Free Press Journal
  • Lok Sabha

    Lok Sabha okays land bill, opposition protests

    New Delhi: The Lok Sabha finally passed the land acquisition bill, which is under attack from farmer and civil society activists, brushing aside protests by the opposition. The proposed legislation removes the need for obtaining the consent of landowners and carrying out Social Economic Assessment (SIA) for acquiring land under certain categories.

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    J&K govt decides not to release any more political prisoners

    Jammu: Under fire for the release of hardline separatist leader Masarat Alam, the Jammu and Kashmir government today announced that there would be no further release of militants or political prisoners. “There is no such thing,” State Home Secretary Suresh Kumar said in reply to a question whether the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed government will continue with the release of militants and political prisoners.

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    National Health Policy draft anti-people, promotes privatisation

    Kolkata: Slamming the draft of the National Health Policy 2015 as “anti-people”, a national socio-medical voluntary organisation accused the central government of promoting “privatisation, commercialisation and commodification” of health in India. Representatives of the Medical Service Centre termed the draft of the policy put up by the health and family welfare ministry as one “assisting the private industry to sustain and thrive”.


    Gujarat swine flu toll mounts to 353

    Ahmedabad: Swine flu claimed six more lives in Gujarat today, taking the toll due to H1N1 virus infection to 353 since January this year, an official release said. Apart from these deaths, 89 new cases of swine flu were recorded across the state today, taking the total number of cases to 5,803. “Gujarat has reported six swine flu deaths today, taking the total number of deaths to 353, while 89 new H1N1 cases were reported today,” the release said. Out of these six deaths,

  • Racially abused Indian awarded damages in New Zealand

    Wellington: An Indian-origin liquor store owner and manager in New Zealand have been ordered to pay an Indian employee NZD45,000 ($32,800) in damages for racial harassment. Satnam Singh said he suffered racial abuse, culminating in physical assault, while he worked for two months at Scorpion Liquor in Aucland’s Mt. Roskill area, the New Zealand Herald reported.

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    China Slaps $1Mn on Procter & Gamble for photoshopping advertisement

    Beijing: China has slapped a fine of about $1 million on a well-known toothpaste brand owned by Procter & Gamble (P&G) for exaggerating the whitening effect of one of its products, a media report said. Shanghai Administration for Industry and Commerce said on Tuesday that the image of the model used in the advertisement of Crest toothpaste was photoshopped, which led the administration to impose a fine of 6.03 million yuan on the American multinational

  • Peter Szijjarto

    Hungary mulls sending troops to Iraq

    Budapest: EU and NATO member Hungary said today it is considering joining the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Iraq by sending 100 troops following a US request. “The parliament could take the decision in mid-April and Hungarian troops could arrive in Iraq during the second half of May,” Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told journalists.

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    Study: Use of psychedelic drugs do not harm mental health

    Washington: A new study has demonstrated that using psychedelic drugs may reduce psychological distress and suicidal thinking. The study conducted by Johns Hopkins Medicine showed that U.S. adults with a history of using some non- addictive psychedelic drugs had reduced likelihood of psychological distress and suicidal thoughts, plans, and attempts.

  • breast cancer survivors

    15 new breast cancer genetic risk ‘hot-spots’ identified

    Melbourne: Researchers have recently identified 15 new gene regions linked to breast cancer risk that makes the count up to around 100 markers, which will ultimately help in more efficient screening. Scientists from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and Cambridge University, in collaboration with the international Breast Cancer Association Consortium (BCAC), have identified new gene regions.

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    Viagra may have anti-cancer, anti- Alzheimer’s properties

    Washington: A new study has shed light on Viagra observing that Viagra can have anti-cancer, antibacterial, and therapeutic effects if used with new drugs. The study has shown that how existing drugs such as Viagra or Cialis and a derivative of the drug Celebrex, for example, can reduce the activity of a specific chaperone protein, with the potential for anti-tumor and anti-Alzheimer’s disease effects.

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    An elixir of life pill to make you live longer

    Washington: Now we may be able to live a healthier and longer life, thanks to the class of drugs that scientists have recently discovered. The new class of drugs, identified by the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), Mayo Clinic and other institutions, and have been termed “senolytics,” dramatically slow the aging process, alleviate symptoms of weakness, improve cardiac function, hence extending a healthy lifespan in animal models.

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    Google rolls out 5.1 update to Android Lollipop

    London: Google is reportedly rolling out its first major update to Android 5.0 Lollipop to supported devices including Motorola’s Nexus 6 and HTC’s Nexus 9, a report said. Google said in a blog post that the update version 5.1 will improve stability and performance and offer a few new features like support for multiple SIM cards, Device Protection and high definition (HD) voice on compatible phones, reported The Verge.

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    Sam Simon co-creator of “The Simpsons” dies at 59              

    Los Angeles: Philanthropist Sam Simon, one of the creative minds behind the popular animated series “The Simpsons”, has passed away due to terminal colon cancer. He was 59. Simon died on Sunday at his home here, his foundation, the Sam Simon Foundation, confirmed the news via Facebook, reported Time.

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    Maruti Suzuki recalls 33,098 units of Alto 800, Alto K10

    New Delhi: Country’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India today announced recall of 33,098 units of its small car models Alto 800 and Alto K10 manufactured between December 8, 2014 and February 18, 2015 to rectify defective latches on right side doors. The company will proactively inspect and replace the ‘right hand door latch assembly’ of 19,780 units of Alto 800 and 13,318 units of Alto K10, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) said in a statement.

  • electronics industry

    Maharashtra to set up electronic cluster in Pune at Rs 71 cr

    New Delhi: The Maharashtra government will set up an electronics manufacturing cluster (EMC) in Pune, entailing investment of Rs 70.89 crore. “Pune has a rich history of research and innovation and over the years, it has emerged as the engineering capital of our country. We strongly believe the city can contribute significantly to the future growth of the electronics and semiconductor sector in India,” MIDC CEO Bhushan Gagrani said in a statement.

  • Microsoft

    Microsoft launches new cloud adoption programme for SMBs in India

    New Delhi: Microsoft has rolled out a new cloud adoption programme for small and medium businesses (SMBs) in India, a company statement said. “Cloud adoption in India is growing in triple digit percentage year-on-year. The new Microsoft Cloud Solution Providers will make SMBs more competitive with enterprise-grade technology and value-added services from Microsoft cloud,” Karan Bajwa, managing director, Microsoft India said.

  • Sensex down

    Sensex drops 135 pts to one-month low; Nifty slips 44 pts

    Mumbai: Stock markets fell for the second straight session with the benchmark Sensex today sliding 134.91 points to one-month low of 28,709.87 as investors sold realty, power and oil&gas shares amid lingering worries over an earlier-than-expected hike in US interest rates. After yesterday’s over 604-point crash, the 30-share BSE Sensex opened in positive terrain but soon succumbed to selling pressure. It touched day’s low of 28,584.49. A late round of buying helped reduce some losses and the
    Sensex settled at 28,709.87, its weakest closing

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    Motorola plans to launch 4G version of Moto E in India by May 2015

    New Delhi: US-based Motorola is hopeful of bringing the 4G version of its popular affordable smartphone, Moto E, to India by May this year, pricing it under Rs 10,000 as it looks to compete with brands like Xiaomi and Yu. Motorola, which was acquired by Chinese technology giant Lenovo from Google last year, sells its devices in India through e—commerce firm Flipkart.

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    Industry skeptical about proposed 5 ultra mega power plants

    New Delhi: At a time when the successful coal auctions bring hope for India’s power sector and the 2015-16 Budget proposes five new ultra mega power projects (UMPPs), the industry itself doubts whether sector constraints would allow these projects to make the grid.

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    Jayant Sinha: No plans to withdraw LPG subsidy to well off people

    New Delhi: There are no plans to withdraw the facility of subsidised LPG cylinders to financially well off people, even as 1.46 lakh such consumers have voluntarily given up the subsidy, the government said today. “As on February 23, 2015, approximately 1.46 lakh consumers have voluntarily given up LPG subsidy on their domestic LPG connections,” Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.