Free Press Journal
  • Few good training days better than many sessions: MS Dhoni

    Perth: Indian team’s irregular sessions may have surprised many but skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that it is better to do three days of “high intensity” training rather than six days of “mediocre” workout to keep fresh in a marathon tournament like the cricket World Cup. The Indian team practiced two out four days days (travelling day is used for training) in between their matches against South Africa and UAE.

  • Iraqi forces launch major offensive against IS

    Baghdad: Iraqi security forces have launched a major offensive against Islamic State (IS) militants in the country’s Salahudin province, a security source confirmed. The offensive is aimed at recapturing key cities and towns seized by the IS terrorist group in the province in central north Iraq. More than 30,000 Iraqi soldiers, policemen and allied Sunni and Shia militiamen are taking part in the offensive.

  • Ola to ride high on TaxiForSure buyout

    Bengaluru: Leading mobile application provider for personal transportation Ola (formerly Olacabs) on Monday announced it was buying out leading cab aggregator TaxiForSure for $200 million (Rs.1,238 crore) in a cash and equity deal.

  • Google partners MyGov to build PMO mobile app

    New Delhi: Online search giant Google will help MyGov, the citizen engagement platform of the government of India, to launch a nationwide contest to build a mobile app for the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), a company statement said here on Monday.

  • Sania Mirza

    Sania Mirza 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.

  • India Sensex

    Sensex closes 98 points up, capital goods stocks zoom

    Mumbai: A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), provisionally ended Monday’s trade up 98 points or 0.33 percent. The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) also made gains during the day’s trade. It provisionally ended 54.90 points or 0.62 percent up at 8,956.75 points.

  • DIPP operationalises hike in FDI in insurance

    New Delhi: The government decision on hiking FDI cap in the insurance sector to 49 per cent has come into operation with Commerce and Industry Ministry today issuing a press note in this regard. The hike in foreign direct investment (FDI) limit in the insurance sector was allowed through an Ordinance issued last year-end. A Bill to replace it is likely to be presented in the Lok Sabha tomorrow.

  • Afzal Guru

    PDP demands return of Afzal Guru’s mortal remains

    Jammu: Ruling PDP in Jammu and Kashmir today demanded from the NDA government the return of the mortal remains of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, a day after assuming power in alliance with BJP. Eight PDP MLAs issued a statement in this regard saying the party “promises to follow vigorously” for the return of the mortal remains.

  • Solar aircraft successfully completes third test flight in UAE

    Abu Dhabi, A solar-powered aircraft today successfully completed its third test flight in the UAE ahead of its planned round-the-world voyage, including India to promote alternative energy. An hour-long test of the The Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) was held at the Al-Bateen airport here. It was the plane’s third test, but the first for Solar Impulse chairman Bertrand Piccard, the descendant of a family of Swiss scientist-adventurers.

  • Coal India’s Apr-Feb output is 437 MT, misses target

    New Delhi: State-owned Coal India’s output for the April-February period of the ongoing fiscal was 436.96 million tonnes (MT), missing its target by 2.9 per cent. Coal India had set an output target for the first 11 months at 450.14 MT, the company said in a filing to BSE.

  • AI sees 133 pending cases of indiscipline, mismgmt in ’14

    New Delhi: As many as 133 cases were pending before the national carrier Air India with regard to indiscipline, mismanagement and corruption, among other complaints, in 2014, the government said today. Giving details of complaints regarding “absenteeism/ indiscipline/maladministration/mismanagement/corruption etc”, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma said there were 133 such cases pending last year.

  • Zakir Naik receives Saudi prize for service to Islam

    Riyadh: Dr Zakir Naik, a renowned Indian Islamic scholar and an authority on comparative religion, has received one of Saudi Arabia’s most prestigious prizes from the country’s new King Salman for his service to Islam. King Salman presented the King Faisal International Prize (KFIP) 2015 in five categories yesterday at a glittering awards ceremony here. The KFIP recognises the outstanding works of individuals and institutions in five categories — Service to Islam, Islamic

  • Sensex down

    Nifty logs new closing peak, Sensex up by 97 points

    Mumbai: The benchmark Sensex today rose for the third straight session, gaining 97.64 points to end at 29,459.14 and the Nifty index increased 54.90 points to new closing peak of 8,956.75 as investors cheered growth-oriented proposals in the Union Budget. Capital goods, healthcare, financials and power stocks led the buying list. Foreign investors poured funds on the back of positive economic momentum and the improvement in global macro outlook, said analysts. Investors focused

  • Ali Fazal

    Ali Fazal replaces Arjun Rampal in Soni Razdan’s ‘Love Affair’

    Mumbai: Actor Ali Fazal has been roped in to replace Arjun Kapoor in Soni Razdan’s directorial venture ‘Love Affair’. The film also stars Kalki Koechlin, Gulshan Devaiah and Monica Dongra. Confirming the news Ali said, “Yes I have been approached for the part in what I call the wee hours of the movie’s commencement, to replace Arjun Rampal due to some issues.

  • Weight has never been an issue for me: Bhumi Pednekar

    New Delhi: For Bhumi Pednekar, putting on oodles of weight for her debut film “Dum Laga Ke Haisha” was not a problem as the actress says being a plump girl almost all her life she has always been comfortable in her skin. The 25-year-old actress, who has earned wide-spread praise for her character Sandhya in the film, said being a hard-core foodie she loved preparing for the part that only required gorging on

  • Raj Thackeray

    Maha govt working on Centre’s direction: Raj Thackeray

    Nashik: MNS chief Raj Thackeray has charged the Maharashtra government with working on directives of the Centre. The previous Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra functioned on the directives of its high command in Delhi and now the present BJP-led state government is also functioning on the directions of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre, Thackeray said while addressing a one-day convention of his party’s Veej Kamgar Sena here yesterday.

  • Devendra Fadnavis

    Fadnavis apologises for ‘VIP treatment’ meted to his convoy

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday reprimanded the Mumbai Traffic Police for stalled movement of public vehicles after its personnel stopped traffic in the city to make way his convoy.

  • FTIL board opposes government’s move

    Mumbai: Financial exchanges operator Financial Technologies (FTIL) Monday opposed the government’s move to remove and supersede its board. The company said the government’s move is an attempt to overcome its opposition to the proposed amalgamation of NSEL (National Spot Exchange Limited) and FTIL.

  • Charges framed against Tytler for defaming Phoolka

    New Delhi: A Delhi court framed charges against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler on Monday in a defamation case filed by advocate H.S. Phoolka, who represented the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Gaurav Rao framed defamation charges against Tytler, hearing a plaintiff filed by Phoolka. Phoolka had filed the complaint in 2006, alleging that the Congress leader had made derogatory remarks about him in a news programme aired Sep