Free Press Journal
  • Maharashtra to enact strict law to stop gutka sale

    Mumbai: Maharashtra government is planning to enact a tough law to completely stop the sale of gutka, state Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Minister Girish Bapat today said. At present, non-bailable cases are being filed against the guilty who defy the gutka ban in the state, but the government wants to completely stop the sale of gutka, Bapat said in the Legislative Assembly here while replying on the issue during the Question Hour.

  • Anna Hazare

    Act legally against those using my name: Anna Hazare

    Mumbai: Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare today asked the authorities to take legal action against those misusing his name and misguiding bureaucrats. “It has come to our notice that some people, using forged letters, are misguiding bureaucrats by claiming Anna Hazare has appointed them to tehsil, district and state-level committees. This is to clarify that all committees under the Bhrashtachar Virodhi Jan Andolan (Trust) have been disbanded two years ago. We have not appointed

  • Head of Turkish grid operator resigns after massive power cut

    Istanbul: The head of Turkey’s national grid operator has resigned after a crippling nationwide power cut, Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said today, blaming the company for having taken “too many risks”. “We have found out that five power distribution lines as well as the lines between the east and the west were disabled within microseconds,” Yildiz told a news conference in Ankara a week after Turkey’s worst power outage in 15 years.

  • Poor Afghans being lured to smuggle gold?

    New Delhi:  International smuggling syndicates seem to be using poor Afghan nationals to ferry gold into India, taking a cue from ISI’s use of ‘savaris’ (courier), recent cases indicate. In one of the biggest seizure in past one year, customs sleuths arrested an Afghan national at Delhi’s international airport on Saturday for allegedly trying to smuggle gold worth nearly Rs two crore.

  • Opposing Land Bill amounts to obstructing growth: Naidu

    New Delhi, Vehemently defending the Land Acquisition Bill, government today said that opposing this legislation amounts to obstructing growth which is needed for providing jobs and creating rural infrastructure. “Obstructing the land acquisition, fair compensation, and rehabilitation Bill means obstructing the growth of the country. One has to understand this that the country wants growth,” said Parliamentary Affairs and Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said at a CII event here.

  • Rahul Gandhi

    Rahul Gandhi likely to take over as AICC President soon

    New Delhi: Amid talk that Rahul Gandhi could become Congress president as early as next month, the party today dismissed as “incorrect and needless speculation” that it has decided to postpone the AICC session to September, thereby delaying a change at the helm by another six months. “News appearing in a certain section of media suggesting deferment of AICC sesssion to September is incorrect and needless speculation aimed at creating political confusion.

  • Cong protests against Centre, Delhi govt over civic bodies’ financial condition

    New Delhi: The Congress today held protests across the city, accusing the Centre and Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government of being responsible for poor financial condition of municipal corporations. The demonstrations were held at all the 12 zones of the three municipal corporations by the Congress workers during which they burnt effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

  • Paan traders laud BJP MP for “taking up their cause”

    Pune: A day after NCP chief Sharad Pawar ridiculed BJP MP Dilip Gandhi over his comment on link between tobacco and cancer, the paan traders here have lauded Gandhi for “taking up their cause.” Pune Paan Merchants Association President Sharad More confirmed media reports that a delegation of the organisation had met Gandhi at his residence in Ahmednagar on Saturday to felicitate him for “taking up our cause” through the parliamentary committee as

  • venkaiah naidu

    Tobaccogate: MPs having conflict of interest should declare it, says Naidu

    New Delhi: Amid a raging debate over BJP MPs in tobacco trade on a panel looking into framing rules for the product, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today made it clear that anybody having conflict of interest is supposed to declare it as per rules. Accosted with a barrage of questions on the conflict of interest among party MPs linked to tobacco trade, Naidu said the Committees do their work as per

  • Sensex

    Sensex closes 244 points up 

    Mumbai: A day ahead of the first monetary policy review of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for 2015-16, a benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip BSE Sensitive Index (Sensex), ended Monday’s trade with healthy gains.

  • Guerrillas kill three policemen in Kashmir 

    Srinagar: Separatist guerrillas on Monday shot dead three policemen and left two others injured in three attacks at different places in Jammu and Kashmir.

  • Essar Oil becomes India’s largest CBM gas producer

    Kolkata: Indian oil and gas producer Essar Oil on Monday said it has become India’s largest coalbed methane (CBM) gas producer as its gas unit in Raniganj in West Bengal crossed production of 5 lakh standard cubic metres per day (scmd) recently.

  • Rajasthan geared up to deliver another royal show 

    Ahmedabad: Rajasthan Royals, who won the inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL) title, have always been a side that punches above its weight and it will not be any different in the eighth edition that gets underway on Wednesday.

  • Assam’s Bodoland all set for polls on April 8

    Guwahati: Balloting will take place on Wednesday to elect a new Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), which administers four Bodo-dominated districts in Assam.

  • Saradha scam: CBI resends notice to TMC general secretary

    Kolkata: The Special Crime Branch of CBI probing the Saradha ponzi scam has resent a notice to Triamool Congress all-India General Secretary seeking details of the party’s accounts. A CBI source told PTI that the notice has been sent to Subrata Baxi who is now holding the post after the recent exit of Mukul Roy who fell out of favour with the party.

  • Shape-shifting sensor to report internal body conditions

    Washington: Scientists have designed a new, shape-shifting probe – one-hundredth the width of a human hair – for sensitive, high-resolution remote biological sensing not possible with current technology. The design could have a major impact on research in medicine, chemistry, biology and engineering. Ultimately, it might be used in clinical diagnostics, researchers said.

  • Moil slashes manganese ore prices by up to 25 per cent

    New Delhi: Public sector enterprise Moil Ltd today slashed prices of various grades of manganese ore by up to 25 per cent for the April-June quarter. In a filing to BSE, the country’s largest manganese producer said it has reduced prices of all grades of manganese ore by up to 25 per cent over the previous quarter. Prices of all ferro grades of ore with manganese content of 46 per cent and above

  • ‘Include farmers as equity partners in industrial projects’

    Thanjavur (TN): Former President A P J Abdul Kalam has stressed the need to include farmers as equity partners in industrial projects if their land was to be acquired for industrial development. If a nation has to develop, then so should its farmers. To achieve this, they should get the right to fix remunerative prices for their produce, just like any other producer, he said.