Free Press Journal
  • Birdman Movie Review

    ‘Birdman’, ‘Boyhood’ to battle it out at Oscars

    Los Angeles: In one of the most fiercely contested years in the Oscars’ history, Alejandro G Inarritu’s ‘Birdman’ and Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ have emerged front-runners as the Academy rolls out the red carpet to honour the best in cinema this Sunday here. Both ‘Birdman’ and Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ are leading the race this year with nine nods apiece, though the battle in the best picture, director and actor categories are up in the air. However, Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette and J

  • Rape

    Income Tax officer gets interim protection in molestation case

    Mumbai: The sessions court here today gave interim protection from arrest to a senior Indian Revenue Service official who is facing a case of molestation. “The court today gave interim protection from arrest to Sridhar R S (41), Joint Commissioner of Income Tax, till February 26,” public prosecutor Nileema Kasture told PTI. A 25-year-old lady chartered accountant, who was working with Sridhar for some time, has filed a complaint that he often sent objectionable messages and pictures on her mobile phone between July 2014

  • Koyna valley quake victims should get benefit of job quota: High Court

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has ruled that the quota in jobs provided for earthquake-hit people in Latur and Osmanabad districts of Maharashtra would also cover the quake-victims of Koyna Dam region, particularly in Patan teshil of Satara district. While a devastating earthquake had struck Latur and Osmanabad in 1993, major quakes had also caused extensive damage in Koyna river valley in 1967 and in 1993.

  • Virat Kohli

    Virat Kohli: Beating Proteas will give India self-belief

    Melbourne: Vice-captain Virat Kohli said Saturday that beating South Africa in the World Cup will give India “immense self-belief” and “momentum” that is needed to top in cricket’s showpiece event. “If we beat them, it will give us immense self-belief that we can beat big sides come the knockouts. South Africa has been one of the top sides in the world and they have a good balance in batting and bowling and their fielding has

  • 2015 World Cup Astrological Predictions: England vs Scotland

    England face Scotland on Monday. England cricket coach Peter Moores said the team will turn the frustration of their opening two World Cup defeats into a determination to put things right. Moores, who was re-appointed for a second spell in charge of England last April, added: “We’re still in this tournament. We’ve got to be ready by Monday to come back and show that against Scotland.”

  • 2015 World Cup Astrological Predictions: India vs South Africa

    India kept alive their streak of having beaten Pakistan in every World Cup contest. On Sunday, however, they will look to straighten a record when they take on South Africa in a Pool B match in the sport’s pinnacle event at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) here. India have played the African nation thrice (1992, 1999 and 2011) in World Cups and each time ended up as the losing side. This time around both

  • Swine Flu

    Toll from swine flu rises to 774

    New Delhi: Swine flu deaths continued unabated in the country with 31 more people succumbing to the H1N1 virus even as the total number of affected persons neared the 13,000 mark. The Health Ministry, however, said that there was no dearth of medicines and hospitals were equipped to deal with the situation.

  • Arvind Kejriwal

    CM Arvind Kejriwal orders two magisterial probes into separate incidents

    New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today ordered two separate magisterial inquiries into a violent clash at Burari in which two AAP MLAs were among those booked and an alleged gang-rape of an African woman in a moving car in East Delhi. The incident of violence had taken place at Burari last night and it has been alleged that the police did not register a case against those involved in allegedly molesting two kids.

  • Aditya Narayan

    Aditya Narayan finds CBFC’s taboo-word list offensive

    Vadodara: Music composer and singer Aditya Narayan feels that Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC)’s ban on use of certain words in the films is an attack on the freedom of speech and expression. The list of 28 words which was leaked to the media recently has drawn widespread criticism.

  • Swine Flu

    Show cause notice to 2 labs for overcharging for Swine Flu test in Delhi

    New Delhi: Cracking the whip, the Delhi government today issued show cause notices to two private labs for allegedly charging more than the specified limit of Rs 4,500 fixed by it for swine flu tests. The notices were issued following surprise checks conducted by a health department team on the directions of Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain last night.

  • 2 smugglers held with illegal consignment of arms

    Lucknow: Two alleged smugglers carrying illegal arms were arrested in Gorakhpur district, police said today. Special Task Force (STF) of Uttar Pradesh police arrested Ajay Singh alias Ajju and Dharamvir last night with the consignment of arms.

  • coal

    Efficiency of India’s coal-based power plants way below global standards: Study

    New Delhi: Many of India’s coal-based power plants are way below global standards in terms of efficiency and several among them violate air pollution norms and are struggling to dispose fly ash generated by them, a study by a leading NGO working in the environment sector has claimed. Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), in its two-year long study ‘Heat in Power’, analysed and rated 47 coal-based thermal power plants on nearly 60 environmental

  • Labour Ministry launches portal to provide e-certificates

    New Delhi: Labour Ministry has launched a web portal to provide e-certificates to the pass-outs from various National Council on Vocational Training (NCVT) courses, including those from Industrial Training Institutes. “The Directorate General of Employment & Training (DGE&T) has launched a web portal www.ncvtmis.gov.in which will deliver e-certificates to the pass-outs from various NCVT courses, including ITI pass-outs,” says a press release from Labour Ministry.

  • Nitin Gadkari

    Highways Ministry has nothing to hide: Nitin Gadkari

    New Delhi: Amid corporate espionage scandal getting thicker, Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari today said his ministries are “zero corruption” zones and there is nothing to hide. The functioning of both the ministries is “transparent” and aimed at disseminating more information to people, Gadkari told PTI.

  • Sardar Singh

    Indian hockey team to tour Australia in next 3 years

    New Delhi: Hockey India (HI) and Hockey Australia today signed a strategic bilateral agreement that will see India men’s hockey team tour Down Under every year for the next three years, i.e. from 2016 to 2018, a move that is expected to give a fillip to the sport back home. As per of the understanding, Hockey Australia will release its national players for the next three seasons of the Hockey India League, including 2016

  • Carlo Ancelotti will celebrate 100 matches with Real Madrid

    Madrid: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti will complete 100 games in-charge of the club when his side travel to face struggling Elche Sunday night. Ancelotti’s year-and-a-half with Real Madrid have brought a return of calm to the club following the turbulent reign of Jose Mourinho which was filled with too many controversial moments and what at times seemed like personal vendettas against players with whom he failed to see eye-to-eye, reports Xinhua.

  • Misbah-ul-Haq

    Skipper Misbah says Pakistan face do or die situation against Zimbabwe

    Karachi: Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has warned his teammates of a ‘do-or-die’ situation that is looming ahead of their crucial World Cup clash against Zimbabwe at the Gabba in Brisbane on March 1. Pakistan suffered a humiliating 150-run defeat against the West Indies on Saturday in Christchurch after scripting a record for the worst start to a one-day international innings as Misbah’s men were reeling at 1-4 in the fourth over.

  • 100,000 North Koreans working abroad as slaves to fund Kim Jong-un’s lifestyle

    London: Human rights activists say that nearly 100,000 North Koreans are being forced to work abroad as slaves abroad to fund Kim-Jong-un and his administration’s luxurious lifestyle. According to Daily Express, Ahn Myeong-chul, the head of NK Watch, a Seoul-based rights group, told the New York Times the country’s regime was “exploiting their labour and salaries to fatten the private coffers of Kim Jong-un.”

  • Mamata Banerjee assures Bangladesh PM Hasina of resolving Teesta river issue

    Dhaka: Visiting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today assured Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of a “positive role” in resolving the outstanding Teesta river issue to protect interests of both sides. Briefing reporters after the meeting, Hasina’s media adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury said Banerjee herself raised the Teesta issue and also informed Hasina that she expected the Indian parliament to ratify the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) in its next session.

  • Pakistan, Peshawar Attack, Students killed

    Student injured in Peshawar attack dies of head injuries

    Peshawar: One more student, who was injured in the horrific December 16 Taliban attack on an army-run school here, succumbed to his injuries today after fighting for his life for over two months, taking the death toll to 153 in the tragic incident. Ishaq Amin, a tenth-grade student in the Peshawar Army Public School, passed away this morning in the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) where he was under treatment since he was brought there