Free Press Journal
  • SC refers pleas challenging NJAC Act to larger bench

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court today referred to a larger bench a batch of petitions challenging constitutional validity of the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act meant to replace over a two decade-old collegium system of judges appointing judges.

  • IS-inspired Malaysia detainees had planned kidnappings: Police

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia today said that the 17 militants detained over the weekend in a suspected terror plot had planned to kidnap high-profile figures in a bid to create an Islamic State-like regime in the country. “We received information that they were also planning to raid several army camps and police stations to boost their weapons cache,” Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said.

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    Working to realise dream of healthy India: Narendra Modi

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday the government was working tirelessly to realise the dream of a healthy India where each citizen has access to affordable healthcare facilities. Modi said: “On World Health Day, I pray that all of you remain in the best of health and at the same time inspire others to lead a healthy life.”

  • Nazi leader Hermann Goering’s uniform set to fetch 85k pounds at auction

    London : The uniform of evil Nazi Gestapo chief Hermann Goering to sell for 85,000 pounds at auction in Devon. The sweat-stained uniform of one of World War Two’s most ruthless Nazis, had been held in a private Swiss museum, the Mirror reported. The Nazi leader was well known for being overweight and as a result his uniform shows sweat blemishes and fraying on buttons and buckles.

  • Discrimination based on nationality top complaint in Singapore

    Singapore: Alleged discrimination based on nationality continued to top the list of complaints received last year by a top Singapore body looking into fair employment. These cases, covering foreigners and Singaporeans, made up half of about 300 complaints in total which were received by the Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP), according to a report by Today newspaper.

  • Forensic experts begin exhumation of 1,700 Iraqi soldiers’ mass graves in Tikrit

    London : Iraqi forensic experts have begun the exhumation of the mass graves of at least 1,700 captured Iraqi soldiers killed by the Islamic State (IS) in the city of Tikrit. The sites are located near the former U.S. Army base, Camp Speicher, reported the BBC. The exhumations have begun just days after Tikrit was liberated from IS control following a month-long siege.

  • Jammu and Kashmir assembly adjourned for scribe

    Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir assembly was adjourned on Tuesday after a journalist collapsed inside the press gallery while reporting the proceedings of the house.  Shyam Sunder, a reporter for local television news channel TakeOne, collapsed in his chair inside the press gallery of the state assembly and was immediately removed to a hospital.  Speaker Kavinder Gupta adjourned the house for ten minutes, asking members to pray for the speedy recovery of

  • Maithripala Sirisena

    Pakistan, Sri Lanka sign nuclear accord during Sirisena’s maiden visit to Islamabad

    Karachi : Pakistan has reportedly signed a nuclear agreement with Sri Lanka during Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s maiden visit to the nation post assuming office. Although details of the deal have not been revealed but it came after Colombo signed an accord with India in February to build its atomic energy infrastructure, including training of personnel, reported The Express Tribune.

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    Kenya pounds Al Shabab bases in Somalia post Garissa College attack

    London : In the aftermath of Thursday’s Garissa University College attack, Kenyan jets have pounded militant group Al Shabab’s positions in the neighbouring Somalia. Kenyan army spokesman David Obonyo said that the warplanes targeted two camps in the remote Gedo region, which are used by the militants to cross into Kenya, in order to respond to threats, reported the BBC.

  • Yoga guru accused of sexual assault denies allegations

    New York: An Indian-American yoga guru, who has been accused of rape and sexual assault by six former students, has strongly denied allegations, saying he would not force himself on anyone because women love him. Bikram Choudhury, 69, founder of the Bikram Yoga — a form of the exercise practiced in hot rooms — says he never assaulted the women and they are accusing him after being “influenced” by their lawyers.

  • Pakistan hangs two convicts

    Islamabad: Two death row convicts were hanged on Tuesday in Pakistan’s Punjab province, a media report said.  Jafar, convicted of a dual murder in 1997, was hanged in Sahiwal Central Jail, Dawn online reported.  He was sentenced to death in 2000. Jafar was scheduled to be hanged on March 25, 2015 but his execution was held due to an accord.  Tayyab Ghulam Nabi was executed at the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore.

  • Malaysia passes tough terrorism law

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s parliament today passed a tough anti-terrorism bill to deal with “extraordinary” threats posed by terror entities such as the Islamic State (IS), a move denounced by opponents as a harsh blow for civil rights. After 15 hours of heated debate, the parliament passed the ‘Prevention of Terrorism Bill’ without any amendments.

  • Palestinians want UN timetable to end Israeli occupation

    United Nations: The Palestinians are “ready and willing” to see if the UN Security Council has “the political will” to adopt a resolution with a deadline for  ending Israel’s occupation and establishing a Palestinian state, the Palestinian UN ambassador has said. Ambassador Riyad Mansour told reporters yesterday that adoption of a resolution with a timetable would be “one of the most effective measures to combat extremism in our region, because extremists receive their fuel from the

  • India Sensex

    Sensex gains over 105 points ahead of RBI’s monetary policy

    Mumbai: The benchmark BSE Sensex rose over 105 points in early trade today on sustained buying by investors ahead of the Reserve Bank’s bi-monthly monetary policy review amidst a firming trend overseas. The 30-share index, which had gained 546.97 points in the previous two sessions, rose by 105.71 points, or 0.37 per cent, at 28,610.17, with healthcare, capital goods, consumer durable, oil & gas, FMCG and IT sector stocks, leading the rise. On similar lines,

  • Rupee down

    Rupee down 12 paise against dollar in early trade

    Mumbai: The rupee dropped 12 paise at 62.31 against the US dollar in early trade today at the Interbank Foreign Exchange due to appreciation of the American currency overseas. Forex dealers said fresh demand for the dollar from importers also weighed on the local currency but a higher opening in the domestic equity market limited the rupee’s losses. The rupee had ended 30 paise higher at 62.19 against the American currency in yesterday’s trade on sustained

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    No immediate plan to fill vacancy caused by Pacheco: Laxmikant Parsekar

    Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar today said he has no immediate plans to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Rural Development Minister Francisco Micky Pacheco, even as intense lobbying was on within the ruling coalition for the vacant berth. Pacheco, an MLA of Goa Vikas Party, resigned from the post on Friday after his conviction for assaulting a government servant was upheld by the Supreme Court. He was convicted by the High court

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    ‘Over 3000 Indian nationals rescued from Yemen’: V.K. Singh

    Djibouti : Minister of State for External Affairs General (retired) V.K. Singh has said that over 3,000 Indian nationals have been brought back home from strife-hit Yemen till now. “We are trying our best to evacuate as many people as possible and as soon as possible. After today’s movement with the ships almost 3000+ will be home,” Singh, who has been overseeing the evacuation in Yemen, said yesterday.

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    President Mukherjee presents National Geoscience Awards-2013

    New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee has presented the National Geoscience Awards-2013 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Speaking on the occasion on Monday, the President congratulated the recipients of National Geoscience Awards and said they have contributed to the growth of geo-sciences in our country through their inspirational and dedicated work.

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    Nitin Gadkari to assess crop damage due to unseasonal rains in Agra

    New Delhi : Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari will on Tuesday visit Agra to assess the crop damage suffered by farmers due to unseasonal rains. Gadkari would be accompanied by Minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation Ram Kripal Yadav and state BJP chief Laxmikant Bajpai. The team is also likely to visit Aligarh and Meerut.

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    ‘Food Safety’ an essential pre-condition for good health: Narendra Modi

    New Delhi : On World Health Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi  prayed for people to remain in the best of health and said food safety, which is also this year’s theme, is an essential pre-condition for good health. “On World Health Day, I pray that all of you remain in the best of health and at the same time inspire others to lead a healthy life,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted. “Theme of this year’s