Free Press Journal
  • tax

    Tax free budget in Tamil Nadu

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, who also holds the finance portfolio, presented a tax-free budget for fiscal 2015-16 here on Wednesday, while announcing various concessions on value added tax (VAT).

  • Botswana to play Lesotho, Mozambique in friendly football matches

    Gabarone (Botswana): Botswana has lined up two friendly matches for this week FIFA international break, the country’s football association has announced.  The team will play Lesotho on Wednesday before hosting Mozambique on Sunday, reports Xinhua.  The matches come after a long layoff without any action for the team after it failed to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) last year. Botswana finished last in their qualification group following a

  • Jaguar new model XF 240

    Jaguar launches new model by driving it over world’s longest high-wire crossing

    London: A new Jaguar model was revealed with a Hollywood stuntman driving the new Jaguar car over the world’s longest high-wire crossing. Hollywood action man Jim Dowdall drove Jaguar’s new model XF 240 over two wobbly carbon wires just 3 millimetres wide that had been suspended over the Thames near Canary Wharf in London, the Daily Star reported.

  • Hockey India

    India field full strength team for Azlan Shah Cup

    New Delhi: Ace midfielder Sardar Singh will lead a full strength Indian men’s hockey team in the 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup to be held in Ipoh, Malaysia from April 5 to 12. The Azlan Shah Cup despite being an invitational tournament, India have gone for a strong 18-member squad with just three changes from the last December’s Champions Trophy in Bhubaneswar. Midfielder Danish Mujtaba, striker Lalit Upadhyay and defender Gurjinder Singh are the three players to

  • Anna Kendrick

    Anna Kendrick re-teams with director Jeffrey Blitz for `Table 19`

    Washington :Anna Kendrick is coming together with her ‘Rocket Science’ director Jeffrey Blitz for the upcoming flick ‘Table 19.’ The comedy project, which is about a group of strangers who are marooned at the misfits table at a destination wedding, also stars Craig Robinson, Lisa Kudrow, Stephen Merchant, Tony Revolori, June Squibb, Wyatt Russell and Amanda Crew and is expected to begin filming next week in Atlanta, reported.

  • Kamal Haasan

    Trouble, controversies always follow me: Kamal Haasan

    Chennai : Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan, who is busy promoting forthcoming Tamil release “Uttama Villain”, has wrestled with so many controversies over the years that he feels they follow him and will continue for the remainder of his career.  “Even till last week, we were fighting a case in connection with my film ‘Papanasam’. We know who filed the case, and from where. It’s like trouble and controversies always follow me,” Kamal told.

  • Myanmar releases 20 students

    Yangon: Twenty students who were detained in Myanmar for taking part in protests and demanding education reforms in Latpadan town have been released, officials said on Wednesday.  Violent clashes between security forces and the students occurred on March 10 as the protesters attempted to push through barricades erected by the security forces to head for Yangon after negotiation between the two sides broke down, Xinhua reported.  A total of 127 protesters, including

  • US removes Cuban entities from blacklist

    Washington: The US government has removed 45 Cuban companies, individuals and vessels from a list of entities suspected of supporting terrorism or drug trafficking, in an effort to promote stronger bilateral ties. The removal of these sanctions, however, does not mean Cuba is being taken off the US State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism, a potential step Havana is demanding and Washington is still mulling.  The Treasury Department on Tuesday removed

  • Pakistan executes 4 more convicts

    Islamabad: Pakistan today hanged four death-  row prisoners, taking to 59 the number of executions carried out since the country resumed the death sentence in December. Abdul Razzaq Chohan and Jalil alias Jalal Morejo were executed in the Sukkur jail in Sindh province. Chohan killed a seventh grade student at a local seminary and was awarded death sentence in 2003, while Morejo was held guilty for shooting a man in 1997 for an old dispute.

  • Puducherry Assembly adjourned after passing Appropriation Bill

    Puducherry: The Puducherry Assembly was today adjourned sine die after transacting its scheduled business, including passing of the Appropriation (Vote on Account) Bill earmarking funds for the first three months of fiscal 2015-16. The House passed by voice vote the Appropriation (Vote on Account) Bill for fiscal 2015-2016, tabled by Chief Minister N Rangasamy, earmarking a sum of Rs 1483.33 crore out of the Consolidated Fund of the Union Territory of Puducherry for the expenditure

  • Steve Jobs

    Narcissistic leaders like Steve Jobs are more successful, says study

    Washington : If you are bit vain in nature, you may just posses one of the qualities that most celebrated leaders in the business world have, as a new study has said claimed that narcissistic leaders happen to be the most successful ones. New research from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management finds those strong characteristics are not such a bad thing, as long as those leaders temper their narcissism with a little

  • Asiya Andrabi

    Separatist Andrabi booked in Jammu

    Jammu: Asiya Andrabi, chief of women separatist outfit the ‘Dukhtaran-e-Milat (Daughters of Faith), was on Wednesday booked for unlawful activities by police here. “An FIR has been lodged under section 13 of the unlawful activities act against the state.” Police said Andrabi has not been arrested so far.  On Tuesday, she appeared in a video by some media organization wherein she said Jammu and Kashmir had never been a part of India and

  • Brain

    Brain processes new words as pictures

    Washington: When we look at a new word, out brain first learns the word and then sees it like a picture, instead of a group of letters. The finding from Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) shows that the brain learns words quickly by tuning neurons to respond to a complete word, not parts of it. Study’s senior author, Maximilian Riesenhuber, PhD said that the neurons respond differently to real words, such as turf, than

  • Bradley Cooper

    Bradley Cooper to make directorial debut

    Los Angeles: Hollywood star Bradley Cooper is in negotiations with Warner Bros to direct the third remake of the romantic drama film “A Star Is Born”.  Based on William Wellman’s 1937 film starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, the project centers on a fading movie star who helps a young aspiring actress while his own career spirals downward, reports  Also, Cooper will be producing the film through his 22 Green banner

  • Rahul Gandhi

    Amethi posters announce reward for ‘missing’ Rahul Gandhi

    Amethi: With Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi extending his leave of absence from politics, posters with the Gandhi scion’s photo emerged in his constituency, Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, announcing a reward for their ‘missing’ MP. “The posters are put up in Amethi town, market, railways station and schools, but Rahul Gandhi has not been found anywhere” Hari Krishna Shukla, a resident of Amethi. “The roads are filled with potholes, there are no facilities in government

  • IS recruited at least 400 child soldiers in Syria in last three months, says monitoring group

    Karachi: Islamic State (IS) militants have recruited at least 400 child soldiers in the past three months and given them military training and hardline indoctrination in Syria, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. According to the Express Tribune, the monitoring group said that the children are all under 18 years of age and they were recruited near schools, mosques and in public areas where IS conducts brutal killings and punishments. One of the

  • Rio 2016 Olympic

    Rio 2016 releases Olympic event schedule

    Rio de Janerio: The Rio 2016 Olympic organising committee on Tuesday released its daily competition schedule as the countdown to the Games hit the 500-day mark. The Games will officially begin on August 5 when the Maracana stadium hosts the opening ceremony, reported Xinhua.  The competitions will start two days earlier with the men’s and women’s football matches, to be played in six cities. The match schedules for the tournaments are yet to

  • Rover, Nitrogen, Mars

    NASA’s Curiosity rover finds life-supporting nitrogen on Mars

    Washington: NASA’s Curiosity rover found nitrogen on Mars’ surface from release during heating of Martian sediments, by using the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument. The nitrogen was detected in the form of nitric oxide, and could be released from the breakdown of nitrates during heating. Nitrates are a class of molecules that contain nitrogen in a form that can be used by living organisms. The discovery adds to the evidence that ancient

  • On This Day, Facebook

    Facebook introduces ‘On this Day’ feature allowing users to see feeds from given date in past years

    Washington: Facebook has officially launched a feature called “On This Day” wherein users will see a feed of everything they posted on Facebook on a given date in the past years including photos and posts they were tagged in on that day. According to the Verge, Facebook started testing this feature a few years ago and announced it officially now almost two years later.

  • Mohammad Ashraf Ghani

    Ashraf Ghani visit: US agrees to slow troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

    London: Heeding to demands made by Afghanistan, the United States has reportedly agreed to keep at least 10,000 troops in Afghanistan throughout 2015, the White House said. U.S. President Barack Obama and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani made the announcement at a press conference in Washington, reported the BBC. Obama has promised to end U.S.’ longest war by the end of his term, despite ongoing security issues there. A small force will now be left at