Free Press Journal
  • Turkey keen to invest in Make In India: Envoy

    Kolkata: Turkish Ambassador Burak Akcapar said on Tuesday his country is keen to invest in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make In India campaign, particularly in the manufacturing and construction sectors. “We are looking into the possible opportunities in the context of Make in India but no concrete step has been taken. We are looking forward to receiving information and possible visits from India to explain the objectives to which we can contribute,” Akcapar

  • Digvijay Singh

    Narendra Modi, Arun Jaitley must come clean on ‘Modigate’: Digvijay Singh

    New Delhi: Keeping up the attack on the government over ‘Modigate’, Congress general Secretary Digvijay Singh today questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s silence on the issue. The senior Congress leader also asked the ruling party to explain the reference to ‘asteen ka saanp’ in a tweet by BJP MP Kirti Azad which came as the row erupted over help offered by Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj to scam-tainted former IPL

  • Rape case

    Minor raped by neighbour in UP

    Barabanki (UP): A 7-year-old girl was allegedly been raped by a neighbour in Satrikh area here, police said today. The victim was sleeping alone on the terrace of her house last night, when the accused, Mahendra, jumped there from his house and raped her, they said. The girl has been sent for treatment, police said, adding the matter is being probed.

  • Sushma Swaraj

    Congres steps up demand for Sushma Swaraj’s sacking

    New Delhi: Congress today stuck to its demand for sacking of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for helping Lalit Modi get travel documents, alleging that the “suit boot ki sarkaar” was all out to save a person accused of violations and misappropriation of crores of rupees. “The BJP, the External Affairs Minister and the whole government have come out to save an accused of the Enforcement Directorate. The suit boot ki sarkar is doing everything

  • Lalit Modi

    MEA, Finance Ministry speaking in differing voices on Lalit Modi

    New Delhi: Senior advocate Sanjay Hegde on Tuesday opined that the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Ministry of Finance are speaking in differing voices with respect to the controversy surrounding former IPL chairman Lalit Modi. “The Government of India is one entity and the MEA and the Finance Ministry are part of that. They must not take different stances. However, while the Finance Ministry was securing Lalit Modi’s return to India,

  • Fishing

    Sea fishing operations kick start in Odisha

    Kendrapara (Odisha): With lifting of government-imposed ban, sea fishing operations got a kick start even as fishing hubs were abuzz with hectic activity along Odisha coast. In a move to ensure safe and unhindered breeding of sea fish, the Odisha government had clamped a two-month ban on marine fishing operations. The ban order which remained in force from April 15, was lifted yesterday. The restriction imposed in view of breeding season of fish earlier

  • Maggi Ban

    Nestle distributors recalling Maggi noodles in Mizoram

    Aizawl: Mizoram’s four authorised distributors of Maggi instant noodles were recalling the products from different retailers and outlets across the state and the recalling process was expected to be over by this week, state health department officials said. State health department Joint Director (Food and Drugs administration) Lalsawma said that though the state government did not ban the Nestle product as done in some states, instructions of the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India

  • Lalit Modi, Sushma Swaraj

    PM Narendra Modi must order probe to expose real game plan : Shiv Sena

    Mumbai: Claiming that Sushma Swaraj has been targeted under a “political game” to oust her from BJP, Shiv Sena today said it is imperative for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to step in and order an investigation to know who is so keen on “maligning” her “clean” reputation.

  • John Kerry

    John Kerry urges Sergei Lavrov to respect Ukraine ceasefire

    Washington: Secretary of State John Kerry has pressed his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to ensure that Moscow respects the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, the State Department has said. In a telephone call to Lavrov, Kerry “urged Russia to seize the opportunity of upcoming meetings of the Trilateral Contact Group and its Working Groups to accelerate progress on implementing the Minsk agreements,” signed in February, said John Kirby, a State Department spokesman, yesterday. Moscow denies supporting the

  • Chile, Bolivia

    Chile held, Bolivia upset Ecuador in Copa goal-fest

    Santiago: Mexico snatched a pulsating 3-3 draw with Chile while Bolivia downed Ecuador in a five-goal thriller as the Copa America laid on a feast of attacking football. A dramatic day of action in Group A saw Bolivia secure their first win in the tournament in 18 years with a 3-2 victory over Ecuador in Valparaiso before an epic battle between Chile and Mexico in Santiago.  Chile, 2-0 winners over Ecuador in their opening game, looked to have

  • Maharashtra to appoint housing regulatory body for home buyers

    Mumbai: Maharashtra government will soon appoint a regulatory body to safeguard interests of home buyers after the Centre gave a go ahead to the state to frame rules to implement the Housing Regulatory Bill passed by the legislature and approved by the President. “The process of framing of rules is in progress and the delay was because the Centre had framed a similar law “Real Estate” (Regulation and Development Bill) and wanted the state to

  • Miley Cyrus

    Miley Cyrus launches transgender youth social media campaign

    Los Angeles: Pop star Miley Cyrus is teaming up with bosses at Instagram to launch a campaign showcasing the issues facing transgender youth. The #InstaPride campaign will feature stories about young, transgender people, and the 22-year-old singer has turned photographer to post pictures of her subjects on the social media site. “I’m launching #InstaPride today, in partnership with @Instagram, to share stories of transgender and gender expansive people from around the country. “Over the next 2 weeks,

  • Sepp Blatter

    Sepp Blatter to skip U-20 final in New Zealand

    Wellington: FIFA boss Sepp Blatter has cancelled plans to visit New Zealand for this weekend’s Under-20 World Cup final in Auckland, world football’s governing body said today. “Due to his current commitments in Zurich, the FIFA president (Blatter) will not be able to travel to New Zealand to attend the final of the FIFA U-20 World Cup,” a spokeswoman said. The Swiss supremo would likely have received a cool reception had he made the long trip, after New Zealand Football

  • Jitender Singh Tomar

    Fake degree case: Jitender Singh Tomar’s lawyer withdraws bail application

    New Delhi : Former Delhi law minister Jitender Singh Tomar’s lawyer on Tuesday withdrew the bail application after the AAP leader was sent to police custody remand for four days. The withdrawal of the bail application has been accepted by the Saket sessions court. Tomar is accused of possessing two fake degrees: a law degree and a BSC degree. An FIR was lodged against him under IPC Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120B

  • Selena Gomez

    Selena Gomez becomes new face of Pantene for USD 3M

    Washington : With her flawless tresses and 3 million dollars in her bag, Selena Gomez has landed her first beauty campaign as the new face of Pantene. The 22-year-old singer recently revealed on Instagram that she will be stepping up as the brand’s spokes model by writing, “I am so happy to announce my new partnership with Pantene! #SelenaxPantene#strongisbeautiful @pantenehair,” reported E! Online. Sources have revealed that the ‘Slow Down’ hit-maker has bagged a

  • Mike Hesson

    ‘Scary’ England impress New Zealand coach Mike Hesson

    London: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson believes his side are now facing a far more “scary” England team compared to the one the Blackcaps thrashed at the World Cup. In February, New Zealand hammered England by eight wickets in Wellington en route to a World Cup final which they lost to co-hosts Australia. The Blackcaps skittled out England for just 123 on that occasion, with Tim Southee taking a New Zealand one-day international record seven for 33.

  • Jaguar fighter aircraft

    Jaguar fighter aircraft crashes near Allahabad, pilots eject

    Allahabad (UP): A Jaguar fighter aircraft of  the Indian Air Force (IAF) today crashed while on a routine sortie near here, the second such incident this year. Both the pilots had ejected, IAF officials said, adding efforts were on to find them. The aircraft took off from the Allahabad base at 7:25 AM and crashed at around 8:47 AM nearly 18 kms from here. A court of inquiry has been ordered, IAF officials said. In March,

  • Petrol, Diesel

    Petrol prices hiked, Diesel prices lowered

    New Delhi : The price of petrol has been hiked across the country by 64 paise per litre, while the price of diesel has been lowered by Rs 1.35 per litre. A statement by the Indian Oil Corporation stated that the cost of petrol was increased in lieu of the increase in crude prices in the international market, while the cost of diesel has been decreased due to the downward revision in the

  • Shot dead

    Property dealer shot dead in UP

    Muzaffarnagar: A property dealer was shot dead allegedly by three persons in Shamli district, police said today. The incident took place yesterday when 26-year-old Devyansh, was going to Jhal village on a bike with his two brothers, Circle Officer Nishank Sharma said. Three persons opened firing at them. While Devyansh died on the spot, his brothers escaped unhurt, he added.  Prima facie it appears to be fallout of an old enmity. One of the accused has been identified as

  • Syrian Kurds retake key IS-held town of Tal Abyad

    London : Syrian Kurdish fighters have reportedly seized control over the Islamic State-held town of Tal Abyad, cutting off a vital route used by jihadists to bring in foreign fighters. Huseyin Kocher, a Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG) commander in Tal Abyad, said that the whole city was under their control and there was no more fighting. He also assured people that they will clear all the remnants of IS in northern Syria,