Free Press Journal
  • Landslides

    3 dead in landslide in Kashmir; 13 trapped in debris

    Srinagar: Three women have died while 13 other persons are believed to be trapped in the debris after a landslide brought down four houses in central Kashmir’s Budgam district, police said today. Kashmir has been reeling under incessant rains for the past several hours and the landslide had buried the four houses along with their inmates. Rescue teams today recovered three bodies from the debris. All the three deceased are women but they

  • Britain’s Queen faces prospect of first-ever staff strike

    London: For the first time in history, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II faces the prospect of her staff declaring a strike over low pay. Workers at her Windsor Castle residence in Berkshire county of England will vote on industrial action over what they describe as “appallingly” low salary and allowances. Castle staff start on an estimated 14,400 pounds per year, which is less than the UK living wage. They are also expected to carry

  • Salman Khan

    I was driving that day, not Salman: Salman’s driver Ashok Singh

    Mumbai: Ashok Singh, the family driver of Bollywood star Salman Khan, today told the sessions court here that it was he and not the actor who was driving at the time of the 2002 hit-and-run accident in which one person was killed and four others were injured. Khan, charged by the police with ramming his Landcruiser into a bakery in suburban Bandra in a drunk state on September 28, 2002, had told the

  • Top brands choosing Instagram over Facebook

    New York: An increasing number of popular brands are posting more on Instagram than on Facebook, a study conducted by New York-based research firm L2 suggests. Both brand and social media users are slowly preferring easier-to-use and “less boring” Instagram.

  • Iraq: Twin car bombings in Baghdad kill at least 11

    Baghdad: A pair of car bombings in a Baghdad suburb today killed at least 11 people and wounded dozens, officials said, hours after the arrival of the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, for talks with the Iraqi officials. Shortly before noon, the two explosive-laden cars went off simultaneously in a commercial area of the Shiite-dominated Husseiniyah district in northeastern Baghdad, a police officer said.

  • Obesity

    Parents unable to recognise if child is overweight

    London: Parents with obese children may not be able to recognise their child is overweight unless they are at very extreme levels of obesity, researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found. The study found that parents are additionally more likely to underestimate their child’s weight if they are Black or south Asian, from more deprived backgrounds or if their offspring is male.

  • Nine Indonesians die after drinking tainted alcohol

    Jakarta: Nine Indonesian men have died after consuming alcohol mixed with mosquito repellent, police said today, the latest deaths in the country linked to tainted drinks. The men bought the drinks on the street in the city of Prabumulih on Sumatra island on Thursday and were admitted to local hospitals after falling ill, local police spokesman Djarod Padakova said.

  • Boeing patents Star Wars-style force field

    Washington: US aviation giant Boeing has been granted a patent for a Star Wars-style ‘force field’ technology that would protect vehicles from nearby explosions. Although the force field system would not block bullets, it would deflect the shockwaves resulting from an explosion to shield military vehicles. Protective force fields form a popular concept in science fiction. Glowing energy shields are seen protecting machines and even spacecraft in Star Wars and Star Trek series.

  • Exploding head syndrome not a supernatural event

    Washington: An unexpectedly high percentage of young people experience ‘exploding head syndrome’, a new study reveals. Exploding head syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which people are awakened by abrupt loud noises, even the sensation of an explosion in their head.

  • Academic calls for Shakespeare’s grave to be exhumed

    London: After the successful analysis of King Richard III’s bones, an academic has called for William Shakespeare’s remains to be exhumed to learn more about the life of the famed English playwright. Francis Thackeray, from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, said that he was “very interested in the possibility” of examining Shakespeare’s grave. “Given the extraordinary success of the study of the skeleton of Richard III, we recognise the potential of

  • Google Glass

    Learn and groove with Google Glass soon

    New York: Those who think the eye wearable device Google Glass is dead, be ready to shake a leg with the device. According to media reports, Google Glass will come with a new technology that will teach you some funky dance moves in real time.

  • Coal Scam

    Coal scam: CBI awaits nod on sanction to try two officials

    New Delhi: CBI today informed a special court that it was awaiting the response of competent authority on grant of sanction to try two public servants for their alleged role in a coal blocks allocation case involving Nagpur-based Grace Industries Ltd (GIL) and others. The agency told Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar that in pursuance to the court’s earlier order, they have sent the relevant records of the case to the Maharashtra government

  • Gold declines on outlook for higher US rates, stronger dollar

    London: Gold today dropped for a second day on speculation that an increase in US interest rates this year and a stronger dollar will curb demand for the metal. Gold fell by 0.9 per cent to USD 1,187.20 an ounce and silver by 0.8 per cent to USD 16.82 an ounce. Federal Reserve Chair signaled that interest rates to be raised this year and that subsequent increases will be gradual without following a

  • RBI

    Banks allowed to use half of buffer provisioning for NPAs

    Mumbai: The RBI today allowed banks to utilise up to 50 per cent of their provisioning buffer towards making specific provisions for bad loans or non-performing assets, as against the earlier 33 per cent. “…it has now been decided, as a counter cyclical measure, to allow banks to utilise up to 50 per cent of countercyclical provisioning buffer/floating provisions held by them as at the end of December 31, 2014, for making specific

  • Frame policy to ban use, sale of plastic flags: HC tells govt

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today asked Maharashtra government to come up with a comprehensive policy to ensure a ban on use, sale and purchase of national flags made of plastic. A division bench of Justices N H Patil and V L Achliya was hearing a PIL filed by Hindu Janjagriti Sangh, seeking implementation of a August 2007 circular banning the use, sale and purchase of such flags. The PIL said that after

  • More forensic evidence to be used to nail criminals: Fadnavis

    Mumbai: Maharashtra government will make increased use of forensic evidence to nail criminals, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said while listing the steps taken to improve law and order situation in the state. “Forensic evidence is irrefutable. In cases like the Javkheda murder case, we had to send samples to other states because we did not have the sufficient technology to gather evidence. This will not happen anymore,” Fadnavis said in the Legislative

  • Preparations for 2019 WC should start immediately: Chandu Borde

    Mumbai: India should start preparing for the 2019 World Cup in a diligent manner similar to the way in which the triumphant Australians did for the just-concluded edition, feels former Test cricketer and ex-chief selector Chandu Borde. “It’s four years away. But have you noticed the way Australia prepared themselves? (Captain Michael) Clarke was not fit to play the first few matches and they gave the captaincy to (George) Bailey and not (Steve)

  • Foreign airlines need to comply with sexual harassment law: HC

    New Delhi: Delhi High Court today warned foreign airlines that non-compliance of the law on sexual harassment at workplace would be at their own “peril” as it applied to them here. A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw made the observation while dismissing a PIL seeking directions to the Centre and the Delhi government to implement the Vishakha guidelines on sexual harassment against women at workplace in the

  • BSE

    Sensex gains 517 points; capital goods stocks rise 

    Mumbai: After eight consecutive sessions when the markets either ended flat or in the red, a benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), gained over 500 points or nearly two percent in Monday’s trading session.

  • Narendra Modi

    ‘Modi among 31 leaders to have personal details leaked at G20’

    London: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is among 31 world leaders whose personal details were inadvertently compromised at the G20 summit held in Australia last year, a media report said today. An email error by an employee of Australian immigration department accidentally sent the passport numbers, visa details and other personal identifiers of the heads of government attending the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane last November to the organisers of the Asian Cup football tournament, the