Free Press Journal
  • MERS, Virus

    South Korea reports two more MERS deaths, five new cases

    Seoul : South Korea reported today two more deaths and five new cases in the growing outbreak of MERS which has placed more than 5,200 people under quarantine and sparked widespread alarm. The latest deaths of two men — aged 58 and 61 — put the total number of fatalities from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome at 16 since the outbreak began less a month ago. One victim had diabetes while the other had no underlying

  • Burial set for American killed fighting Islamic State

    Boston: Funeral arrangements for an American killed in Syria while fighting the Islamic State group have been set for later this week. Keith Broomfield, who had no military training, is believed to be the first US citizen to die fighting alongside Kurdish forces against IS.  Broomfield, 36, will be buried Wednesday at a private ceremony following a morning funeral at Grace Baptist Church in Hudson. A wake will be held at the church Tuesday evening. Broomfield,

  • Mers death toll rises to 16 in South Korea

    Seoul : The death toll from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) that has hit South Korea has risen to 16. South Korean officials have also reported five new cases in the nation, which has the largest outbreak outside the Middle East, reports the BBC. Officials say 150 people have now contracted the virus in South Korea.Meanwhile, a 38-year-old South Korean man in Slovakia tested negative for the virus, but will remain in quarantine

  • Pakistan releases ‘patriotic video’ to mark Operation Zarb-i-Azb’s first anniversary

    Karachi : The Pakistani army’s public relations wing has reportedly released a patriotic video to mark the one year anniversary of Operation Zarb-i-Azb, aimed at flushing out militants from the country. The four-minute clip opens with a re-enacted scene, where a frightened child is surrounded by militants pointing weapons at her. Another scene shows militants intimating tribesmen with their kalashnikovs. The video then cuts to Pakistani soldiers boarding military aircrafts and vehicles to

  • Indian-Americans should contribute to India’s progress: Singh

    Washington: Having excelled in America in their respective fields, there are tremendous opportunities for Indian-Americans to contribute to the development of India and its ties with the US, a top Indian diplomat has said. “The relationship between India and the US is very strong across a whole range of sectors in the economic field, in technology and in the defense where we are making tremendous progress,” Indian Ambassador to the US Arun K Singh

  • Napoleon Bonaparte’s getaway ship found in Australian waters

    Canberra: A ship used by French military and political leader Napoleon Bonaparte to sneak back into France while he was in exile has been found in Australia, a media report said on Monday. Australian filmmaker and shipwreck hunter Ben Cropp claimed that he found the final resting place of the “Swiftsure” in shallow waters off far north Queensland state, The Australian reported.  Cropp had to risk a dive in crocodile-infested waters off

  • Pakistan group condemns plight of Rohingya Muslims

    Islamabad: Pakistani political organisation Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) has condemned the plight of Rohingya Muslims and demanded that Muslim countries severe diplomatic relations with Myanmar in protest, a media report said on Monday. Addressing a protest rally in Islamabad on Sunday, JI chief Sirajul Haq urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to convene an Islamist summit to come up with a common strategy for the protection of Muslims all over the world, especially the Rohingyas,

  • Militant hideout busted in Jammu-Kashmir

    Srinagar: Security forces have busted a militant hideout and recovered a cache of arms and ammunition from Khrew forest area in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, police said today. On specific information, a joint team of Army and police last night launched a search operation in Pampore area, a police spokesperson said. During the search, security forces busted a militant hideout and recovered one AK rifle, five AK magazines, 127 rounds, five hand grenades, seven UBGL grenades, two

  • India Sensex

    Sensex pulls back sharply in late trade, up 157 points

    Mumbai : The benchmark BSE Sensex rebounded sharply by over 156 points and the broader Nifty traded above the crucial 8,000-level on solid buying in capital goods, healthcare, auto, IT, oil & gas, consumer durables, realty and technology sectors. Banking, power and metal counters saw some selling pressure though. Investor sentiment got a lift from strong IIP and steady inflation (CPI) numbers released on Friday despite weak Asian cues. The 2-day US Federal Open Market

  • Militant Killed,

    Sopore: Ex-militant shot dead; fourth killing in last 7 days

    Srinagar: The terror of targeted killings continued in Sopore today as suspected militants shot dead a man in the fourth such attack in the north Kashmir town in the last seven days and the second since yesterday. According to police, Aijaz Ahmad Reshi, a former militant, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen outside his residence in the Mundji locality of Sopore town. No militant outfit has so far claimed responsibility for the attack. This is fourth

  • Woman, infant daughter strangulated for dowry in UP

    Sitapur: A 21-year-old woman and her infant daughter were strangled to death allegedly by her husband and in-laws over dowry demand in Mehmoodabad area here, police said today. Manisha and her five-month-old daughter were yesterday strangulated by her husband Vimlesh and in-laws for dowry, police said. The victim’s father has alleged that Vimlesh and his family have been demanding Rs 50,000 and a gold chain as dowry since the two got married three years back, they

  • Lalit Modi

    Lalit Modi row: Prashant Bhushan calls for creation of ‘conflict of interest’ law

    New Delhi : In the aftermath of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj acknowledging the assistance provided by her office with regards to former IPL chairman Lalit Modi’s travel papers, senior advocate Prashant Bhushan on Monday called for her resignation while also urging the authorities to look into the creation of a ‘conflict of interest’ law. “Sushma Swaraj was the External Affairs Minister Lalit Modi at that time was an absconder from the law

  • Ex-servicemen continue agitation over delay in implementation of OROP

    New Delhi : Hundreds of ex-servicemen gathered at Jantar Mantar here on Monday continue to protest against the delay in implementation of the One Rank One Pension (OROP) policy. The protest was organised by Indian ex-servicemen Movement (IESM). The IESM had warned last week that if their demands were not met, they would agitate and go on a hunger strike. The treasurer of the IESM, who is also an ex-air force pilot, had earlier said that the advisors to

  • Akhilesh Yadav

    BJP takes on Akhilesh Yadav government over attacks on journalists in UP

    New Delhi : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday took on the Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh after two attacks on media personnel in a week, adding that the incidents were a warning signal to journalists to not highlight the ground reality of the state. “The series of horrific incidents involving journalists in Uttar Pradesh shows a pattern. It seems that the journalists are the target of a specific attack by

  • SC directs CBSE to conduct AIPMT exam in four weeks

    New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Monday set aside the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) entrance exam and directed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to re-conduct the exam in four weeks. The ruling comes after petitioners sought the re-conducting of the AIPMT following the leak of the question paper and the circulation of answers at examination centres across 10 states. Meanwhile, the CBSE, which had conducted the exam, opposed the

  • Omar Abdullah

    Omar Abdullah takes on Mufti for Sopore killings

    New Delhi : Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Monday criticised the incumbent Mufti Mohammad Sayeed after a fifth civilian was shot dead in Sopore by unknown gunmen in the last two weeks. The National Conference leader took to twitter to share his views. “Another shooting in Sopore! It’s going from bad to worse there & yet apologists for this govt & it’s CM will tell you things are great in

  • Kanpur: Three houses collapse after cylinder blast

    Kanpur : At least three houses collapsed on Monday after a cylinder exploded in the Kuli bazaar area of Kanpur. “Around 9.15 a.m., we received the information that three houses have collapsed due to a cylinder blast in Kuli bazaar and five people have been injured. Work is going on to find the buried people,” said Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Avinash Singh. The injured have been admitted in the hospital with the help of

  • Nitish Kumar

    Nitish Kumar is arrogant : Jharkhand CM Raghuvar Das

    Jamshedpur : In a retort to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s advice to BJP president Amit Shah to practice yoga regularly at home without much ado, his Jharkhand counterpart Raghuvar Das today branded him as ‘arrogant and proud’.”Nitish Kumar is arrogant and proud. The people of Bihar will teach him a lesson in the forthcoming assembly poll,” Das, who held a meeting with party workers in regard with the preparation for the World Yoga

  • Gujarat BSF out-posts to shine with solar energy

    Ahmedabad: In an innovative effort to fight electricity crisis in forward areas, Gujarat Frontier of the Border Security Force (BSF) is all set to use solar energy for its out-posts located in remote border areas, where no electrification is possible till date. Union Minister of State for Home and top BSF officials confirmed that Gujarat frontier will soon set up a five mega watt soar energy plant and also separately electrify 20 Border Out Posts (BoPs) by

  • Kolkata-Colombo direct flight to take off from Wed

    Kolkata: Kolkata is all set to have direct flights to Colombo, starting this Wednesday. Sri Lanka government’s low-cost carrier Mihin Lanka will operate the service thrice a week from the Netaji Subhas Chandra International Airport. The direct air link will cut down travel time to the Sri Lankan capital by three hours, president of Indian Association of Tour Operators Subhash Goyal said. “This will not only save time for passengers, but will be very economical as well. We are