Free Press Journal
  • Jayalalithaa

    Jayalalithaa to contest from RK Nagar constituency

    Chennai: AIADMK supremo and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has been announced as party candidate for the June 27 by-election to Radhakrishnan Nagar Assembly Constituency, a seat vacated by her party MLA P Vetrivel. A decision to this effect was taken at the AIADMK Parliamentary Board meeting here, Jayalalithaa said in a party statement. She had been tipped to contest from the constituency following Vetrivel’s resignation. Jayalalithaa had earlier represented her native Srirangam constituency prior to her conviction

  • NSUI protests

    Student body de-recognition: NSUI protests outside Smriti Irani house

    New Delhi: Scores of NSUI workers today held a protest outside HRD Minister Smriti Irani’s official residence here over IIT-Madras de-recognising a students’ body for reportedly criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The protesters from Congress’ students wing raised anti-government slogans and accused the HRD Ministry of being behind the action against the body. They also demanded that the action against the students’ body be revoked. Some of the protesters were detained by police when they tried to

  • Reviving lost memories in amnesia patients now possible  

    Washington : A recent research claims that that the memories that have been lost due amnesia can now be recalled by activating brain cells with light. Researchers at MIT revealed that using a technology known as optogenetics, they were able to reactivate memories that could not otherwise be retrieved. Neuroscientists have being debating for years that whether retrograde amnesia, which leads to diseases such as Alzheimer, is caused by

  • Rajnath Singh

    No Minister in Modi govt powerless: Rajnath Singh 

    New Delhi: No Minister in the Narendra Modi government is ‘ashakta’ (powerless) and all of them believe in the philosophy of ‘less talk and more work’, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today. “What do you think? Koi ashakta nahi hain. Sabhi log sashakta hain (No one is powerless. All are empowered). We talk less but work more,” he said at a press conference here. He was replying to a question on whether Ministers in the

  • Mystery behind Swiss cheese holes revealed

    London : While you may have thought all sorts of reason behind why there are holes Swiss cheese, including mice eating their way through, it turns out it’s dirt that causes such gaps in food. According to government agricultural institute Agroscope, when the milk is collected in the bucket, “microscopically small hay particles” fall in, and expand into bigger holes as the cheese matures, reports the BBC.

  • P Chidambaram

    Congress does not practise politics of minorityism: P Chidambaram

    New Delhi: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram today rejected criticism that his party practised politics of minorityism but asserted it cannot close its eyes to the discrimination against Muslims and other sections including Dalits. He scoffed at the suggestion that Rahul Gandhi’s recent visit to Kedarnath temple was an attempt at wooing Hindu votes to counter the perception about being pro-minorities., “It’s a personal decision of a person. So why should there be any comment

  • Glenn McGrath

    Glenn McGrath to train rookie Australian players at MRF academy

    Melbourne: Pace legend Glenn McGrath is set to train a bunch of rookie Australian players at India’s MRF academy during his visit to the country next month. McGrath, who took over as coaching director from Dennis Lillee at the MRF pace foundation in 2012, will oversee a contingent from Australia’s National Cricket Centre (NCC), which will travel to Chennai in early June. Australia’s spin coach John Davison will take a group of batsmen and spin bowlers

  • Rajnath Singh

    Ram Temple an important issue but focus is on development: Rajnath Singh

    New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh today acknowledged that building of Ram temple in Ayodhya is an important issue and the Government would welcome an out of court settlement but as such it was focused on development agenda. At a press conference here to highlight NDA government’s achievements, he also asserted that he is a member of RSS. “All issues are important. But we have to fix priorities. Now, we are working on the

  • Google seeks to expand Android OS beyond cellphones

     Washington:  Multinational technology giant Google has announced its intention to expand its Android mobile operating system (OS) beyond cellphones.  The company announced on Thursday its big product lines for the coming months at its annual conference of developers in San Francisco, where it presented its new version of the Android OS, which is already used in more than 1.3 billion devices worldwide, EFE news agency reported.

  • murder

    Man arrested for stabbing minor sister to death

    Muzaffarnagar: A 25-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly killing his minor sister over some family dispute in Rasoolpur village, police said today. The accused Zishan was arrested yesterday for stabbing to death his 15-year-old sister Sahiba, Sub Inspector Manoj Yadav said. Yadav said the knife allegedly used in the crime has also been recovered. He said the accused was arrested when he was allegedly preparing to flee to Delhi to avoid arrest. The incident occurred

  • Acid Attack

    Meerut family attacked with acid by son-in-law

    Meerut: A late night acid attack left seven members of a family, including a six-month-old child and five women, injured in Meerut. Nisar, who pulls a rickshaw for a living, alleged that his family was attacked by his son-in-law, over a dowry related dispute. “At around 2 am last night, one Sajid and one Saka Wasim climbed out terrace. They had a can of acid with them and threw the acid on us. My

  • Army jawan injured in landmine blast

    Jammu: An Army jawan was injured in a landmine blast near the Line of Control (LoC) in Akhnoor belt of Jammu district. Sepoy Anoop Kumar was injured when he inadvertently stepped over the mine close to the LoC in Pallanwala sector of Jammu district yesterday, a defence spokesman said today. The jawan was rushed to the Military Hospital where his condition was stated to be stable, the spokesman said.

  • Guerrilla hideout busted in Jammu

    Jammu: Security forces overnight busted a guerrilla hideout in Jammu region’s Reasi district and recovered arms and ammunition, an official said here on Friday. “The security forces busted a terrorist hideout yesterday (Thursday) and recovered arms and ammunition from the higher reaches of Arnas in Reasi district,” defence spokesman Manish Mehta told IANS.  The operation was launched by the troops of 61 Rashtriya Rifles and the police on receiving specific information.  The

  • HRD Ministry to rebut Congress charges point-by-point

    New Delhi: Seeking to counter allegations levelled by Congress in its report card on Modi government, the HRD Ministry is preparing a point-by-point rebuttal on charges that include infringing on the autonomy of higher educational institutions and a cut in the education budget. The HRD Ministry would highlight the fact that the budget cuts would have little impact on the big-ticket programmes as they are still at an initial stage of implementation. The argument would

  • Volcano erupts

    Residents evacuated after volcano eruption in Japan

    Tokyo: At least 120 residents were evacuated to safety after a volcano erupted in Japan’s Kuchinoerabu island on Friday. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued alerts demanding local residents to leave the island after it upgraded its warning from level 3 to level 5, the highest level of its volcano alert system, Xinhua news agency reported.  A volcano had also erupted in August last year.  There were no immediate reports of casualties and

  • Rape case

    Girl abducted, gangraped in UP

    Muzaffarnagar: A 20-year-old girl was allegedly abducted and gangraped by three persons in Sakoti village of Shamli district following which the accused were arrested, police said today. The incident took place on May 25 when the victim was abducted by three persons including a minor while she was working in fields with her mother, they said. The trio tied the victim’s mother to a tree and fled with the girl, police said.  She was rescued yesterday and

  • Pakistan executes three rebels convicted in 1998 plane hijacking

    Karachi : Pakistani authorities have executed three rebels who were convicted of hijacking a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane in 1992. According to The Nation, the executions were carried out on the 17th anniversary of the tests on Thursday. One of the men, Shabir Rind, was hanged in Karachi and two others, Shahsawar Baloch and Sabir Baloch, were hanged in Hyderabad prison, said officials. They were sentenced to death for hijacking the PIA aircraft with

  • North Korean hackers capable of launching attacks that ‘could kill’ people

    London : A high profile defector has warned that North Korean hackers may launch attacks capable of destroying critical infrastructure and even killing people. According to BBC, Prof Kim Heung-Kwang said that North Korea has almost 6,000 trained military hackers. The warning came following last year’s Sony Pictures hack which was attributed to North Korea. Korean technology expert Martyn Williams asserted that the threat was “theoretical” in nature while Heung-Kwang called for international organisations to

  • Mark Zuckerberg

    Car bombs kill 10 in Iraq

    Baghdad : At least 10 people were killed and 27 others injured on Friday when two bombs, planted on separate cars inside the parking lots of two hotels here, exploded, a media report said. A car bomb in the parking lot of Babil Hotel in central Baghdad exploded, killing at least six people and wounding 14 others, Xinhua reported, citing a security official.  About five minutes later, a second car bomb exploded

  • Airstrikes, Pakistan, terrorist

    Majority of Americans support drone strikes in Pakistan : survey

    Washington : Nearly 60 per cent of Americans support the country’s policy of carrying out drone strikes against militants in Pakistan, according to a national survey. The Pew survey, released yesterday, stated that while 58 per cent Americans approve of US drone strikes to target militants in countries such as Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, about a third (35 per cent) disapproves such attacks. The survey was conducted between May 12-18 based on telephone interviews