Free Press Journal
  • Reliance, Essar stocks take a beating amid ‘espionage’ scandal

    Mumbai: Stocks of Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group companies, Essar Oil and Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Ltd witnessed huge selling pressure today as investors booked profit amid concerns relating to the “corporate espionage” scandal. Shares of Essar Oil fell by 3.79 per cent to Rs 107.90 on the BSE, while those of Cairn India fell by 1.60 per cent to Rs 249.10.

  • Uber Cap, Delhi Rape case, Shiv Kumar Yadav

    Uber rape: Enough evidence to prove rape and unnatural sex

    New Delhi: Medical and forensic evidence have corroborated the woman’s testimony that she was raped by the Uber cab driver who had also tried to force her into unnatural sex, Delhi Police told a city court here today. Continuing final arguments, the prosecutor representing the police submitted that there was ample evidence to show that the 25-year-old woman was not a consenting party to the sexual acts of 32-year-old Shiv Kumar Yadav as

  • Corporate Espionage

    Doc leak case: Fresh arrest, accused makes allegation on cops

    New Delhi: The crackdown in the corporate espionage case led to the arrest of another person today for allegedly possessing “secret” documents of various ministries, bringing the number of those in police net to 13 even as four accused alleged they were forced to sign on blank papers. The fresh arrest was of Lokesh, working in a Noida-based consultancy firm, from whose possession “sensitive” documents pertaining to ministries of Coal, Power and others

  • Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry

    Pakistan government terms IS as ‘serious threat’

    Islamabad: Pakistan’s top diplomat today said that the dreaded Islamic State (IS) militant group posed a “serious threat” to the country. Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry in a briefing to the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee at Parliament House said the government was taking steps to meet the threat of the Middle Eastern terror outfit. “Under UN resolutions, Pakistan is firmly against extremist organisations like (IS) and is taking all actions to counter them,”

  • BJP is like ‘old wine in new bottle’: Shiv Sena

    Mumbai: The Shiv Sena virtually termed the BJP – its ally in the Maharashtra government – “old wine in new bottle”, and wondered what has changed since the erstwhile 15-year Congress-NCP rule.

  • Nasheed to remain in jail till his case is over: Court rules

    Male: A day after he was arrested, former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed was today virtually dragged by the security forces to be presented before the Criminal Court, which ruled that the opposition leader will remain in custody until the case against him was complete. 47-year-old Nasheed was arrested yesterday under anti-terrorism laws for allegedly ordering the arrest a senior judge in 2012 that triggered violence in the Indian Ocean island.

  • Ukrainians to withdraw heavy weapons after full ceasefire

    Kiev: Ukraine will start withdrawing its heavy weapons from the security zone in eastern Ukraine as soon as the pro-Russian separatist militias fully respect the agreed ceasefire, the Ukrainian military command announced. “The first phase of the peace agreement is a complete ceasefire. As soon as the terrorists (pro-Russian rebels) stop attacking our positions, we will fulfill the second phase,” Ukrainian military spokesman Anatoli Stelmak told a press conference.

  • Anti-ageing chocolate to make you look younger

    London: Move over, skin creams! A UK firm claims to have developed anti-ageing chocolate that can make you look younger. The chocolate, Esthechoc, which is described as the ‘world’s first Beauty Chocolate’ is based on 70 per cent Cocoa dark chocolate. It represents a combination of two of the most powerful antioxidants with pleotropic anti-ageing properties – cocoa flavanols and marine carotenoid astaxanthin, according to its makers, Cambridge-based firm Lycotec.

  • Koya Nishikawa

    Japan’s agriculture minister resigns over political funds

    Tokyo: Japanese Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Koya Nishikawa resigned following allegations that he received illegal political funds, Xinhua news agency reported. According to the Jiji News Agency, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who accepted Nishikawa’s resignation, was appointing Yoshimasa Hayashi, Nishikawa’s predecessor to the post.

  • Matang Sinh

    Matang Sinh’s security withdrawn

    New Delhi: Security to controversial politician Matang Sinh, who was arrested by CBI in connection with Saradha scam, has been finally withdrawn. The decision was taken at a high-level security review meeting chaired by Union Home Secretary L C Goyal recently, official sources said.

  • RBI

    Fgn investors need RBI nod to buy more shares in ING Bank

    Mumbai: Reserve Bank today said foreign investors would be required to obtain its prior approval for buying further shares in ING Vysya Bank, as foreign shareholding in the bank has reached the trigger limit. RBI monitors ceilings on foreign institutional investors (FII), Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) investments in Indian companies on a daily basis and to effectively monitor the limit, it has fixed cut-off points two percentage points

  • Congress, NCP to boycott Goa Zilla Panchayat polls

    Panaji: The upcoming Zilla Panchayat elections, due in March, have run into rough weather with the two main opposition parties now vowing to boycott the polls even before the campaigning could start in the state. The Congress become the latest party to resolve to boycott the elections, which by an ordinance issued two weeks ago by the Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition government, will now be contested along political lines.

  • 56 fresh swine flu cases detected in Telangana

    Hyderabad: As many as 56 new cases of swine flu have been reported in Telangana, where the H1N1 virus has claimed 51 lives so far this year. From January 1 till yesterday, 4,040 samples were tested, out which 1,316 were found positive for swine flu. The number of deaths due to swine flu and related complications as on date is 51, a state government bulletin said today.

  • Yuki Bhambri

    Yuki breaks back to top-300, Somdev loses 2 spots despite win

    New Delhi:  Courtesy his final appearance at the Delhi Open, Yuki Bhambri jumped 117 places to get to 297 while his conquerer Somdev Devvarman lost two spots to be at 155 in the latest ATP singles ranking, issued today. Yuki, who lost the summit clash after initially dominating the contest, had earned 60 points for his effort. He had achieved his career-best rank around this time last year when he was ranked

  • Rafale deal: French Defence Min to hold talks with Parrikar tomorrow

    New Delhi: French Defence Minister Jean Yves Le Drian will hold talks with his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar tomorrow in a last-ditch effort to salvage the faltering multi-billion dollar Rafale deal as it enters into the “critical phase”. Defence sources said Drian, who will arrive here tonight, will hold talks with Parrikar in the morning and fly out of the country soon after.

  • Scam-hit HSBC’s profit slumps by 17 percent in 2014

    London: HSBC Holdings, the Britain-based bank which is in trouble following a tax evasion scandal, Monday announced that its reported profit before tax reached $18.68 billion in 2014, down by 17 percent from the previous year. HSBC said the primary reasons for the drop in profit were lower business disposal and reclassification gains and the negative effect, on both revenue and costs, of significant items, settlements, British customer redress and associated provisions.

  • Tamil Director R S Shakti

    Tamil director R.C Sakthi passes away

    Chennai: Popular Tamil director R.C Sakthi, who launched Kamal Haasan in a lead role, breathed his last Monday at a private hospital here. He was 75. “Director Sakthi passed away at SRM hospital due to old age-related ailments,” a source close to the director’s family said.

  • Roger Federer apologised for India ‘bleed blue’ upset

    Dubai: Roger Federer has apologised for getting caught up in the bitter rivalry between Indian and Pakistani cricket fans after he was pictured admiring the blue shirt of World Cup champions India in a marketing photo-shoot. The 17-time Grand Slam title winner shares the same sponsor as the Indian team and on the eve of the two sides’ World Cup clash in Adelaide last weekend, Federer posted a picture on his Facebook page

  • It’s a girl! Ali Zafar becomes father again

    New Delhi: Pakistani actor-singer Ali Zafar has become a proud father again. His wife Ayesha Fazli delivered a baby girl in Lahore. The couple, who got married in 2009, also has a four-year-old boy Azaan together. “Yeah he has become a father to a baby girl this morning. Second child,” his representative confirmed to IANS.

  • Irrfan Khan’s ‘Jurassic World’ character to feature in video game

    Mumbai: Actor Irrfan Khan’s role in the upcoming fourth installment of the ‘Jurassic Park’ franchise will be a part of the first ever video game based on the film series. Irrfan plays Simon Masrani, CEO of the Masrani Corporation and the owner of Jurassic World in the movie, which has been directed by Colin Trevorrow. “I am quite kicked about this development and am looking forward to how well the game would be