Free Press Journal
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    Lok Sabha passes bill to amend Citizenship Act

    New Delhi/Jammu: The Lok Sabha Monday passed a bill that allows the central government to notify that Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) card-holders shall be considered Overseas Citizen of India card-holders. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2015, which was passed by a voice vote, seeks to replace the ordinance brought by the government in January. The bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 and provide, among other things, for “registration of overseas citizen

  • Chinese firms launch world’s first graphene phones

    Beijing: Two Chinese firms have beaten global competition to launch phones with touch screens, batteries and thermal conduction incorporating graphene, a recently isolated material with outstanding electrical, chemical and mechanical properties.

  • Railways launches India’s first customer complaint mobile app

    New Delhi: Indian Railways on Monday became the first company in the country to provide customer complaint services on a mobile app besides providing the facility online by launching a complaint management system (Coms). The Coms comprises the mobile app, an online portal backed by a centralised grievance redressal monitoring system and a mobile network messaging facility.

  • Six teenagers hit by car, two dead

    New Delhi: Two teenagers were killed while four suffered injuries when they were hit by a speeding vehicle driven by a drunk man early this morning, police said. The accused driver was arrested. The accident occurred around 1 a.m. in east Delhi’s New Ashok Nagar area, where the victims were standing on one side of the road. Siva, 15, and Dileep, 13 fell into the roadside canal on being hit by the car, and died

  • Young Sikh boy racially abused in US, video goes viral

    New York: In a shocking case of racism, a young Sikh boy in the US state of Georgia has been called a “terrorist” by a group of school children, with the video of the abuse now going viral on the Internet. In the video posted on Inquisitr, the bespectacled Sikh boy is seen sitting in what appears to be a school bus and is surrounded by students. He whispers to the camera: “The

  • IS executes 32 security personnel in Iraq

    Baghdad: Islamic State (IS) militants on Monday executed 32 security personnel in Iraq’s western province of Anbar, a provincial security source said. The 32 young men were shot dead in the morning in Jubba area, just near the town of al-Baghdadi, some 200 km northwest of Iraq’s capital Baghdad, the source told Xinhua news agency on condition of anonymity.

  • Namibia prez wins USD 5m Mo Ibrahim African leadership prize

    Nairobi: Namibia’s outgoing president was today named winner of the Mo Ibrahim Prize for “good governance” in Africa, the world’s richest award. A lack of eligible or worthy candidates means that Hifikepunye Pohamba is only the fourth winner of the USD 5million annual prize since its launch in 2007. “President Pohamba’s focus in forging national cohesion and reconciliation at a key stage of Namibia’s consolidation of democracy and social and economic development impressed

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    Selfie culture here to stay: experts

    Boston: As many as 85 per cent respondents in a new survey said they post a selfie once a week on social media sites, according to experts who suggest the selfie phenomenon is here to stay. A new report examined the culture of selfies, including why people are interested in them, what purpose they serve and how people can use selfies to express themselves. “We wanted to explore not only how selfies are

  • Science tells you how to survive a zombie apocalypse

    Houston: If zombies took over the US, where should you hide? Head for the Rockies in North America, scientists say. A team of Cornell University researchers who studied a fictional zombie outbreak in the US suggests heading for the hills, in the Rockies, to save your brains from the undead. In most films or books, “if there is a zombie outbre k, it is usually assumed to affect all areas at the same

  • China’s stance on Hong Kong constitutional reform unchanged

    Beijing: China’s stance on constitutional reform in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) is “clear and consistent,” a spokesman for the Chinese political advisory body said on Monday.

  • Weight shaming backfires: Study

    New York: Turning conventional wisdom on its head, researchers have found that portraying overweight individuals negatively in the media may lead them to gaining more weight.

  • China defends docking of its submarines in Sri Lanka

    Beijing: China today strongly defended the docking of its submarines at Colombo port as well as the high interests rates charged for its loans asserting that these were done at the instance of the previous government, brushingaside concerns expressed by new Sri Lankan Foreign Minister.”We had the consent of the Sri Lanka side in advance, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters responding to Mangala Samaraweera’s comments that the new government will not

  • Alzheimer’s amyloid clumps found in young adult brains

    Washington: Scientists have for the first time found that an abnormal protein whose accumulation in the brain is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease starts building up inside neurons of people as young as 20. It has long been known that amyloid accumulates and forms clumps of plaque outside neurons in ageing adults and in Alzheimer’s but this is the first time amyloid accumulation has been shown in such young human brains, researchers said.

  • 40 more dead as swine flu toll climbs to 1,115

    New Delhi: Swine flu claimed the lives of 40 more people in the country as the toll from the disease reached 1,115 while the total number of cases breached the 20,000 mark. The Health Ministry said that 1,115 persons have succumbed to the H1N1 virus while the number of those affected by it stands at 20,795 on March 1. With heavy rainfall lashing Delhi and other parts of the north, health officials said

  • Court orders personal appearance of Rabri, minister in hearing

    Patna: A district court here today ordered former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi and state minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh Lallan to appear before it in person on March 10 in connection with their petitions for mutual compromise in a defamation case Singh had filed against her. Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) Javed Ahmad ordered the two to be present in person in the court on March 10.

  • Govt notification to show whether cosmetic is non-veg under HC scanner

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today sought the Centre’s response on pharma major Reckitt Benckiser’s plea challenging a government notification mandating that every pack of cosmetics should indicate whether it has any ingredient of animal origin. A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw issued notice to the government and sought its response by May 18 on Reckitt Benckiser’s plea that the June 16, 2014 notification of Department

  • Odisha Govt seeks two copters for anti-Maoist operations

    Bhubaneswar:  Odisha government urged the Centre today to provide two MI-17 or equivalent helicopters to the state for undertaking anti-Maoist operations in an effective manner. “I would request you to consider deploying two MI-17 or equivalent helicopters in the state at the earliest foreffectively undertaking anti-naxalite operations,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said in a letter to Unoin Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

  • CAG audit of pvt discoms necessary: Delhi govt to HC

    New Delhi: The city government today told the Delhi High Court that a CAG audit of the private discoms here is necessary as these companies discharge a “public function”. The submission was made before a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw by senior advocate Rajiv Dhavan, appearing for the Delhi government, who said, “Where there is a natural resource involved, CAG audit is necessary.” “This issue (case) is

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    Dec 16 gang rape: Convict blames victim, says girls are responsible of rape

    New Delhi: In a shocking comment, one of the convicts of the December 16, 2012 gang rape on a moving bus in Delhi, has blamed the 23-year-old woman for the fatal sexual assault on her. Mukesh Singh, one of the convicts in the gang rape case said women who go out at night had only themselves to blame if they attracted the attention of molesters.

  • Gold

    Gold monetisation guidelines to be issued in May

    New Delhi: The government is likely to issue by May the guidelines on gold monetisation scheme, which will replace the present gold deposit and gold metal loan schemes, a top finance ministry official said today. “Well, we want to issue the guidelines (on gold monetisation scheme) as soon as possible.If you ask me time-frame realistically, I would say, I will be very happy if the guidelines will be issued by May but how