Free Press Journal
  • Two suspected cases of polio in Bihar

    Patna: Two suspected cases of polio have been reported in Bihar’s Darbhanga district and the samples taken from two children were sent for tests at a laboratory in Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, an official said. The symptoms of polio were noticed in the two children in a village, around 200 km from Patna, a health official G.N. Singh said.

  • Mamata’s aide arrested, opposition hits out

    Kolkata: Entrepreneur and film producer Shibaji Panja, who accompanied West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on her Bangladesh visit, was Sunday arrested at the Kolkata airport in connection with a fraud case.

  • M Venkaiah Naidu

    Government reaches out to opposition ahead of budget session

    New Delhi: The NDA government reached out to the opposition ahead of the budget session with Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu meeting Congress president Sonia Gandhi over its agenda that includes the contentious ordinance on land acquisition.

  • I owe my success to Rani: Mardani’s Polish cinematographer Artur Zurawski

    Warsaw: Polish cinematographer Artur Zurawski, the director of photography of Rani Mukerji-starrer “Mardani”, is all praise for the actress. He says she went out of her way to make him feel comfortable while working on the 2014 film, which revolves around human trafficking.

  • No film sequel pattern for Shraddha Kapoor 

    Mumbai: Actress Shraddha Kapoor seems to have turned into a reigning queen of sequels in Bollywood with films like “ABCD 2”, “Rock On 2” in her kitty. But the actress says there is no particular pattern she follows while choosing films, but just looks for good scripts.

  • Don’t desire to be next Rajinikanth: Sivakarthikeyan

    Chennai Tamil actor Sivakarthikeyan, who has four back-to-back hits in his kitty, says it’s unfair for him to be compared with superstar Rajinikanth. He also says he has no desire to get into his shoes or be called his successor.

  • Govt set to face tough times in Parliament

    New Delhi: Government is set to face tough times during the Budget session of Parliament starting tomorrow even as it promised to walk the “extra mile” to accommodate opposition’s concerns and Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed for cooperation for the benefit of common man. Modi underlined at a meeting of all parties here that smooth functioning of Parliament should be ensured as the Budget session is very crucial and people look at it

  • Opposition raises concern over Land Acquisition Ordinance

    New Delhi: The opposition parties raised concern over the Land Acquisition Ordinance at an all-party meet here Sunday ahead of the budget session of parliament, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said. However, the parties assured the government of their support in smooth running of the house, the minister added. Briefing reporters after the all-party meeting here, Naidu said: “The meeting was very successful. It ended on a positive note.

  • NITISH Kumar

    Nitish’s oath ceremony to serve as platform of anti-BJP bloc

    Patna: The oath-taking ceremony of Nitish Kumar as Bihar Chief Minister later today may serve as a platform for an anti-BJP bloc with senior leaders of old Janata Parivar and several non-BJP chief ministers set to attend the function.

  • Swine Flu

    Swine flu toll in Maharashtra mounts to 99

    Mumbai: Seven deaths due to swine flu were reported in Maharashtra today, taking the number of disease-related deaths in the state to 99. “Seven deaths were reported today, one each from Thane, Raigad, Pune, Nashik districts and three from Nagpur,” Public Health Minister Dr Deepak Sawant, told PTI. So far, there have been 911 cases and as many as 39 people infected by the H1N1 virus are on ventilator, the minister said.

  • Advertising growth to nearly halve to 9.6% this year: Report

    Mumbai: The growth rate of the advertising industry is expected to nearly halve to 9.6 per cent this year at Rs 40,658 crore over the previous year, says a report. The growth this year will be largely on account of the ongoing Cricket World Cup and spends across sectors, it said.

  • HSBC sees Budget focusing on public investment-led growth

    Mumbai: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is likely to earmark higher funds for public investments in the Budget to be presented this weekend, taking advantage from the savings he could mop-up from the steep fall in oil import bill in the past few months, says a report. “We expect the main theme of the first full Budget of the Narendra Modi government to be higher outlays on public investments, particularly Railways and also roads,

  • Parekh suggests large PSU divestments, wants pro-growth Budget

    Mumbai: Pitching for disinvestment in public sector behemoths like LIC, Air India and BSNL, top industry leader Deepak Parekh has said it can unlock huge funds worth “lakhs of crores of rupees” and shares should be given to retail investors without depending on the overseas entities. However, one of the major requirements for such large- scale disinvestments is a government thinking on those lines, as lack of political will and union pressure have been halting

  • Oman Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdallah

    Oman keen to boost trade with India to cement strategic ties

    Muscat: Keen to bolster its strategic ties with India, oil-rich Oman has invited Indian industries to establish more joint ventures in sectors like finance, insurance, engineering and telecom as the “politically stable” Gulf nation sought to diversify its economy. Days after the maiden visit of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Oman, her Omani counterpart Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah said his country was keen to enhance trade and economic ties with India.

  • ICC Hall of Fame inductee Kumble lauds Warne, Muralitharan

    Sydney: Former Indian captain Anil Kumble has been inducted into the ICC’s Hall of Fame and will be presented a commemorative cap during the innings break of World Cup Pool B tie between India and South Africa on Sunday at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

  • Special knock from Dhawan: VVS Laxman

    Melbourne: Batting legend V.V.S. Laxman has congratulated current India opener Shikhar Dhawan for his highest One-Day International (ODI) score of 137 runs against South Africa in the World Cup here Sunday. “Congrats @imshikharD on a fantastic 100. Really proud of you mate. All your hard work has paid of. Keep it up. #cwc2015. We r seeing a special knock from @SDhawan25,” Laxman tweeted. Laxman also lauded Ajinkya Rahane, whose brisk innings of 79

  • Sachin Tendulkar

    We need more teams in World Cup to globalise cricket: Sachin

    Melbourne: Not quite convinced about the ICC’s plans to truncate the World Cup to 10 teams, retired Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar feels the governing body should instead look to enhance the skills of so-called minnows. “…when you want the game to globalise, we need to encourage more and more teams to participate, obviously not at the cost of dropping the standard of play but we need to look at how we can