Free Press Journal
  • farmers

    Maharashtra to announce relief package for farmers

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra government plans to announce a comprehensive financial relief package for farmers affected by a continuous spell of hailstorms and unseasonal rains. State Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse told Assembly today that a special Cabinet meeting will be convened to take stock of the situation and a comprehensive financial package would be announced before the end of the ongoing budget session.

  • Maharashtra to introduce bill for regulating scholarship, fee disbursal

    Mumbai: In order to prevent delays in disbursal of scholarship and education fees, the Maharashtra government will soon introduce a bill for regulating the same. On the issue of delay in scholarship fee of SC, ST, VJNT and OBC students in government medical colleges and hospitals, Education Minister Vinod Tawde told the Legislative Assembly during the Question Hour that action would be taken against officials responsible for it.

  • BSP, BJP stage walkout in UP Assembly over communal violence

    Lucknow: BSP and BJP today staged a walkout in Uttar Pradesh Assembly alleging that the state government has failed to check incidents of communal violence and lodged cases against innocent people in Muzaffarnagar riots. The matter was raised during Question Hour by Congress member Nadeem Javed, who sought to know from the government about the number of riots which took place in the state between March 2013 and Dec 2014 and action taken

  • Rahul Gandhi

    After Rahul, government could spy on officials, parties, media

    Ranchi: Congress today demanded a probe into the alleged snooping on party vice-president Rahul Gandhi as it claimed that the next targets could be persons from the bureaucracy, political parties and media. “We demand a judicial commission or a Parliamentary committee to probe the surveillance on Rahul Gandhi as it is aimed at suppressing democracy,” AICC spokesman Ajay Kumar said at a press conference here. Next, he claimed, the snooping could be on

  • Jet-Etihad deal documents among those leaked: CBI

    New Delhi: The CBI probe into alleged sale of confidential documents from Finance Ministry has revealed that most of the records related to controversial Jet-Etihad deal were allegedly leaked with the help of officials in the FIPB. The sources said during questioning of suspects arrested by the agency and phone intercepts available with it, it has emerged that the Rs 2,058 crore Jet-Etihad deal was one of the many crucial deals whose records

  • Take action against those attacking minorities

    New Delhi: Members in Rajya Sabha today sought stern action to check growing attacks on minorities citing instances of rape of a 70-year-old nun in Bengal and demolition of a church in Haryana, with the government saying communal amity must be maintained at all costs. D Raja (CPI), who had given a notice for suspension of business to take up a discussion on the matter, said it was a serious situation that minorities

  • Govt mulling proposal to give relief to toll tax payers

    New Delhi: A proposal to provide relief to maximum number of people paying toll tax on roads and highways is under consideration of the government, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said today. Replying to supplementaries in Rajya Sabha, Gadkari said the toll policy was regularly revised and a proposal to provide relief to people paying toll was under consideration.

  • Ayushmann Khurrana

    Working with John, Shoojit is ‘homecoming’ for Ayushmann

    Mumbai: Actor Ayushmann Khurrana, who is reteaming with his “Vicky Donor” team — producer John Abraham and director Shoojit Sircar — for a new film “Agra Ka Daabra”, calls it a “homecoming”.  Ayushmann told, “My next film is ‘Agra Ka Daabra’ with John and Shoojit and I’m very excited about this project. It’s like homecoming for me.”  After “Vicky Donor”, which turned out to be a sleeper hit, Ayushmann featured in movies

  • GSM mobile base rises 1.4% in Feb to reach 69.7 cr users: COAI

    New Delhi: GSM mobile operators added 95.94 lakh more subscribers in February, taking the overall user base to 69.70 crore at the end of the month, industry body Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) said today. “All India GSM cellular subscriber figures as of February 2015 stood at 69.70 crore. The subscribers increased by 95.94 lakh in February, (1.40 per cent increase from previous month,” COAI said in a statement. The number of

  • B S Bassi

    CoP may not know everything: Bassi on Rahul ‘snooping’ row

    New Delhi: Delhi Police today continued to refute charges of “snooping” on Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi saying that physical appearance detailing is an old and routine process. In a bid to douse suspicion raised by some former Delhi police chiefs who have been quoted in media reports that they were unaware of such practice, Commissioner B S Bassi said that being a big organisation, it is not necessary that everything is brought

  • rape

    Bengal nun gangrape: 10 people arrested by Kolkata Police

    Ranaghat(WB): Police have detained a total of 10 persons in connection with the alleged gangrape of an elderly nun and loot at a convent school in West Bengal’s Nadia district. District Superintendent of Police Arnab Ghosh today said seven to eight persons were involved in the crime and it is now being ascertained whether the detained resemble the persons seen in the CCTV footage at the convent and their antecedents were being checked.

  • Justin Bieber

    Justin Bieber apologizes for his much-publicized mistakes

    Washington : Justin Bieber, who recently got skewered at ‘Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber’, apologised for his offstage antics, including reckless driving, public urination and throwing eggs at a neighbor’s home. The ‘Baby’ singer stated in his contrition speech after the roasters were done ripping into him, that he was sorry for losing out some of his best qualities, but now he would turn into someone to whom his fans could look

  • Increasing communal incidents concerns Rajya Sabha

    New Delhi: The centre today reiterated that it was dedicated to maintaining social harmony as a Rajya Sabha member raised the issue of a nun’s rape in West Bengal and the attack on a Haryana church.  Raising the issue during zero hour, Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D. Raja said the extremists were becoming aggressive in the country.

  • Arvind Kejriwal

    Arvind Kejriwal all set to start work post illness

    Bengaluru: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said he was feeling fit and fresh and was excited to return to the national capital to resume his work. In a series of tweets, Kejriwal said: “Cough gone, sugar under control. Feeling fresh and fit. Am excited to return to resume work.”

  • Wolfsburg, Monchengladbach cruise to victories

    Berlin: Wolfsburg’s two late goals wrapped up their 3-0 win over relegation threatened Freiburg while Monchengladbach beat Hannover 2-0 by courtesy of Patrick Herrmann’s brace at the end of the 25th round of Bundesliga. Wolfsburg returned to winning ways as they reaped an uncontested 3-0 win on Sunday over hapless visitors from Freiburg. The visitors lacked in penetration and were unable to pose any threat to Wolfsburg’s defence, reports Xinhua. From kick-off,

  • India Sensex

    Sensex closes 59 points down, metal stocks dip

    Mumbai: A benchmark index for Indian equities, the 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange, provisionally closed 59 points or 0.21 percent down on Monday as stocks of metal, capital goods and fast moving consumer durables (FMCG) companies plunged.

  • India bright spot in global economy,will clock 7.2% growth:IMF

    New Delhi: Terming India a bright spot in the “cloudy” global economy, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde today said the country will clock 7.2 per cent growth in the current fiscal and its GDP will exceed combined total of Japan and Germany by 2019. “In this cloudy global horizon, India is a bright spot. Recent policy reforms and improved business confidence have provided a booster shot to economic activity,” she said while speaking

  • Ian Gould, Aleem Dar to officiate India-Bangladesh quarterfinal

    Melbourne: England’s Ian Gould and Pakistan’s Aleem Dar will be the on-field umpires for the India-Bangladesh cricket World Cup quarterfinal to be held at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).  Australians Steve Davis and Paul Reiffel will officiate as the third and fourth umpires while Roshan Mahanama of Sri Lanka will be the match referee, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Monday.  The ICC also announced officials for the other three

  • Five Opposition MLAs suspended, House adjourns amidst protest

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Assembly today suspended five CPI(M)-led LDF Opposition MLAs till the end of the session for allegedly ransacking the Speaker’s podium on the budget day on March 13 when their protest against Finance Minister K M Mani, facing corruption charges, turned violent. A resolution in this regard, moved by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, was passed by the House amidst strong protests from Opposition benches and the House adjourned till March 23. The