAP slams centre for contradictions on Pak boat incident

    New Delhi: Slamming the Centre over the Pakistani boat incident, the Aam Aadmi Party today said it showed the way the government was functioning as ‘one hand does not know what the other hand is doing”. The party also attacked the NDA government for using the incident as a “public relations” activity and diluting national security.

  • Bangladesh beat Afghanistan by 105 runs

    Canberra: Bangladesh beat Afghanistan by 105 runs in their Pool A match of the Cricket World Cup at the Manuka Oval here today.

  • Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner D.Ramanaidu dead

    Hyderabad: Renowned Telugu producer D. Ramanaidu, who holds the record of producing films in the maximum number of Indian languages, breathed his last. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner and Padma Bhushan awardee was 79.

  • US displays its flying machines

    Bengaluru: The tenth edition of the Aero India show got off to a flying start today with Prime Minister Narendra Modi underscoring the need to modernize India’s defence forces and increase both vigil and preparedness.

  • Pakistan, terror boat row

    Defence Ministry stands by statement, hints action against DIG

    Bengaluru: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said his Ministry stands by the statement that an intruding Pakistani boat blew itself up off Porbandar coast on New Year eve and hinted at disciplinary action against a Coast Guard official who reportedly claimed that it was sunk by the force.

  • Dubai wife seeks divorce over hubby`s failure to have sex 3 times a day

    Dubai: A woman in Dubai has filed for divorce from her husband because he could not have sex with her 2-3 times per day, and she felt sexually unsatisfied. A source informed that the case that is lodged in Dubai Sharia Court incurred because the wife blamed her husband for not satisfying her sexually, and they have come up with this decision as they failed to reach an amicable settlement, Gulf News reported.

  • Cyber espionage group `Desert Falcons` stole over 1 mln files from 50 countries

    New Delhi: A cyber-espionage group based in the Middle East has attacked more than 3,000 victims in about 50 countries across the globe, including India, and has stolen over one million files in the process. Desert Falcons, a cyber espionage group targeting multiple high profile organizations and individuals from Middle East countries, is believed to be the first known Arabic group of cyber mercenaries to develop and run full-scale cyber-espionage operations and was discovered by

  • Twitter

    Now, new tool to help Twitterati make the perfect tweet

    Washington: A new tool developed by researchers after a thorough study will now help the Twitterati to construct the “perfect tweet.” A study backed by the National Science Foundation and Google used an algorithm to thoroughly analyse the sentence constructions, rhetoric and keywords that makes certain tweets get more attention than others. The findings were then used to create a tool that weighed two wordings of the same tweet to ascertain a percentage chance that