Free Press Journal
  • Vodafone starts Aadhaar-based verification pilot in Kolkata

    New Delhi: Vodafone India today launched a pilot project on Aadhaar-based instant verification of subscribers seeking new mobile connection in Kolkata. The e-KYC solution is an instant, secure and green mobile subscriber verification project, where a customer’s Aadhaar card and finger prints are adequate for both validating and activating new pre-paid and post-paid connections, the company said in a statement. Vodafone has launched the project in association with the Department of Telecom.

  • Govt rules out privatisation of BSNL, MTNL

    New Delhi: Government today ruled out privatisation of BSNL and MTNL even as it admitted that the two state-run telecom service providers were not in the pink of their health. Responding to a supplementary during the Question Hour in Rajya Sabha, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, said the intention of the government was to bring them back to profitability. “The financial health of MTNL and BSNL are not in good shape. There are

  • Bhojpuri singer commits suicide with four family members.

    Sasaram: Apparently under financial stress, Bhojpuri singer Vikash Rai and four members of his family allegedly committed suicide while another member was admitted to hospital in critical condition in Bihar’s Rohtas district, police today said. Those found dead were singer Vikash Rai (18), his father Santosh Kumar Rai (50), mother Sunita Devi (40), younger brother Vishal Rai (16), and sister Beauty Kumari (15), Range Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Mohammad Rahman said. Vishal Rai was

  • Amitabh Bachchan proud of Padma record set by his family

    Mumbai: Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan says he is proud that the title of Padma Vibhushan, which he is set to receive from President Pranab Mukherjee next month, will take his family’s Padma tally to six. The 72-year-old actor has previously been honoured with the title of Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan.

  • Dattatreya Hosabale

    RSS says no change in stand on Art 370; wants J-K experiment to succeed

    Nagpur: The RSS today said its stance on Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir has not changed, even as it termed as “teething problems” the friction between BJP and PDP in the state stressing that the “novel experiment” should be given time to succeed. “RSS’s stand on Article 370 has not changed, we will never compromise on it. We want the situation to improve. If the situation does not improve, then we will decide,”

  • Sachin Tendulkar

    Regret not getting captaincy for longer duration: Sachin Tendulkar

    New Delhi: His is a career studded with milestones and records, but retired batting legend Sachin Tendulkar today revealed that not getting a long stint as India’s cricket captain was a disappointment he found tough to overcome given the number of challenges he endured. Tendulkar’s two tenures as captain of India were not very successful and are considered the rare blips in what was otherwise a glittering 24 years in international cricket. He first took over

  • HC disallows withdrawal of plea against Jitendra Tomar

    New Delhi: Delhi High Court today disallowed withdrawal of a plea against Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar which alleged that he had enrolled himself as an advocate on basis of a “false and bogus” graduation degree. Justice Rajiv Shakdher declined the request made by petitioner Santosh Kumar Sharma, who had approached the court last month alleging that Tomar was not a science graduate from Avadh University, as he has claimed, and said this needs

  • Coal Scam

    Coalscam: Court grants bail to three top officials of RSPL

    New Delhi: A special court today granted bail to three top officials of Delhi-based Rathi Steel and Power Ltd (RSPL) in a coal scam case pertaining to alleged irregularities in allocation of Kesla North coal block in Chhattisgarh to the firm. RSPL’s Managing Director Pradip Rathi, Chief Executive Officer Udit Rathi, and AGM Kushal Aggarwal were enlarged on bail after they appeared before the court in pursuance to the summons issued against them.

  • Roger Federer

    `Upbeat` Federer happy to be playing `very good attacking tennis` at 33

    Johannesburg : World number two tennis star Roger Federer might not have won a single Grand Slam singles title since winning the Wimbledon crown in 2012, however, the Swiss ace believes that he has been very good attacking tennis at the age of 33. Federer outclassed his long-time rival, Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic, with a brilliant all-round display in the final of the Dubai Championships earlier this month and cannot recall

  • Kiren Rijiju

    Ensure Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi doesn’t get out of jail: Kiren Rijiju

    New Delhi: India on Friday asked the Pakistani authorities to ensure that 26/11 mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi is not released from jail. “All documents related to his involvement in the Mumbai attack case have not been presented in Pakistani courts. Hence the court has ordered his release,” Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju told the media here.  The Islamabad High Court on Friday declared Lakhvi’s detention orders illegal and ordered his immediate release.

  • Mohammed Shami

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni handles me as a bowler: Mohammed Shami

    Auckland: India’s pace spearhead Mohammed Shami feels a certain degree of comfort playing under Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the Indian captain has never been “demanding” and his backing has made the Bengal seamer’s transformation from domestic to international cricket pretty smooth. Shami is India’s highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 12 victims in five matches. Asked about Dhoni’s contribution in his two-year international career, Shami said: “I like the way he (Dhoni) handles the team and handles

  • Michael Clarke

    Michael Clarke pledges no mercy as quarter-final looms

    Hobart: Australia skipper Michael Clarke pledged no mercy on crisis-hit Scotland as the four-time World Cup champions seek a headline-grabbing performance ahead of a potential quarter-final collision with Pakistan. Australia have already made sure of their spot in the next stage after last weekend’s 64-run win over fellow title contenders Sri Lanka where they piled up 376-9. That followed their World Cup record score of 417-6 to rout Afghanistan by 275 runs.

  • Tom Hanks

    Tom Hanks lends star power to Girl Scouts for selling cookies

    Washington : Tom Hanks is one generous person as he recently surprised a group of Girl Scouts in the San Francisco Bay Area buying some cookies from them and then also helped in selling them. According to the Los Altos Town Crier, the Academy Award winning actor and Bay Area native purchased four boxes himself, donated an additional 20 dollars and offered to have his photo taken with people who recognized him, so

  • Brendan Taylor

    Needs of my family prompted me to quit Int’l cricket: Brendan Taylor

    Auckland: It’s not an easy decision to quit international cricket at the age of 29 but Brendan Taylor had to take the tough decision keeping in mind his family’s needs, which won’t happen if he continues playing Tests and ODIs for his home country. Stand-in-skipper Taylor, who has 5120 runs in 166 ODIs, will be playing his last international game against India tomorrow as he is migrating with his family to Nottingham in England

  • Bar Council of Maharashtra to hold 2-day lawyers’ conference

    Nagpur : The Bar Council of Maharashtra will organised a two-day state-level lawyers’ conference here from tomorrow. Over 2,000 lawyers from across the state and Goa are likely to participate in the conference scheduled for March 14-15, themed ‘Legal education and professional vision’, chairman Bar Council of Maharashtra, advocate Asif Shaukat Qureshi told a press conference here last evening. Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadanvis will be the chief guest for valedictory function tomorrow.

  • Punjab Assembly pays tributes to former members

    Chandigarh: Punjab Assembly today paid tributes to a former Minister, a former MLA of joint Punjab, 12 freedom fighters and others who died since the last session. Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal led the House in paying tributes to former Minister Jasjit Singh Randhawa and former MLA of joint Punjab Parsani Devi. The 12 freedom fighters included Tek Singh, Jugraj Singh, Basant Singh, and Karnail Singh.

  • P C Chacko

    Opposition in Kerala behaving in ‘undemocratic manner’: P C Chacko

    New Delhi : Congress leader P.C. Chacko on Friday alleged that the opposition party in Kerala is behaving in a very undemocratic manner. Chacko, who was reacting to the chaos that took place in the Kerala Assembly earlier this morning when the state’s Finance Minister K.M. Mani began presenting the budget, said it was unfortunate and a deliberate creation of the opposition parties.

  • K M Mani presents budget amidst chaos in Kerala Assembly

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Assembly today witnessed unprecedented and ugly scenes as opposition members went on a rampage destroying Speaker’s podium and indulged in scuffle with the watch-and-ward staff even as Finance Minister K M Mani, facing charges in bar bribery scam, managed to present the state budget. The agitation against Mani also turned violent outside the House with police using batons and teargas shells to chase away angry LDF and Yuva Morcha activists. The irate crowd

  • CPI holds UDF responsible for ‘unprecedented situation’ in Kerala

    New Delhi : Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D. Raja on Friday held the UDF Government in Kerala squarely responsible for the unprecedented situation in the state and said Finance Minister K.M. Mani should have morally resigned. Raja said the LDF has rightly demanded the Finance Minister’s resignation but the UDF has not conceded the demand. “UDF allowed him to continue as the Finance Minister, UDF allowed him to present the budget. It