Free Press Journal
  • A.R. Rahman’s band debuts, performs at GiMA

    Mumbai: Music maestro A. R. Rahman’s band NAFS gave its maiden performance here at the fifth edition of Gionee Star Global Indian Music Awards (GiMA). The awards ceremony took place Tuesday in the presence of the crème de la crème of the music and film fraternity.

  • Novak Djokovic

    Novak Djokovic enters second round in Dubai open

    Dubai: World No.1 Novak Djokovic defeated Canada’s Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of this year’s Dubai duty free tennis championships here. The match duration was an hour and 18 minutes as the sunny weather returned to Dubai after the emirate was hit by winds, clouds and some sandstorms in the last three days, reports Xinhua.

  • Younis Khan

    Fake twitter account creates confusion on Younis future

    Brisbane: Younis Khan’s future became a subject of speculation after a message sent out from a fake Twitter account suggested that he would retire from ODIs at the end of the World Cup, prompting the veteran Pakistan batsman to issue a denial. Battling poor form in the mega-event, the 37-year-old has come under fire from former players, some of whom have gone to the extent of publicly pleading him to retire.

  • AS Monaco

    AS Monaco chief says pressure all on Arsenal

    Paris: AS Monaco FC vice president Vadim Vasilyev said the pressure is all on Arsenal as the English Premier League side hosts the French outfit in Wednesday’s Champions League last 16 tie. “We have nothing to lose,” the Stade Louis II chief was quoted as saying by Xinhua. “The pressure is on Arsenal, who have been unable to get past the last 16 in recent seasons.”

  • Juventus

    Juventus settle for small first-leg lead post 2-1 win against Borussia in CL last-16 tie

    London: Spanish striker Alvaro Morata’s careful finish helped Juventus settle for a narrow first-leg lead after they failed to capitalise on several good chances against Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League last-16 clash. Carlos Tevez provided Juventus with the lead after Roman Weidenfeller spilled at his feet, but Dortmund struck back within five minutes when Marco Reus exploited Giorgio Chiellini’s slip to scamper in and shoot home.

  • Bangladesh denies of Hossain being kicked out of WC

    Sydney: Reports that Bangladesh paceman Al-Amin Hossain was kicked out of the World Cup for meeting a bookmaker in Brisbane have been strongly denied by their cricket team’s officials.

  • Railway linked firms’ stocks volatile ahead of budget

    Mumbai: A day ahead of the railway budget, stocks of companies associated with the railways turned volatile during afternoon trade session. At the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), shares of wagon maker Texmaco Rail and Engineering fell 2.44 percent to trade at Rs.139.85 (12.30 p.m.) from its previous close of Rs.143.35.

  • Puducherry Assembly budget session begins on March 11

    Puducherry: The budget session of the Puducherry Assembly would begin from March 11 with the customary address by Lt Governor Lt General (retired) A K Singh. The session is likely to go on till first week of April. A meeting of the Business Advisory Committee will be held soon to decide the date on which the Chief Minister

  • Luis Suarez

    Suarez’s brace powers Barca to 2-1 win over Man City in CL last-16 first-leg tie

    London: Forward Luis Suarez netted a spectacular first-half brace as he helped Barcelona beat rivals Manchester City 2-1 in the first-leg of the Champions League last-16 tie at Etihad Stadium. Uruguayan international Suarez put Barcelona ahead in the 16th minute before he scored again from close range following a Jordi Alba pass in the 30th minute to put Luis Enrique’s men in command, the BBC reported.

  • Syed Akbaruddin

    Track 4 diplomacy: Live MEA interface with fourth estate

    New Delhi: The maiden live interactive session on Facebook with Syed Akbaruddin, the spokesperson of India’s Foreign office, has been an instant hit. The session attracted 1,300 questions, 1,213 comments and 2,406 likes in 45 minutes.

  • Will split Test and ODI series during future tours: CA CEO

    Perth: The Indian cricket team’s 2014-15 tour of Australia is the last time when it would have played both the Tests and tri-nation ODI series together as it will be split into two separate tours from now on, said Cricket Australia’s Chief Executive James Sutherland. It is understood that BCCI and Cricket Australia have reached an agreement wherein the future Indian teams will either come for a tri-nation ODI series or a full-fledged

  • rahul gandhi vacation

    Rahul Houdini act: another missed opportunity?

    New Delhi: The nation seems to be missing Rahul badly: the social media was agog in the morning with speculation about the Congress Yuvraj ensconced in the hills of Uttarkashi. The wild speculation was ignited by snaps, ostensibly released by a Congress leader, which showed him in mountain gear looking as grim as ever.

  • Abu Salem

    Abu Salem gets life sentence in Pradeep Jain murder case

    Mumbai: Extradited gangster Abu Salem was today sentenced to life imprisonment by a special TADA court in the 1995 murder case of Mumbai-based builder Pradeep Jain. The court also handed out life imprisonment to Salem’s driver Mehndi Hassan while another accused Virendra Jhamb’s sentence was set off against the period of detention undergone by him in prison during the various stages of investigation in the case.

  • Salman Khan

    Verdict in Salman case deferred by Jodhpur court

    Jodhpur: A local court today deferred the judgement in the Arms Act case against Bollywood actor Salman Khan related to the 1998 black buck poaching incident, saying four pending applications from the prosecution have come to light on which it will decide on March 3. The pending applications came to the notice of the court after the arguments in the case completed on February 10, prosecution counsel N K Sankhla told reporters.

  • Congress

    Congress to hold mega rally today to oppose Land Acquisition Ordinance

    New Delhi : The Congress party will on Wednesday hold a mega rally called ‘Zameen Wapsi Andolan’ at Jantar Mantar to oppose the BJP government’s land acquisition ordinance. The ordinance has led to protests from various quarters. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal yesterday joined social activist Anna Hazare at his protest against the Central government’s Land Acquisition ordinance, which he termed ‘anti-farmer and anti-poor’.

  • Tariq Anwar

    Imposing law to tackle swine flu will only create panic: Tariq Anwar

    New Delhi : Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Tariq Anwar on Wednesday condemned the imposing of Section 144 in Ahmedabad to prevent swine flu, saying it would only create more panic among the people. He said the government should instead focus on providing better medical facilities. “Swine flu cannot be cured or curbed with a law. This will only create panic. Every disease has a treatment. Therefore, proper medicines and facilities should be provided

  • J P Nadda

    HC notice to J P Nadda on plea seeking probe into AIIMS graft

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Wednesday issued notice to the health ministry, Health Minister J.P. Nadda and AIIMS on a plea seeking a CBI inquiry into various cases of irregularities and corruption in the hospital raised by then anti-graft officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi.  A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S Endlaw also issued notice to the Central Vigilance Commission and Sanjiv Chaturvedi and asked them to file their

  • Sensex - Nifty high

    Sensex surges 128 points; healthcare stocks gain

    Mumbai: A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), Wednesday was trading 128.37 points or 0.44 percent up in the early session.  The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also trading 39.80 points or 0.45 percent up at 8,801.90 points.  The Sensex of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 29,115.32 points, was trading at 29,133.03 points (at 9.15 a.m.) in the

  • Narendra Modi

    Narendra Modi calls for closer ties with Kuwait

    New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday said India looked forward to further strengthening the close relations it shared with Kuwait.  Greeting the people of Kuwait on their National Day, Modi tweeted: “Greetings to people of Kuwait on their National Day. We value our close relations with Kuwait and look forward to strengthening them further.”

  • Venkaiah Naidu

    Engine of growth needs to restart in country: Venkaiah Naidu

    New Delhi: Hitting out at opposition protests against the Land Acquisition Ordinance, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said the engine of growth needs to restart in the country. “We have had enough of politics, now we need the engine of growth should restart in the country. There are a lot of disinformation campaigns going on. Some people are misled and some people are misleading. We have the best interests