Free Press Journal
  • Al-Qaeda making gains in Yemen: US Defense Secretary

    Tokyo: US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter acknowledged today that Al Qaeda was seizing terrain amid the chaos in Yemen, but vowed that Washington would continue to combat the extremist group despite ongoing fighting there. “We see them making gains on the ground there as they try to take territory,” said Carter, who was in Japan as part of a visit to Asia for talks with regional allies.

  • Mummies reveal how TB ravaged 18th century Europe

    London: Samples from mummies in a 200-year-old crypt in Hungary have revealed that infections by multiple strains of tuberculosis (TB) gripped 18th century Europe when the disease was at its peak.

  • Spain: Police arrest 10 people for suspected jihadi links

    Madrid: Police in northeastern Spain say they have arrested 10 people for suspected links to jihadi terror activity and the Islamic State armed group. A Catalan regional police statement said the arrests took place today in five northeastern towns, including the regional capital of Catalonia, Barcelona.

  • Pakistan Parliament still debating Yemen issue

    Islamabad: Pakistan Parliament continued the joint session of its two houses for the third day Wednesday to decide on whether to join the Saudi Arabia-led coalition against rebel Houthi in Yemen.

  • Promote regional cinema but not sure about restrictions: Karan Johar

    New Delhi: Director-producer Karan Johar today said that though he believes in promoting regional cinema, putting restrictions on multiplexes may not be the best way. Maharashtra government is planning to make screening of Marathi movies in the state’s multiplexes mandatory during prime time slots. “I do believe in promoting regional cinema be it Marathi or Bengali but I am not sure if putting restrictions or rules and regulations will help that process,” said

  • V K Singh

    BJP downplays V.K. Singh’s criticism of media

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday downplayed Minister of State for External Affairs General (Retd.) V.K. Singh’s criticism of the media, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA Government at the Centre is the guardian of all the wings of democracy.

  • ‘India to lead investment inflow in emerging Asian economies’

    Mumbai: India will be at forefront of strong investment flows into emerging Asian economies in next few years and more individual Indian investors will approach capital markets for financial advice, International Council of Securities Association chairman Ian C W Russell said today.

  • Dr Kane appointed as new Vice Chancellor of RTMNU

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Governor and Chancellor of Universities in the state Ch Vidyasagar Rao appointed Dr Siddharthavinayaka Padmakar Kane as the new Vice Chancellor of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU), Nagpur. Kane, who was appointed yesterday, is presently serving as professor at the Post Graduate Teaching Department of Statistics at the RTMNU. He has been appointed as Vice Chancellor for a term of 5 years from the date he assumes the charge of

  • Narendra Modi

    Govt to provide higher compensation to distressed farmers: PM

    New Delhi: Coming to the aid of farmers whose crops have been damaged by the recent unseasonal rains, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today promised higher compensation to them, while directing banks to restructure their loans. He also instructed insurance companies to expeditiously settle the claims of the distressed farmers.

  • 1.2 million Olympic tickets sold

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazilians have snapped up about 1.2 million tickets for next year’s Rio Olympics a week after tickets went on sale, organisers have said. According to tickets sales, the most popular sports are volleyball, football and basketball, reports Xinhua.  A total of 7.2 million tickets will be sold with some 70 per cent reserved for residents of Brazil.

  • Railways earnings up by over 12 per cent

    New Delhi: The total earnings of railways during the financial year 2014-15 were Rs 1,57,880.50 crore compared to Rs 1,40,761.27 cr during the same period last year, registering an increase of 12.16 per cent. The earnings from goods during fiscal 2014-15 were Rs 1,07,074.79 cr compared to Rs 94,955.89 cr in the corresponding period last year, showing an increase of 12.76 per cent, according to Railway Ministry data.

  • Civic bodies’ financial independence: HC seeks govt’s response

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today sought response from the Lieutenant Governor and city government on a plea seeking “equitable” distribution of funds between state government and municipal corporations here to ensure financial independence and proper functioning of civic bodies. A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw also sought response from three municipal corporations here before May 13.

  • Jitendra Singh

    Jitendra Singh to chair 64th plenary of the North Eastern Council

    New Delhi: The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of Northeastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh will chair the two-day 64th Plenary Meeting of the North Eastern Council (NEC) beginning here tomorrow.

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    Google accused of using `deceptive, unfair` ads on Youtube Kids app

    Washington : In a complaint filed to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), consumer watchdog groups have accused Google of blurring the difference between ads and original content in its YouTube Kids app. The complaint alleged that the videos on the app mixed “commercial and other content in ways that are deceptive and unfair to children.” It said that the app featured videos from individuals with undisclosed links to products they are endorsing, The

  • Smoking, Warning labels

    Graphic warning labels can better motivate smokers to quit

    Washington : A new study has revealed that cigarette warning labels may be more effective with imagery picturing the dangers of smoking. A growing body of evidence supports the effectiveness of graphic warnings in motivating smokers to quit. Such labels can show people dying in hospital beds, facial scars, rotting teeth and diseased body parts, but less research has been done to show how much individuals actually learn from these labels.

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    Instagram rolls out new `fade, color` tools, `post notifications` feature

    Washington : Instagram has introduced two new photo-editing tools, called “Fade” and “Color” and also added a “Post Notifications” feature, which will notify users when their favorite accounts post new updates. While the “Fade” tool allows users to wash out colour from pictures and get a more muted effect reminiscent of low-fi prints with variable intensity, the “Color” tool adjusts the tones of both highlights and shadows of your pictures, Tech Crunch reported.