Free Press Journal
  • BCCI’s Shirke, Shetty depose before SC-appointed committee

    Mumbai: Three BCCI officials were among four persons who deposed today before the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Lodha Committee in relation to the IPL spot-fixing scandal. Former BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale, current IPL governing council member Ajay Shirke and Prof R S Shetty, the Board’s General Manager (Game Development) deposed before the committee which was convened at a five star hotel in south Mumbai, it is learnt.

  • Black people viewed as stupid by football world’

    Paris: Former French footballer Lilian Thuram said on Thursday that black people are viewed as stupid by the football world, identifying it as a reason for the scarcity of non-white coaches in top European leagues. The former defender said the despicable racial stereotypes are a hindrance in the emergence of black football coaches.

  • IPL opener: High on runs, low on catching standards

    Kolkata: Even though it was an amazing start to the eighth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with both Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Mumbai Indians (MI) notching up high scores in the opener here on Wednesday, they also looked far from convincing on the field, spilling a number of chances.

  • Protests continue over Mekedatu dam row

    Kumbakonam (TN): Protests continued over the Mekedatu dam row in the Cauvery delta region, with farmers bodies staging demonstrations in three towns of the region, demanding that the Central and state governments stop any move for new dams by Karnataka. Protests were held in this city, Tiruchirapalli and Tiruvarur, police said. In Kumbakonam, 94 CPI(M) and CPI workers were detained when they tried to block the Chennai bound Cholan express, they said.

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    Sandalwood smuggling encounter: HC directs preserving 6 bodies

    Chennai: Tension prevailed as the next of kin of two of the 20 woodcutters alleged to be red sanders smugglers gunned down in Andhra Pradesh today staged protests in Tiruvannamalai district by placing the bodies on the road seeking justice as protests over the killings spilled over for the third day across the State. In a related development, the Madras High Court ordered that bodies of six of the woodcutters be preserved

  • ‘Uttama Villain’: CPI(M) leader slams VHP

    Thiruvananthapuram: Senior CPI(M) leader M A Baby has come down heavily on VHP, stating that the right wingoutfit’s outcry against Kamal Haasan’s upcoming Tamil flick”Uttama Villain” and protest against Kolkata International ArtBiennale is a clear picture of the threat faced by creativity in the country. “Raising objection against creativity in the name of hurting religious sensibilities is becoming a common practise in the country nowadays,” Baby, party politburo member and former state minister,

  • Inquiry Officer to probe against VC of Indira Gandhi University

    Chandigarh: Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki today appointed an Inquiry Officer (IO) to probe against the Vice Chancellor of Indira Gandhi University, Meerpur regarding alleged irregularities in the selection process of various teaching and non-teaching posts of the varsity. The Governor, who is also the Chancellor of Universities of the state, appointed Principal Secretary, Cooperation, Sudhir Rajpal as an Inquiry Officer to hold a regular departmental inquiry against Vice Chancellor Mohinder Kumar under

  • Odisha traders on strike, demand lifting of VAT on dal, wheat

    Bhubaneswar: Traders under the banner of Federation of All Odisha Traders’ Associations (FAOTA) today began an indefinite strike demanding exemption of value added tax (VAT) on pulses, wheat and wheat products in the state. “We have stopped procuring pulses, wheat and wheat products from other states from today as the government has no sincerity to withdraw VAT on these food items,” said FAOTA secretary Sudhakar Panda. About 90 per cent of state’s dal

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    Arvind Kejriwal bribery remark case to be heard on July 21

    New Delhi: A court here on Thursday fixed July 21 for recording pre-summoning evidence on a criminal complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for allegedly asking voters to take bribes from other parties but vote for his AAP. Metropolitan Magistrate Richa Gusain Solanki listed the matter for July 21 for recording of pre-summoning evidence in the case.

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    ‘Set up Kashmiri Pandits’ committee to work for resettlement’

    Srinagar: Questioning the stand taken by separatists on the rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrant pandits in the valley, a Kashmiri Pandit leader today suggested setting up of a select committee to work for resettlement of the community within a time-frame. “Why don’t State and Central Government makes a select committee of Kashmiri Pandits living in the Valley and task them with the work of resettlement of migrant Kashmiri Pandits?

  • Corporal punishment: Boy beaten up by principal in UP, dies

    Barabanki (UP): In a shocking case of corporal punishment, a 10-year-old boy died after being allegedly beaten up by his principal on suspicion of stealing pencils, police said today. The state is notorious for such incidents with some similar cases being reported barely a few months back. Shiva Rawat, a Class-III student of Chaudhary Dwarika Prasad Academy at Rahilamau village in Baddupur area in the district – 35 km from Lucknow – was

  • Ex-hubby sued for posting divorce details on Facebook in Qatar

    Dubai: A woman in Qatar has sued her former husband after he posted details of their divorce on Facebook. She said the posting of the details of the emotionally-charged separation on a social network caused her distress and affected her public reputation. In the complaint, the woman said her former husband meant to insult her by posting the details of the divorce on the popular social network, prompting friends to ask her about

  • Cos’ revenue growth to slip to 2.5 pc for March qtr: Crisil

    Mumbai: Ahead of the announcements of the fourth quarter results, ratings agency Crisil today said India Inc’s revenue growth may slip to a seven-quarter low at 2.5 per cent due to overall sluggishness in several sectors. “The year started on a promising note, with revenue growing by 12.8 per cent in Q1FY15. However, growth has decelerated in subsequent quarters with Q4 likely to show the lowest growth,” Prasad Koparkar, a senior director at

  • China orders monasteries in Tibet to display Chinese flag

    Beijing: China has ordered all Buddhist monasteries in Tibet to display China’s national flag as part of its efforts to maintain social stability in the restive Himalayan province, which experienced self-immolation protests against the Communist party rule. The ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) chief of Tibet, Chen Quanguo said that China’s national flag should be flown on all monasteries.

  • 1,000 dead in Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen: Houthis

    Sanaa: At least 1,000 people have been killed in Yemen and over 15,000 others wounded since the beginning of the Saudi-led Arab coalition air offensive on March 26, according to Ashraf Luqman, a Yemeni army spokesman loyal to the Shia Houthi rebel movement.

  • Single-dose Ebola vaccine developed

    Washington: Researchers have developed a quick-acting Ebola vaccine that is both safe and effective with a single dose against the strain of the virus that killed thousands of people in West Africa last year. “These findings may pave the way for the identification and manufacture of safer, single dose, high efficiency vaccines to combat current and future Ebola outbreaks,” said Thomas Geisbert, from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

  • Abhishek Bachchan begins shooting for ‘Hera Phera 3’

    Mumbai: Actor Abhishek Bachchan has begun shooting for the third installment of hit comedy franchise “Hera Pheri” today. Abhishek, 36, took to Twitter to share the news with his fans. “Hera Pheri shoot day 1. Here we go… #GoForIt,” the “Guru” actor tweeted.

  • Nargis Fakhri lashes out at media over ‘false stories’

    Mumbai: Nargis Fakhri is angry over the “false stories” in the media that she has declined a film with actor Bobby Deol citing date issues. Fakhri lashed out at the media for such false reports and cleared that she was not offered any such film.

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    Foreign fundings to Greenpeace India blocked

    New Delhi: The government today blocked foreign fundings to Greenpeace India with immediate effect by suspending its licence for six months and served a notice to the NGO asking why its registration should not be cancelled. The decision was taken by the Home Ministry after it was found that the NGO has “prejudicially affected the public interests and economic interests of the country in violation” of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act.