Free Press Journal
  • Earthquake

    4 moderate tremors jolt Nepal

    Kathmandu: Four moderate earthquakes with magnitudes between 4 and 5.2 jolted Nepal early today, taking the total number of aftershocks to 320 after the devastating earthquake struck the country on April 25. The first aftershock of 4.4 magnitude was recorded at 5.58 am (local time) with epicenter at Ramkot, 7 kilometers west of the capital Kathmandu. The aftershock was strong enough to get people out of their houses. A 5.2 magnitude tremor recorded at 6.14 am

  • Arun Jaitley

    Arun Jaitley to hold meetings with FIIs, top CEOs in US

    New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who left for a nine-day visit to the United States last night, will hold meetings with Foreign Institutional Investors (FII) and top CEOs of American financial companies during his stay. As part of the first leg of his visit, the Finance Minister willarrive in New York today and hold a luncheon meeting with executives of top US companies, organised by FICCI. He will give details regarding broad

  • Vladimir Putin

    NATO hits out at Putin’s ‘dangerous nuclear sabre-rattling’

    London: Lashing out at Russia’s move to expand its nuclear arsenal, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) has reportedly dubbed it as amounting to ‘nuclear sabre-rattling’ and called it ‘unjustified’ and ‘dangerous.’ NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to add 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles into service this year had confirmed the pattern and behaviour of Russia over a period of time: that it was investing more

  • Japan lowers voting age to 18

    Tokyo: Japan passed legislation to lower the voting age to 18 from its current 20 today, allowing teenagers into polling booths for the first time. The move will bring Japan – where political power resides firmly with the burgeoning older generations – into line with other developed countries and will extend the franchise to an extra 2.4 million 18- and 19-year-olds. These young people are expected to cast their first votes in the upper house

  • John Kerry

    John Kerry speaks to Sharif to reduce India, Pakistan tensions

    Washington: “Enormously concerned” over recent increase in tensions between India and Pakistan, US Secretary of State John Kerry has spoken with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to work out how to tamp them down, acknowledging that the latter had just finished a conversation with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The increase “in the tensions publicly between India and Pakistan” over India’s surgical cross border strike against militants in Myanmar, was “of enormous concern

  • Train Derailment

    Two coaches of Bangalore-Chennai mail derail; no casualties

    Chennai: Two coaches of the city-bound Bangalore-Chennai Mail derailed here today, but there were no casualties. The incident occurred at Basin Bridge near Central Railway Station this morning, a Southern Railway official said. There were no casualties. Some trains were delayed as a result but operations were restored later, they added.

  • Charles Correa

    Charles Correa, India’s ‘greatest architect’, passes away

    Mumbai: Charles Correa, the face of modern architecture in India, passed away here last night after a brief illness. He was 84. The last rites will be performed here tomorrow, family sources told PTI. Correa played a defining role in developing architecture of post-Independence India and has designed some of the most outstanding structures. He was the man behind the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial in Ahmedabad and Madhya Pradesh assembly building.

  • MERS, Virus

    South Korea reports eight new MERS cases

    Seoul: South Korea reported eight new cases of MERS virus today, including four at a hospital at the centre of the outbreak, as questions grow over authorities’ ability to contain the disease that has killed 19 people in less than a month. The eight patients, whose ages range from 31 to 79 years old, push the total number of infections from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome up to 162, the health ministry said. No new fatalities have

  • 6 killed in California balcony collapse during a party

    Berkeley (US): A 21st-birthday party thrown by a group of visiting Irish college students turned tragic when the fifth-floor balcony they were crammed onto collapsed with a sharp crack, spilling them about 50 feet onto the pavement. Six people were killed and seven seriously injured yesterday. Police and fire and building officials were working to figure out why the small balcony broke loose from the stucco apartment house a couple of blocks from the campus

  • Kailash Satyarthi

    Kailash Satyarthi gives clarion call to eliminate child labour

    Washington: Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi has given a clarion call to leaders and countries towards global elimination of child labour and slavery. “It is a matter of great shame that even in the 21st century this ugly form of slavery exists in the form of child labour,” Satyarthi said in his remarks from the footsteps of the historic Lincoln Memorial with gigantic freedom written in the backdrop here yesterday. Joined by a large number of

  • TMCP leader arrested for threatening police

    Raniganj (WB): A block president of ruling Trinamool Congress’s students wing has been arrested and suspended from the outfit after he allegedly threatened to set ablaze a police vehicle and hurl bombs at a police station. The incident took place at TTP College in Raniganj in Burdwan district yesterday when a police van was sighted outside the college just when the Trinamool Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) was going ahead with their programme of submitting a deputation

  • ACB notices to TDP MLA, MLC for quizzing in cash-for-vote case

    Hyderabad: The Telangana Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has served notices on TDP MLA and a MLC nominee as part of questioning in connection with the cash-for-vote case. “Notices have been served on S V Veeraiah, TDP MLA from Sathupally in Khammam district and MLC nominee Vem Narendar Reddy seeking their appearance as part of questioning in the case,” an ACB officer said today. Vem Narender Reddy had unsuccessfully contested the Telangana Legislative Council polls held on June 1. As

  • Hurriyat leaders call for shutdown in Srinagar over Sopore killings

    Srinagar : The Hurriyat Conference (G), Hurriyat Conference (M) and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) have jointly called for a complete shutdown across Kashmir on Wednesday, over the killings of civilians at Sopore in Baramulla district. All shops, business establishments, schools, colleges are closed and public transport is off from the roads. “We request government that the culprit should be brought forth because those killed are not at fault. They are being killed for

  • Auto Strike

    Autorickshaws strike hits Mumbai hard

    Mumbai: Over a million commuters, office-goers and students were hit badly as around 20,000 autorickshaws went off the roads Wednesday in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai to press for their demands of banning radio taxis and having a social welfare scheme. This is the second time in two days that Mumbai commuters have been hit after Tuesday’s strike by a section of taxi-drivers union led by Nitesh Rane.  Wednesday’s strike saw many

  • India Sensex

    Sensex surges 123 points in early trade

    Mumbai : A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), on Wednesday was trading at 123.53 points or 0.46 percent up during the morning session. The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also trading at 36.90 points or 0.46 percent up at 8,084.20 points.  The Sensex of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 26,815.41 points, was trading at 26,810.04 points (at 9.18

  • Militant nabbed after entering India from Nepal

    Poonch (Jammu and Kashmir) : The police have arrested a militant, who had crossed over into the country from Nepal, along with his family members. Identified as Abdul Gani, he had crossed over to Pakistan 15 years ago and was undergoing training with different militant organisations, the police said. He had joined Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfit in 2004, followed by Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) in 2009. He was allegedly involved in many militant operations with both

  • Four terrorists killed in Pakistan

    Islamabad: Four terrorists were killed in a gunfight with the security forces in Pakistan’s Karachi city, media reported.  The four militants on two motorbikes in the Safoora Chowk area in the provincial capital of Sindh were spotted by police and asked to slow down. The militants opened fire, leading to a gunbattle, reported Dawn news.  “The policemen asked the riders to stop, but they fired shots instead, triggering firing by the police.

  • Protest in Hongkong

    Security beefed up in Hong Kong ahead of crucial democracy showdown

    London : Hundreds of protesters have gathered outside Hong Kong’s Legislative Council building as the government is set to present a ‘controversial’ electoral reform package ahead of a crucial vote later this week. Security around the building has been beefed up, with at least 200 officers stationed inside and another 1,000 deployed outside, as a crowd comprising pro-democracy and pro-Beijing supporters raised slogans and waved banners, reported the BBC. The package will give the

  • Pappu Yadav

    Claiming conspiracy, Pappu Yadav dismisses allegations of harassment

    New Delhi : Bihar MP Pappu Yadav on Wednesday dismissed allegations of harassment levelled at him by an airhostess, claiming that there was a conspiracy against him. “I have been travelling by flight for the past 35 years and there has never been a single allegation against me. I am going to file a complaint against this allegation to the CEO of the airlines because I feel that the airhostess and the crew

  • Sergio Aguero

    Argentina back on track as Aguero sinks Uruguay

    La Serena (Chile): Sergio Aguero reignited Argentina’s Copa America challenge here, scoring the only goal as the favourites defeated historic rivals Uruguay 1-0 in a hard-fought first round clash. English Premier League star Aguero headed home a cross from Manchester City team-mate Pablo Zabaleta in the 56th minute to settle a gritty encounter that leaves the Argentines on pole to win Group B. Uruguay’s defeat means the 2011 champions must now beat Paraguay in their