Free Press Journal
  • Kolkata Knight Riders

    Star-studded RCB face defending champs Kolkata Knight Riders

    Kolkata: Royal Challengers Bangalore may have the most star-studded batting line-up but will find themselves under tremendous pressure when they take on defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders in an IPL cricket match here tomorrow. Winning two titles in last three seasons and having achieved a 14-match winning streak in 2014, the Gautam Gambhir-led team has established an aura of invincibility.

  • Rajasthan Royals

    Rajasthan Royals player approached for spot-fixing

    New Delhi: A Mumbai-based Rajasthan Royals player was approached with an offer of money for spot-fixing last month, clearly showing that attempts to fix matches is still prevalent in the controversy-laden Indian Premier League. Confirming that a cricketer was indeed approached, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said the player’s action showed that the Board’s efforts to educate players over perils of spot-fixing are paying off.

  • IB report, Nehru, Netaji’s family

    BJP dismayed, opposition in denial on IB report of Nehru spying on Netaji’s family

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday expressed its dismay over the alleged declassification of an Intelligence Bureau report which stated that former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had ordered a surveillance of the family of freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose, and maintained that the Congress Party has had a ‘murky past’.

  • Richie Benaud

    Legendary cricketer, commentator Richie Benaud dead

    Sydney: Richie Benaud, legendary Australian cricket captain who mesmerised generations of fans with his commentary on the game, died in Sydney on Thursday night, Cricket Australia said on Friday.  Benaud, 84, was an outstanding leg-spinner and aggressive batsman in his playing days.  He fought a long battle with skin cancer and had also suffered from the after-effects of a serious car accident near his home in Sydney’s suburb Coogee in late 2013.

  • From the Editor's desk

    Former Army Chief, Gen. V. K. Singh: Minister of inanities

    A combination of brain and brawn makes a perfect solider. Soldiers who come to the top are expected to embody in their person that rare amalgam. But, regret to say, the former Army Chief, Gen. V. K. Singh, now a minister in the Modi Government, is determined to challenge that belief. Not a day passes without the brawny general walking most gratuitously into yet another self-made controversy. His comments, whether on social media or

  • sonia gandhi

    Sonia Gandhi seeks release of funds for Rae Bareli AIIMS

    Lucknow: Congress president Sonia Gandhi has written a letter to Health Minister J.P. Nadda seeking an early release of budgetary allocations for AIIMS in her parliamentary constituency of Rae Bareli, party leaders said on Friday.  In her letter, Gandhi has detailed how the revised expenditure finance committee did not release the budget for All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in 2014-15, leading to the construction and other works at the campus

  • H L Dattu

    SC to hear plea against re-promulgated land ordinance on Monday

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court today agreed to hear on Monday the plea of farmers’ organisations challenging legality of the fresh promulgation of the land acquisition ordinance by the Narendra Modi-led government. “We will have it on Monday,” a bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justice Arun Mishra said, when senior advocate Indira Jaisingh, appearing for farmers’ organisations sought urgent hearing of the petition.

  • Khap panchayat bans army jawan from marriage over dowry

    Muzaffarnagar: In a novel move, a khap panchayat banned an army jawan from marriage for two years after he demanded a dowry from the girl’s family at Rasoolpur village in the district. Balyan khap panchayat Chief Naresh Tikait said the panchayat banned the jawan from marrying for two years and also fined him Rs 81,000 last evening for demanding a car in dowry. The jawan’s marriage was fixed for April 24 but later his family demanded a

  • Dejected farmer burns wheat crop in Moradabad

    Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh) : Exasperated by the devastation of unseasonal rains on his crops and lack of government support, a farmer in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad district set his two-acre wheat crop on fire. “The government is the only support, but they are not ready to listen to us. The officials don’t want to prepare reports of the damage suffered by the farmers,” said Amir Hussain, a farmer.

  • Nitin Gadkari

    Nitin Gadkari accuses Congress of double standards on Land Acquisition Bill

    Panaji : Union Minister for Road, Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has accused the Congress of adopting double standards on the Land Acquisition Bill. Gadkari alleged that the Congress did not think about the Social Impact Assessment and Consent clauses while acquiring large tracts of land in Haryana for Robert Vadra.

  • Delhi High Court asks Centre to expedite filling CIC vacancies

    New Delhi : The Delhi High Court has asked the Centre to expedite the process of filling the vacant posts of the Chief Information Commissioner and three Information Commissioners at the Central Information Commission (CIC), citing backlog of cases. According to reports, a bench comprising of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Deepa Sharma on Thursday further directed the Centre to inform it of progress with regards to the same by May 11.

  • CRPF to trace Tadmetla attackers through Naxal videos

    Raipur: Five years after the deadly Naxal strike at Tadmetla in Chhattisgarh in which 76 security personnel were killed, the CRPF has decided to trace the perpetrators by identifying them through videos released by the rebels following the attack. “We have decided to request the state police to consider videos released by Maoists after the Tademtla incident as an evidence and trace the cadres who are visible in the clippings after identifying them,” Commandant V

  • SWINE FLU

    Woman dies of swine flu in Coimbatore

    Coimbatore : A 41-year-old woman died of swine flu at a private hospital here today. The woman was undergoing treatment at the hospital for the last 14 days following symptoms of fever and cough coupled with bronchial asthma and was under ventilator support, hospital sources said. She had a difficulty in breathing and reportedly her kidney failed due to consumption of heavy dose of drugs taken before getting admitted to the hospital with swine flu symptoms, they said. Seven persons

  • Sumitra Mahajan

    LS Speaker Sumitra Mahajan offers prayers at Tirupati shrine

    Tirupati: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan offered prayers at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara near here. The 71-year-old Mahajan arrived here with members of her family last evening and prayed at the shrine this morning for about 30 minutes, a temple official said. She also lit a piece of camphor at the Akhilandam Lamps, situated about 100 metres from the temple. Before leaving the shrine, the temple management presented her with a sacred silk cloth and laddu

  • Sushma Swaraj, Yemen Crisis

    Yemen crisis: India calls curtains on evacuation, shuts embassy

    New Delhi : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has stated that the evacuation of Indian nationals from strife-torn Yemen is finally over and the Indian embassy there will be shut soon. “The evacuation operation from Yemen is over. General V.K.Singh is returning tonight. We are closing our Embassy there,” Sushma said on Twitter.

  • Nitin Gadkari

    Nitin Gadkari criticised for linking rape with religion

    Panaji: The Goa Congress has criticised central minister Nitin Gadkari’s controversial comment wherein he raked up the religion of two Bangladeshis who were arrested for raping a nun in West Bengal last month. On Thursday, while defending the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from accusations of pandering to communalism made by the opposition, including the Congress party, Gadkari cited the gangrape of a

  • Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

    Attacks on religious places: Government follows zero tolerance

    New Delhi: Agreeing that the recent attacks on religious places has “dented” the Narendra Modi government’s image, Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said these were “unacceptable” and the government follows a “zero tolerance” policy against those disturbing communal harmony in the country. “We were pained when churches and other religious institutions were being attacked and ransacked. These activities had dented the government’s image. The government has taken action,” Naqvi

  • Rupee down

    Rupee weakens 15 paise against dollar in early trade

    Mumbai : The rupee depreciated by 15 paise to 62.39 against the dollar in early trade today on the Interbank Foreign Exchange as the American currency firmed up overseas on upbeat US jobs report. Besides, increased demand for the dollar from importers and a lower opening in the domestic equity market weighed on the local currency, forex dealers said. The rupee had ended steady at 62.24 against the dollar in yesterday’s trade due to uneven

  • Sensex down

    Sensex down 59 points in early trade ahead of IIP data

    Mumbai : The benchmark BSE Sensex tumbled over 59 points in early trade today as participants took to profit-booking after five sessions of gains and ahead of IIP data to be released later in the day. The 30-share index was trading lower by 59.29 points, or 0.21 per cent, at 28,825.92 as healthcare, banking, capital goods, metal and auto sector indices were trading in negative territory, with losses up to 0.42 per cent.

  • Narendra Modi

    India expects ‘movement’ to seal Rafale deal with France

    Paris: Ahead of talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande, India today said it expects “movement” on a proposal for setting up French nuclear reactors in Jaitapur in Maharashtra as well as Rafale fighter deal, both of which are pending for long. These issues, along with trade, will be high on the agenda of substantive discussions between the two leaders amid India’s keen interest to get participation of French companies in