Free Press Journal
  • Turkey air force pulls ageing jets after deadly crashes

    Istanbul: Turkey today announced it was decommissioning its ageing US-made RF-4E reconnaissance jets following two accidents that killed six pilots in less than a month. The eight RF-4E aircraft remaining in the army’s inventory will retire after making their final flights tomorrow, Air Force Commander Abidin Unal told a news conference. “We are halting all flights by RF-4E jets tomorrow,” he said.

  • Pope to wash feet of male, female detainees at Rome prison

    Vatican City: Pope Francis will perform the pre-Easter foot-washing ritual at Rome’s main prison this year. The Vatican said today that inmates from the Rebibbia prison and a nearby women’s facility will participate in the Holy Thursday service, which is meant to show Francis’ willingness to serve others as Jesus did. Francis’ decision in 2013 to wash the feet of women and Muslim inmates at a juvenile detention center helped define his rule-breaking

  • Rushdie to teach at NYU’s journalism institute

    New York: Controversial India-born author Salman Rushdie will join the journalism faculty at the New York University later this year to teach courses and advise graduate students. Rushdie will join the New York University (NYU) journalism faculty as a ‘Distinguished Writer in Residence’ at the Arthur L Carter Journalism Institute of the Faculty of Arts and Science in September, 2015.

  • Iraqi forces seize parts of Tikrit from IS

    Baghdad: Iraqi security forces on Wednesday retook control of part of Tikrit city, the capital of Salahudin province, as clashes with the Islamic State (IS) militants continued.

  • Invest in smart cities, ports, railways: India to Asean

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday invited the Asean countries to invest in key infrastructure projects like smart cities, roads, highways, railways and ports, and said enhancing connectivity with the 10-member bloc was a key strategic priority of the government.

  • Odisha CM’s letter to PM gave fresh lease of life to HINDALCO: Court

    New Delhi: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s letter to the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in support of HINDALCO for allocation of a coal block was prima facie a plan chalked out by Aditya Birla Group to tap bureaucratic and political channels which acted like a fresh lease of life for the firm whose claim was negated, a Special Court today said. However, Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar said he was not at

  • Masarat Alam, Mufti

    Alam’s release not discussed in J&K cabinet meeting

    Jammu: The release of separatist leader Masarat Alam did not figure in the first cabinet meeting of the PDP-BJP coalition Jammu and Kashmir government today, despite BJP saying earlier that it would raise the issue in the meeting. The cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Mufti Mohmmad Sayeed, discussed only the Governor’s address to joint session of Legislature at Civil Secretariat. “Only Governor’s address was discussed in the cabinet meeting. It passed in

  • Govt to ensure ‘authenticated’ info on Delhi air quality to people

    New Delhi: As concerns were raised in Parliament over Delhi’s growing pollution levels, the government today it has decided to put in place a unified air quality monitoring system to ensure that “authenticated” information is available to people and gave details as to how the system would function.

  • Kejriwal has no principle, his real face stands exposed: BJP

    New Delhi: BJP said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s real face, that of someone without any principle and hungry for power, stands exposed today after an audio tape surfaced where he is purportedly heard talking about splitting the Congress to form the government in 2013. BJP said Kejriwal tried to project himself as “different” whereas he was not, and proved to be like any other politician hungry for power. It said with this

  • Eight held for betting on cricket matches

    Hyderabad: Police today claimed to have busted a cricket betting racket and arrested eight persons including “collection agents” who are working for the main accused. Police seized cash worth Rs 14.42 lakh from them, besides swords and air guns. On reliable information, sleuths of Special Operation Team raided a house in APIIC Colony here and nabbed the brother duo of Mohammed Ali and Showkath Ali who indulged in cricket betting in their flat

  • I like to be shameless in front of camera: Aditi Rao Hydari

    Vadodara: Bollywood actress Aditi Rao Hydari today said she had no inhibitions while facing camera. “Sudhir Mishra (filmmaker) had once told me though I have simple looks, I turn bold in front of camera… I love that I have no inhibitions… I like to be shameless in front of camera,” Aditi told reporters here. The actress is playing the role of Chandramukhi in Mishra’s modern adaptation of ‘Devdas’.

  • Arun Jaitley

    FM to banks: take commercial decision without fear or favour

    New Delhi: Promising financial autonomy to PSU banks, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today asked heads of public sector lenders to take commercial decisions without fear or favour. At the same time, he advised banks to facilitate appropriate credit expansion to meet the needs of the productive sectors of the economy so that the momentum of economic growth is sustained. “CEOs of the banks and financial institutions (should) take commercial decisions without fear or

  • Ajay Maken

    AAP can do anything for power: Ajay Maken

    New Delhi: Congress leader Ajay Maken took on the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) over allegations of horse-trading against party chief Arvind Kejriwal and alleged that it is a group of people who are craving for power.

  • BJP stands unmasked after end of its game plan in Bihar:Nitish

    Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today slammed BJP saying the united secular forces in the state had “unmasked” its game plan of creating a situation for imposing President’s Rule by propping up Jitan Ram Manjhi against him. “Today they stand unmasked after their game plan has been foiled by a strong unity among secular forces of JD(U), RJD, Congress and CPI,” Kumar said while answering nearly four-hour debate on his confidence motion

  • Prashant Bhushan,Yogendra Yadav

    Bhushan, Yadav issue joint statement; reject allegations

    New Delhi: Ousted members of AAP’s PAC Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan today rebutted the allegations of anti-party activities levelled against them by the party’s top brass and raised questions about the ‘unilateral decisions’ by AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal. The duo, in a joint letter to volunteers, however, hoped to work for party unity in future as it was an “opportunity to strengthen” AAP, saying the organisation was much bigger than any individual.

  • Maha: 14 die of swine flu, toll mounts to 235

    Mumbai: Fourteen people succumbed to swine flu in Maharashtra today, taking the death toll due to H1N1 virus to 235. “Fourteen deaths were reported today. Till date, there have been 2,890 cases in the state and as many as 40 people infected by the H1N1 virus are on ventilator,” a public health official said.

  • Indian economy a bright spot in global landscape: IMF

    Washington: India’s growth is set to rise to 7.2 percent in this fiscal with the economy reviving, helped by positive policy actions that have improved confidence and lower global oil prices, according to the IMF.

  • Nitish Kumar

    Nitish Kumar wins confidence vote in Bihar

    Patna: Backed by RJD, Congress, CPI and one Independent MLAs, the Nitish Kumar government today comfortably won confidence vote in the Bihar Assembly amid walk out by the opposition BJP. While a total of 140 members voted in favour of the confidence motion moved by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, there was no vote against it, Speaker Uday Narayan Choudhary announced in the Assembly.

  • AB De Villiers

    We are three games away from winning WC: De Villiers

    Wellington: Even after losing their last cricket World Cup Pool B game against Pakistan, South African skipper AB de Villiers on Wednesday said they are only three games away from lifting the elusive trophy.

  • Former world champion Doherty ousted by Swail

    Mumbai: Irishman Ken Doherty, a former world champion, crashed out of the Indian Open World Ranking snooker tournament following a 4-2 defeat against Northern Ireland’s Joe Swail in a first round battle of veteran cueists here. Swail, with a world ranking of 68, defeated the 42nd world-ranked Doherty 72-9, 19-95, 71-0, 80-23, 37-92, 74-15, 37-29 to earn a shot at Englishman Robert Milkins, seeded 7th here with a ranking of 16, in round