Free Press Journal
  • LTL wants spl court to commit mistake, violate SC order: CBI

    New Delhi: CBI today opposed the plea of Loop Telecom Ltd (LTL), facing trial in a case arising out of probe into 2G scam, for referring the matter to Lok Adalat, saying the accused want the special court to commit a “mistake” by passing an order in violation of the Supreme Court directive. CBI argued that LTL, whose similar petition was dismissed by the court in March last year, has again filed the

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    Moody’s downgrade Central Bank, IOB on low govt funding

    Mumbai: Rating agency Moody’s today downgraded state-run lenders Central Bank of India and Indian Overseas Bank’s local and foreign currency deposit ratings, anticipating low level of support from the government to these banks. “The rating action reflects our assumption of a lower level of support from the government following its announcement that indicates that it wishes to differentiate between the state-owned banks when distributing capital,” the rating agency said in a release.

  • Vistara allowed 3-month exemption from route dispersal norms

    New Delhi: New carrier Vistara has been allowed a three-month exemption from complying with the requirement of operating flights to the financially unviable regions like the North East, the government said today. Tata-SIA Airline — a joint venture between Tatas and Singapore Airlines — is operating Vistara, which started its flights in January this year.

  • India discusses terror concerns with Pakistan in First level of SAARC

    Islamabad: Resuming talks after a hiatus of seven months, India and Pakistan today discussed each other’s “concerns and interests” with Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar raising the issue of terror, including the Mumbai attack case, during the meeting with his Pakistani counterpart here. Jaishankar, who arrived here in the morning as part of his “SAARC yatra”, held talks with his counterpart Aizaz Chaudhary during which he conveyed the expectations of the Indian leadership on

  • Govt to consider “next round of action” on subsidies

    New York: Asserting that there has to be some element of rationalisation, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said the government may consider the “next round of action” on subsidies. Addressing students and faculty at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs here, he, however, did not elaborate on what the government plans to do and when. Jaitley also spoke on the additional 2 per cent surcharge on the super rich and the

  • stocks

    Nifty breaches 9,000-mark on fund inflows; RIL leads rally

    Mumbai: The National Stock Exchange index Nifty breached the 9,000-level for the first time in pre-close session today on sustained inflow of foreign capital amid growth-oriented and market-friendly measures in the Budget. The 50-issue Nifty crossed the 9,000-level for the first time by gaining 47.20 points, or 0.52 per cent, to trade at an all-time high of 9,003.95, surpassing its previous intra-day high of 8,996.60 reached on January 30. Meanwhile, the benchmark BSE

  • Spectrum auction for 4 bands to start tomorrow

    New Delhi: Department of Telecom will start the biggest ever auction of 2G and 3G spectrum tomorrow wherein 8 firms will bid to acquire radiowaves in four bands, which may fetch the government over Rs 82,000 crore. The government plans to sell 380.75 MHz of spectrum in three bands — the premium 900 MHz band, 1800 MHz and 800 MHz, besides 5 Mhz in the 2100 Mhz band across 17 out of 22

  • High-tech pens can help detect blood glucose!

    Washington: Ballpoint pens filled with high-tech bio-inks can be used to draw sensors directly on the skin to help detect glucose levels in diabetics, scientists say. The research is opening the door to an era when anyone will be able to build sensors, anywhere, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego. The team has developed high-tech bio-inks that react with several chemicals, including glucose.

  • Google Glass

    Google Glass shows promising use in plastic surgery

    Washington: The first plastic surgery procedure performed using Google Glass shows the computerised eyewear holds promise in plastic surgery, scientists say. Google Glass has a wide range of possible applications in plastic surgery – with the potential to enhance surgical training, medical documentation, and patient safety, according to a new article published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

  • Facebook addiction can lead to depression

    New York: Constantly checking Facebook to see what your friends are doing could drive you to depression, a new study warns. The study found that heavy Facebook users might experience envy, which can ultimately lead to extreme sadness.

  • First ever photograph of light as a particle and a wave

    Geneva: In a breakthrough, Swiss scientists have succeeded in taking the first ever photograph of light behaving both as a wave and as a particle. Even though a variety of experiments have successfully observed both the particle- and wave-like behaviours of light, they have never been able to observe both at the same time. Taking a radically different experimental approach, scientists at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) have now been

  • Amla, du Plessis help Proteas thrash Ireland by 201 runs 

    Canberra: Top order batsmen Hashim Amla (159) and Faf du Plessis (109) cracked centuries to help South Africa thrash minnows Ireland by 201 runs in a World Cup Pool B game at the Manuka Oval here on Tuesday.

  • MP Asaduddin, MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi

    Muslim quota: Sena slams Owaisi asks him to go to Pak to meet your demands

    Mumbai: Hitting out at AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi for demanding reservation for Muslims in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena today said that if the minority leader wants his demands to be met on religious grounds, then he should go to Pakistan and try his antics there. Terming Owaisi’s speeches “hateful”, the Sena said that the Devendra Fadnavis government should file a case against him and start legal proceedings.

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    Returns filing: Over 44-lakh high-value spenders on I-T radar

    New Delhi: In order to mop up a larger share of revenue before the end of the current financial year, the Income Tax department has identified over 44 lakh high-value spenders in the country who have not filed their returns till now. A total of 44,07,193 non-filers for assessment year 2013-14 who are expected to file their tax returns by March 31, the closing date for fiscal 2014-15, are on the radar of

  • Pakistan International Airlines acquires property in Delhi

    New Delhi: Pakistani carrier PIA purchased immovable property in the national capital without obtaining prior approval from the Reserve Bank, Parliament was informed today. Replying to a question on foreign companies acquired flats/offices in India without prior approval, Minister of State for Finance, Jayant Sinha said one case has come to the notice of the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

  • Salman Khan case

    Salman Khan Arms Act case: 4 more witnesses to be examined

    Jodhpur: Partly allowing the prosecution’s plea in the case against actor Salman Khan under the Arms Act, a local court today ordered examination of four more witnesses attached with the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) on March 10. Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) of Jodhpur Anupama Bijlani has given the prosecution the last chance of produce all these witnesses and reports on March 10. “If the prosecution fails to produce them on that day, the

  • RBI

    RBI refuses to share inspection reports with intel agencies

    New Delhi: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has refused to share its banks’ inspection reports on alleged money laundering laws and other violations with Central Economic Intelligence Bureau (CEIB), citing legal hurdles. The RBI was required to share relevant extracts of inspection reports with law enforcement agencies and CEIB, an apex intelligence agency under the Finance Ministry, to check black money and other financial crimes where gross violations of Know Your Customer

  • Airtel partners with China Mobile for 5G, Telecom equipments

    Barcelona: Indian telecom major Bharti Airtel and world’s largest telecom operator China Mobile today announced a partnership to work jointly on evolving high technologies like 5G and procuring telecom devices and equipment. The agreement was signed by China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua and Bharti Airtel founder and Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal. “We are delighted to announce this landmark agreement with China Mobile. India and China account for nearly a third of all the

  • Nitin Gadkari

    Govt to seek Par nod to convert rivers into waterways: Gadkari

    New Delhi Parliament nod will be sought in the ongoing session for converting 101 rivers into waterways, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari today said. “A proposal to convert rivers into waterways is with the Cabinet. We have identified 101 rivers to be converted into waterways. We will seek Parliament approval in the ongoing session,” the Minister of Road Transport and Highways told reporters here.