Free Press Journal
  • NGO seeks reformation of madrassa system in Pakistan

    New Delhi: Top leaders of 26 Pakistani terrorist groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Haqqani network “are products of” madrassas and there is an urgent need to reform all such seminaries, an executive of a Pakistani NGO has said. Addressing the ‘White House Summit to Counter Violent Extremism’ held in Washington last week, the founder of ‘Peace and Education Foundation, Pakistan Azhar Hussain said the leadership position of 26 Pakistani terrorist organisations are occupied

  • Haryana Minister Ram Bilas Sharma

    Haryana Minister’s Nehru remark sparks controversy

    Chandigarh: Opposition Congress today staged protests across Haryana against Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma for allegedly using objectionable language while referring to India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Health and Sports Minister Anil Vij, who had recently hogged headlines over a series of tweets indicating that he was being sidelined in the Manohar Lal Khattar government, flared up the latest controversy when his comments were sought in the matter.

  • Arvind Kejriwal

    Still interested in pursuing case: HC asks Kejriwal

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today asked Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal whether he is still interested in pursuing his case against a trial court decision sending him to jail in a defamation case filed by Union minister Nitin Gadkari. “Are you still interested in pursuing the case? I think, now there is nothing left in it,” justices Sanjiv Khanna and Ashutosh Kumar said after the counsel for Kejriwal sought adjournment in the

  • Santanu Saikia

    Accused say they were forced to sign on blank papers

    New Delhi: Four of the accused arrested in the corporate corporate espionage case today alleged that they were forced to sign on blank papers by the police during their custodial interrogation.”We have been made to sign on blank papers. What is going on?” said Shantanu Saikia while being escorted to the courtroom in police custody.

  • Two killed, 13 hurt in explosion at Gulf Oil Corporation Ltd

    Hyderabad: Two people were killed and at least 13 others suffered burn injuries, after an “explosion” at the premises of Gulf Oil Corporation Ltd (Explosives Division), formerly known as IDL Industries, at Kukatpally here today evening, police said.

  • Sunil Gavaskar

    Never in my wildest dream I thought of such big win: Gavaskar

    Perth: Lavishing praise on Team India for defeating South Africa in the cricket World Cup, former skipper Sunil Gavaskar today said he never thought in his wildest dream that Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men would beat the Proteas by such a huge margin. Defending champions India crushed South Africa by 130 runs yesterday to notch up their first win against the Proteas in World Cup history. India had lost thrice to South Africa at

  • Javagal Srinath

    India’s attack would be most discussed from now on: Javagal Srinath

    Perth: Former India pace spearhead Javagal Srinath said Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s bowling attack has become the talking point in the ongoing cricket World Cup as the side notched up two convincing wins and lauded young seamer Mohammed Shami for showing “real maturity”.

  • Salman case: Prosecution to lead evidence of 2 key witnesses

    Mumbai: In a move to bolster its case, the prosecution in the 2002 hit-and-run mishap involving Bollywood actor Salman Khan today filed an application in the trial court saying it wanted to lead the evidence of two crucial witnesses, who are currently unavailable, to the court. While one of the witnesses is the police bodyguard of the actor who had filed the complaint in this case, the other is a doctor who had

  • HC seeks govt reply on RCOM plea to auction more 1800 Mhz spectrum

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today sought the Centre’s response on Reliance Communication Ltd’s (RCOM) plea for directions to the government to increase supply of 1800 Mhz airwaves to be auctioned in an exercise scheduled to start from March 4. Reliance, in its plea before a bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva, has contended that quantum of the spectrum being put up for auction is not as per TRAI

  • Pakistan-China economic corridor approved

    Islamabad: The federal cabinet of Pakistan, during a meeting, approved the Pakistan-China economic corridor, a media report said. Approval was also given along for starting negotiations with Beijing for importing 1,000 megawatts of electricity from China by laying a new transmission line, Dawn online reported.

  • Pranab Mukherjee

    Latest GDP data makes India fastest growing economy: President

    New Delhi: Describing the fundamental tenet of the fundamental tenet of the Narendra Modi-led government as “sabka saath, sabka vikaas” (all together for all-round development) President Pranab Mukherjee Monday said the latest estimates of India’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth makes it the fastest growing large economy in the world, where inflation has fallen to a record low.

  • Afghanistan government prepared for peace talks with Taliban

    Kabul: The Afghan government Monday acknowledged that it plans to open peace negotiations with Taliban rebels “soon” but denied having already had direct discussions with the Islamist insurgent group. Abdullah Abdullah, the government’s chief executive and former leader in the fight against the Taliban, said he hoped the initiative would finally bring peace to Afghanistan, which has been living through a transition period since NATO ended its military mission in January.

  • WHO calls for ‘smart’ syringes to stem deadly diseases

    Geneva: The World Health Organisation has called on healthcare providers around the globe to switch to syringes that can only be used once in order to better battle deadly diseases spread by needle sharing. In new guidelines released today the UN health agency “detailed recommendations highlighting the value of safety features for syringes, including devices that protect health workers against accidental… injury.”

  • Peshawar school attack perpetrator arrested by Pak military

    Peshawar: One of the main perpetrators of the Peshawar school massacre who was disguised as an internally displaced person, was arrested today, the Pakistani military said. Taj Mohammad, 27, was the commander of the second group that attacked Army Public School.

  • Delink tax sleuths’ performance from revenue targets: FICCI

    New Delhi: Expecting the Union Budget to herald a non-adversarial taxation regime, industry body FICCI today said the government should delink the tax officials’ performance appraisal from the tax collection targets. FICCI also said that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley should rationalise subsidies and allocate more funds towards infrastructure to attract investments and create jobs. “A key factor affecting investor sentiment is the tax environment. While the government has announced some measures to

  • Indian Passport Rules

    Passport rules on including father’s name being revised: Centre

    Mumbai: The union government today told the Bombay High Court the passport authorities are compiling various judgements to re-formulate the mandatory rule regarding the inclusion of biological father’s name by an applicant in the passport application form. The court was hearing a petition filed by a woman challenging the refusal of passport authority to include her stepfather’s name in her passport as recorded in her school or college certificates.

  • HC tells Railways to reconsider policy on commuters’ security

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today asked the Railways to reconsider its policy on providing security to commuters in long-distance trains while hearing a petition filed by a young woman who lost her leg after being was pushed out of a moving train as she was chasing a thief running away with her bag. The Railways informed the court that trains are classified into three categories for the purpose of providing security —

  • NCP minister R R Patil’s ashes immersed in Arabian sea

    Mumbai: The ashes of former Maharashtra deputy chief minister R R Patil were immersed in Arabian sea off Mumbai coast today. NCP state unit President Sunil Tatkare, leader of opposition in Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde immersed the ashes which were earlier kept at the party office. Patil passes away in a Mumbai hospital on February 16 after battling oral cancer. He was cremated at his village Anjani the next day with state honours.

  • gopinath munde

    Maha govt to build Gopinath Munde’s memorial in Aurangabad

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has identified land in Aurangabad for setting up a memorial of BJP leader Gopinath Munde, state Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse said. “We have identified a two-acre plot in Aurangabad,” he told reporters at the state secretariat. Munde, who was the Union Rural Development Minister, died following a road mishap in Delhi in June last year.

  • Defending champion Arvind, Ajay in fray at German Open

    New Delhi: A year ago Arvind Bhat had turned back the clock to win the German Open and the senior Indian shuttler will hope to produce another age-defying exploit when he look to defend his title in the Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament at Mulheim an der Ruhr, starting tomorrow. The 35-year-old shuttler from Bangalore was supposed to take on Rajiv Ouseph but since the England player withdrew from the tournament, the Indian