Free Press Journal
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    Australia PM Tony Abbott promises ‘full and frank’ debate on gay marriage

    Sydney : Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott today promised a “full and frank” debate on gay marriage in response to an opposition-backed push for reform, but said the issue was not a priority for his conservative government. The opposition Labor Party said late yesterday it would bring a private member’s bill before parliament next week which could force a vote on gay marriage later in the year, following Ireland’s successful referendum on the matter.

  • Earthquake

    Indian R&R efforts welcomed by Nepal: top UN official

    United Nations: A top UN official has lauded India’s first response and reconstruction assistance to Nepal following a devastating earthquake in April that killed nearly 9,000 people, saying the help has been welcomed by Kathmandu. “India and China are very very present in the reconstruction effort. We have seen the Indian armed forces providing the first response,” UN Development Programme Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support Magdy Martínez-Solimán told

  • Colombian military kills 5 FARC rebels in strike

    Bogota: The Colombian military has killed at least five FARC guerrillas in the northwest of the country, part of a new offensive that has challenged ongoing peace talks with the rebel group. A bombing in the remote Choco department killed the fighters, military sources told AFP, but they were unable to provide more details about the attack. The government has intensified military operations against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in recent days even as bilateral

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    Details about high level of corruption in China’s PLA revealed

    Hong Kong : Well informed Chinese sources have for the first time disclosed details about high level of corruption prevalent in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the manner in which President Xi Jinping is cracking down on corrupt officers in the PLA, and meeting stiff resistance as a result.

  • Man arrested for killing elderly parents

    Muzaffarnagar: A 35-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly killing his parents in connivance with his relatives in Shamli district, police said today. As per the complaint filed by the victims’ daughter, Ratiram (80) and Sona (75) were strangled to death in theirsleep by Rameshwar with the help of his father-in-law and brother-in-law in Datheda village last night after the couple refused to sell a piece of land as demanded by the accused, SP Vijai

  • Flood, Houston

    Floodwaters deepen in Houston after city gets more rain

    Houston: Floodwaters deepened across much of Texas as storms dumped almost another foot (30 centimetres) of rain on the Houston area, stranding hundreds of motorists and inundating the famously congested highways that serve the fourth-largest US city.

  • Narendra Modi

    Narendra Modi extends greetings on ‘Mahesh Navami’

    New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday extended his greetings on the occasion of ‘Mahesh Navami’. “Greetings on Mahesh Navami, particularly to my friends of the Maheshwari community. May Lord Mahesh keep showering His blessings on us,” Prime Minister Modi said on twitter. ‘Mahesh Jayanti’ is a festival dedicated to Lord Shiva and is observed by people of the Maheshwari community.

  • AAP protest, Punjab

    AAP stages protest against one year of NDA rule

    New Delhi : The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday staged a protest at Jantar Mantar in the national capital against one year of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government’s rule. Protesters raised slogans against the Central government and carried placards reading, “RIP Acche Din” and “Acche Dino ki Punya Tithi”. “BJP president Amit Shah called a press conference and unsuccessfully tried to talk about the achievements of his government. They said that

  • Government asks states to enrol MNREGA workers under social security schemes

    Kochi: Celebrating one year in office, the NDA government has asked states to enrol all MNREGA workers under the three newly-launched social security schemes and open bank accounts for each worker under the Jan Dhan Yojana. In a communication sent to all states including Congress- ruled Kerala, Union Rural Development Ministry has also asked them to disburse MNREGA wage payment through the banking network operated by banking correspondents wherever functional banking correspondents are deployed

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    Under trial commits suicide in jail in Thane District

    Thane: An under trial prisoner lodged at Adharwadi jail in Kalyan here allegedly committed suicide, police said today. Ruba Rustom Shah (40), accused in a molestation case, bearing serial no 1658, allegedly strangulated himself with help of a towel inside the jail yesterday and was rushed to the hospital ward, Bazarpeth police station inspector M K Tayde said, citing the complaint filed jail authorities. Tayde said Shah was arrested on February 25 this year in connection with

  • Labourer dies after wall collapses in UP

    Muzaffarnagar: A labourer was killed and another injured after a wall allegedly collapsed on them while they were working in Shamli district, police said today. Dharampal (25) and Hariram (26) were seriously injured after a wall collapsed on them at Bantikhera village im Shamli district yesterday, they said. The injured were rushed to the hospital where Dharampal was declared brought dead, police said, adding that the other labourer is being treated.

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    Arun Jaitley dubs Congress’ claim of cuts in social sector ‘jugglery of figures’

    Ahmedabad : Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that Congress’ claim of drastic cuts in the social sector spending by the government as a mere ‘jugglery of figures’. The Finance Minister further said that as the government is giving more money to states, they are now spending more on schemes. Jaitley also slammed the Congress for questioning the Rafale fighter aircraft deal. He said that the government could not take 10 to 15

  • Red Sanders

    AP govt eyes Rs 1000 cr from 2nd round of red sanders auction

    Hyderabad: Eyeing a revenue of Rs 1,000 crore, Andhra Pradesh Government will auction 3,500 tonnes of seized red sanders wood in the second phase on an electronic platform by inviting global tenders in June. The sale of seized red sanders in log form, cut by smugglers in Seshachalam forests, will be conducted for four days from June 17. In the second phase, 3,500 MT will be sold through e-tender-cum-e-auction process, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests

  • President Mujherjee, Ansari pay tribute to Pandit Nehru on his death anniversary

    New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari paid homage to nation’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his 51st death anniversary on Wednesday. The commemoration took place at Nehru’s memorial in New Delhi. Mukherjee laid a floral wreath on the memorial along with Ansari, opposition Congress president Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other party leaders. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid his tributes to Nehru earlier today. Nehru

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    Jawaharlal Nehru remembered on 51st death anniversary

    New Delhi : The nation today remembered Jawaharlal Nehru on his 51st death anniversary with President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders paying tributes to the country’s first Prime Minister. Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi were among the leaders who paid floral tribute to Nehru at his memorial Shanti Van on the banks of Yamuna here this morning. Rahul Gandhi was not present in

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    Narendra Modi extends birthday wishes to Nitin Gadkari

    New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday extended birthday wishes to Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari. “Dear @nitin_gadkari ji, wishing you a very Happy Birthday. I pray for your long life ahead,” the Prime Minister said on twitter. Gadkari was born on May 27, 1957 in Nagpur. He was elected to the Lok Sabha from Nagpur in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra and has been a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council since

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    People happy to be rid of ‘loot ki sarkar’: BJP tells Rahul Gandhi

    New Delhi : Responding to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s ‘suit-boot ki sarkar’ jibe, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday said that people are happy upon the completion of the NDA’s one year in power and on getting rid of the previous ‘loot ki sarkar’. “Thank Rahul Gandhi for his wishes, people are happy that we have completed a year and that they got rid of the ‘loot ki sarkar’,” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra

  • Sensex Red down

    Sensex extends losses, slides over 161 points

    Mumbai: Extending its losing streak for the third session in a row, the benchmark Sensex fell by over 161 points and Nifty slipped below the 8,300 mark in early trade today on continued selling by participants on disappointing company earnings coupled with weak global cues. Besides, caution ahead of tomorrow’s May expiry in the derivatives segment and the rupee breaching the 64 mark against the dollar weighed on sentiment.

  • New renewable energy model combines solar, bio-gas and H2

    Kolkata: To provide 24×7 uninterrupted power from renewable energy sources, experts from the UK and IITs are now working together to create a new model which combines the best of solar power, biomass energy and hydrogen. The first-of-its-kind UK-India experimental Bio-CPV project on development and integration of biomass and concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) system will soon light up a remote tribal hamlet in Shantiniketan, 180 km away from here.

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    Sensex sheds 145 points in morning session

    Mumbai: A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), on Wednesday was trading 144.66 points or 0.53 percent down during the morning session.  The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also trading 55.30 points or 0.66 percent down at 8,284.05 points.  The Sensex of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 27,447.40 points, was trading at 27,386.75 points (at 9.16 a.m.) in