Free Press Journal
  • Michael Phelps

    Michael Phelps could be reinstated for worlds

    New York: Michael Phelps, the 18-time Olympic swim champion who agreed not to compete at this year’s World Championships, could be reinstated for the meet by USA Swimming, ESPN reported Tuesday. USA Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus told the US-based sports television network’s website that he has had informal, preliminary conversations with Phelps about possibly competing in the world meet at Kazan, Russia, from July 24 to August 9. “It’s complicated, but there are ways

  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni

    Can’t do much when Gayle or AB is in form: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

    Perth: There is not much the bowlers or a captain can do when batsmen of the calibre of AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle are on song, says India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the defending champions prepare to clash with the West Indies on Friday. South African captain De Villiers and West Indies’ Gayle are two such players which would have kept Dhoni worried and required him to make some planning.

  • Rajnath Singh

    Rajnath Singh: Stop the telecast of Nirbhaya rapist interview

    New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government has taken necessary action to stop the telecast of a documentary based on the interview with a convict in the Dec 16 gang-rape case.  Making a statement in the Rajya Sabha, the home minister said government condemns the December 16, 2012 incident and will not allow to leverage such incidents for commercial use.  “It has come to the notice that the said interview

  • Devolution Promise Kept. Development Funds Slashed

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley slashed funding on health, education, environment and other social sectors, explaining that since more money than ever before was being given to the states, they could decide their spending priorities.

  • Raghuram Rajan


    Mumbai :  The Governor, Dr. Raghuram Rajan has reduced the policy repo rate by 25 basis points. The repo rate now stands at 7.5 percent.  This sudden reduction in the repo rate – twice within less than two months – may be seen in the context of lower inflationary pressures since July 2014. Such low inflationary pressures have been on account of positive developments in the domestic economy, as also international developments. The decline in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to

  • Pervez Musharraf

    Musharraf kept Sharif, Kayani in dark while conducting Kargil Operation in 1999

    Karachi : Former federal minister Lieutenant General (retired) Abdul Majeed Malik has reportedly revealed that former President and military strongman General Pervez Musharraf kept ex-army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani in the dark while conducting the Kargil Operation in 1999. In his book, titled “Ham Bhi Wahan Mojod Thay,” Malik claimed that Kayani, who was heading 12 Division that was responsible for guarding Kashmir, opposed the operation later on, reported The Express Tribune.

  • Haqqani network

    Pakistan ambassador to US says ban on Haqqani network

    Karachi : A formal announcement on banning the Haqqani militant network is “still under consideration,” Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States said. On being asked to give a timeline for a formal announcement on the subject, Jalil Abbas Jilani said on Tuesday that the issue was “in the works,” reported The Express Tribune. He was speaking to the press at a Washington media round table organised by the Christian Science Monitor newspaper. Pakistan had earlier

  • Protest, LA Homeless

    Protests over police killing of LA homeless man

    Los Angeles: Angry protesters have hit the streets of Los Angeles demanding justice, two days after graphic video footage that went viral showed police shooting dead a homeless man.Dozens of demonstrators gathered outside Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) headquarters yesterday to protest Sunday’s killing, the latest in a spate of fatal shootings of African Americans at the hands of police officers. The Los Angeles Times – citing law-enforcement records – named the victim as 39-year-old

  • Pranab Mukherjee

    Strong defence forces needed for territorial integrity

    Jodhpur (Rajasthan): President Pranab Mukherjee today said India needs strong defence forces for not only ensuring peace but also safeguarding its territorial integrity. Mukherjee, the Supreme Commander of Indian armed forces, was speaking after awarding Presidential standards or colours to two elite flying units of the Indian Air Force (IAF) here– the 21st Squadron and the 116th Helicopter Unit. “As a responsible nation, India is firmly committed to peace and stability for which we need an effective

  • Swine flu

    Swine flu toll in Uttar Pradesh touches 14

    Lucknow: With the death of a contract worker at the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI), the toll due to the H1N1 virus rose to 14 in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, officials said.  The 35-year-old was working at the premier medical facility on a contractual basis and had become infected a few days back, officials said.  With this, the number of people who have died due to swine flu here

  • Yogendra Yadav

    Yogendra Yadav hopeful of AAP national executive meet yielding ‘good news’

    New Delhi : Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Yogendra Yadav on Wednesday said he was hopeful the party’s national executive meet would result in some ‘good news’. “The AAP has been able to stand because of the hopes of people. People from all over the country are sending us messages to stand united and I am sure that they won’t be disappointed. I am sure the outcome of the meeting would be positive

  • Nirbhaya’s mother

    ‘Up to Govt to decide whether convict’s interview should be aired’: Nirbhaya’s mother

    New Delhi : Nirbhaya’s mother on Wednesday reiterated her demand for the death penalty for Mukesh Singh, one of the convicts of the December 16, 2012 Delhi gang-rape case and said it was up to the government to decide whether to broadcast his controversial interview or not. “His (Delhi gangrape convict) sick mindset came out with that documentary. It is the government’s decision whether it should be broadcast or not,” she told. “I just

  • Mukesh Singh, Kiran Bedi, Nirbhaya case

    Nirbaya Case: Mukesh Singh’s statement exposes real cause of rape

    New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi has said that Nirbaya case convict Mukesh Singh’s statement that girls and women will continue to get raped so long as they deviate from their traditional role of remaining at home and doing household chores, reflects the mind of the criminal and exposes the real cause of rape. Giving her reaction to the BBC documentary-cum-interview with Mukesh Singh, Bedi told,

  • Arvind Kejriwal

    Arvind Kejriwal unlikely to attend AAP national executive meeting

    New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal may not attend the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) national executive will meet in New Delhi on Wednesday, which is likely to decide the fate of senior leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav. Earlier on Tuesday, Yadav had said he was hopeful that everything would be sorted out in the national executive meeting tomorrow. Kejriwal had also earlier stated that he was deeply hurt and pained

  • Manish Tewari

    Terror issues sidelined on Foreign Secretary’s visit to Pakistan

    New Delhi: Congress leader Manish Tewari on Wednesday raised questions on Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar’s visit to Pakistan, asking why the issues such as the terror boat incident and high life of Lakhvi were sidelined. “Mr. Prime Minister, this country would like to know that the Foreign Secretary went to Pakistan. Did he raise the issue of the terror boat which ostensibly was supposed to carry out an outage against the Pravasi Bharatiya

  • Raghuram Rajan

    RBI slashes lending rate by 0.25 pc to 7.5 pc

    Mumbai: Encouraged by softening inflation and fiscal consolidation road map by the government, RBI today slashed key policy (repo) rate by 0.25 per cent to 7.5 per cent, the second such surprise rate cut outside regular policy review in less than two months. It has been decided to “reduce the policy repo rate under the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) by 25 basis points from 7.75 per cent to 7.5 per cent with immediate effect,”

  • Sensex - Nifty high

    Sensex crosses 30,000 points mark; Nifty touches record high

    Mumbai : A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), Wednesday touched record high of 30,024.74 points as India’s central bank, Reserve Bank of India, cut its key lending rates by 25 basis points, expecting inflation to soften further in the coming fiscal.  The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also trading at a record high of 88.70 points or 0.99 percent up at

  • rupee against dollar

    Rupee jumps 27 paise against dollar in early trade

    Mumbai: The rupee strengthened by 27 paise to trade at 61.65 against the dollar in early trade today at the Interbank Foreign Exchange after the RBI cut interest rates by 0.25 per cent to 7.5 per cent. Forex dealers said besides a higher opening in domestic equity market, the dollar’s weakness against other Asian currencies supported the rupee. The rupee had ended five paise lower at 61.92 against the dollar following sustained demand for the American

  • Valley politics stokes row on Afzal remains

    New Delhi/Srinagar :  The Union home ministry has rejected the demand of PDP MLAs to hand over the remains of Afzal Guru – an extremely volatile issue in the Kashmir Valley. It has been pointed that there are practical difficulties in handing over the remains now, as Guru was buried in an unmarked grave on the Tihar jail premises.

  • Rapist’s interview while in Tihar ignites outrage

    New Delhi :  Even as it was being hotly debated in the electronic media whether journalistic norms and ethics were violated when a British film-maker interviewed Mukesh Singh, one of the convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape case, while he was in custody in Tihar Jail, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has advised all news channels not to carry the story related to the interview.