Free Press Journal
  • Coalscam: CBI files CVC’s reference in special court

    New Delhi: CBI today filed in a special court a copy of the reference made by Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) on the basis of which a case was lodged against Prakash Industries Ltd and others in a coal blocks allocation scam. The investigating officer (IO) placed on record the copy of the reference made by the CVC to CBI on the basis of which initial preliminary enquiry was registered.

  • Govt may relax LTC norms in Budget to boost tourism

    New Delhi: In order to give boost to the tourism sector, the Budget for 2015-16 is likely to expand the scope of LTA and LTC by including hotel and other expenses besides travel for the purpose of tax benefit. The Ministry, sources said, it is also considering a proposal to allow employees to avail Leave Travel Concession (LTC)/ Leave Travel Allowance (LTA) every year as against the current practice of two times in

  • Stainless steel makers seek higher customs duty

    New Delhi: Ahead of the budget, stainless steel firms have asked the Finance Ministry to increase customs duty to 25 per cent from 10 per cent at present to safeguard the interest of domestic firms in view of growing imports. “There is an urgent need to control the growing imports and one way to achieve this is by increasing the customs duty rates. However, this is not possible with a small differential between

  • Sensex extends gains for the 7th day

    Mumbai: The benchmark Sensex today rose 142 points, extending its winning run to the seventh day, buoyed by gains in HDFC, Infosys and L&T as well as fag-end buying in metal shares after some firms won mines in coal block auction. Growing expectations of rate cuts after inflation slowed and hopes of a growth-oriented budget also provided support.

  • Mamata Bnerjee

    Mamata for action against those involved in Kalyani rampage

    Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today strongly condemned the rampage at Kalyani University in which two senior officials were allegedly assaulted by agitators, while announcing her government will take strong action against those involved in it. “Injustice has been done. None of those involved in the case will be spared. Five persons have been arrested in this connection,” Banerjee said.

  • Malaysia, Arrest, Indian

    2 Petroleum Ministry employees arrested for leaking info

    New Delhi: Two Petroleum Ministry employees are among five persons arrested for allegedly leaking confidential government documents to private companies, Delhi Police said today. Sources said a clerical staff and a peon of the Petroleum Ministry were apprehended by the police. They said provisions of Official Secrets Act may be slapped on them. The sources said the two Petroleum Ministry employees used to provide confidential information to private companies in return for money.a

  • Swine Flu

    Jammu SP dies of breathing disorder; swine flu suspected

    Jammu: A superintendent of police in Jammu and Kashmir today died of respiratory disorder and doctors are awaiting his culture report to ascertain whether his death was due to swine flu. “The patient was admitted in our hospital in a critical condition as he suffered from respiratory related disorder,” Dr SS Soodan, director ASCCMS&H Jammu told PTI.

  • Jitan Ram Manjhi

    Manjhi virtually dangles the carrot of ministership for support

    Patna: Ahead of tomorrow’s confidence vote, Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi today virtually dangled the carrot of ministerial berths to garner support from MLAs. Manjhi, who was speaking at Garib Swabhiman Sammelan here, appealed to the people to request their MLAs to support him.

  • Modi suit hogs limelight, T-shirts get the cold shoulder

    Surat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pin-striped suit is hogging all the limelight at a Surat auction but the humble Cricket Australia T-shirt gifted to him by bowling great Brett Lee is getting the cold shoulder. While a diamond trader from Bhavnagar has offered a staggering Rs 1.41 crore for the navy blue suit Modi wore during his meeting with the US President Barack Obama last month, the bids for Lee’s T-shirt range between

  • Thirty children fall ill after mid-day meal in Bihar

    Patna: At least 30 children fell ill after having their mid-day meal at a government school in Bihar’s Vaishali district. Their condition is, however, stable. The children complained of uneasiness after consuming the meal at Senduari Middle School, and were admitted to Sadar hospital at Hajipur, district headquarters of Vaishali, a district official said.

  • Coal Scam

    Coalscam: CBI completes probe in Hindalco case

    New Delhi: CBI today filed the final report of its probe conducted into a coal blocks allocation scam case allegedly involving former Coal Secretary P C Parakh, Hindalco Industries Ltd and others before a special court which fixed March 11 for considering it. Senior public prosecutor V K Sharma told the court that CBI has completed its investigation in the case and filed the statement of one of the witnesses, S

  • AeroIndia:Close shave for 2 Czech pilots performing aerobatics

    Bengaluru: Two pilots of Red Bulls aerobatic team today had a miraculous escape after the wings of their aircraft touched each other mid-air while doing stunts. The aircraft landed safely but with their wings damaged. “Flying Bulls” from the Czech Republic were in middle of their stunt when this accident took place.

  • Sukhoi-30

    SU30 plane crash: Russia blames human factor

    Bengaluru: Russia today blamed “human factor” for the crash of a Sukhoi 30 MKI fighter aircraft in October last year that led to the grounding of the entire fleet of India’s frontline fighter plane for a month, a charge denied by the Indian Air Force. “Our stand is human factor,” said Vitaly Borodich, Vice Presdient (Military Sales) of Irkut Corporation.

  • DDLJ

    Maratha Mandir brings down curtains on DDLJ after 20 years

    Mumbai: The romantic moments between actors Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, portrayal of a strict father, revelry around Indian wedding and a fun train journey in “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” (DDLJ) will be missed by moviegoers as the iconic movie made its final curtain call at famous Maratha Mandir here – after two decades. Manoj Desai, owner of G7 Multiples and Gaiety Galaxy and the managing director of Maratha Mandir told IANS:

  • Rohit Roy

    Atul Kasbekar was my inspiration for ‘Calender Girls’

    Mumbai: Actor Rohit Roy, who is playing alensman in Madhur Bhandarkar’s upcoming film ‘Calender Girls’, says he took inspiration from noted fashion photographer Atul Kasbekar for his role. ‘Calendar Girls’, starring five newcomers, revolves around models who gain fame after featuring in famous calendars. “I play a photographer in the film. My character is inspired by renowned fashion photographer Atul Kasbekar. It’s a very interesting role to play,” Rohit told PTI.

  • Mike Hussey’s presence inspiration enough for South Africa: Coach

    Melbourne: The mere presence of Australian batting great Mike Hussey in South Africa’s training sessions is acting as an inspiration for the team, Proteas coach Russell Domingo said. Australia’s 2007 World Cup winner has been employed as a coaching consultant for the Proteas.

  • Hugh Jackman

    Hugh Jackman jokes about playing Wolverine until he dies

    New York: Hugh Jackman recently joked about his role of Wolverine saying that he will portray that role until he dies. The 46-year-old actor asserted that he told to his wife that the moral was that he should never stop playing Wolverine, the New York Post reported. The Australian actor continued that he got to find a way to keep playing that role until his last breath. Jackman added that he was aware

  • Sanam shocks top seed to make quarters along with Yuki, Somdev

    New Delhi: Wild card Sanam Singh led the Indian charge by knocking out top seed James Duckworth even as Yuki Bhambri and Somdev Devvarman were clinical enough to enter the singles quarterfinals of the Delhi Open, here today. Ranked 464, Sanam Singh humbled his Australian opponent 3-6 7-5 6-3 in just under two hours in the second round of the USD 100,000 ATP Challenger tournament at the R K Khanna tennis stadium.

  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni

    Batsman Dhoni seeks Shastri’s advice in testing times

    Melbourne:An overwhelming win over Pakistan may have brought a lot of cheer to the Indian cricket team after an indifferent ‘Australian Summer’, but there are a few grey areas that are yet to be addressed by the side, including skipper Mahendra SinghDhoni’s poor run with the bat. Therefore, it was not really surprising to see the captain spending some quality time with Team Director Ravi Shastri during India’s training session at the

  • Anil Kumble to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame

    Dubai: Former Indian captain Anil Kumble is all set to become the 77th member of the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame after his name is inducted in the prestigious list during India’s World Cup match against South Africa here on Sunday. Kumble, who is now the Chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee, is the fourth India cricketer to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame after fellow former captains Bishen Bedi,