Free Press Journal
  • Australian supermarket shuts website in Veterans’ Day furor

    Canberra: Australia’s biggest supermarket chain today apologised and pulled down a website that has been widely criticised of commercialising the centenary of the country’s Veterans’ Day. Woolworths, which brands itself as “The Fresh Food People,” launched the website “Fresh in Our Memories” late yesterday to commemorate ANZAC Day on April 25.

  • Sebi imposes market ban on 9 entities for fraudulent trading

    Mumbai: Sebi has barred nine entities from the capital markets for up to three years for indulging in fraudulent trading in shares of Kinetic Capital Services Ltd and Shubh International Ltd, back in 1999. The Securities and Exchange Board of India probe found that Gagan Securities, Unique Securities, G K Investments, Ajay Jain, Deepak Batra, Parveen Bansal, Rajesh Kumar, Asim Jain and Sunil Gupta were acting in concert to manipulate the share prices

  • Satyam case

    Satyam case: court reserves order on Raju’s appeal against conviction

    Hyderabad: A Metropolitan Sessions Court here today reserved its order till April 20 on an appeal filed by B Ramalinga Raju and others challenging a special court’s verdict which found them guilty in the multi-crore rupee accounting fraud in erstwhile Satyam Computer Services Ltd. Raju, along with seven others, had filed the appeal in the Metropolitan Sessions Court on April 13 seeking to set aside the special court’s (trial court’s) judgement. They had

  • Government panel to look after declassification of Netaji-related files

    New Delhi: An inter-ministerial committee, headed by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, has been set up by the government to look at the possibility of declassification of all files related to death or disappearance of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose nearly 70 years back. The first meeting of panel, which consists of representatives of the Ministries of Home and External Affairs, R&AW, and Intelligence Bureau, is likely to take place tomorrow, official sources said today.

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    Janata Parivar: Six parties merge, Mulayam to head

    New Delhi: After months of deliberation, six parties Wednesday announced their merger into a single entity to take on the Narendra Modi’s BJP. Mulayam Singh Yadav, whose Samajwadi Party is one of the merged entities, is the president of the newly-launched Samajwadi Janata Party (SJP).

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    EU charges Google with market abuse, to probe Android

    Brussels: The EU today formally charged US Internet giant Google with abusing its search engine dominance and launched a sensitive probe into its omnipresent Android mobile phone operating system. On the first count, the Commission said it had sent a formal “Statement of Objections” to Google, charging it with “systematically favouring its own comparison shopping product in its general search results pages.”

  • RJD to mark Chandra Shekhar’s birth anniversary in advance

    Patna: With its merger into the Janata Parivar likely to be announced today, RJD said it will celebrate the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar on April 17, roughly two and a half months before the actual date July 1. Asked to explain the rational behind the advanced celebration, RJD Bihar president Ram Chandra Purve said, “Death anniversaries are constant, but birth anniversaries could be celebrated prior to the actual date

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    AP police file murder case in Chittoor firing incident

    Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh government today informed the Hyderabad High Court that the state police has registered a case of murder in connection with the killing of 20 people in police firing in Chittoor district on April 7. Additional Advocate General (AAG) D Srinivas informed a division bench, comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta and Justice P V Sanjay Kumar, that an FIR has been registered based on a complaint filed by Muniyammal, a

  • Google criticises EU charges as ‘wide of the mark’

    San Francisco: Google dismissed European Union charges that it abused its dominant position as Europe’s top search engine, downplaying its role as gatekeeper of the Internet. The European Commission, whose formal charges could impose a fine in excess of USD 6 billion against the Mountain View, California-based company, also plans to open a separate anti-trust investigation into Google’s Android operating system, which dominates the global mobile phone market.

  • Silchar civic board not to reinstall Teresa’s portrait

    Silchar (Assam): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Silchar Municipal Board chairman Niharendra Narayan Thakur, who recently removed Mother Teresa’s portrait from the board’s office, on Wednesday reiterated that the portrait would not be reinstalled.

  • Amended land law will threaten identity of women: NFIW

    New Delhi: Alleging that amendments carried out by the Narendra Modi government to the 2013 Land Acquisition Act will threaten identity of women which they get through owning land, a women’s body today appealed to the Centre to bring reforms with gender justice. Addressing the press here today, National Federation of Indian Women, a CPI affiliated body, appealed to the government to ensure provision of consent clause with say of women in deciding

  • Tral town remains shut in protest against encounter incident

    Srinagar: Tral town in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district remained shut in protest against the killing of a youth, claimed by the army to be an overground worker of Hizbul Mujahideen, in an anti-militancy operation. “All shops, schools and business establishments remained closed in Tral town and surrounding areas today,” a police official said.

  • Naidu, Dattatreya visit rain-affected areas in Telangana

    Hyderabad:Union Ministers M Venkaiah Naidu and Bandaru Dattatreya today visited different districts in Telangana to take stock of the damage caused by the recent unseasonal rains in the state. “The idea is to know the facts (related to damages to crops). PM had recently ordered that at least one-third damage is enough for compensation. Earlier, compensation used to be given only if there is 50 per cent damage. Centre now gives Rs

  • Japan nuclear watchdog hits out at reactor injunction

    Tokyo: Japan’s nuclear watchdog chief said today a landmark court injunction banning the restart of two atomic reactors was based on a judicial “misunderstanding” of basic facts. “Although I haven’t studied it in detail, many things that are based on misunderstandings are written in the verdict,” Shunichi Tanaka told reporters, asked about the court injunction issued yesterday.

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    Jaya’s DA case; SC gives split verdict on removal of SPP

    New Delhi: Supreme Court today delivered a split verdict on a DMK leader’s plea seeking removal of a public prosecutor from representing state in the Karnataka High Court which recently reserved verdict on an appeal of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in a disproportionate assets case. As a consequence of the split verdict, the matter was referred to Chief Justice H L Dattu to constitute a larger bench for an authoritative

  • Petrol

    Petrol price cut by 80 paise/litre, diesel by Rs 1.30/litre

    New Delhi: Petrol price was today cut by 80 paise a litre and diesel by Rs 1.30 per litre, the second reduction in rates this month. The reduction will be effective from midnight tonight, Indian Oil Corp (IOC) said.

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    Ban on BBC documentary India’s Daughter” to continue

    New Delhi: The ban on the telecast of controversial BBC documentary “India’s Daughter” on the December 16, 2012, gang rape will continue, the Delhi High Court ordered on Wednesday.

  • Tasgaon voters’ tribute to Patil: Wife wins by 1.12 lakh votes

    Mumbai: It was a tribute of sorts for late R R Patil in Tasgaon-Kavthe Mahankal Assembly bypoll as the former deputy chief minister’s widow Suman Patil won the election by a margin of over 1.12 lakh votes. Suman, wife of late Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) stalwart Patil, contested on party ticket and had the advantage as no other party fielded any nominee against her as a mark of respect for her husband, whose

  • Narayan Rane

    Sena workers celebrate victory in by-polls

    Mumbai: Shiv Sena workers today celebrated its victory in Bandra East by-polls, outside Congress heavyweight Narayan Rane’s residence saying there is no place for political opportunism in the country. “I do not know what will happen to Rane’s career now but it is anybody’s guess. We were confident of (Sena candidate) Trupti Sawant’s victory. We have once again shown that there is no place for political opportunism in the country,” Sena MP Arvind

  • Smoking, Drinking

    Why smoking leads to alcohol addiction

    Washington :Smoking can make people crave alcohol to the point where they become addicted to it. Senior author and biologist at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), Oliver George, said conducted a study using rat model sand said that it was a “vicious cycle” where nicotine made people crave alcohol to reward the brain and reduce stress.