Free Press Journal
  • Snapdeal

    SBI ties up with Snapdeal, PayPal to assist small, medium biz

    Kolkata: Country’s largest bank SBI today signed pacts with e-commerce player Snapdeal and digital payments firm PayPal for providing cheaper loans and cross- border transaction facility to small and mid-sized businesses. Under the ‘Snapdeal-Capital Assist’ programme, sellers or manufacturers on its platform will be able to access liquidity at attractive rates from SBI, with women entrepreneurs getting a further concession of 0.25 per cent. Besides, no collateral will be required for loans up

  • rupee against dollar

    Rupee ends 18 paise higher at 63.64 against US dollar

    Mumbai: The rupee today ended higher by 18 paise at 63.64 against the US dollar on fresh selling of the American currency by banks and exporters amidst weakness of the greenback in overseas markets. Good foreign capital inflows also boosted the rupee value against the dollar, a forex dealer said.

  • Coal Scam

    Coalscam: Naveen Jindal, Rao, Koda & others to appear in court

    New Delhi: Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal, ex-Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao, former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda and 12 others are likely to appear tomorrow as accused before a special court in connection with a coal blocks allocation scam case.

  • Women Leadership

    Mixed response to govt’s move to allow women in night shifts

    Mumbai: Maharashtra government’s decision to make changes in the Factories Act, 1948, that will allow women to work in night shifts in factories, has evoked a mixed response from different sections of society. The decision was taken yesterday at a meeting of the state Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

  • Government should allocate more funds to promote research: Kalam

    New Delhi: Eminent scientist and former President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam today said the government should allocate more funds for promoting research and development (R&D) activities in the country. “More thrust has to be given for government funding for R&D even to private companies to strengthen the indigenous R&D capability,” he said.

  • IAS officer_D.K. Ravikumar

    IAS officer’s death, BJP slams “dirty tricks” of Karna government

    Bengaluru: BJP today slammed the Karnataka government for its “dirty tricks” in the case relating to the mysterious death of an upright IAS officer following reports that he had called his woman batchmate only once and not 44 times on the day he was found dead in his apartment.

  • Tarun Gogoi

    Tarun Gogoi asks Centre to take responsibility for hosting SAF

    Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said that the state government had no objection to host the South Asian Federation (SAF) Games if the Centre takes the primary responsibility in this direction. “If the Centre takes the responsibility to organise the SAF games in Assam, then we will extend all help and cooperation in this regard,” Gogoi said in a statement here. The state has the requisite infrastructure to organise the meet but the problem is

  • Jairam_Ramesh

    Secular forces will join hands to defeat BJP in Bihar: Ramesh

    Hyderabad: Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh has expressed confidence that all “secular forces” would join hands to defeat the BJP in forthcoming elections in Bihar. “Bihar elections would be the third nail in BJP’s coffin. First nail was Delhi elections and the second nail was the Land Acquisition Bill,” the former Union Minister told PTI here.

  • Fire

    Major fire in a furniture godown in Kapashera

    New Delhi: Three incidents of fire were today reported from various parts of the city, including a major one that broke out in a furniture godown in Kapashera area of the south west Delhi, but there were no casualties, fire officials said. The fire in the furniture godown in Kapashera area of south west Delhi broke out at around 1.30 PM. More than 22 fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse

  • Osama Bin Laden

    Osama Bin Laden wanted to leave Pakistan safe house months before US raid’

    Washington: Frustrated by living in isolation in a safe house in Pakistan’s Abbottabad town, Osama bin Laden wanted to move to another location months before the US commando raid that claimed his life. Months before he was finally found by the CIA and killed, bin Laden wrote that it might be time for him to move.  In a letter voicing deep frustration with the isolation at his compound in Abbottabad, the al-Qaeda leader contemplated a

  • Ravi Shankar Prasad

    “NDA did away with UPA’s ‘jhooth, loot ki sarkar'”

    New Delhi: Days ahead of marking its first year in office, NDA government today strongly rebutted the opposition’s charge that it was “anti-poor” and asserted that the Narendra Modi dispensation believed in growth and social justice and had ended crony capitalism which was “rife” under UPA’s tenure.

  • German rail strike called off, but new dispute looms

    Frankfurt: German railways operator Deutsche Bahn today announced an end to a drivers strike that had paralysed train travel in Europe’s biggest economy, after the feuding sides agreed to mediation. But fresh trouble appeared to be brewing elsewhere, as the biggest rail union threatened industrial action if a pay deal was not reached soon. While Deutsche Bahn (DB) said it would probably take until Saturday for normal services to resume, “millions of rail passengers can breathe a

  • Greenpeace India

    Awaiting court’s word,Greepeace says it was a humiliating year

    New Delhi: With its accounts frozen and forced to scale down operations, Greenpeace India today said it has been a “humiliating” year for the organisation and it is not expected from a elected government to treat “legitimate NGOs” like it in such a manner. Days after it announced ‘imminent’ shutdown due to government’s crackdown, the environment NGO said it will continue to run basic functions for another month by scaling back the extent

  • Pakistan rejects reports on selling nukes to Saudi Arabia

    Islamabad: Amid reports that Saudi Arabia has taken a “strategic decision” to acquire “off-the-shelf” nuclear arms from close ally Pakistan, the government here today rejected as “baseless” any such move to sell atomic weapons. Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalillulah at a news briefing here said “Pakistan’s nuclear programme was purely for its own legitimate self-defence and for maintaining a credible minimum deterrence”.

  • Al Qaeda militants

    3 Al-Qaeda militants arrested in Pakistan

    Lahore: Three suspected Al-Qaeda militants, who were given a task to plant explosives at a shrine, have been arrested in a raid in Pakistan’s Punjab province. The police in collaboration with the intelligence agencies raided the hideout of the suspects near the shrine of Baba Farid Ganj Shakar in Multan district yesterday and arrested three of them. “The suspects who belong to Al-Qaeda were given a task to plant explosives at the shrine,” the officials

  • Manohar Parrikar

    Army instructed to neutralise infiltrators: Parrikar

    New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Thursday that the army has been given orders to neutralise infiltrators trying to enter India. Speaking at the ‘Manthan’ conclave organised by TV news channel Aaj Tak, the defence minister said: “I can only say that anyone trying to infiltrate will be neutralised.”

  • sheikh-hasina

    Bangla terror group sends death threats to PM adviser,9 others

    Dhaka: A Bangladeshi Islamist terror outfit has threatened to kill 10 people including prime minister’s political advisor, prompting authorities to lodge a police case, a media report said today. The letters, containing 10 names which include H T Imam, political advisor to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and Arefin Siddique – Dhaka University Vice Chancellor among others, were apparently sent by The Ansarullah Bangla Team, bdnews.24 reported.