Free Press Journal
  • Supply generators in all SSC exam centres: HC

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today asked the Maharashtra government to supply generators/inverters at all the examination centres for secondary school examination (SSC) commencing March 3 and warned of taking contempt action if the directive is not complied with. Hearing a petition filed by activist Vishnu Gawli, a bench, headed by Justice Abhay Oka, also directed the government to depute officers of the education department to all the centres to inspect whether generators

  • C Vidyasagar Rao

    Guv asks VCs to act stern against erring universities

    Mumbai: Taking a stern view on the professional colleges lacking basic infrastructure and qualified faculty, Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao today directed the vice chancellors to take ‘exemplary’ action against such erring institutes.

  • Opposition parties call UP budget ‘disappointing’

    Lucknow: Opposition parties criticised Uttar Pradesh budget for 2015-2016 persented by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in the state Assembly today, describing it as “disappointing”. “The budget presented today is the most disappointing,” Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Swami Prasad Maurya said. “The budget is anti-farmer… the government has not done justice to Dalits and backward people,” Maurya said.

  • Vijay Mallya

    Loan recovery: SBI consortium takes over Kingfisher House

    Mumbai: Clamping down on Vijay Mallya led UB Group to recover loans, a 17-bank consortium led by state-run SBI today took over possession of the prized Kingfisher House, estimated to be worth Rs 100 crore. The banks have taken possession of the over 17,000-sq ft property at Vile Parle, near the domestic airport here, as part of their efforts to recover the Rs 6,800 crore loan they had granted to the long-grounded Kingfisher

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    SpiceJet says it has started paying back to it creditors

    New Delhi: Budget carrier SpiceJet has started paying back to its creditors with the airline clearing all its dues related to TDS payments following its ownership going back in the hands of the original promoter Ajay Singh. SpiceJet has cleared its major outstanding dues related to Income Tax (TDS) payments, the airline said in a release today.

  • Rupee bounces back by 11 paise vs dollar, ends at 62.20

    Mumbai: The rupee recouped by 11 paise to close at 62.20 against the US currency on fresh selling of the dollar by banks and exporters on hopes of more foreign capital inflows into equity market. The rupee resumed higher at 62.25 per dollar as against the last close of 62.31 per dollar at the Interbank Foreign Exchange Market. It firmed up further to close at 62.20 per dollar, showing a rise of 11

  • Sensex gains 29 pts to end above 29K, snaps 2-day losses

    Mumbai: In highly volatile trade, the benchmark BSE Sensex today rose by 29 points to regain the 29,000 level on select buying, with investors keeping their fingers crossed ahead of three-day budget season. Snapping its two days of losses, the 30-share index closed up by 29.55 points at 29,004.66 points. The index hovered between a high of 29,130.67 and a low of 28,875.94 in day trade.

  • Maha Oppn leader demands ban on tobacco

    Mumbai: Leader of Opposition in Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde today met Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and demanded a ban on tobacco. Munde met the chief minister and submitted a letter to him.

  • Uber rape, Delhi Victim

    Uber cab rape case: HC refuses to stay trial proceedings

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today refused to stay the ongoing proceedings before a trial court here in a rape case in which the Uber Cab driver is facing prosecution for allegedly raping a 25-year-old woman in December last year. Justice Sunita Gupta declined the relief sought by the counsel appearing for 32-year-old Shiv Kumar Yadav, the cab driver who has been identified in the trial court by the victim as the

  • Oscars

    87th Academy Awards’ ratings lowest in six years

    Los Angeles: The 87th Academy Awards were the least watched Oscars since 2009 and garnered a 10.8 rating among adults 18-49 with 36.6 million viewers compared to last year’s 43 million viewers. The 220-minute long telecast, hosted by first-timer Neil Patrick Harris, saw a drop of 17 per cent from the final ratings for the 2014 Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.

  • Kanika Kapoor

    ‘Baby doll’ singer to get ‘classical’ 

    Noida: After getting recognised for her hit peppy numbers like “Baby doll”, “Lovely” and “Chittiyaan kalaiyaan”, singer Kanika Kapoor says she will now sing more of classical Indian numbers this year to popularise the genre in the Hindi film industry. “I will bring the classical music back very soon…This year people will listen more of it from me. I have my Youtube channel coming up which will demonstrate some classical tracks which I’m

  • Katrina Kaif reveals secrets behind her glowing skin

    Mumbai: Don’t take your skin for granted, says actress Katrina Kaif, who believes in the use of sunscreen, right intake of water and ensures that her makeup is removed well. The brand ambassador of the skincare range of L’Oreal Paris also says that women must take care of their body and skin according to their age.

  • Michael Holding

    Dhawan lucky to have understanding people: Holding

    Sydney: Not taking anything away from Shikhar Dhawan’s creditable show in the cricket World Cup so far, West Indies pace legend Michael Holding feels the left-handed opener is lucky to be surrounded by understanding men, who can play the good mentor’s role. After going through a lean patch in the tri-series, Dhawan struck form with a gutsy 73 against Pakistan and a strokeful 137 against South Africa to hand two straight wins to

  • Kohli has no batting peers in this Indian team: Barry Richards

    Perth: Legendary South African batsman Barry Richards feels Virat Kohli is a few notches above his contemporaries in the Indian team but still has some way to go before one can compare him with the iconic Sachin Tendulkar. “Virat Kohli undoubtedly is the best batsman in this current Indian team by a distance. He is really talented and is someone, whom you will like to pay to watch his batting. Along with AB

  • Philander to miss Windies World Cup clash

    Sydney: South Africa fast bowler Vernon Philander will miss the next World Cup Pool B contest against the West Indies Feb 27 and is also in doubt for the Ireland game March 3 after he was diagnosed with a hamstring strain.

  • Brazilian midfielder Jadson eyes China move

    Rio de Janeiro: Corinthians midfielder Jadson is set to join Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Sainty with the Nanjing-based football club prepared to pay his five-million-euro buy out fee, reports Xinhua.

  • Maha govt to provide home loans to its employees

    Mumbai: Maharashtra government will provide home loans ranging from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 50 lakh to its employees. The decision has been taken considering the rising housing prices in urban areas, an official release said. The loan amount would be provided based on the pay grade of the staff, it said. To be eligible, an employee should have completed five years service and should have five more years of service left, it

  • Politically-inspired custodians of morality

    It is disgusting how institutions that have no sane reason to be administered by political appointees are forced to get deeply enmeshed in politics in reality. Take the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for instance. During UPA rule it was Sonia Gandhi who called the shots in packing this film certification body with Congress supporters. Ms Leela Samson, who became its chairperson was by all accounts a diehard protégé of Sonia

  • Amitabh Bachchan

    Piku to be promoted in unusual manner, says Amitabh Bachchan

    Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who surprises his fans with each film, says “unusual works” will back his next movie “Piku”. “The shoot for the PR of ‘Piku’ has begun and there are some most unusual works being done. Today we were a part of it along with Deepika (Padukone) and Irrfan (Khan). Unfortunately, I am not permitted to expose them here, but may I just say that they all look rather unusual and hilarious,”