Free Press Journal
  • 74.3 per cent pre-school children in India are anaemic

    New Delhi: India ranks second among nine countries in the region in prevalence of anaemia among pregnant women and third in the pre-school children and non-pregnant women groups, the Rajya Sabha was informed today. The percentage of anaemic pre-school children in the country is 74.3 per cent while 52.0 per cent non-pregnant women suffer from the disease.

  • Bihar, Earthquake

    Rescued under-14 girls football team captain thanks God, IAF

    Patna: Blessings of the almighty and prompt action by IAF had helped the Indian under-14 girls football team escape the devastating earthquake in Nepal, its captain Soni Kumari said today. Soni, who hails from East Champaran district of Bihar and team member Nisha Kumari of Siwan returned here last night from Delhi. They were airlifted by an Indian Air Force plane from Kathmandu on Sunday evening.

  • amrinder singh

    Not opposed to Rahul’s elevation as Congress chief: Amarinder

    Amritsar: Congress leader Amarinder Singh today said that he was never opposed to the elevation of Rahul Gandhi as the party president. Talking to reporters here Singh said, he believed “Rahul is a dynamic young leader with a vision for the party and the nation.” Singh clarified that he had only said that given the personality driven politics prevailing in the country today, Sonia Gandhi was doing an excellent job. “Nowhere, whether on

  • Lokpal Bill

    Par panel slams govt for not implementing Lokpal

    New Delhi: A Parliamentary panel has slammed the government over non-implementation of Lokpal and Whistleblowers Protection Acts and asked it to take necessary action for their quick operationalisation. “The Committee expresses its strong displeasure over non-implementation of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 and the Whistleblowers’ Protection Act,” Parliamentary Standing Committee on personnel, public grievances, law and justice said in its report tabled in Parliament today.

  • India misses power capacity addition target for 2nd yr in row

    New Delhi: India has missed the power generation capacity addition target for the second straight year in last fiscal, a report said. According to a report by the Standing Committee on Energy, the electricity generation target of 18,432 MW and 17,830 MW for the fiscals 2013-14 and 2014-15, respectively, were not achieved. During the last financial year (till February 2015), 15,935 MW was produced against the target of 17,830 MW. Similarly, during the

  • Coal Scam

    Coal scam: Awaiting response on issue of sanction, says CBI

    New Delhi: CBI has informed a special court that response of competent authority was still awaited on the issue of granting sanction to prosecute government servants allegedly involved in two separate cases lodged in coal blocks allocation scam. The agency told Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar that they have already sent the necessary report to the sanctioning authority in this regard.

  • Rape

    Govt to set up 150 units to probe crime against women

    New Delhi: To probe heinous crimes against women, the Centre has proposed to set up 150 investigative units for violence against women in most crime prone districts in the country. Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary told Lok Sabha that the objective of these units will be to assist the local police in investigation of heinous crimes against women like rape, acid attack, dowry death and human trafficking etc.

  • Uproar in LS after Cong member talks of dalit issue in TN

    New Delhi: Lok Sabha today witnessed sharp protests from AIADMK members after a Congress member spoke of increasing atrocities on dalits in various parts of the country including Tamil Nadu. Raising the issue during Zero Hour, K Suresh (Cong) said the atrocities against the dalits were rising day by day and untouchability was also being practised in different forms.

  • Domestic airlines get 132 complaints of misbehaviour in 2 mths

    New Delhi: Domestic carriers, including Jet Airways and Air India, received 132 complaints of staff misbehaviour in the first two months of this year, Rajya Sabha was informed today. Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma said there were 70 complaints of staff misbehaviour received by airlines in January 2015 and the count was at 62 in February. Private carrier Jet Airways and its no-frills arm Jet Lite saw 32 complaints of

  • Mufti Mohammad Sayeed

    ‘Need to restore, integrate heritage sites with tourism sect’

    Srinagar: J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today expressed concern over the threat posed by “abandon, vandalism and natural disasters” on the heritage sites of the Valley. “Kashmir as a repository of ancient monuments and archaeological artifacts. The state will do whatever is possible to conserve our heritage monuments and restore these to their original glory so that these are integrated into our tourist circuit as destination sites for heritage lovers,” he said.

  • Diversion of 35,867-ha of forest land approved in 2014: Govt

    New Delhi: The government has given approval for diversion of 35,867 hectares of forest land in a total of 783 cases in 2014, Parliament was informed today. “The central government has given approval under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980, for diversion of 35,867 hectares (ha) of forest land in 783 cases during 2014,” Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said in a written reply in Lok Sabha.

  • Sensex rises 219 pts to rebound from 3-1/2 months low

    Mumbai: The benchmark BSE Sensex today reversed its three-session fall by rising 219 points to settle at 27,396.38 as blue-chips ICICI Bank and Maruti Suzuki jumped on better-than-expected earning numbers. Besides, World Bank today said Indian economy has taken strong strides towards higher growth and enhanced stability, aided by a supportive external environment, in particular the sharp decline in oil and commodity prices.

  • British economy slows sharply on eve of election

    London: Britain’s economy grew far slower than expected in the first quarter of 2015, official data showed today, delivering a blow to the government just nine days before a general election. Gross domestic product expanded by 0.3 per cent between January and March compared with GDP growth of 0.6 per cent in the final quarter of 2014, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in an initial estimate.

  • Govt to help pensioners for getting digital life certificates

    New Delhi: The National Informatics Centre (NIC) in various states have been asked to provide necessary technical support for starting enrolment of pensioners for getting digital life certificate to ensure hassle free disbursal of pension. In order to spare the pensioners from the trouble of visiting banks for submission of life certificates annually, the Centre had in November last year launched an Aadhaar-based biometric verification system ‘Jeevan Pramaan’.

  • ‘China’s nuke submarines in Gulf of Aden could cause unease’

    Beijing: China for the first time has divulged the deployment of a nuclear submarine for anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden, a move defence experts say could cause unease among neighbours, including India. Chinese official media said that a nuclear submarine of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy accompanied the anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden patrolled the area for more than two months, escorting two ships and a supply vessel.

  • Bangladesh 150-2 vs Pakistan at tea on 1st day of 1st Test

    Khulna (Bangladesh): Bangladesh remained patient in reaching tea at 150-2 off 59 overs against Pakistan in the first cricket Test today. Opener Imrul Kayes made a steady 51 and was the only wicket to fall in the second session on a placid Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium pitch, against disciplined Pakistan bowling. At the crease were Mominul Haque on 35 and Mahmudullah on 31. Kayes and Tamim Iqbal shared a watchful 52 runs in

  • football

    42 orphans to witness East Bengal’s AFC Cup tie

    Kolkata: As a promise made to The Calcutta Orphanage, city football giants East Bengal will be hosting 42 boys from the welfare institution for their Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup encounter against Johor Darul Ta’zim FC at the Salt Lake Stadium here on Tuesday.

  • Hate to diet? It’s how you are wired

    New York: If you are finding it difficult to stick to a weight-loss diet, you may blame hunger sensitive cells in your brain, says a study.