Free Press Journal
  • BSNL to slash 3G internet rates by 50%

    Barcelona: Against the trend of rising mobile internet tariff, state-run telecom company BSNL is likely to cut its 3G data rates by at least 50 per cent once the next phase of its network expansion is completed. “We estimate that 3G data rates can be reduced by at least 50 per cent compared to prevailing rates under phase 8 of our network expansion,” BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastav told PTI in

  • rupee against dollar

    Rupee weakens four paise against US dollar

    Mumbai: Bucking the uptrend in stocks, the Indian rupee today weakened four paise to finish at 61.87 against the US dollar due to sustained demand for the American currency from banks and importers. Some caution adopted by participants ahead of core sector data outcome also impacted sentiments, said forex brokers. The rupee resumed lower at 61.90 per dollar as against last Friday’s closing level of 61.83 per dollar at the Interbank Foreign Exchange

  • Gas pipeline blaze in Telangana, no casualty 

    Hyderabad/Mumbai: A fire broke out in the Reliance Gas pipeline in Telangana’s Medak district early Monday due to gas leakage. But there were no casualties, police said. It took six hours to control the blaze. The leak in the main line valve led to the fire in the pipeline at Maddigunta near Sadashivpet town, about 100 km from Hyderabad.

  • Sania Mirza

    Sania breaks partnership with Hsieh, to pair with Hingis

    New Delhi: India’s top tennis player Sania Mirza has decided to partner former world number one Martina Hingis on the WTA circuit, splitting with Hsieh Su-wei after partnering the Chinese Taipei player in only four tournaments this season. In four tournaments together, they made two second round exits (Dubai and Australian Open), reached semifinals of the Brisbane event and ended with a runners-up finish in Doha last week.

  • Mary Kom

    Mary Kom decides to quit boxing after Rio Olympics

    New Delhi: Olympic medallist pugilist M C Mary Kom today said she has decided to quit boxing after the 2016 Rio Olympic Games as her body would not be able to cope with the rigours of the sport any further. The 32-year-old has been giving hints for some time that she may hang up her boxing gloves but today she made it clear that the Rio Games next year will be her last

  • Sharad Pawar

    Sharad Pawar says ‘I was not supposed to contest’

    Chennai: Seasoned politician Sharad Pawar, who was forced to pull out of the the race for president’s post at the BCCI elections, said today the poll outcome has shown that the powerful cricketing body was not solely controlled by N Srinivasan. “I am quite happy with the new set of board members,” said Pawar after Jagmohan Dalmiya was unanimously elected president at the BCCI AGM here today.

  • Mufti Mohammad Sayeed

    Mufti begins second innings, receives Guard of Honour

    Jammu: The newly sworn-in Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was given the traditional Guard of Honour at the civil secretariat today. Being welcomed to the seat of power with a rousing reception, Sayeed was offered the Guard of Honour by Jammu and Kashmir Police contingent.

  • Anurag Thakur

    BCCI priority is to restore confidence of people: Thakur

    Chennai: Newly-elected BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur today said the Cricket Board’s priority is to restore people’s faith and improve the game’s image in the country. Veteran administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya was today unanimously elected President of the BCCI but the N Srinivasan camp suffered a setback when Thakur, considered close to the rival Sharad Pawar faction, beat Sanjay Patel for the post of Secretary at the Board’s Annual General Meeting.

  • Sonia Gandhi

    Sonia Gandhi parries queries on Priyanka Gandhi

    New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi today brushed aside queries about a larger role for Priyanka Gandhi in the party and appeared annoyed over repeated questions on Rahul Gandhi. “You ask the same question again and again. You will get to know when he comes back,” snapped the Congress chief when asked by reporters in Parliament House as to when will the Vice President return from his sabbatical.

  • Former IAF fighter pilot becomes new Telangana PCC chief

    Hyderabad: An NDA graduate, newly-appointed Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president N Uttam Kumar Reddy served as a fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force before plunging into politics two decades ago. He had flown MIG-21 and MIG-23 aircraft in frontline fighter squadrons, and was decorated for gallantry in Siachen and other operations.

  • Oppositions corners govt in RS for silence on Cmmmunal riots

    New Delhi: Opposition today came down heavily on the government accusing it of remaining silent over cases of communal violence and failing on national security front and stopping transfer of public money to foreign telecom firms. Main opposition Congress party also charged the BJP-led dispenation with failing to make sufficient provisions for the defence budget at a time when India was prone to cyber attacks and countries like China had thrice its budget

  • PDP-BJP coalition ‘unprincipled, opportunistic’: Nitish

    Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today termed as “unprincipled and opportunistic” the alliance between BJP and PDP to form a government in Jammu and Kashmir and said the saffron party’s move has killed its ideological parent Shyama Prasad Mukherjee for the second time. “Syama Prasad Mukerjee was opposed to Article 370 which provided Jammu and Kashmir a special status… BJP by sacrificing principles of its ideological parent has killed him for the

  • Woman air passenger held for trying to smuggle gold bars

    Mumbai: A woman passenger has been arrested at the Mumbai international airport for allegedly trying to smuggle 3.84 kgs of gold worth about Rs 94.94 lakh into the country from the UAE, a Customs official said today. The passenger, Nitaben Desai, holding an Indian passport, was intercepted by the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) officials on suspicion after she landed at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport here from Abu Dhabi on an Etihad Airways

  • Pakistan CWC’s most searched team on Google: Study

    Karachi: A latest study by global online giant Google has revealed that Pakistan is the most searched team playing in the ongoing Cricket World Cup and the most trending queries Indian fans have are Mohammad Irfan’s height and Virat Kohli’s hairstyle.

  • Despite apology, Opposition attacks Fadnavis over VIP culture

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today apologised for the ruckus outside a city club where policemen jostled with members to prevent their entry during a function attended by him even as an angry opposition demanded sacking of the state police chief over the incident. Traffic policemen at the NSCI club had last night stopped private vehicles to make way for the Chief Minister’s convoy and video footage showed them grappling with some

  • Saina Nehwal

    Saina, Kashyap chase ‘dream’ All England championship title

    Birmingham: After a win early in the season at Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold, top Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap will now look to chase their dream at the prestigious All England Championship that gets underway with the qualifiers here tomorrow. After a good season in 2014 where she scooped three titles — India Open, Australian Open and China Open, Saina began the new season with a bang clinching the Syed Modi

  • NPP calls for PM Modi’s response over Mufti’s controversial remark

    New Delhi: National Panthers Party (NPP) chief Bhim Singh on Monday called for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to respond to the ongoing controversy surrounding Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s remark, where he crediting Pakistan for peaceful elections in the state.

  • PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti defends father’s statement

    Jammu: With the newly sworn-in Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s statement crediting “people from across the border” for conduct of Assembly polls triggering a controversy, his daughter and PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti today stood by her father’s statement. “My father has not said anything wrong as during the Assembly elections, violence was less as compared to Parliament elections. I stand by his statement,” Mehbooba told reporters at State Legislature complex

  • Eastern Ukraine toll exceeds 6,000: UN

    Geneva: More than 6,000 people have been killed in the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine, the UN said on Monday, noting that the recent clashes near Donetsk airport and the city of Debaltseve have resulted in the deaths of hundreds.