Free Press Journal
  • Airstrikes, Pakistan, terrorist

    Five militants killed in Pakistan airstrikes

    Islamabad: At least five suspected militants were killed and their hideouts destroyed in military airstrikes in Pakistan’s Tirrah valley, media reported on Sunday.  The militants were killed in the aerial attacks on Saturday, Dawn reported.  Though the military did not issue any statement about the casualties, intelligence officials claimed that five suspects affiliated with the banned Lashkar-i-Islam were killed.

  • Pakistan to evacuate over 200 nationals from Yemen

    Islamabad: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane will visit Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Sunday, followed by a naval ship on Monday to evacuate the remaining 208 Pakistanis still stranded in the war-torn country.  The naval ship will reach the Yemeni port city of Al Hodeida on Monday, which could possibly mark the end of the evacuations of Pakistanis in Yemen, Dawn online reported on Sunday.

  • Jats, reservation

    Jats put in OBC as per Constitutional mandate: Centre to SC

    New Delhi: Government has said it has the powers under the Constitution to include Jats in the central list of Other Backward Classes (OBC) and sought a review of Supreme Court’s decision to scrap quota for the community. In its review petition, the NDA government, which strongly supported the erstwhile UPA regime on the issue, also submitted that the apex court “committed an error” in holding that the National Commission for Backward Classes’ (NCBC) opinion would

  • Airindia

    AI flight forced to return to Newark after engine trouble

    New Delhi: A Mumbai-bound Air India flight from Newark Liberty International Airport with over 250 persons on board was forced to return and make an emergency landing today due to a serious engine problem, sources said. The pilot, however, made a safe landing, they said. “The flight had taken off for Mumbai at around 1650 hours (US time) and landed back at Newark (US) after being airborne for about two hours due to violent vibrations

  • Prayers, special processions held to mark Easter celebrations

    Coimbatore : Christians across the country gathered in churches and attended processions and special prayers on the occasion of Easter on Sunday. Devout Christians attended special prayer sessions with religious fervour and gaiety at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Coimbatore.

  • Vijayawada railway division posts 27pc rise in loadings at 38.1 MT

    Vijayawada: The Vijayawada Railway Division recorded a 27 per cent increase in loadings at 38.1 million tonne (MT) in financial year 2014-15 against 30.2 MT in 2013-14. The earnings on these goods loadings in 2014-15 stood at Rs 3,692 crore, up from Rs 2,489 crore registered in FY13, a 25 per cent rise, a statement from the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) office issued yesterday said.  The achieved earnings (from loadings) was more than the target of

  • CPIM worker electrocuted in Siliguri

    Siliguri: A CPI(M) worker was electrocuted while he was trying to fix a banner with an electric pole for the upcoming municipal elections here today. Tapan Dasgupta climbed onto an elecrict pole to fasten a party banner with the electrict pole and came in contact with a live wire and electrocuted, police said. He was declared brought dead in hospital.

  • Vice President Ansari pays tribute to Babu Jagjivan Ram

    New Delhi: Vice President Hamid Ansari and former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar on Sunday paid tributes to late independence activist and politician Babu Jagjivan Ram on his 107th birth anniversary. Babu Jagjivan Ram was a Dalit leader and was instrumental in the founding of the All-India Depressed Classes League, an organisation dedicated to attaining equality for untouchables. He was a Congress leader and held several portfolios during his tenure as a union minister.

  • Devotees throng banks of Ganges to take holy dip on lunar eclipse

    New Delhi : Thousands of devotees took a holy dip in river Ganges in Varanasi on the occasion of lunar eclipse. “During lunar eclipse people take holy dip in Ganges. As per our mythology, bathing in Ganges during lunar eclipse gives huge positive outcomes for life. You can gain God’s blessings. I urge all the Indians to sprinkle a bit of holy water of the Ganges on themselves and then take a bath.

  • Rickshaw puller hit by truck: Over Rs 7L compensation to kin

    New Delhi: The wife and children of a rickshaw puller, who died in a road accident after being hit by a rashly-driven truck, have been awarded a compensation of over Rs 7 lakh by a Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) here. MACT Presiding Officer Manish Gupta asked the National Insurance Company Ltd, insurer of the offending truck, to pay Rs 7,52,748 to the wife and five children of Uttar Pradesh resident Subhash Prajapati, who

  • Agra: Two dead, four injured in cylinder blast

    Agra (Uttar Pradesh) : Two people were killed and four others were injured when a gas cylinder exploded inside a residential building in Agra. “We were sleeping last night but were awoken by a bomb blast like noise. We went and saw smoke everywhere. We also got hurt,” said an eyewitness. The police said one girl died on the spot while another girl passed away at the hospital. “The blast led to the collapse of

  • CB-CID arrests former agriculture minister Krishnamurthy

    Chennai: Former Agriculture minister Agri Krishnamurthy has been arrested by the CB-CID in connection with the alleged suicide of a senior engineering department official S Muthukumarasamy. The arrest of Krishnamurthy comes 44 days after the death of Muthukumarasamy, who allegedly committed suicide because he was under pressure from the minister while recruiting seven drivers.

  • 700 indian, Yemen

    439 people evacuated from Yemen by INS Mumbai

    New Delhi : Indian Navy’s guided-missile destroyer INS Mumbai yesterday rescued 439 Indians from Yemen’s port city, Aden. The Ministry of External Affairs said 179 citizens from 17 countries were also evacuated by the Indian Navy. “A safe haven called INS Mumbai. In humanitarian effort, along with Indians 179 others from 17 countries evacuated from Aden yesterday,” tweeted MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin.

  • Punjab Roadways asked to pay Rs 12L to kin of accident victim

    New Delhi: A Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) has awarded a compensation of over Rs 12 lakh to family members of a 42-year-old man, who died in a road accident involving a rashly-driven Punjab Roadways bus in 2011. MACT Presiding Officer Manish Gupta directed Punjab Roadways and M D of Punjab State Bus Stand Management Company Ltd, owner of the bus, to pay Rs 12,77,016 to the six family members of Ram Awadh Singh who

  • Mother, son’s property dispute: Court appoints commissioner

    New Delhi : Anguished over delay of more than 19 years in a case of property dispute between a man and his bed-ridden mother, a Delhi court has appointed a local commissioner for cross-examination of the aged woman saying “manoeuvring tactics” of the son cannot be permitted. Noting that the 84-year-old woman has not being cross examined by the counsel for the plaintiff son despite repeated opportunities, the court gave a last chance to the

  • Panel on environment flow in Ganga basin to meet for consensus

    New Delhi: A three-member panel constituted by the Centre to decide the environmental flow in the Ganga basin which gave varying opinions over the quantity and quality of water to be maintained in Yamuna, is likely to meet this week to arrive at a consensus.

  • Nirbhaya fund

    WCD Ministry replaces MHA as nodal agency for Nirbhaya Fund

    New Delhi: The government has made the Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry the nodal agency for the Nirbhaya Fund in place of Home Ministry, which could utilise only one per cent of the pool set up after the brutal gangrape of December 16, 2012.  The Nirbhaya fund has a total of Rs 3,000 crore as Rs 1,000 crore each was allocated to it in 2014-15 and 2015-16 on top of Rs 1,000 crore

  • Germanwings crash probe

    Pilots’ mental health checks: DGCA begins discussions on norms

    New Delhi : Aviation regulator DGCA has initiated comprehensive discussions with Directorate of Medical Services for formulating new norms for assessing the mental health of pilots which may include regular checkups. The move is triggered by the recent Germanwings airline plane crash in the Alps, in which allegedly a mentally disturbed co-pilot crashed the plane killing all 150 people onboard.

  • Drivers need to respect right of others using the road: Court

    New Delhi: A person is supposed to drive a vehicle on the correct side and respect the rights of others on the road, a Delhi court has observed while upholding the conviction of a man for rash driving. The court’s observations came on an appeal filed by a truck driver challenging his conviction and two years sentence by a magisterial court in a 14-year-old rash and negligent driving case which resulted in death of a

  • L K Advani

    No Advani speech at BJP’s meet

    Bengaluru :  In what may be the end of an era in the BJP, the national executive culminated on Saturday without a speech by its patriarch, LK Advani, even as party leaders repeatedly referred to him as a “margdarshak” or one who shows the path.