Free Press Journal
  • HC quashes defamation case against PMK chief

    Chennai: The Madras High Court today quashed a defamation case filed by former chief minister Jayalalithaa against PMK leader S Ramadoss in connection with a media interview given by him about two years ago. “Reading the passage in complaint does not disclose any allegation against the (then) Chief Minister. As no allegation against the Chief Minister is instituted, prosecution by Public Prosecutor is not maintainable. Hence, the petition is allowed,” said Justice R.S.

  • Three held for betting in World Cup match

    Mangaluru: Three persons were today arrested from a flat in Kolambe area here on charges of betting during a cricket World Cup match between India-Bangladesh, police said today. A police team raided the flat last evening and first took into custody a man who was there and the others were picked up based on the information obtained from him, they said. Rs 3.88 lakh, a television set, four mobile phones and a diary

  • Maiden first class stadium at TVM to be opened on Mar 23

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Cricket Association’s new stadium, modelled on the lines of those in Australia and England, will be inaugurated here on March 23 by State Sports Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan. This is the first ground in Kerala to have nine pitches, a KCA press release said. Situated in a 6.3 acre land, which was once a cashew plantation, the stadium was built as a part of KCA’s mission 20-20 plan to build 14 stadiums

  • Omar Abdullah

    PDP, BJP had prefixed game-plan of polarising votes: Omar

    Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir’s former chief minister Omar Abdullah today accused BJP and PDP of engineering communal polarisation of votes and spreading fear in the minds of people during recently-held assembly polls. “In Kashmir Valley and Muslim-dominated areas of Jammu region, especially the Chenab Valley, PDP created fear psychosis about BJP and RSS trampling and mutilating their distinct identity to garner votes but later joined them as per a prefixed game-plan,” Abdullah said

  • ‘Petrol, diesel prices in India lower than developed nations’

    New Delhi: The government today said that petrol and diesel prices in India are much lower than rates in most of the developed countries, except the United states. Data presented by Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha in the Lok Sabha showed prices of petrol and diesel in India at Rs 60.49 per litre and Rs 49.71 per litre, respectively. However, the prices of both products are higher in India when compared

  • Reuters websites blocked in China

    Beijing: Reuters news websites were inaccessible in China today, the latest Western news organisation to be blocked in a country where censors keep a tight grip over information. Attempts by AFP in China to open the agency’s English- and Chinese-language websites returned only an error message saying that the page “can’t be displayed”. Reuters said in a report that users first experienced difficulties accessing the sites late yesterday.

  • Vidya Balan wants to popularise handloom

    Mumbai: Actress Vidya Balan, who often flaunts traditional Indian weaves, says she feels strongly for the dying art of handloom in the country and would like to spread awareness about weavers’ work.

  • Arjun Kapoor tries mohawk-inspired style 

    Mumbai: Actor Arjun Kapoor has surprised his fans with a new mohawk-inspired hairstyle, which he aptly describes as an “extreme experiment”.

  • Mines Bill signals return to Opposition disunity

    The passage of the Mines and Minerals Bill in the Rajya Sabha on Friday despite the BJP being in a minority in the Upper House should be an eye-opener to those who saw in the apparent cohesion on the land Bill the seeds of opposition unity.

  • BSE

    Sensex hits over 1-month low, Nifty dips below 8,600

    Mumbai: The downtrend in markets continued for the third straight day with benchmark Sensex today slipping 209 points to over 1-month low and the Nifty index fell below the key 8,600-mark on selling in heavyweights ahead of quarterly earnings beginning early next month. Realty, Power, FMCG, Consumer Durables, Healtchare, Auto, Capital Goods, Banking, Metals and Oil & Gas stocks slipped. The BSE Sensex opened in negative zone 28,465.44 and hovered between 28,484.36 and

  • Mines bill passed by Rajya Sabha despite protests 

    New Delhi: Despite strong opposition by the Congress and the Left parties, the Rajya Sabha passed a bill on Friday to amend the mines and minerals act. The bill was passed with two amendments approved by the Select Committee of the house, and will now go back to the Lok Sabha for getting its approval again.

  • Terror attack in Kathua: 2 militants, 3 security men killed

    Jammu: A ‘fidayeen’ squad of militants in Army fatigues stormed a police station in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district, killing three security personnel and leaving 11 others, including a Deputy Superintendent of Police injured, in the wee hours today. Two terrorists, who were members of a fidayeen squad which had infiltrated, were also killed in the subsequent encounter with security forces that ended around noon.

  • Nun Gangrape

    Nun discharged from hospital, leaves for undisclosed destination

    Ranaghat (WB): The septuagenarian nun, who was gangraped at a convent here, was discharged from hospital in the wee hours today and she left for an undisclosed destination, even as no arrests were made even six days after the incident. Ranaghat sub-disional hospital superintendent A N Mondal told PTI the nun was taken to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata, over 64 km away, from where she left for an undisclosed

  • Nitish Kumar appeals to parents of examinees to stop cheating

    Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today appealed to parents of examinees to stop cheating during public examinations, which, he said, was drawing bad name to the state. “Students cannot go forward in life on the basis of such exam certificate but on the basis of their talents,” Kumar said after holding review meeting during the day in which he ordered to stop cheating in the ongoing matriculation examination in the state and

  • Janta Express derailment

    22 killed as Janta Express derails in UP

    Rae Bareili (UP): At least 22 people were killed and around 150 others injured when the engine and two coaches of the Dehradun-Varanasi Janta Express derailed near Bachrawan Railway Station in the district today. The locomotive driver apparently overshot the signal and as a result, the engine and two adjoining coaches derailed, Railway Spokesperson Anil Saxena said in Delhi.

  • Black money

    Anti-black money bill tabled in Lok Sabha

    New Delhi: A bill on unearthing black money and punishing those with ill-gotten wealth was tabled in the Lok Sabha on Friday, the last day before parliament goes into its scheduled month-long recess.