Free Press Journal
  • Anna Hazare

    Ready for open debate with Modi on Land Bill, says Hazare

    Mumbai: While sticking to his stand that the NDA Government’s Land bill is loaded against the interests of farmers, anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare today said he was ready for an open debate with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue if something concrete emerged from it. “You have called for an open debate. We accept this. But there is very small possibility of a concrete decision emerging out of such a debate,” Hazare

  • 39 dead in Yemen since Saudi-led strikes began: Officials

    Sanaa: At least 39 civilians have been killed in more than 24 hours of Saudi-led air strikes against Shiite rebels in Yemen, health ministry officials said today. Twelve of the victims were killed when a raid against a military base north of Sanaa hit surrounding residential areas, officials from the rebel-controlled ministry said. Witnesses said warplanes targeted Al-Samaa base, which is used by army units believed to take orders from their former commander

  • Telcos’ finances will be under pressure: Fitch

    New Delhi: Finances of telecom operators will be under pressure and their ability to invest in building networks will be restricted after paying for spectrum won in recent auction, Fitch Ratings said in a report. “India’s biggest telecom spectrum auction to date, which concluded on 25 March and raised USD 17.7 billion, will exert pressure on telcos’ balance sheets and cash flow, and limit their ability to invest in capex over the medium

  • Whatsapp

    Telecom may regulate Whatsapp, Skype, other OTT services

    New Delhi: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has initiated the process to prepare framework for over-the-top (OTT) services like Whatsapp, Skype, Viber and many others.

  • Germanwings crash probe

    Germanwings crash probe turns on co-pilot’s ‘depression’

    Montabaur: The Germanwings co-pilot who flew his Airbus into a French mountainside, killing all 150 aboard, suffered serious depression, a German newspaper reported today, raising new questions over how he was cleared to fly. The black box voice recorder indicates that Andreas Lubitz, 27, locked his captain out of the cockpit on Tuesday and deliberately sent Flight 4U 9525 into the Alps, French officials say, in what appears to have been an act

  • antibiotics-medicine

    Antibiotic use in animals on the rise worldwide

    Washington: Antibiotic consumption in livestock worldwide could see a 67 per cent increase by 2030, and nearly double in countries such as India and China, scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have found. The rise in antibiotic consumption in livestock contributes to the spread of drug-resistant pathogens in both livestock and humans, posing a significant public health threat, according to the study. The study was conducted by Princeton University in collaboration with the International

  • Saeed case: Pak HC asks Govt if it can defend citizens abroad

    Lahore: A Pakistani court, hearing the pleas of Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and his deputy challenging the fixing of bounty on their heads by the US, today sought a reply from the government whether it can defend its citizens abroad. The Lahore High Court asked the Foreign Affairs Ministry to inform the court “in black and white” whether it could defend Pakistani citizens in foreign countries.

  • Narendra Modi

    Bharat Ratna for Vajpayee: Modi says ‘historic day’

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said it was a historic day as Bharat Ratna was conferred upon former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. “It is a historic day for crores of Indians today when Atal Bihari Vajpayee is being given Bharat Ratna award,” he tweeted.

  • French investigators hunt black box from doomed jet

    Seyne-Les-Alpes: Dozens of specialised police and rescue workers kicked off a fourth day of recovery operations today at the scene of the crashed Germanwings jet, hunting for its second black box. Officials are also combing the wreckage for body parts and DNA samples that would enable them to identify the 150 people that died in the crash, apparently deliberately initiated by co-pilot Andreas Lubitz.

  • Arun Jaitley

    Jaitley expects global crude oil prices to stabilise soon

    New Delhi: Concerned over volatility in international oil prices, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today expressed hope that the situation in the Middle East will improve and the prices will stabilise. “I am sure the last word on the economy of the oil has not been spoken yet. There are assessments, there are speculations, there are words of wisdom. We are passing through very fluid times and I would always hope that this fluidity

  • Omar Abdullah

    Mufti government based on lies: Omar Abdullah

    Jammu: Former Jamu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today hit out at the Mufti government over the issue of its Common Minimum Programme (CMP) and alleged that the BJP-PDP alliance in the state was based on “lies” to “deceive” people. “It is simple that the CMP is a bundle of lies and it is impossible to have faith in this government”, Omar claimed. “The truth is that this alliance is based on

  • Nitish Kumar

    Nitish meets Sonia, Kejriwal, calls on INLD chief in Tihar

    New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today met Congress President Sonia Gandhi, whose party backed him during the recent crisis in the ruling JD(U) in Bihar, where the two parties could tie up in the Assembly elections later this year. There was no word on what transpired in the meeting between Gandhi and Kumar, which has come at time when both Congress and JD-U, along with other Opposition parties, have taken a

  • Election Comission

    SC seeks reply of Centre, EC on plea for more seats for SC/ST

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court today sought responses from the government and the Election Commission on a plea seeking “re-adjustment” of reserved parliamentary and assembly seats for scheduled castes and tribes in the wake of inclusion of more castes in SC category in 2002 and 2007. A bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justice Arun Mishra issued notice on a PIL that also sought directions to the Centre and the poll

  • Centre rejects Bengal govt’s plea for CBI probe into nun rape

    New Delhi: The Centre today rejected West Bengal government’s request for a CBI probe into the gangrape of a 71-year-old nun at a convent school in Nadia district, a day after the CID achieved a breakthrough in arresting two suspects 12 days after the heinous crime took place. Senior officials in the Home Ministry said that a recommendation of the West Bengal government had been received for a CBI probe into nun gang

  • AIADMK, DMK spar over Cauvery issue in TN Assembly

    Chennai: Arch rivals AIADMK and DMK today sparred in the Tamil Nadu assembly over the Cauvery dispute with Chief Minister O Panneerselvam asking the latter why it did not get the final award of a tribunal notified despite being in power in the state and in Centre then. Panneerselvam’s retort came when senior DMK leader Duraimurugan asked why the state government was not giving due credit to his party for its efforts in