Free Press Journal
  • Syed Ali Shah Geelani

    Authorities scupper Hurriyat plans of holding seminar

    Srinagar : Authorities have foiled hardline Hurriyat Conference’s plans of holding a seminar today by placing several top leaders including the amalgam’s chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani under house arrest. “The residence of Geelani has been converted into an unofficial jail. No one is allowed to enter or leave the premises,” an aide of Geelani said. He said while Geelani is under house arrest since last week, Hurriyat spokesperson Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Ayaz Akbar and Raja Mehraj-ud-din were

  • Ajay Devgan, Rohit Shetty

    Ajay Devgan is like an elder brother to me: Rohit Shetty

    Mumbai: Filmmaker Rohit Shetty, who has clocked close to 25 years of friendship with actor Ajay Devgn, says the latter is like family to him. Their friendship is one of the strongest in the Hindi film industry, and together, they have worked as an actor-director team in nine films, including the “Golmaal” series, “Singham” and “Bol Bachchan”.  Talking about their bond, Shetty told IANS: “I never realised when this friendship reached such a

  • Smoking_health

    Stealthily, Smoke Kills 1 in 8 Indians

    Breathing doesn’t come easy to Asgar Ali Siddique, 45, a Mumbai resident, especially if he walks fast or climbs stairs—all because at the age of 15, he and his friends started to experiment with smoking. One cigarette led to another and soon, Siddique evolved into a chain smoker. Cigarettes, beedis, Siddique tried them all. At 35, he first saw a doctor for his breathing troubles.

  • China to lift entry-permit requirement for Taiwan residents

    Beijing: In a bid to improve relations with Taiwan, China today said it plans to remove the entry permit requirement for Taiwan residents. Yu Zhengsheng, who head the advisory legislative body, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference CPPCC), announced the decision during a speech at the seventh Straits Forum in Xiamen in the southeastern province of Fujian, state-run Xinhua news agency reported today. Currently, residents of Taiwan, which China regards as part of it must apply

  • West Indies

    West Indies facing defeat after Aussies set massive target

    Kingston (Jamaica): West Indies are staring in the face of a series defeat as Australia established a commanding hold on the third day of the second Test at Sabina Park here.  Australia have made a confident gamble by giving West Indies a massive assignment with a winning target of nearly 400 to make in more than two days after declaring their second innings on 212/2 after tea on Saturday, reports CMC. Earlier, Australia,

  • Dornier aircraft, Search Operation

    Coast Guard expects information soon on missing aircraft

    Chennai: The Indian Coast Guard is expecting some concrete information on its missing Dornier aircraft with a submarine joining the search operations, an officer said on Sunday.  The Coast Guard also refuted television reports of the aircraft being located under water.  “The submarine (INS Sindhudhavaj) has started its search in the area where the aircraft is suspected to have fallen,” a Coast Guard officer told IANS.  “Today, b late evening we should

  • Jayant Sinha

    NDA Government inherited ‘derailed’ economy, says Jayant Sinha

    New Delhi : Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha has said that the NDA Government at the Centre had inherited an economy similar to a ‘derailed passenger train’, expressing confidence that India would see growth at a rapid rate. Speaking at an event in Mumbai, Sinha reportedly said that when the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government had come to power, the economy was like a ‘derailed passenger train’, but it has now

  • Ramdev Baba

    Yoga Day: Ramdev holds preparatory session

    New Delhi : Ahead of the first International Yoga Day celebrations on June 21, yoga guru Ramdev today held a preparatory session with a large number of his followers and children at Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium here. Braving rains, 5,200 teachers from his Patanjali Yogpeeth and other practioners including children rehearsed a 35-minute long “Common Yoga Protocol” formulated by AYSUSH Ministry this morning. The rehearsal yoga programme was attended by all those who will also

  • African gang suspected to be behind cocaine supply chain to TN

    Chennai: The arrest of some African nationals for allegedly trafficking narcotic drug cocaine in Tamil Nadu is causing concern to the authorities here as they suspect it could be part of a larger smuggling network. A gang comprising nationals of several African countries is suspected to be behind the supply chain of cocaine to individual addicts in Tamil Nadu and is operating from hideouts in Bengaluru, a top official said.

  • Usain Bolt

    Usain Bolt unhappy with time in 200m win

    New York: Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt beat Anguillan teenager Zharnel Hughes to win the 200 metres race at the Diamond League meet here. Bolt crossed the line in 20.29 seconds to claim gold ahead of Hughes, who clocked 20.32 and compatriot Julian Forte third in 20.46 on Saturday, reports CMC.  Bolt’s victory came in the absence of his close rival Justin Gatlin, who has been burning up the track — posting

  • Singapore sees increase in foreign workers salary disputes

    Singapore: Around 4,500 foreign workers in the country had sought help of Singapore government to resolve salary disputes against their employers last year, an increase of 25 per cent from their corresponding number in 2013. More and more foreign workers in Singapore were complaining about salary disputes against their employers, The Sunday Times reported. The Ministry of Manpower said around 4,500 foreign workers had sought its help to resolve salary disputes last year compared to about

  • rohit bal

    Plagiarism harmful to fashion fraternity: Rohit Bal

    New Delhi: Plagiarism in the fashion industry has long been a bane for designers not only in India, but internationally too. Ace fashion designer Rohit Bal says such cheap copies are not only a crime, but these parallel markets are also harming their business.  Bal agrees that people “lust” for designer wear, but he sees that as no reason to “copy” anyone’s designs.  “Copying is a crime… I have been lusting a

  • 2,763 militants killed since 2004 in northern Pakistan: Army

    Islamabad: A total of 2,763 terrorists have been killed in a military operation launched in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region a year ago, a media report said on Sunday.  As many as 347 officers and soldiers were also killed during the “Zarb-e-Azb” miltary operation, the News International quoted the Pakistan Army’s media wing as saying.  “Zarb-e-Azb is moving to the last few pockets close to Pak-Afghan border. So far 2,763 terrorists have been

  • GIC Singapore scouts for more opportunities in West Bengal

    Kolkata: GIC Singapore, the sovereign wealth fund of the island nation, is trying to scout for more opportunities in West Bengal. “After investing USD 32.5 million in Kolkata Riverside, a 262-acre township, the fund is looking for more opportunities here,” Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra told PTI. The GIC-invested PE fund, sponsored by HDFC Property and domiciled in Singapore, had signed a USD 32.5 million (Rs 200 crore) agreement with Hiland Group during the Bengal

  • Afghan Bomb attack

    District governor, three others killed in Afghan bomb attack

    Kabul: A district governor and three police officials were killed on Sunday in a bomb attack on his vehicle in Afghanistan’s Takhar province. “Hamid Haqjo, governor of Ishkamish, was killed in a bomb attack while he was monitoring security checkpoints in the district,” a provincial official told Xinhua news agency.  Three policemen travelling in his vehicle were also killed in the explosion, the official added.

  • Rohan Bopanna-Florin Mergea

    Rohan Bopanna-Florin Mergea enter Stuttgart Open final

    Stuttgart: Indo-Romanian tennis pair of Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea played brilliantly to enter the men’s doubles final of the 574,965-euro Stuttgart Open here.  The fourth seeds beat Polish-Serbian second seeds Marcin Matkowski and Nenad Zimonjic 6-3, 6-7(6), 10-7 in an hour and 12 minutes on the centre court of the Tennis Club Weissenhof late on Saturday.  They will take on Austrian-Brazilian third seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares in the final

  • Militant Killed,

    Former militant killed in Jammu & Kashmir

    Srinagar: Unidentified gunmen on Sunday shot at and killed a former militant at Sopore town in Jammu and Kashmir, police said. Police said unidentified gunmen shot at Mehraj-ud-Din Dar, a former militant of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) outside his home in Sopore town on Sunday morning.  “Unidentified gunmen fired at Dar from close range outside his home in Sopore today. He died on the spot”, a senior police officer said here. This

  • Sayali Bhagat

    Vigilance is up when I’m in Delhi: Sayali Bhagat

    New Delhi: Former Miss India and actress Sayali Bhagat, who has shifted to Delhi after getting married, says her vigilance has gone up since the time she shifted here and she takes extra precaution while moving out from house on any evening. “I do take extra precaution moving out in evening in Delhi. From informing everybody about my whereabouts, be on the tracker with my family to keeping my phone charged, I keep

  • Court acquits 2 persons accused of firing at police team

    New Delhi: Two persons, accused of firing at a police team which apprehended them following a chase here in 2010, have been acquitted by a Delhi court as it noted that contradictions in the version of witnesses raise “serious doubts” over the incident. Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh acquitted Surjeet and Sonu Daggar, who were arrested by Special Cell of Delhi Police in November 2010. Two pistols were allegedly recovered from their possession. “The

  • Sadanand Gowda

    Amended arbitration law to cut down costs, delays: D V Sadananda Gowda

    New Delhi: A string of amendments to the arbitration law to end delays and eliminate high costs in a bid to provide ease of doing business is being worked out by the government which is also finalizing a national policy to cut down on litigation.