Free Press Journal
  • Jayalalithaa

    Jayalalithaa to hit campaign trail on June 22

    Chennai: AIADMK supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who is contesting the June 27 bypoll to Radhakrishnan Nagar assembly constituency, will hit campaign trail on June 22, the party said today. In her one day programme, she will campaign in different places and address two public rallies, a party statement here said. Jayalalithaa has set up a 50-member election committee which includes 28 ministers, to work for AIADMK’s victory. The Chief Minister is

  • Khaleda Zia

    Khaleda Zia appears before court in graft cases

    Dhaka : Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia has reportedly appeared before a court in connection to the Zia Orphanage and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases. A petition filed by Zia’s lawyers told the court that they had earlier submitted a writ petition with the High Court, asking it to expunge the recording of the complainant’s statement, reported The Daily Star. Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar of the Special Judge Court-3 had earlier adjourned

  • 16 Pakistani journalists have gone into exile since 2010, says report

    Karachi : A new report has revealed that as many as 16 Pakistani journalists have gone into exile since 2010 due to work-related persecution. According to the data collated by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the total number of journalists who had to flee their homeland worldwide was over 450, reported the Dawn. The report, which included only those journalists who were forced to flee due to work-related persecution and remained in exile

  • Hong Kong lawmakers snub Beijing-backed electoral reform

    Washington : Hong Kong’s legislature has reportedly rejected the Beijing-backed electoral reform package, which would have allowed the region to elect its leader, as long as the candidates contesting the election were vetted by Beijing. The bill was rejected by 28 out of 37 lawmakers in a vote on Thursday, reported the CNN. The proposal had touched off massive protests by pro-democracy activists in September last year that lasted for several months.

  • John Kerry

    India-Pak standoff should not make some feel ‘empowered’: US

    Karachi : U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has reportedly warned that the recent spike in tension between India and Pakistan should not make some entities feel ‘empowered’. While briefing the press after a telephonic conversation with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Kerry said that he had discussed the issue with the Pakistani leader, reported the Dawn. A State Department official said that Washington was also in touch with New Delhi ‘at the highest

  • L K Advani

    L K Advani on Emergency: Opposition says fears valid

    New Delhi: BJP patriarch L K Advani’s statement that “forces that can crush democracy are stronger” now created a buzz in political circles leading to speculation that it was a barb aimed at Prime Minister Narendra Modi but RSS dismissed it while Congress and other BJP rivals shared his concern. “At the present point of time, the forces that can crush democracy, notwithstanding the constitutional and legal safeguards, are stronger,” Advani told Indian Express in an

  • Rohingyas finding ways to flee Myanmar despite dangers

    Naypyidaw: Rohingyas living mainly in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state, continue to find ways to leave the country despite the risks of being abandoned at sea and tighter border controls, a media report said on Thursday.  Over 5,000 Rohingyas have disembarked in Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Thailand in May after their boats were abandoned by human-traffickers in the Bay of Bengal after Thailand cracked down on them.  Some monitoring agencies suggest that

  • Narendra Modi

    Narendra Modi’s phone call reduced India, Pakistan tension

    Islamabad: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s phone call to his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif has helped reduce tension between the two countries, a daily said on Thursday. Daily Times, in an editorial “Modi’s overture”, said that Modi’s call has “helped reduce the rising temperature in India-Pakistan relations due to aggressive rhetoric by both sides”.  “It was a positive overture by the Indian prime minister to ease ongoing tensions that ensued after the

  • Chinese man goes on trial for dating 15 women

    Beijing: A 41-year-old Chinese man who had been dating 15 university students stands on trial for fraud in the national capital. The man, identified only Tian, has been charged for fraud for swindling over 350,000 yuan (USD 5900) from the women he dated over the past four years. Tian, a father of an 18-year-old girl, pretended to be the CEO of a luxury company and a graduate from two of China’s most prestigious universities – Tsinghua

  • SC accepts CBSE plea, allots more time to conduct AIPMT exam

    New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Thursday accepted the Central Board of Secondary Education’s (CBSE) plea to allot more time for rescheduling the cancelled All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) entrance exam and has listed the case for June 19. The Supreme Court on June 15 had set aside the AIPMT entrance exam and directed the CBSE to re-conduct the exam in four weeks. However, CBSE had asked the Supreme Court for more

  • Farhan Akhtar

    ‘Lakshya’ clocks 11 years, Farhan Akhtar nostalgic

    Mumbai: Filmmaker-actor Farhan Akhtar paid tribute to the armed forces of India on the occasion of the 11th anniversary of his second directorial venture “Lakshya”. Lakshya” is a coming-of-age story with a fictionalised backdrop of the Kargil war. The 2004 war drama starred Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Sharad Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Aditya Srivastava, Om Puri and Boman Irani. #11yearsofLakshya & still climbing. Salute to our armed forces and a big shout out to the

  • Vasundhara Raje

    People of Rajasthan don’t want CM who is involved in corruption: Congress

    Jaipur : The Congress party on Thursday called for Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje to resign, adding that the people of the state do not want somebody at the top post who is involved in corruption. “Before coming to power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said – ‘Na khaoonga, na khane doonga’ (nor will I take bribes, nor will I allow anyone else to). Today, his ministers are supporting criminals. Why not use

  • etc-exercise

    Here’s how exercise can benefit diabetics

    Washington : If a person is diabetic but does exercise, then according to a new study they can shed kilos from their waist, lose body fat and can even control blood glucose. In a research conducted by the UT Southwestern Medical Center, researchers found that waist circumference, percentage of body fat and hemoglobin A1c levels improved in diabetic participants who exercised compared to those who did not. Dr. Jarett Berry said that during the

  • Eoin Morgan

    Eoin Morgan leads England to stunning win over New Zealand

    Nottingham: England captain Eoin Morgan struck a blistering century in a record winning-chase as his side beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the fourth One-day International at Trent Bridge to level the five-match series at 2-2. Morgan made 113 and Joe Root 106 not out as England finished on 350 for three with six overs to spare. It was the equal fourth highest total by any team batting second to win an ODI. Root and

  • US church shooting

    Nine killed in US church shooting

    Washington: At least nine people were killed in a shooting at a historic African-American church in US’ South Carolina state, media reported on Thursday. The shooting took place on Wednesday night at Charleston city’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church in the South Carolina, CNN reported.  CNN said that nine people were killed.

  • Neymar

    Neymar sent off as Colombia stun Brazil

    Santiago: Brazil superstar Neymar was off as the five-time world champions crashed to a 1-0 Copa America defeat against Colombia here. In sensational scenes after the final whistle, Neymar was shown a red card after an ugly melee involving players of both sides in which he appeared to aim a headbutt at Colombia goalscorer Jeison Murillo. Colombia striker Carlos Bacca was also shown red following the fracas at the end of a frenetic Group C battle.

  • John Kerry

    John Kerry greets Muslims on occasion of Ramadan

    Washington: US Secretary of State John Kerry has greeted Muslims across the globe on the occasion of Ramadan, describing it as a season for heightened reflection, worship, compassion and community. “For Muslims everywhere, this special month provides spiritual nourishment and reinforces appreciation for the universal value – and values – of humanity,” Kerry said. Sending his wishes, he said, “As the holy month of Ramadan begins, I wish all Muslims a joyful Ramadan Kareem”. “It is also a time

  • ‘May this Ramzan bring peace, happiness in everyone’s lives’: Narendra Modi

    New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday extended greetings to the Muslim community as the holy month of Ramzan begins. Prime Minister Modi took to Twitter to share his message. “My greetings to the Muslim community as the holy month of Ramzan begins. May this Ramzan bring peace and happiness in everyone’s lives,” he wrote. “May this Holy Month also enhance the spirit of harmony and togetherness in society,” he added. Muslims across the

  • Narendra Modi

    Narendra Modi wishes Seychelles on National Day

    New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted the people of Seychelles on the occasion of their National Day. Modi took to Twitter and said that India and Seychelles enjoy a “special relationship”. “My dearest sisters and brothers of Seychelles, on your National Day, I convey my warmest greetings and best wishes. India and Seychelles enjoy a relationship that is special, characterised by tremendous goodwill. Seychelles is a vital and valued

  • MERS, Virus

    South Korea’s MERS toll rises to 23 with three more deaths

    Seoul: South Korea reported three more MERS deaths today, bringing the number of fatalities to 23 and amplifying fears authorities do not have the virus outbreak under control after the WHO criticised their response. Three more cases of the virus were also confirmed today, despite authorities’ claims earlier in the week that South Korea had weathered the worst of the crisis. The number of infections now stands at 165, in what is the largest outbreak of