Free Press Journal
  • A B Vajpayee – A statesman politician

    New Delhi: Often described as the moderate face of BJP, charismatic Atal Bihari Vajpayee is an iconic leader whose acceptability across the political spectrum broke barriers pitchforking the saffron party to centrestage of politics in the late 90s. An orator par excellence and known for taking bold initiatives, notable being the attempt to bridge differences in Indo-Pak relations, Vajpayee, who is lauded as a statesman politician, went far beyond his BJP’s nationalist political

  • M Venkaiah Naidu

    Venkaiah Naidu slams Opp parties for opposing Land Bill

    Patna: With the deadlock over Land Acquisition Bill continuing in Parliament and no indication of any breakthrough, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu today slammed opposition parties for “ganging up” and “working against the interest of farmers”. “The opposition parties have ganged up against the Land Acquisition Bill. Congress president Sonia Gandhi,

  • Atal Bihari Vajpayee

    Prez confers Bharat Ratna on ailing Vajpayee

    New Delhi: Veteran Parliamentarian and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, founder member of BJP who is held in high esteem across the political spectrum, was today conferred with Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award, by President Pranab Mukherjee In a departure from protocol, Mukherjee drove to Vajpayee’s residence at Krishna Memon marg in Lutyens’ Delhi and presented to the ailing BJP leader the prestigious award, the country’s highest civilian honour.

  • 482 tested positive for swine flu in 2015 in J-K

    Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir government today said that 482 patients have been tested positive for H1N1 influenza in the state in 2015 with seven suspected deaths due to swine flu. In a reply to a joint question of several members in Legislative Council, Minister for Health Choudhary Lal Singh said that health institutions of the state have reported 26 deaths which include seven suspected deaths from H1N1 influenza. Most of the deaths occurred

  • Black money

    Use cheques, cards to check black money: FM

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today made a case for encouraging the use of cheques and “plastic currency” to tackle the generation of black money. “As the economy grows, there is a roadmap, and the roadmap is more and more people start discarding the use of currency and switch over to either cheques or plastic currency,” he said. Speaking at the Foundation Day celebrations of Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India

  • Emerging mkts likely to face further challenges: FSB

    London: The impact of lower commodity mprices, a stronger US dollar and moderating growth could pose fresh challenges to emerging market economies, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) has said. The global body, that works towards ensuring financial stability, also cautioned about risks of diminished market liquidity and possible contagion across markets. “The impact of lower commodity prices, a stronger US dollar and moderating economic growth may lead to further challenges for the financial

  • MCGM told to inspect illegal structure built inside BJP office

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today directed the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) to conduct inspection of an alleged illegal structure constructed by BJP inside its office, near a garden in South Mumbai. A division bench of justices A S Oka and A P Bhangale was hearing petitions filed by three residents association seeking action against illegal structures of political parties inside and near the Nehru Garden and other illegal shanties that

  • Maha asks GSI to identify danger zones to prevent landslides

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra Government today admitted that it did not have an early warning system regarding landslides and asked the Geological Survey of India (GSI) to conduct a survey recommend steps to prevent such disasters. Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse told the Legislative Assembly that the Pune Divisional Commissioner of the GSI has been asked to conduct a survey of remote villages and hilly terrains and submit a report on the number of such

  • India Sensex

    Sensex closes flat; oil and gas stocks plunge 

    Mumbai: A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip BSE Sensitive Index (Sensex), closed Friday’s trade flat. The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) also closed the day’s trade flat. It was down 0.75 points or 0.01 percent at 8,341.40 points.

  • water pollution

    How 46 Million Indians Are Being Slowly Poisoned

    Around 46 million people in India—or the size of the population of Spain—are exposed everyday to contaminated water, which could lead to serious health issues such as crippling skeletal damage, kidney degeneration, cirrhosis of the liver and cardiac arrest.

  • Lewis Hamilton fastest in Malaysian GP second practice

    Kuala Lumpur: Mercedes Formula1 driver Lewis Hamilton overcame a delayed start and telemetry issues to top the second practice session at the Malaysian Grand Prix here on Friday.

  • Diet Chart

    High-fat diet may alter your behaviour

    Washington: High-fat diet can alter behaviour and produce signs of brain inflammation, according to a new study. High-fat diets have long been known to increase the risk for medical problems, including heart disease and stroke, but there is growing concern that diets high in fat might also increase the risk for depression and other psychiatric disorders, researchers said.

  • Honey bees use multiple genetic pathways to fight infections

    Washington: Honey bees use different sets of genes, regulated by two distinct mechanisms, to fight off viruses, bacteria and gut parasites, according to a new study. Researchers at Penn State and the Georgia Institute of Technology said the findings may help to develop honey bee treatments that are tailored to specific types of infections. “Our results indicate that different sets of genes are used in immune responses to viruses versus other pathogens, and

  • Salman Khan case

    Hit-and-run case: I was not driving, Salman tells court

    Mumbai: Describing the evidence adduced against him in the hit-and-run case as “false”, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan today told the trial court that he was not driving the car which met with an accident in 2002 killing one person and injuring four. The 49-year-old actor while stating that his driver was behind the wheel also denied the prosecution’s charge that he had taken drinks just before the mishap occurred. “My driver, Ashok

  • Nicolas Maduro

    Venezuelan president ready for dialogue with US

    Caracas: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said Venezuela is ready to initiate dialogue with the US based on mutual respect and equality, and that he is prepared to speak directly with US President Barack Obama on this basis, Spanish news agency Efe reported.

  • Don’t report Salman’s statement till it is over: Court

    Mumbai: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan today deposed in a sessions court in the hit-and-run case in which he is an accused, even as it asked the media not to report his statement till the conclusion of his testimony. Judge D W Deshpande passed the order on an application moved by Khan’s lawyer Srikant Shivade, who urged for a direction restraining the media from reporting the matter until the deposition of the accused concludes

  • Stalemate over Colombo Port City project ends: Chinese media

    Beijing: The stalemate over the USD 1.5 billion Chinese funded Colombo Port City project has ended following Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s talks with Chinese leaders, China’s state-run media reported today. China and Sri Lanka have ended a stalemate over port project in the island nation’s capital of Colombo, the biggest Chinese investment project in the country, state-run China Daily reported today.

  • 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

  • Malaysian court to rule next week on Anwar’s royal pardon

    Kuala Lumpur: A court here will announce its decision next week on petition for a royal pardon to Malaysia’s jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim over his sodomy conviction. The decision regarding the petition will be announced in the Appellate and Special Powers Court here on Wednesday, said his lawyer N Surendran. The decision was conveyed to Anwar’s lawyers in the form of an affidavit issued by the Prime Minister’s department legal affairs director-general, who

  • Make India energy sufficient, cut imports: PM

    New Delhi: Pitching for an energy sufficient India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the country should cut oil imports by 10 per cent by 2022, while exhorting domestic firms to become global players and the well off to give up subsidised cooking gas connections. Speaking at the first ‘Urja Sangam’ conference, he said plans are afoot to provide piped gas connection to 1 crore households in the next four years from 27