Free Press Journal
  • Tobacco, Smoking

    India needs comprehensive tax policy for curbing tobacco use:WHO

    Kolkata: India needs to draft a comprehensive tax policy for all tobacco products if it wants to cut down the easy access to the plethora of low-cost and locally produced tobacco products available in the country, World Health Organisation (WHO) has suggested. Describing the availability and affordability of low-cost and locally-produced tobacco products as a “formidable challenge in India”, WHO noted that “taxes are low for the forms of tobacco that are most commonly used”. “There is

  • Narendra Modi

    Surprised by rumours against land acquisition bill: Narendra Modi

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he was surprised by the rumours spread against the land acquisition bill.  Addressing the country’s farmers in his monthly radio address ‘Mann Ki Baat’, Modi said: “I am perplexed to learn about so many rumours spread against the bill (land acquisition).”  Modi said the bill was 120 years old and has been in force for over 60 years since India gained independence. Therefore,

  • Robinho

    Santos in bid to sign Robinho

    Rio de Janeiro: Santos are in talks to sign Robinho for the rest of his playing career, the Brazilian club said. The 31-year-old has scored 14 goals from 29 appearances since joining Santos on a year-long loan in August, reported Xinhua.  “We want him to stay, if possible, until he decides to hang up his boots,” Santos football manager Andre Zanotta told TerraTV on Saturday.  “Robinho and Santos have a special connection. We

  • Benfica loses 2-1 to Rio Ave in Portuguese league

    Lisbon: Rio Ave beat Benfica 2-1 in the 26th round of the Portuguese league at the Rio Ave stadium in Vila do Conde.  Benfica midfielder Eduardo Salvio opened the scoring in the fourth minute following a pass from Pizzi, Xinhua reported on Saturday.  In the 73th minute Benfica’s Greek midfielder Samaras fouled with a hand ball in the area. Rio Ave forward Ukra equalised with the penalty kick.  Yonatan Del Valle then

  • Andy Murray set to marry fiancee Kim Sears on April 11 at Dunblane Cathedral

    London : The wedding details of Andy Murray and his fiancee Kim Sears have been revealed and it has been disclosed that the pair will tie the knot on April 11 at the Dunblane Cathedral. It was initially thought the couple would get hitched at Murray’s luxurious Cromlix House Hotel in Dunblane, which has its own chapel, to ensure privacy, but according to the Daily Record, they’ll actually wed in the very public

  • Mike Hesson

    Best four in World Cup semis, says Mike Hesson

    Auckland: There can be no argument about the make up of the World Cup semi-finals, with the best four teams still alive, New Zealand coach Mike Hesson declared today. New Zealand were the last confirmed semi-finalists when Martin Guptill’s stunning 237 not out set up a lop-sided 143-run victory over the West Indies in Wellington yesterday. They meet South Africa in Auckland on Tuesday in the first semi-final with Australia playing India in the second semi-final

  • Cricket fans given opportunity to bid for piece of WC history

    Wellington: The ICC is giving cricket fans across the world an opportunity to bid for an official piece of the 2015 World Cup history in the form of the toss coins from each of the 49 matches during the prestigious tournament which is being co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. SE Products, as the ICC’s memorabilia and collectables licencee, released a similar programme for the World Cup 2011 with great success. Fans relished the chance

  • Lokpal Bill

    Parliament Panel on Lokpal to miss deadline, seeks more time

    New Delhi: A parliamentary committee examining the Lokpal amendment Bill will miss the March 25 deadline for submission of its report and has sought more time to finalise it. The 31-member Department-Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice, headed by Congress MP E M Sudarsana Natchiappan, is examining the Lokpal and Lokayuktas and Other Related Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014. The Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha on December 8 last year.

  • Chirs Gayle

    Chris Gayle rules out retirement, plans World T20 assault

    Wellington: Chris Gayle intends to keep playing international cricket with his eyes on the 2016 World Twenty 20 but admitted his back injury will sideline him from next month’s Test series against England. The 35-year-old Jamaican hit a typically flamboyant 33-ball 61 as West Indies slumped to a crushing 143-run defeat to New Zealand in the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday with many in the game expecting Gayle to end his rollercoaster relationship with the

  • Indian fishermen arrested

    Sri Lanka arrests 54 Indian fishermen

    Colombo: As many as 54 Indian fishermen have been arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly poaching in island’s waters off the coast of Kankesanturai and Talaimannar in the north. Sri Lankan Naval spokesman Commander Indika Silva said that 21 fishermen were arrested and five boats were seized at Kankesanturai while the rest of them on another five boats were arrested at Talaimannar last night. They were being brought to respective fisheries inspection offices for

  • Barack Obama

    Exploring other options in Middle East peace effort: Barack Obama

    Washington: The United States is exploring other options in its efforts to promote Israeli-Palestinian peace in light of the Israeli prime minister’s recent harmful campaign statements, President Barack Obama said.  The president on Saturday told that he had called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to voice his displeasure at the latter’s opposition to a Palestinian state and insistence on expanding settlement building in East Jerusalem, Xinhua reported, citing The Huffington

  • Tunisia President admits security ‘failings’ ahead of museum attack

    Paris: Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi said security “failures” had helped facilitate the deadly attack on the country’s national museum, according to an interview with French media. “There were failures” which meant that “the police and intelligence were not systematic enough to ensure the safety of the museum”, Essebsi told the weekly Paris Match yesterday. Twenty-one people, all but one of them foreign tourists, were killed when two gunmen stormed the National Bardo Museum in the capital

  • nuclear

    Western powers pledge unity in Iran nuclear talks

    London: Western powers have played down reports of discord in their ranks and affirmed their “unity of purpose” in the Iran nuclear talks, urging the Islamic Republic to take “difficult decisions”. The British, French, German and US foreign ministers noted “substantial progress” in the discussions with Tehran,which are due to resume next week, but said there was still no agreement on some “important issues”. “We will all continue to work together with unity of purpose,” read a

  • AFSPA withdrawal

    Security beefed up in Jammu-Kashmir following militant attacks

    Samba: Security has been beefed up in Jammu and Kashmir following the militant attacks in Samba and Kathua districts of the state. Brigadier RS Rana had earlier said the possibility of the presence of terrorists in Samba who had attacked an army camp could not be ruled out, adding it appears that those responsible for the terror attack came from Pakistan. “We cannot rule out the presence of terrorists in the area. No identify

  • How to choose a financial planner

    Half the job towards improving one’s financial life is done, if one is convinced that one needs to go to a financial planner. However, the other half is equally critical and, revolves around finding the right financial planner for one self. The second part is actually tougher as it involves sifting through the good, the bad and the ugly, through the shams and genuine ones alike. The wisdom lies in

  • Pidli Song,... Amitabh Bachchan

    Aesthetics go for a toss

    Piddly si baatein is the latest entrant into a world of mainstream Hindi cinema where the toilet as a physical presence has stepped in almost as a character. Why was the song shot inside a toilet when it could have been shot anywhere? Some directors obviously have a different take on ‘entertainment’. What do viewers feel? SHOMA A. CHATTERJI finds out (TWF)

  • Book Review: Regret

    Deeply moving, Ikramullah’s two novellas skilfully evoke the long shadow cast by the violence of Partition.

  • The Pune Fragrance

    Every city has its own characteristics. Venice and its canals, New York and its multi-storeyed buildings, Benares and its burning ghats, Chennai’s Cooum River and its stink…and now Pune city and its all pervading fragrance. V GANGADHAR probes and finds out the truth.