Free Press Journal
  • Swine Flu

    Chemists selling masks at high prices over swine flu scare

    New Delhi: With Delhi witnessing the worst outbreak of swine flu and doctors stressing people should wear masks to avoid the dreaded viral disease, chemist stores in the capital have started selling masks at exorbitant rates. Delhi has till now recorded 1,917 cases of swine flu, while six people have died due to the disease.

  • Mumbai Mayor calls swine flu a ‘heart disease’

    Mumbai: With swine flu taking alarming proportions, Mumbai Mayor Snehal Ambekar today called it a “heart disease” and made a bizarre suggestion that the municipal authority will plant trees to check the disease. “Swine flu is a heart disease… Hence, BMC will plant trees, develop gardens and parks to check swine flu,” Ambekar told reporters after garlanding the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj here today, on the occasion of his birth anniversary.

  • Adopt new methods to boost agri-production: Modi

    Suratgarh (Rajasthan): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said there is a need to adopt new scientific methods to boost agricultural production in the country. The agricultural production can be transformed with the use of new scientific methods, he said while launching the ‘Soil Health Card’ (SHC) scheme in Suratgarh, situated over 300 km from Jaipur.

  • PDP conveys ‘displeasure’ to BJP over LC poll nomination

    Jammu: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today said here that it has conveyed its “displeasure” to BJP leadership over “misunderstanding” on the seat sharing for the Legislative Council polls, a day after both the parties fielded six candidates each for the 11 seats. According to PDP, both the parties had decided to contest the upcoming biennial elections for 11 vacant seats jointly. While BJP had agreed to field five candidates, the PDP had agreed

  • Opposition parties hit out at BJP, TDP on promises made to AP

    Hyderabad: Special category status and other promises made to Andhra Pradesh during bifurcation last year have become a hot political issue after opposition parties including the Congress began hitting out at the ruling BJP and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) alliance. The Congress, which is trying to revive its fortunes in Andhra Pradesh after being routed in the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections last year, has launched a signature campaign to mount pressure on

  • Chowrasia emerges joint leader in bid for Indian Open title

    New Delhi: Two-time European tour winner, SSP Chowrasia today launched his bid to win the Hero Indian Open on a resounding note as he fired a blemish-free six-under 65 to share the lead after the opening day of the tri-sanctioned event here. The 36-year-old, who has finished second twice in the Indian Open, picked up six birdies to share the lead with Richard Lee (Canada), Chapchai Nirat (Thailand), Siddikur Rahman and Joakim Lagergren

  • Government launches eBiz portal with 11 services

    New Delhi: The department of industrial policy and Promotion (DIPP) under India’s commerce and industry ministry Thursday announced the launch of 11 central government services on eBiz portal, an official statement said. eBiz portal is a government to business portal to improve India’s ranking in the ease of doing business.

  • UP govt befooling people by changing scheme names: BSP

    Lucknow: BSP today accused the Akhilesh Yadav government of “befooling” people by changing names of various welfare schemes of the previous government and discontinuing SP’s populist schemes which helped it “gain” power in UP. “The SP on coming to power discontinued the Mahamaya Pension Scheme of the BSP government and launched it with a new label as Rani Laxmibai Yojna and after two years it got another label Samajwadi Pension Yojna,” Leader of

  • Denmark to beef up fight against terrorism

    Copenhagen: Denmark’s government has pledged 970 million kroner (USD 130 million) to strengthen anti-terrorism measures, including by boosting foreign and domestic intelligence gathering. The announcement follows weekend attacks against a free speech event and a synagogue left two people dead and five wounded in Copenhagen. The government started drafting the plans last month after lawmakers demanded a review of anti-terror me sures following the terror attacks by Islamic extremists in Paris.

  • UK RAF jets scrambled to chase two Russian bomber aircraft

    London: Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) jets chased away two Russian military aircraft flying close to UK airspace, defence officials said today. The two Russian bombers, spotted off the Cornwall coast yesterday, were escorted by the RAF until they were out of the “UK area of interest”, a spokesperson for UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

  • Controversial remarks damaged BJP’s prospects in Delhi: Naidu

    New Delhi: Amid the soul-searching within the BJP over its drubbing in the Delhi polls, a senior Union minister today said the controversial remarks made by Hindutva hardliners “damaged” the party’s prospects. In an interview to Karan Thapar in “To the Point” programme on Headlines Today, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu also spoke of the limitation of BJP in a direct electoral contest and said the party needs to expand its base

  • Air ambulance with Oz patient on board makes emergency landing

    Varanasi: An air ambulance made an emergency landing at Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport here after the condition of an Australian national, suspected to be infected with swine flu, deteriorated, airport authorities said.

  • Auto-rickshaws in Kochi turn ‘vehicles of art’

    Kochi: Bitten by the art extravaganza, over 100 auto-rickshaws in Fort Kochi will exhibit Biennale messages on their vehicles. “It is our Biennale”, says one slogan, “Art is Life”, says another. From this week, these messages from the second Kochi-Muziris Biennale will don exteriors of auto-rickshaws in Fort Kochi, the main venue of the 108-day festival.

  • 110 more swine flu cases in Delhi, no new deaths

    New Delhi: A total of 110 more swine flu cases were reported in the national capital Thursday while the Delhi government added two more designated laborataries to test for the disease and said the stock of medicines has been doubled. The total number of swine flu cases has reached 1,789. No fresh deaths have been reported, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain told the media here.

  • Congress workers stage protest against Modi’s gift auction

    Surat: Congress workers today staged a protest outside the Science Convention Centre here against the ongoing auction of items gifted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging it to be an act of “self publicity”. Congress workers rushed to the spot and raised slogans against Modi and the ongoing auction of items including the controversial pin-striped monogrammed suit worn by the Prime Minister.

  • Sheila Dikshit

    AAP ‘encouraging theft’ by promising freebies like free water: Shiela Dikshit  

    New Delhi: The Aam Admi Party (AAP), which came to power for the second time in Delhi — with a record 67-seat win this time, is “encouraging theft” by promising people free water and cheap power, Congress leader Sheila Dikshit Thursday said observing that some of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s promises were simply “not achievable”.

  • badaun gangrape case

    Badaun case: Family of cousins challenge CBI’s closure report

    Badaun (UP): Family members of the two teenage girls who were found hanging from a tree in May last year at a village here have moved a court here challenging the closure report filed by CBI in the case. A protest petition has been filed in the court of Additional District Judge (POCSO Act) Anil Kumar, said Kokab Hasan Naqvi, lawyer of the family, while claiming that there are a number of points

  • Nawazuddin Siddiqui

    Small budget films not promoted on huge scale: Nawazuddin

    Mumbai: Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who has proved his mettle in films such as “Paan Singh Tomar” and “Gangs of Wasseypur”, says that small budget films are not promoted on a huge scale in India.

  • Ram Jethmalani again kisses – this time Leena Chandavarkar

    Mumbai: He made the headlines last year by kissing veteran actor Dharmendra and he’s done it again. Senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani was sported smooching yesteryear actress Leena Chandavarkar at an event here. The two met during Humlog Awards 2015 at Radio Club Monday but more than their greetings, it was the kiss exchanged between Jethmalani and late Kishore Kumar’s wife that grabbed eyeballs.

  • Additional spectrum case: Court to hear arguments from March 4

    New Delhi: The special 2G court would start hearing from next month arguments on framing of charges in the 2002 additional spectrum allocation case, in which CBI has chargesheeted former Telecom Secretary Shyamal Ghosh and three telecom firms. Special CBI Judge O P Saini fixed the matter for March 4 to begin arguments after defence counsel sought short adjournment for perusal of case records saying it was quite voluminous.