Free Press Journal
  • RBI maintains status quo, nudges banks to cut lending rates

    Mumbai: RBI today kept the key policy rate unchanged on fears of unseasonal rains impacting food prices, but nudged banks to lower lending rates while rejecting as “nonsense” their contention that cost of credit remains high. Promising an “accommodative monetary policy”, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan however indicated rate cuts going forward depending on favourable macro economic data, and whether banks pass on the benefits of two rate cuts so far this year.

  • NCP leader Supriya Sule faints during election rally

    Mumbai: NCP leader and Member of Parliament Supriya Sule today fainted during an election rally in western Maharashtra’s Sangli district. She was campaigning for Suman Patil, widow of former Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil, who is contesting the April 11 bypoll from Tasgaon-Kavathe Mahankal Assembly segment. The Lok Sabha MP from Baramati in Pune district was in the last leg of her speech when she fainted.

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    Sensex ends flat as RBI policy fails to cheer markets

    Mumbai: After flipping between positive and negative zones, the benchmark BSE Sensex today settled with a marginal rise of 12 points at 28,516.59, after RBI keeping key policy rate unchanged failed to cheer investors. The 30-share Sensex opened firm and rose over 105 points by rallying to 28,641.08 in early trade. However, the index pared gains and fell to the day’s low of 28,274.36 after the RBI kept policy rate unchanged.

  • Room for repo rate cut in coming quarters, say experts

    New Delhi: Even as the Reserve Bank maintained status quo on policy rates today, there is a room for reduction in repo rate in coming quarters, say analysts. Experts said they expect RBI to reduce policy rates by 0.50 to 0.75 percentage points in this fiscal considering strong deflationary forces at global level and efforts by the government to control food inflation.

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    Patna HC upholds speaker’s order on four rebel JD-U MLAs

    Patna: In a major set back to four rebel JD-U legislators, the Patna High Court on Tuesday upheld the decision of the Bihar assembly speaker to terminate their membership, a government counsel said.

  • ‘Mr X’ my first family film: Emraan Hashmi

    Mumbai: Actor Emraan Hashmi, most of whose films have got an A-certificate from the censor board, is relieved that his soon-to-be-released sci-fi thriller “Mr X” has got a U/A certificate as now he can show the film to his son and family.

  • Hope BCCI diktat for sporting wicket is consistent: Gautam Gambhir

    Kolkata: Calling for a stop on suggestions that the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) performs well only on turning tracks, skipper of the defending Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday hoped the Indian cricket board’s diktat for preparing sporting wickets was consistent for all venues.  “Preparing a sporting wicket is fine. People have been talking about KKR preparing wickets for spinners but we have been consistent even playing away from

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    I am a “big fan” of Umesh Yadav: Dale Steyn

    New Delhi: SunRisers Hyderabad pacer Dale Steyn says he is a “big fan” of Umesh Yadav and predicted that in coming years the Indian bowler would be one to look up to. Kolkata Knight Riders pacer Umesh, who has represented India in 12 Tests and 48 ODIs, bagged 18 wickets in eight World Cup games to be behind Mitchell Starc (22) and Trent Boult (22) in the bowlers list. Steyn, who is set to

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    20 red sander smugglers killed in police encounter in Chittoor

    Chittoor (AP):  Twenty red sander smugglers were killed and six policemen injured in a fierce exchange of fire after they attacked the police in Seshachalam hill ranges in Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district early today. The task force and forest personnel, during a joint combing operation, spotted over 200 red sander woodcutters involved in felling trees and they were asked to surrender. “However, the smugglers, armed with sickles, axes, swords, country-made weapons and stones,

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    Sunil Narine is an asset, says KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir

    Kolkata: West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine got the full backing of his Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir who termed him as an asset and said there can be no back-up for the mystery bowler. Narine got a clean chit for his suspect action two days before the start of IPL-8 Twenty20 cricket tournament from the bowling review committee of the BCCI.

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    Alistair Cook eyeing hundred as England dominate tour game

    Basseterre (St. Kitts): Captain Alistair Cook neared a hundred as England made an enterprising start to their tour of the Caribbean by dominating a St. Kitts Invitational XI on the opening day of their first two-day game here. At the close at Warner Park on Monday, the tourists were 181 for one in their first innings in reply to St Kitts’ paltry 59 all out, reports CMC.

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    Sena taunts BJP’s Dilip Gandhi over tobacco remark

    Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Tuesday taunted Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Ahmednagar Dilip M. Gandhi for delinking cancer and tobacco and said he deserved a Nobel Prize for his remark.

  • Shweta Tripathi: An actress who chooses to debut with ‘Haraamkhor’

    Mumbai:  Off to the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) for the screening of her debut feature film “Haraamkhor” — a title an actress with quintessential Bollywood preferences perhaps won’t prefer — debutante Shweta Tripathi hopes the international film jamboree makes her stronger about her choice of the evolving offbeat genre in Indian cinema.

  • Former Barcelona defender Barjuan named new Almeria coach

    Madrid: Former FC Barcelona defender Sergi Barjuan has been named the new coach of La Liga strugglers Almeria.  Sergi replaces Juan Ignacio Martinez, who was sacked on Sunday in the wake of his side’s 1-4 home defeat to fellow strugglers Levante, reports Xinhua.  The 43-year-old, who played for Spain on 56 occasions, has agreed to take charge of the club, which is currently in the relegation zone, until the end of the

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    Maharashtra beef ban: We are making a beginning, govt tells HC

    The BJP government in Maharashtra, who had earlier justified the ban on cow and bull slaughter in  Bombai High Court, today said that they are “making a beginning” and “may consider” a move to ban slaughter of other animals too.

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    Forwardline needs to be more responsible, says skipper Sardar Singh

    Ipoh (Malaysia) : Missed chances were the order of the day for India in its opening two games of the ongoing 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament and national captain Sardar Singh minced no words when he said that the team’s forward line will have to play more responsibly to give themselves any chance of reaching the final here.

  • Sri Lankan cricket team to reportedly tour Pak soon

    Karachi : Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has reportedly expressed that his country’s cricket team will soon travel to Pakistan for a cricket series. Sirisena announced the move on his first state visit to Pakistan, where he had a meeting with Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain.

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    Holders KKR face formidable MI in IPL opener

    Kolkata: Keen to put the Sunil Narine controversy behind them, Kolkata Knight Riders will begin their title defence against a formidable Mumbai Indians side in the IPL cricket opener at the Eden Gardens, here tomorrow. The West Indies mystery spinner, who was reported for suspect action in CLT20 and went on to miss the recently-concluded World Cup, was kept waiting before getting a clean chit by the BCCI on Sunday.