Free Press Journal
  • Ex-AAP MLA Rajesh Garg gets ‘threat call’ from AAP ‘fan’

    New Delhi: Former AAP MLA Rajesh Garg today claimed to have received a threat call, a day after he accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of trying to poach six Congress MLAs to form government last year. Garg said the caller, who claimed to be an “AAP fan”, told him not to take the matter forward. “Let it stay like this. I am an Aam Aadmi Party fan. You are clever enough, which

  • ‘Ghar wapasi’ to farmers, BJP re-orients for UP’s Mission 2017 

    Lucknow:  From ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ to ‘ghar wapasi’ to ‘kisan ke liye bhajpa’, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s credos are changing fast as it braces for the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls scheduled for early 2017. Farmers and their plight will be at the helm of an “all out offensive” against the Samajwadi Party (SP) government of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, insiders say.

  • Lynch: prohibitory orders relaxed, Net service still blocked

    Kohima: With normalcy returning to violence-hit Dimapur town, the authorities today relaxed the prohibitory orders, imposed in the wake of lynching of a rape accused on March 5, for 15 hours. The prohibitory orders under section 144 crpc were lifted from 6 am today. Although no fresh arrest could be made, Internet and SMS/MMS services continued to be blocked, officials said here. Meanwhile, A total of 47 people have so far been arrested

  • UIDAI generates 78.59 cr Aadhaar numbers till March 9

    New Delhi:  The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has generated 78.59 crore Aadhaar numbers as on March 9 although they are not mandatory for availing the benefits under various schemes, Parliament was informed today. “The Aadhaar generation crossed 70 crore mark in October 2014 and a total of 78.59 crore Aadhaars have been generated in the country as on March 9,” Planning Minister Rao Inderjit Singh said in a written reply to

  • Rocket Internet acquires majority stake in Foodpanda

    New York: A leading investor in start-ups, Rocket Internet has acquired 52 per cent stake in Foodpanda by heading a 104 million euro (about Rs 688 crore) funding round in the online food ordering site. Rocket Internet announced a 104 million euro funding round in Foodpanda to capitalise on the growth opportunity and allow for further selective investments in key markets.

  • Voting

    Government yet to decide on compulsory voting

    New Delhi: The government today said it has not initiated any action to introduce compulsory voting in the country. Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda told Lok Sabha in a written reply that no action in this regard has been initiated. His response came in the backdrop of the matter being referred to the Law Commission. The law panel in its report submitted to the government today is learnt to have opposed compulsory

  • Nawaz-Sharif

    Pak-Afghan commenced a historic phase in bilateral ties: Nawaz Sharif

    Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today said that with the change of leadership in Afghanistan the two countries have commenced a historic new phase in bilateral ties by agreeing to overcome the past and build a forward-looking relationship based on mutual trust. Sharif made the remarks while talking to Afghan Minister for Refugees and Repatriation Sayed Hussain Alemi Balkhi, who called on him at the Prime Minister’s House this morning.

  • Manmohan Singh

    Time has turned a full circle for Dr Manmohan Singh

    The summons issued to former prime minister Manmohan Singh as an accused in the Hindalco coal block allocation case by a CBI special
    court charging him with criminal conspiracy is a big blow to a person who consistently had a reputation for integrity amidst a scam-tainted government that he headed for a decade.

  • Two-headed bullock sold for USD 400 in Australia

    Melbourne: A bullock with two heads amazed bidders at a cattle auction in Australia’s Mareeba town and was sold USD 400. A cattle saleyard of the town in North Queensland bought the 440 kg deformed cow at USD 400 on Tuesday, media reports said. It has a normal head just like any other cow, but on top is another face, which has one eye, a single tooth and two working nostrils.

  • Loneliness as harmful to longevity as obesity: study

    Washington: Loneliness and social isolation are just as much a threat to longevity as obesity, and the effect occurs even for people who like to be alone, a new study has claimed. Lack of relationships is a bigger health risk for people under age 65, researchers said.

  • David Coulthard

    India lacks well-oiled system to handle F1: David Coulthard

    New Delhi: Former racing driver David Coulthard believes that India does not have a “well-oiled system” to host a sport like Formula 1.  The pinnacle of motorsport, F1, took place at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) in Greater Noida for three consecutive years from 2011 to 2013. However, it disappeared from the calendar following tax and administrative hurdles the next year.  “There were issues whether it was for drivers withholding tax and

  • Tinkering with a gene can change your height, complexion

    Toronto: In what could be a stepping stone towards customised babies, researchers have identified a key mechanism by which environmental factors influence traits like our height, skin colour, intelligence etc. They believe that by identifying a key gene for each trait and how it is affected epigenetically (by the environment), it is potentially possible to influence the degree of its expression – and so create variation in how specific traits are expressed.

  • Some detained Myanmar students freed but others face charges

    Yangon: Myanmar authorities have freed several students detained after a bloody protest, but others involved in the stand-off over a new education law will face charges including disrupting stability, which carries a two-year prison term. Yee Mon, a Yangon university student who was released today, said that 12 students have been freed and about 15 more were expected to be released later today. “We didn’t break the law but we were peacefully protesting

  • Diego Forlan

    Diego Forlan announces Uruguay retirement

    Tokyo: Uruguay’s most-capped player Diego Forlan, so often his country’s talisman, announced his retirement from international football today. The 35-year-old striker played 112 games for Uruguay and scored 36 goals, representing the South Americans at three World Cups and helping them lift the Copa America in 2011. “This was an extremely difficult decision,” Forlan told a news conference at his Japanese club Cerezo Osaka. “But I felt it was time. Everything has a beginning and an end

  • ‘China convicted over 700 for secessionist activities in 2014’

    Beijing: China convicted and sentenced more than 700 people for instigating separatism and terrorism last year, mainly in the Muslim-dominated volatile Xinjiang region where militants linked with al-Qaeda have carried out attacks. The Supreme People’s Court today said that 712 people were sentenced for instigating secessionist activities and participating in violent terrorist attacks, a jump of 13.3 per cent year-on-year.

  • Malaysian Airlines, flight MH370

    Malaysia lauds Indian Navy for MH370 search efforts

    Kuala lumpur: Malaysia has lauded Indian Navy’s search efforts to locate the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 that mysteriously disappeared over a year ago, saying it demonstrated close maritime ties between the two countries. The Indian forces have been continuously in touch with the Malaysian Navy since the plane disappeared mid-air on March 8, 2014, and they fully rendered all possible help towards search and rescue operations, Royal Malaysian Navy assistant chief of staff

  • Bangladesh

    Bangladesh example inspires Afghanistan

    Sydney: Afghanistan will look to follow the lead of Bangladesh when they face England in their World Cup finale in Sydney tomorrow. Bangladesh’s 15-run win over England in Adelaide on Monday saw them go through to the quarter-finals and knock out Eoin Morgan’s men. England, reeling from the fall-out of a World Cup where they, like tournament debutants Afghanistan, have so far only beaten Scotland, will be desperate to avoid fresh embarrassment at the Sydney Cricket Ground

  • Nursing home stay may damage your lungs

    London: A prolonged stay in a nursing home can be detrimental for your lungs’ health, apart from your pocket’s health, says a new study. The indoor air quality in nursing homes has a serious effect on the lung health of elderly residents, according to the study findings. Researchers from the EU-funded GERIE research project collected data on five indoor air pollutants: PM10, PM0.1, formaldehyde, NO2 and O3.

  • ‘Divorce no ground for quashing domestic violence proceedings’

    Madurai: The Madras High Court has ruled that divorce obtained from a man would not be the ground for quashing proceedings initiated by the woman against him under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005. Justice C.T.Selvam of the Madurai Bench, dismissing a petition filed by the man, whose former wife had initiated the proceedings, said the Supreme Court had held that the conduct of a man even prior to enactment