Free Press Journal
  • Ramos respects criticism, still confident of Real’s La Liga chance

    Madrid: Spanish football club Real Madrid’s defender Sergio Ramos on Tuesday admitted that his side had to be able to accept criticism, but believes they showed in the 1-2 defeat to FC Barcelona that they can still win the La Liga.

  • Spectrum bids total Rs.109,000 crore after 18 days of auction

    New Delhi: The government has received cumulative commitments of Rs.109,000 crore from telecom operators during the 18 days of e-auctions since March 4 for the award of radio frequency spectrum, an official statement said here on Tuesday.

  • Eight killed by Shia gunmen in Yemen

    Aden (Yemen): Eight people were killed and dozens wounded when Shia Houthi gunmen opened fire to disperse thousands of protesters in Yemen’s southern province of Taiz on Tuesday, a medical official told Xinhua news agency.

  • Over 4,000 Chhattisgarh schools have no toilets: Minister

    Raipur: The Chhattisgarh government informed the Assembly today that more than 4,000 government schools did not have toilets as on February 19 this year. In a written reply to the question raised by Congress legislator Brihaspat Singh, Tribal Development Minister Kedar Kashyap said, “Toilets were not constructed in as many as 4,068 government schools, including 2,821 primary, 761 middle schools as well as 486 higher secondary schools, as of February 19, 2015”.

  • Russians top list of foreign tourists to Goa

    Panaji: Russians topped the list of foreign tourists to Goa in 2014. According to statistics published in the Economic Survey of Goa 2014-15, tourists from Britain formed the second biggest contingent of tourists to the beach state.

  • AAP condemns Maha Health Minister’s ‘anti-LGBT’ remarks

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra unit of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today took strong objection to the “anti-LGBT remarks” by Maharashtra Health Minister Deepak Sawant while replying to a question in the state Assembly’s ongoing Budget session.

  • Maha govt to launch ‘Swacch Maharashtra Abhiyan’

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said that his government has decided to launch ‘Swacch Maharashtra Abhiyan’ on the lines of Centre’s ‘Swacch Bharat campaign’. In a statement in the Legislative Assembly, Fadnavis said clean cities with clean environment will be the focus of the campaign. “Construction of toilets and solid waste management will be the twin purpose,” he said.

  • Kevin Pietersen

    Pietersen to skip IPL to revive England career

    London: Sacked England batsman Kevin Pietersen on Tuesday was released by his Indian Premier League franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad for the entire first phase of the tournament, beginning on April 8.

  • Chris Gayle double ton

    Gayle to play for Somerset

    Somerset: West Indies opener Chris Gayle has agreed to a shot-term deal with English cricket county side Somerset to play in this year’s NatWest T20 Blast, officials have announced.

  • China approves 3 new free trade zones to ramp up growth

    Beijing:  China today approved plans to set up three new free trade zones and announced measures to improve the Shanghai FTZ, as part of a trial programme intended to pave the way for ramping up growth of its slowing economy. The new FTZs in Guangdong and Fujian provinces in the south and the northern municipality of Tianjin were planned for several months but was officially approved today.

  • Rupee ends at 62.26 vs $; logs longest run of gains since 2011

    Mumbai: The Indian rupee today inched up by a paisa against the American currency to end at 62.26, extending its winning streak to seventh straight session — the longest string of gains since June 2011. The rupee opened higher at 62.20 per dollar as against yesterday’s closing level of 62.27 per dollar at the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) Market. It then firmed up further to 62.14 per dollar on initial selling of dollars

  • Apt victory for freedom of expression

    The Supreme Court verdict striking down Section 66A of the Information Technology Act which gave the police powers to arrest a person for posting objectionable content on the net is a major shot in the arm for freedom of speech and expression.

  • Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh

    Basit meets separatist leaders for 3rd day

    New Delhi: Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit today continued holding consultations for the third consecutive day with separatist leaders from Jammu and Kashmir during which he sought their help for building an environment of peace in the sub-continent. The first delegation was led by former chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Abdul Gani Bhat which was followed by a team of hardline Hurriyat led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani. After his hour-long

  • Adani group, 16 others bag projects to develop food parks

    New Delhi: Adani group, Ruchi Soya and Amrapali are among the companies that have bagged projects to develop 17 mega food parks that envisage an investment of over Rs 6,000 crore. To boost food processing in the country, the Centre today approved setting up of 17 mega food parks by allocating 10 such parks to private companies and the remaining 7 projects to state government PSUs. The project cost to set up these

  • Railways launches RuPay pre-paid debit card

    New Delhi: Indian Railways in collaboration with the Union Bank of India and the National Payment Corporation of India Tuesday launched RuPay pre-paid debit card.

  • Sukhwinder wins National Award for ‘Bismil’ from Haider

    Mumbai: Singer Sukhwinder Singh was on Tuesday named for the National Film Award for best playback singing for the song “Bismil” from “Haider”. He’s happy as he feels the track truly deserved the honour.