Free Press Journal
  • Improvement in banks’ asset quality to take time: S&P

    New Delhi: Improvement in the asset quality of Indian banks and growth in credit offtake is likely to take more time as the problems in mining and infrastructure sector are yet to be resolved, global rating agency S&P said today.

  • Software to track execution of free healthcare to poor: Fadnavis

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said the state government is in the process of setting up an e-platform for monitoring the implementation of free health care to the poor by charitable hospitals. Replying to a debate in the Legislative Assembly on the complaints that charitable hospitals do not fulfil the mandatory 10 per cent of the total beds to be reserved for poor for free treatment, Fadnavis said the new software

  • Sonakshi Sinha

    Sonakshi Sinha’s next with Murugadoss titled ‘Akira’

    Mumbai: Actress Sonakshi Sinha’s next on-screen outing with her “Holiday” director AR Murugadoss has been named “Akira”. The duo took to Twitter to reveal the title. Sonakshi posted a picture of herself holding the film slate. “Say hello to #AKIRA. My new name and new film. @ARMurugadoss,” she tweeted. “The title of my film with @sonakshisinha is #AKIRA which means “graceful strength” in Sanskrit,” the director wrote. “Akira” will be the 27-year-old actress’

  • Shilpa is a fantastic entrepreneur: Raj Kundra

    Mumbai: Businessman Raj Kundra considers his wife actress Shilpa Shetty a “fantastic” entrepreneur and says he’s waiting for her to make a comeback to the big screen.

  • Will approach actors, not stars for productions: Anushka Sharma

    Mumbai: Upbeat about the success of her debut production “NH10”, actress Anushka Sharma says that for her next production project, she will be approaching actors and not stars. Apart from Anushka, “NH10” stars Neil Bhoopalam and Darshan Kumar.

  • Kimye`s baby girl North West loves having `own space` in new house

    Washington: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s daughter North West has taken over their new 20 million dollars Calabasas, enjoying her own space. The 34-year-old reality TV star, who has been excited about her recently relocated home, said that she and West were just living in it and that it was completely their daughter’s world, E! Online reported.

  • ‘Salim Khan, 4 others declined to accept Padma awards in 2015’

    New Delhi:  Salim Khan, noted script writer and father of Bollywood star Salman Khan, and four others have declined to accept the Padma awards in 2015. Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said in Rajya Sabha that in accordance with the normal practice, willingness of the person proposed to be conferred Padma awards is informally ascertained to the extent possible before the announcement of the award.

  • Vettori says Shane Bond would leave `big boots` to fill post departure

    Wellington: New Zealand veteran spinner Daniel Vettori believes that bowling coach Shane Bond would leave big gaps to fill when the former paceman moves to Indian Premier League side Mumbai Indians following the conclusion of the World Cup.

  • India favourites in quarterfinal against Bangladesh 

    Melbourne: India go into their cricket World Cup quarterfinal against Bangladesh as the clear favourites but they would surely not take their neighbours lightly when the two teams clash at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) here on Thursday.

  • S Africa beat Sri Lanka by 9 wkts to enter World Cup semis

    Sydney: Spinners Imran Tahir and hat-trick man Jean-Paul Duminy shared seven wickets between them to help a clinical South Africa outplay an unusually hapless Sri Lanka by 9 wickets and enter the cricket World Cup semi-finals, here today. Leg-spinner Tahir (4-26) looked like a man possessed while Duminy (3-29) bagged the second hat-trick of this edition — after England’s Steven Finn — as South Africa sent the Lankans packing for 133 in 37.2

  • brightest hit Moon, Orbiter

    NASA orbiter records brightest hit on Moon

    Washington: NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has acquired the images of the lunar surface before and after the largest recorded explosion occurred on the lunar surface. On March 17, an object with the size of a small boulder hit the lunar surface and exploded in a flash of light nearly 10 times as bright as anything ever recorded before. This bright flash was recorded by researchers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Centre

  • Microsoft to launch Windows 10 this summer

    Washington: Microsoft has confirmed Windows 10 will be launched this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages. However, the company stopped short of specifying an actual date for the launch of its much-awaited new platform.

  • P C Chacko

    Let CID investigate DK Ravi’s death, CBI can be called afterwards: PC Chacko

    New Delhi : Terming the death of IAS officer DK Ravi as unfortunate, Congress leader PC Chacko on Wednesday said the state CID must be allowed to investigate the case before a request for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is made. The incident needs to be investigated thoroughly, no doubt about that. But the state CID is conducting the investigation and preliminary reports are yet to come. The CID has to complete

  • All-round need for a healing touch

     New Delhi : Incidents of rape and attacks on places of religious worship are bad per se. It is neither right to politicize those nor to look for solutions outside the country. The gang rape of a 71-year-old nun in a West Bengal school last week was reprehensible.  That despite the rapists being caught on CC TV cameras they are still untraced is a matter of deep concern regardless of which religion the raped

  • Benjamin Netanyahu

    Israel election: Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud ‘set for win’

    Jerusalem:  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party was leading in the keenly-contested elections in Israel, preliminary results showed today. With 99.5 per cent of the ballots counted, Israeli media reported that Netanyahu’s Likud Party had captured 30 of the 120 seats in Parliament, the Knesset, sweeping past his main rival, the center-left Zionist Union alliance, which got 24 seat. He will still need the support of smaller parties to form a ruling coalition, but appeared to be in

  • D K Ravi

    IAS officer’s death, Opposition insists on CBI probe, government says no

    Bengaluru: Sticking to their guns, the Opposition in the Karnataka Assembly continued their dharna for the second day today demanding a CBI probe into the mysterious death of an upright IAS officer, but the government refused to yield, maintaining a CID probe would do. As the House met for the day, members of both BJP and JDS, continuing their night-long dharna, assembled in the well of the House shouting slogans against the government demanding

  • Srilanka, South Africa

    South Africa bowl Sri Lanka out for 133

    Sydney: Spinners Imran Tahir (4-26) and Jean-Paul Duminy (3-29) starred for South Africa as they bowled out Sri Lanka for 133 runs in 37.2 overs in the first cricket World Cup quarterfinal at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) here.  South Africa exerted pressure on the Sri Lankans quite early. Right-arm pacers Kyle Abbot and Dale Steyn removed openers Kusal Perera (3) and seasoned Tilakaratne Dilshan (0) respectively to leave Sri Lanka in trouble

  • Sharad Yadav, Smriti Irani

    Sharad Yadav expresses regrets over his remarks against Smriti Irani

    New Delhi: Days after his controversial comments against HRD Minister Smriti Irani, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav today expressed regret and said he respected her and had defended her earlier. “I regret (the controversy). I respect her,” he said in Rajya Sabha, after Leader of the House Arun Jaitley said a “very improper impression” had been created in the media on Yadav’s remarks during a discussion in the House two days ago. Jaitley urged Yadav to clarify

  • Solar Impulse 2 plane

    Solar Impulse – 2 leaves for Varanasi from Ahemdabad

    Ahmedabad: The Solar Impulse 2, which aims to become the first plane to circumnavigate the globe using only the power of the sun to drive its four propellers, on Wednesday left from Ahmedabad for Varanasi. The solar plane’s next stop is Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, which is also the constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Pilot Bertrand and fellow pilot Andre Borschberg will take turns at the controls of Solar Impulse 2, which began

  • Misbah-ul-Haq

    Decision to retire after World Cup will not change: Misbah ul Haq

    Karachi: Pakistan’s captain Misbah-ul-Haq has said his decision to hang up his boots from one-day international cricket after the World Cup is final and will not change. “I had decided to retire from ODIs after the World Cup after giving it much thought and it was the right time to take the decision,” he told PTI in a telephonic interview from Adelaide. I had decided that regardless of how I perform in the World Cup and the results I