Free Press Journal
  • 233 foreign boats apprehended since 2011: Parrikar

    New Delhi: Around 233 foreign boats and 1,686 foreign crew were apprehended by the Indian Coast Guard between 2011-15, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said. “Instances of illegal fishing in Indian waters by foreign fishermen come to the notice of government from time to time. A total of 233 foreign boats and 1686 foreign crew were apprehended by the Indian Coast Guard during the period 2011-15,” Parrikar said in a written reply in the

  • Centre must continue reforms to meet Eco Survey goals: Industry

    New Delhi: While taking positive cues from the growth outlook of over 8 per cent for next fiscal pegged in the Economic Survey, Corporate India today said the government must take steps to boost capital formation and stay on the reforms course to sustain high growth.

  • Mukul Roy

    Mukul Roy to skip TMC meeting tomorrow

    Kolkata: Amid speculation of a rift between him and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, party all-India general secretary Mukul Roy today said that he will not be able to attend the party’s working committee meeting here tomorrow due to the union budget and some personal work. “I have got a letter that tomorrow there is a working committee meeting of the party. I am still in the Parliament and there is budget tomorrow.


    Salman hit-n-run case: Court reserves order till 3rd March

    Mumbai: A sessions court today reserved its order till March 3 on a plea of the prosecution in the 2002 hit-and-run case seeking a direction to actor Salman Khan to produce his driving licence to prove the charge that he was driving car at the time of mishap without valid papers.

  • Telangana-DGP office introduces software for ‘paperless’ work

    Hyderabad: Telangana Director General of Police (DGP) office will introduce KM-ATOM Application Software, a knowledge management automation of files for administrative works. Implementation of the KM-ATOM application software, has been developed exclusively for administrative purposes in all government offices in the move towards ‘paperless’ offices developed by APTS, Telangana Unit (Andhra Pradesh Technology Services).

  • Ind under high risk of importing polio from Afghan, Pak: Govt

    New Delhi: India runs a “high risk” of importing polio virus from its neighbouring countries, especially Pakistan and Afghanistan, the government today said. In a reply to Parliament, Health Minister JP Nadda also said that India has offered to host technical missions from such polio-endemic countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan to observe the national immunisation day exercises held here as part of the anti-polio campaign.

  • I am not against minorities: Praveen Togadia

    Rourkela: Denied permission by Odisha government to visit communally sensitive Kandhamal district, VHP President Praveen Togadia today clarified that he was not against the minorities but would continue to speak in favour of his Hindu brothers and sisters. “I am not against the minorities, but I’ll certainly speak on the interest of my Hindu brothers and sisters,” Togadia told reporters, adding that he was, however, against the illegal entry of Bangladeshi Muslims.

  • Over 16,000 habitations hit by water contamination: Govt

    New Delhi: With thousands of habitations being affected by water contamination, Health Minister J P Nadda today said this was leading to complications and even death and stressed the need for intensive co-ordination with various entities to ensure safe drinking water. “14,132 habitations are affected by contamination of fluoride and 1,991 habitations are affected by arsenic,” Nadda said in Lok Sabha during Question Hour, citing information provided by the Ministry of Drinking Water

  • Rajya Sabha members condemn acid attacks

    New Delhi: Cutting across party lines, Rajya Sabha members Friday condemned the many incidents of acid attacks and demanded stringent punishment for their perpetrators, saying they inflict inexpressible pain on the body and minds of victims. The issue was raised in the upper house by Janata Dal-United leader K.C. Tyagi who said the government should set up a commission and fund it to rehabilitate acid attack victims.

  • rupee against dollar

    Rupee retreats from 3-wk high vs US dollar ahead of Budget

    Mumbai: Retreating from three-week highs, the Indian rupee today slid 8 paise to end at 61.83 on month-end dollar from importers and some banks ahead of Union Budget. The rupee resumed lower at 61.85 per dollar as against the yesterday’s closing level of 61.75 per dollar at the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) Market. It dropped further to 61.91 per dollar on good dollar demand from importers.

  • Affordable homes, procedural delay major policy concerns

    New Delhi: Widening demand-supply gap in the housing sector and solutions for financing affordable homes are major policy concerns, the Economic Survey said. The pre-budget survey said the procedural delay is another major constraint in this sector, which has been affected due to domestic and global slowdown.          

  • Opportune time for removal of gold import restrictions: Survey

    New Delhi: Citing prevailing favourable factors boosting the country’s overall trade performance, the Economic Survey today said it is an “opportune time” to remove restrictions on gold imports. The robust external-sector outcome in the current year of moderate trade and current account deficits, abundant financial flows, a build-up of foreign exchange reserves and broadly stable exchange rate movement points to a return to the path of strength and resilience that was in evidence

  • Movie review: Kingsman: The Secret Service – vulgar, violent & devilishly entertaining. 

    Cast: Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Sophie Cookson, Mark Hamill,Sofia Boutella
    Directed by Matthew Vaughn
    In real life,  if newspaper reports a day or two ago, are anything to go by, US and UK spooks hacked into a digital security firm. So what’s new, pussycat. Ho hum. Spying is the second oldest profession in the world

  • Priyanka Chopra

    Priyanka Chopra joins drama pilot ‘Quantico’

    Los Angeles: Indian actress and former Miss World Priyanka Chopra will feature in ABC drama pilot “Quantico” as a FBI trainee, reports The 32-year-old, who signed a one-year TV deal with the US-based studio in December 2014, will play Alex Weaver, a brilliant but haunted Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) trainee whose past boils to the surface soon after her arrival at Quantico.

  • Kareena Kapoor upbeat about shooting in Kashmir

    Mumbai: Actress Kareena Kapoor is looking forward to the Kashmir schedule of Salman Khan starrer “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” slated to begin next month. She says the movie will be “big”. After “Kyunki”, “Main Aurr Mrs Khanna” and “Bodyguard”, this is the fourth time Kareena is collaborating with Salman on silver screen – and she’s excited.

  • Rishi Kapoor back on Twitter, gets warm welcome

    Mumbai: Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, who rejoined micro-blogging website Twitter after almost five years, was warmly welcomed on the online platform by celebrities like Anupan Kher, Abhishek Bachchan and Karan Johar.

  • N Srinivasan

    Srinivasan sends ‘unconditional apology’ to SC for charing BCCI meeting

    New Delh: BCCI President-in-exile N Srinivasan today tendered an “unconditional apology” in the Supreme Court for “breaching” its direction by chairing the Board’s working Committee meeting on February 8 and deciding to hold its AGM on March 2 to elect new office bearers. Closing the contempt petition against him, the court allowed Srinivasan to exercise the vote of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) as its authorised representative in the BCCI election in Chennai.

  • Nitin Gadkari

    Nitin Gadkari denies taking money from corporates

    Mumbai: As news reports about his having enjoyed the hospitality of the Essar group during a trip to Europe triggered a row, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari today said he had visited a yacht belonging to them “just to see” it and asserted he never took money from any corporate entity. “I want to see new things and when Essar people invited me to see their yacht in the sea, I accepted their invitation.