Free Press Journal
  • Ebola

    India need not be too concerned about Ebola

    Thiruvananthapuram: India need not be too concerned about the current Ebola outbreak but the country must be prepared to deal with any contingency in the event of an unexpected outbreak of such diseases, said an expert.  Delivering a lecture at a conference organised by the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) here on Friday, Thomas Hoenen, a virology expert of the US-based National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said, none

  • I&B looks to sentiment analysis to judge mood on social media

    New Delhi: To gauge the mood of people on social media, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has begun relying on “sentiment analysis” of people’s responses on such websites to judge their perceptions on various issues. Sources said that the government believes that merely keeping track of the amount of traffic on social media may not be enough as the real detail may lie in the quality of posts.

  • Jammu-Kashmir PCC President condemns killing of youth in Budgam

    Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) President G A Mir today condemned the killing of a teenager in police firing in Budgam district. Condemning the firing incident by police, Mir said police personnel should not have opened fire. “Killing of civilians and innocent persons is unacceptable and intolerable,” Mir said in a statement today.

  • Barack Obama offers ‘chadar’ at Ajmer Dargah Sharif for Chishty’s 803rd Urs

    Ajmer : On behalf of U.S. President Barack Obama, that country’s envoy to India Richard Verma has offered a ‘Chadar’ (a ceremonial cloth inscribed with religious verses) at the Ajmer Dargha Sharif on the occasion of the 803rd Urs of Sufi saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty. The chadar was handed over to the Dargah’s Chief Khadim or chief priest Syed Salman Chisty in Ajmer, Rajasthan.

  • Rahul Gandhi Returns

    Preparations in full swing for Congress’ ‘Zameen Waapasi’ Kisan Rally

    New Delhi : Preparations are in full swing for the Congress Party’s “Zameen Waapasi” Kisan Rally being held at the Ramlila Ground here today amid tight security. Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi will address the rally, which is expected to lampoon the Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government over the controversial Land Acquisition Bill.

  • Nawaz-Sharif

    Nawaz Sharif condemns Afghanistan suicide attack

    Islamabad: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has strongly condemned the suicide attack in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad city that killed at least 34 people and injured over 100 on Saturday.  Sharif said that terrorism was the common enemy of both the countries, according to a Xinhua report.  “Such acts of violence would not weaken our resolve to take action against them (terrorists) till the last of terrorists and their supporters are eliminated,” the Pakistani

  • Egyptian forces kill 13 militants in Sinai

    Cairo: At least 13 militants were killed by the Egyptian armed forces on Saturday in the country’s North Sinai province, a security source told Xinhua.  “Some of the extremists have been preparing to carry out a big terrorist operation west of Arish airport when the armed forces raided them,” the source said.  The militants were believed to be the members of the Sinai-based and Al Qaeda-inspired Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) group.

  • ‘126 soldiers killed in clashes with Kokang army’

    Yangon: The Myanmar government on Sunday said 126 soldiers have been killed and 359 injured so far since the clashes with the Kokang ethnic army erupted on February 9, media reported.  During the 253 engagements with Kokang’s Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) as of April 15, the government troops have seized 74 bodies of the MNDAA, arrested 22 and confiscated 226 arms, ammunition and narcotic drugs, Xinhua news agency reported.

  • France provides first weapons to Lebanon for ISIS fight

    Paris: The first French weapons from a USD 3 billion Saudi-funded programme will arrive in Lebanon tomorrow as allies seek to bolster the country’s defences against the Islamic State group and other jihadists pressing along its Syrian border. Anti-tank guided missiles are set to arrive at an air force base in Beirut, overseen by French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Lebanese counterpart, Samir Mokbel.

  • Pro-regime Syrians support army but dodge draft

    Beirut: Young Syrian men in regime-  controlled areas are using any means necessary, including violent protests, to avoid military conscription — even if they support the government. More than 80,000 soldiers and other pro-regime fighters have been killed in the four-year-old conflict, out of a total of roughly 220,000 dead, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. “I’m with the regime but I am a deserter, because military service in Syria means death,” said

  • Desecration of idol causes tension in Muzaffarnagar

    Muzaffarnagar: An idol of a saint was found desecrated at a temple in Khatoli town in the district following which tension prevailed in the area, police said here. The matter came to light yesterday when devotees found the desecrated idol and protested against the matter, said Deputy Superintendent of Police M K Mittal. One Rajender has been arrested in this connection, he said. As a precautionary measure, security has been tightened in the area.

  • Sitaram Yechury

    Sitaram Yechury is new general secretary of CPI-M

    Visakhapatnam: The Communist Party of India-Marxist on Sunday elected Sitaram Yechury as the new general secretary of the party.
    At the meeting of the Central Committee, outgoing general secretary Prakash Karat proposed Yechury’s name and S.R. Pillai seconded it.

  • murder case

    Man stabbed to death in Muzaffarnagar

    Muzaffarnagar: A 28-year-old man was stabbed to death allegedly by four men over some quarrel at Rasolpur village under Kandhla police station in Shamli district, police said today. Rohtash Singh had gone to a shop last evening when he had a quarrel with the shopkeeper. Rohtash was then stabbed to death allegedly by shopkeeper Gholu and three of his associates, Tejpal, Sanjay and Sachin, they said.

  • UN Libya envoy condemns latest deadly violence

    Skhirat (Morocco): The UN envoy trying to broker a peace agreement in Libya has condemned another outbreak of violence and repeated calls for an immediate end to hostilities. A UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) statement said Bernardino Leon “strongly condemned the renewed outbreak of violence in different neighbourhoods of the Libyan capital that caused many casualties and endangered the lives of civilians”.

  • Tax

    Government must not be a tax terrorist

    Chennai: Even as the central government has decided to review the new norms to file income tax returns barely three days after it was notified, due to widespread angst, experts termed the original proposal nothing but “tax terrorism” unleashed on honest tax payers.   “This is real tax terrorism. This does not target corrupt politicians, dishonest bureaucrats or the unscrupulous businessmen and film personalities who merrily evade taxes and stash away their ill-gotten

  • Malaika Arora Khan, Helen

    Helen is unbelievable on screen: Malaika Arora Khan

    Mumbai: Actress-producer Malaika Arora Khan, also known for her dancing skills, says there is nobody like yesteryear’s dancing diva Helen.  Asked how she reacts when people compare her to Helen, who is married to the former’s father-in-law Salim Khan, Malaika told IANS: “I don’t think there is any comparison. If anybody says something, I take it as a huge compliment because at the end of the day there is nobody like Helen

  • 600 kg of sea cucumber seized in TN

    Nagapattinam (TN): A large quantity of sea cucumber, an endangered species under the Wildlife Protection Act, has been seized from a fishing hamlet near here and one person arrested on the charge of stocking it with a plan to smuggle it to Sri Lanka. Coastal Security Group (CSG) police personnel recovered 600 kg of fully processed sea cucumber, worth Rs 12 lakh in the illegal market, from the house of one Murugan in Keechankuppam

  • arrested

    Abu Salem’s aide arrested in Delhi

    New Delhi: A shooter associated with gangster Abu Salem has been arrested here, police said on Sunday.  Jaan Usman Khan, a resident of Sarai Rohilla area in Delhi, was arrested around 7.30 p.m. on Saturday from north Delhi’s Kashmere Gate area.  Khan is involved in cases of fake currency, extortion, and murder in Delhi and Mumbai.  “Khan is an associate of Abu Salem. He was earlier arrested in the year 2000 in

  • Narendra Modi

    Nuclear agreements would’ve huge impact: Narendra Modi

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the agreements with France and Canada are big achievements and would have a huge impact in the coming days.  Addressing members of parliament of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Modi said that even though every government tried to push through the nuclear deals, but it was successful now.

  • Households in NDMC areas to install solar panels on roof tops

    New Delhi: Households in the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) areas will now be able to install solar panel on rooftops to generate electricity but would have to sell it to the civic body and cannot utilise it for their consumption. In a first-of-its kind scheme launched by NDMC, the households in areas under its jurisdiction are being encouraged to install solar panels and get them linked with the civic body’s power grid.