Free Press Journal
  • H L Dattu

    CJI sparks fresh Judiciary-Executive tangle

    Chief Justice of India H.L. Dattu’s refusal to join the National Judicial Appointments Commission until the Supreme Court decides on its constitutional validity sets the stage for a renewed confrontation between the judiciary and the executive.

  • Quake moves Kathmandu but Everest height unchanged: experts

    Sydney: The earthquake that devastated Nepal and left thousands of people dead shifted the earth beneath Kathmandu by up to several metres south, but the height of Mount Everest likely stayed the same, experts said today. The massive 7.8-magnitude quake on Saturday was the Himalayan nation’s deadliest disaster in more than 80 years, killing more than 4,300 people and causing massive destruction.

  • Don’t blame salt alone for high BP: Study

    New York: Lack of potassium in the diet, not a little more salt than what is currently recommended, is linked to higher blood pressure (BP), new research says.

  • Blocking calls can make teenagers drive safely

    New York: A device that blocks incoming and outgoing calls/texts on cell phones when a person is driving can reduce distracted driving among teenagers, says a study.

  • Insomnia hampers productivity of night shift workers

    New York: Treating insomnia in night shift workers may improve their work productivity and safety, says a new research. The researchers found that night shift workers classified as alert insomniacs had the highest level of impairment in work productivity and cognitive function, which was significantly worse than controls.

  • BNP withdraws from mayoral polls in B’desh, alleges rigging

    Dhaka: Bangladesh’s main opposition party BNP today withdrew from the ongoing mayoral elections in the capital and northeastern port city of Chittagong, alleging that the polls were being rigged by the ruling Awami League. “I am announcing that we are withdrawing from the polls, we are rejecting the elections as it appeared farcical,” senior Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Moudud Ahmed told reporters here.

  • Cricketer Rahul Ghosh discharged from hospital

    Kolkata: Rahul Ghosh, the 20-year-old cricketer who was hospitalised last Tuesday after being hit on the head while fielding in a local league match, was discharged on Monday night after doctors declared him “stable”.

  • Black Money

    Blackmoney: FIU begins tracking overseas money transfer

    New Delhi: As part of its enhanced measures to check black money, country’s elite Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) has begun tapping information on all suspicious cross-border fund transfers made from India to offshore destinations. The premier technical snoop wing under the Finance Ministry has rolled out a new system where all banking and financial institutions are mandated to file formatted Cross Border Wire Transfer Reports (CBTRs) exceeding Rs 5 lakh to it under

  • New law to enable confiscation of benami properties

    New Delhi: Seeking to curb generation of black money, the government today said it will come out with a new law that will provide for confiscation of benami properties and prosecution of offenders. “This (Benami) law will enable confiscation of benami property and provide for prosecution, thus blocking a major avenue for generation and holding of black money in the form of benami property,” Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha said in

  • RBI

    21 banks lower lending rates after RBI rate cut

    New Delhi: As many as 21 banks including four public sector players have reduced their base rate or the minimum lending rate in the range of 0.1-0.5 per cent till April 15, following consecutive rate cuts by RBI, Parliament was informed today. Reserve Bank of India had cut the repo rate by 0.25 per cent on January 15 and further by 0.25 per cent on March 4. “Following the reduction in the policy

  • US praises India’s role in helping quake-hit Nepal

    New Delhi: US today praised India’s leadership role in helping earthquake-hit Nepal and persons of different nationalities stranded in war-ravaged Yemen. “India has demonstrated its global leadership in recent weeks, first in Yemen and now in Nepal. We are grateful; we are impressed; we are inspired.

  • gold shopping

    Gold surges Rs 305, silver zooms Rs 1,000/kg on global cues

    New Delhi: Gold regained sheen with its price surging by Rs 305 to over 7-week high of Rs 27,355 per 10 grams at the bullion market here today, tracking a firm global trend along with brisk buying by jewellers to meet wedding demand. Silver also spurted by Rs 1,000 to Rs 37,500 per kg on increased offtake by industrial units and coin makers. Bullion traders attributed the sharp rise in gold prices to

  • Sinha says call on BSE listing in 6 mths post-Sebi-FMC merger

    Mumbai: Sebi is hopeful of taking a call in the next six months on listing of nation’s premier bourse BSE after the integration of the capital market watchdog with the commodities regulator Forward Markets Commission (FMC). “We are hopeful that in about six months from now, we will be able to take a call on listing of BSE after resolving several issues pertaining to the integration of Sebi and the FMC,” Sebi Chairman

  • Universe, Hologram

    Universe may be a one big hologram

    Washington : Scientists have revealed that hologram theory may be true in “realistic models” of the universe.

  • Gulzar

    Gulzar’s new poetry collection a tribute to Pluto

     New Delhi: Veteran lyricist-poet Gulzar celebrates the metaphor of exile in many ways in a new collection of poems which he has dedicated to the planet Pluto. In “Pluto”, Gulzar addresses his pet themes – relationships, his relationship with god, nature, time, the art of poetry – with characteristic wit and brevity, and the uncommon ability to find meaning in the mundane.

  • Twitter

    Twitter’s latest trend feature insults feminists, call them ugly

    Washington : Twitter’s new trend feature has backfired when they annotated the trending #FeministsAreUgly hashtag, a movement with a positive intention started last August by two feminists, with the headline “Ugly Feminists Freak Out Over #FeministsAreUgly Hashtag.”

  • lightning-rains

    Thunder squall and rains hit Bihar

    Patna: Already battling Saturday’s high intensity earthquake and aftershocks, major parts of Bihar were today hit by thunder squall followed by rains hampering relief work. High speed wind was experienced in Patna and other parts of Bihar this afternoon which was followed by rain. Director State Meteorological Department A K Sen told PTI the thunder squall and rain was due to due to cyclonic circulation arising from Bay of Bengal formed near Jharkhand.

  • Everest Glaciers

    Nepal troops ready aid for remote quake-hit villages

    Gorkha (Nepal):  Preparing to make a push into the most isolated parts of quake-devastated Nepal, soldiers today were readying food, water and other emergency supplies to be loaded onto helicopters in this small town near the earthquake’s epicenter. Gorkha, which would barely count as a village in much of the world, is the district’s administrative, transport and trading center for surrounding tiny villages.