Free Press Journal
  • Mary Com Movie release

    Winning National Award biggest high: ‘Mary Kom’ director

    New Delhi: Sitting miles away in Kuala Lumpur, Omung Kumar sprang with surprise and excitement upon hearing that his debut directorial venture “Mary Kom”, a film on the life of boxing champion M.C. Mary Kom, had won a National Film Award on Tuesday. He says it’s the “biggest high” for him ever.

  • Shahid Kapoor in Haider

    “Queen”, “Haider” win big at 62nd National Film Awards

    New Delhi: Kangana Ranaut won the best actress award for her powerful performance in “Queen” at the 62nd National Film Awards where Bollywood movies “Haider” and “Mary Kom” bagged key honours while Chaitanya Tamhane’s “Court” was named the best feature film. Ranaut, 28, who celebrated her birthday yesterday, got a belated present by winning her career’s second National award in the movie about a girl who goes on a foreign honeymoon alone after

  • 1,309 persons detained under PSA in last 6 years: J-K Govt

    Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir government today said that 1,309 persons were detained under the Public Safety Act (PSA) during last six years from various parts of the state. In a written reply to the question of a PDP member Firdous Tak in the Legislative Council, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said that during last six years 1,309 persons were detained under PSA out of which detention of 852 persons was quashed.

  • BJP reminds Siddaramaiah govt of fiscal responsibilities

    Bengaluru: Reminding the Siddaramaiah government of its fiscal responsibilities, Opposition BJP leader Jagadish Shettar today criticised it for the loans it has taken in the last two years compared to previous BJP rule. Siddaramaiah was an experienced Finance Minister who had presented budget for a record ten times and, as the leader of opposition, used to criticise governments for taking loans and putting that burden on the public, Shettar said.

  • Nitish Kumar

    Nitish govt faces embarrassment over minister’s remarks

    Patna:The Nitish Kumar government today faced embarrassment in the Legislative Assembly when a senior minister made a controversial remark that sending a matter for vigilance probe would “drag” it for long. The remark was made by Transport and SC&ST Minister Ramai Ram while answering a question of a BJP member regarding non-payment of scholarship to SC & ST students in a college in Vaishali district. On questioner Mahendra Baitha’s demand that the

  • Shiv Sena, Uddhav Thackrey

    Most parties welcome SC decision; JD(U), Sena disagree

    New Delhi: Most parties today welcomed Supreme Court’s move to scrap a provision that made posting offensive comments online punishable with jail term with Congress admitting to flaws in the law. JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav disagreed saying that though he respects judiciary, it was wrong to struck down the “good” provision as freedom of speech does not mean “freedom to abuse” while Shiv Sena felt it would weaken the hands of law enforcement

  • India to grow at 7.8 percent, surpass China: ADB

    Manila: India will lead in the Asian region with growth at 7.8 percent in the next fiscal and at 8.2 percent in 2016-17, as China’s economy slows, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Tuesday.

  • China’s manufacturing activity slows down to 11-month low

    Beijing: China’s manufacturing activity in March fell to an 11-month low as the world’s second largest economy continued to slowdown causing global concerns and putting pressure on the government to further ease monetary policy. HSBC’s preliminary purchasing managers’ index (PMI) was released today, signaling weaker growth momentum and pressure on policymakers to further ease policies.

  • Sensex down

    Late sell-off drags Sensex into red for 5th straight day

    Mumbai: After rising over 260 points, benchmark Sensex erased all gains and settled 30 points down today to over nine-week low of 28,161.72 on fag-end selling in auto, banking and IT shares. Losses in Tata Motors, HDFC Bank and Infosys weighed on markets, which fell for the fifth straight session. Stock brokers said besides caution ahead of March expiry in the derivatives segment on Thursday, selling by mutual funds to meet redemption pressure

  • Bangla Nobel Laureate summoned over unpaid tax of USD 1.5 mn

    Dhaka: Bangladeshi Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus has been summoned by officials for allegedly dodging over USD 1.5 million in tax, in the latest setback to hit the micro-financing pioneer. The National Board of Revenue said that 74-year-old Yunus had given about Tk 77 crore as gifts to his family members and others over three assessment years, against which Tk 15.39 crore as tax was payable to the state.

  • Oil regulator seeks more time to respond on CNG retail licence

    New Delhi: Oil regulator PNGRB has sought more time to respond to Petroleum Ministry’s move to snatch away its powers to issue CNG retailing licences. The Ministry had, earlier this month, sought comments by March 20 on its draft guidelines seeking to wrest powers to give CNG retailing licences from sectoral regulator PNGRB. “A view (on the guidelines) will have to be taken by the full Board. We have told them that we

  • GPS, satellite data can shorten earthquake response times

    Washington: GPS and satellite data can be used as tools to improve reaction time to deadly earthquakes, scientists say. Researchers from the University of Iowa, along with scientists from United States Geological Survey (USGS), found that Global Positioning System (GPS) and satellite data can be used in a real-time, coordinated effort to fully characterise a fault line within 24 hours of an earthquake, ensuring that aid is delivered faster and more accurately than

  • US drone kills 9 Pakistani Taliban militants in Afghanistan

    Peshawar:  A US drone strike today killed at least nine Pakistani Taliban militants in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province near the country’s porous border with Pakistan amid an intensified offensive against terrorists in the restive tribal areas using unmanned aerial vehicles. Militants belonging to the proscribed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Lashkar-i-Islam (LI) terror organisations were killed in the strike, Dawn News quoted Pakistani intelligence sources as saying.

  • Popular artificial sweetener may treat aggressive cancers

    New York: Once considered as a possible carcinogen, the artificial sweetener saccharin could actually lead to the development of drugs capable of combating aggressive, difficult-to-treat cancers with fewer side effects, new research has found.

  • Healthy Weight Loss

    Apple or pear? Gene may decide body shape

    Washington: Scientists have identified a gene that may decide whether a person will develop an apple- or pear-shaped body. It is known that people who carry a lot of weight around their bellies are more likely to develop diabetes and heart disease than those who have bigger hips and thighs. It has not been clear why fat accumulates in different places to produce these classic “apple” and “pear” shapes.

  • Court reissues death warrant for Pakistani convict

    Islamabad: A Pakistan court on Tuesday reissued death warrants for former Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) worker Saulat Mirza confirming his execution on April 1.

  • Three executed in China for terror attack

    Beijing: Three men were executed for leading a terror attack that killed 31 people at a railway station in China last year.

  • Jadavpur Professor Ambikesh Mohapatra hails SC judgement

    Kolkata: Jadavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra, who was arrested for posting a cartoon of Mamata Banerjee on Facebook in 2012, today welcomed the Supreme Court judgement striking down Section 66A of the IT Act. “The move would protect common man’s right to freedom of expression,” Professor Mohapatra, who was arrested under the provision of the Section 66A, said. “Section 66A should have been scrapped earlier. Under this Section, common people in several states

  • Goa government department bans sleeveless dresses, jeans

    Panaji: The Goa government’s department of art and culture has banned its staffers from wearing sleeveless clothes, multi-pocket pants and jeans, the state legislative assembly was told on Tuesday.

  • VOAs refused permission for agitation in Hyderabad

    Hyderabad: Police today refused permission to Village Organisation Assistants (VOA), working under Indira Kranthi Patham (IKP), to sit on an indefinite hunger strike here and hold an agitation to demand payment of their pending salaries. Telangana VOA Udyogula Sangham (affiliated to CITU) president G Dhanalaxmi had sought police permission for the hunger strike at Indira Park and ‘Chalo Hyderabad’ agitation on March 26.