Free Press Journal
  • China mulls anti-terror law to tackle domestic, global threats

    Beijing: China is planning to promulgate its first anti-terror law next month to address growing concern over terrorism at home and help maintain global security after a spate of violent extremist attacks in Paris and Copenhagen. The draft proposal, to be finalised by Chinese legislature the National People’s Congress (NPC), comes weeks after fatal attacks in the French capital and the Danish capital.

  • UAE confirms intention to form contact group on countering extremism

    United Nations: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced at the UN Security Council that it intends to launch a new diplomatic initiative aimed at building international cooperation and facilitating dialogue through a “Contact Group on Countering Extremism”.

  • US baby born with amniotic sac intact

    New York: In a rare medical occurrence, doctors in the US have delivered a premature baby still enclosed in amniotic sac through Caesarean section. The baby, Silas, born prematurely at just 26 weeks, was still inside the fluid bag when he was delivered 10 weeks go at California’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

  • More bodies found, Bangladesh ferry toll up to 78

    Dhaka:The death toll in a ferry tragedy in Bangladesh today rose to 78 after the recovery of seven more bodies from the Padma river in which a boat overcrowded with nearly 150 people sank after colliding with a trawler. The bodies were pulled out of the river in Manikganj’s Shibalay and Harirampur upazilas. Manikganj Fire Brigade’s Station Officer Jihad Hossain said most of the seven bodies found were of children and women,

  • Mumbai attack case: Pak ATC re-issues summons to 4 witnesses

    Islamabad: A new Pakistani anti-terrorism court hearing the 2008 Mumbai attack case involving seven suspects, including mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, today re-issued summons to four official witnesses for the next hearing on March 4 after they failed to appear in the court. “The Anti-Terrorism Court Judge Sohail Akbar today adjourned the hearing for next Wednesday and re-issued summons to four official witnesses,” a court official told PTI after the hearing.

  • Pak ISI chief visits US; to discuss security, intelligence

    Islamabad: Pakistan’s powerful ISI chief Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar has left for the US on his maiden visit to hold talks with top American officials on regional security, counterterrorism and intelligence issues. The spy chief’s official visit to the US is taking place in the backdrop of reports that Afghan Taliban may hold peace talks with the US and Afghanistan, creating hopes that a solution to the 13-year long insurgency could be found.

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    Gold strengthens on good buying support, global cues

    Mumbai:Gold prices rose further at the domestic bullion market here due to sustained offtake from jewellery stockists as well as wedding season demand supported by a rising trend in global markets. Silver also firmed up on the back of higher industrial demand. Prices of standard gold (99.5 purity) climbed by Rs 105 to conclude at Rs 26,595 per 10 grams from Tuesday’s level of Rs 26,490. Pure gold (99.9 purity) also hardened

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    LG, Samsung Mobiles most trusted brands

    New Delhi:  While Korean brands LG and Samsung Mobiles have emerged as the top two most trusted brands in India, some of the big domestic brands including Tata, Maruti Suzuki, Reliance and Hero MotoCorp slipped in rankings, says The Brand Trust Report, India Study 2015. As per the study, the top five most trust brands are LG and Samsung Mobiles, Sony, Tata and Nokia. LG was ranked fourth while Samsung Mobiles was ranked

  • Rupee surges 23 paise to 3-week high of 61.97 vs US dollar

    Mumbai: The rupee extended its gains against the American currency for the second consecutive day, surging 23 paise to end at nearly three-week high at 61.97 today on Budget optimism and sustained dollar selling by banks. Good foreign capital inflows also helped the rupee maintain its gains at closing, forex traders said.

  • RBI says overdraft under Jan-Dhan is priority sector lending

    Mumbai: Giving a big boost to Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), the RBI today said bank overdrafts of up to Rs 5,000 in accounts opened under this financial inclusion mission will be treated as priority sector lending. “…overdrafts extended by banks up to Rs 5,000 in PMJDY accounts will be eligible for classification under priority sector advances (‘others’ category) as also weaker sections, provided the borrowers household annual income does not exceed Rs

  • Lenovo bets big on tablet market in India; launches Yoga 3 pro

    New Delhi: Betting big on the tablet segment, Chinese technology giant Lenovo today said it will launch a slew of products in the coming months as it looks to expand its share in the Indian market. Lenovo, which ranks fourth in the tablet market here, said it has about 10 per cent of the market share (in terms of sales as per research firm GfK). “We believe the market will grow further. Be

  • Anti-national groups using social media for propaganda: Prasad

    New Delhi: Anti-national groups are making use of social networking sites in spreading propaganda and inciting Indian youth to join such activities, Parliament was informed. As many as 272 incidents related to posting propaganda material with anti-national contents and sentiments on Internet including social media sites were reported by law enforcement and security agencies in 2014.

  • SpiceJet settles with gains of over 3%;m-cap jumps by Rs 47 cr

    Mumbai: Shares of SpiceJet today settled for the day with gains of over 3.31 per cent, thereby adding Rs 47 crore to its market capitalisation after Ajay Singh became the new promoter of the company. During the day, the stock had surged 6.41 per cent to touch a 52-week high of Rs 25.70 on the BSE. The stock lost some ground and was trading at Rs 24.95, up 3.31 per cent over its

  • Govt framing common rules for skill development schemes

    New Delhi: The government today said it is framing common rules for skill development schemes on the basis of a report submitted by a committee on rationalisation of such schemes run by various ministries and departments. The government had constituted a high-level committee on “dovetailing and rationalisation” of central government schemes on skill development schemes last year. “The Committee has submitted its report. On the basis of the report and the inputs/feedback received

  • I’m ready for a comeback, says Genelia D’Souza

    Mumbai: Actress Genelia D’Souza, who has been away from the big screen post her marriage to actor Riteish Deshmukh in 2012, says she is now ready to make a comeback in Bollywood and will focus on her acting career.

  • Big B summoned by US federal court

    Washington: The summons issued to Amitabh Bachchan by a federal court in Los Angeles in an alleged human rights violations case has been served on the superstar’s Hollywood manager on Monday, according to a Sikh rights body. New York-based Sikh for Justice (SFJ) had filed a lawsuit against Bachchan claiming that he had instigated violence against the Sikh community by raising “blood for blood” slogans in 1984. The movie star has denied such

  • Wilson, Kevin guide Ireland to two-wicket win over UAE

    Brisbane: Wicketkeeper-batsman Gary Wilson hit a pacy 69-ball 80 and Kevin O’Brien cracked a whirlwind fifty as Ireland eked out a thrilling last over two-wicket win over a spirited UAE in their pool B match of the cricket World Cup.

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    Sensex, Nifty give up most gains after initial surge, end flat

    Mumbai: In volatile trading, the benchmark Sensex and the Nifty index today failed to sustain initial gains and ended almost flat on caution ahead of expiry of monthly derivative contracts and much-awaited Union Budget. The BSE Sensex resumed higher at 29,115.32 and shot up further to a high of 29,269.83 on initial strong buying on the back of overnight gains in US market coupled with good foreign capital inflows.

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    India’s ratings linked to reforms, not latest GDP data: Moody’s

    Mumbai: US firm Moody’s Investors Service said Wednesday that its assessment of India’s credit ratings will be determined by the extent of its fiscal and structural reforms, and not by recent data “based on methodological and base year updates” showing an upward trend in the country’s GDP growth rate.

  • Assocham seeks removal of tax on educational items in Budget

    Lucknow: Industry body Assocham today said the Centre should look at exempting all educational products, used by school and college students, from both central and state taxes. This will help in promoting education and providing educational aids at affordable prices, particularly to the lower economic strata, Assocham said in its pre-Budget memorandum submitted to the government. “Exemption available in respect to all services received by an educational institution should be given to make