Free Press Journal
  • Pakistan took no action against LeT: US

    Washington: Pakistan has not taken action against LeT as the terror group continues to “operate, train, rally, propagandise and fundraise” in the country, according to a US State Department report which has acknowledged that India remains one of the most persistent terrorist targets. “The Pakistani military undertook operations against groups that conducted attacks within Pakistan such as TTP (Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan), but did not take action against other groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba, which continued to operate,

  • Myanmar to repatriate boat people after verification

    Yangon: Myanmar authorities will repatriate the remaining batch of boat people to their countries of origin after the verification process is completed, the foreign affairs ministry said on Saturday. According to sources, there are now only 13 remaining boat people in Myanmar, Xinhua reported.  An official statement issued earlier on June 8 said that 150 people among 200 rescued by the Myanmar navy on May 21 that was patrolling off the western

  • Japan offers USD 3.5 million to help Rohingya

    Tokyo: Japan today offered a USD 3.5 million to help the Rohingya boat people who have fled Myanmar where they faced severe discrimination. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Japan remained committed to helping national reconciliation efforts on various fronts in Asia, including between Myanmar’s government and “ethnic minority groups”. “With regard to non-regular immigrants, including women and children trying to cross the Indian Ocean, Japan has decided to extend USD 3.5 million” through global agencies such as

  • Vietnam questions suspected hijackers of Malaysian tanker

    Hanoi: Vietnam’s marine police today said they were questioning eight foreigners suspected of being the escaped pirates who commandeered a Malaysian-flagged tanker in the South China Sea for a week. The unarmed men docked on Tho Chu island, off southwest Vietnam, on a lifeboat yesterday morning after “saying they encountered an accident at sea”, Major General Ngo Ngoc Thu, deputy commander of the Vietnam Marine Police, told AFP.

  • Tiger Woods

    Struggling Tiger Woods misses cut at US Open

    London: Former number one Tiger Woods, who is going from a rough patch on the golf course, missed the cut at the US Open for the first time since 2006 after finishing the second round 16 over par at Chambers Bay. Meanwhile, Masters champion Jordan Spieth kept on track to create history as Woods missed just his fifth cut in 68 majors. The 14-time major champion had eight bogeys in a six-over 76, the BBC reported.

  • Raheel Sharif

    Pakistan army chief vows to make nation “terror free”

    Jawaro (Khyber Agency, Pakistan) : Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has vowed to apprehend all terrorists, their facilitators and financiers in order to achieve the objective of a ‘terror-free’ Pakistan. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), General Sharif, who returned from a three-day visit to Moscow last night, spent the entire day with troops in the Khyber Agency to review the progress of a military operation against terrorists, which is

  • Barack Obama

    Barack Obama renews plea for gun control over church shooting

    Washington: In the wake of the horrific mass shooting at a historic American church, President Barack Obama has made another call for gun control and a national conversation on the scourge of mass shootings in America. “We need a change in attitude,” Obama told the annual meeting of the US Conference of Mayors in San Francisco Friday with the country “shocked and heartbroken” by Wednesday’s shooting deaths of nine churchgoers in Charleston,

  • Mohammad Ashraf Ghani

    Afghan president Ashraf Ghani extends parliament’s tenure

    Kabul:  Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has extended the tenure of the lower house of parliament, a media report said on Saturday. “In line with the constitution and the advice of the Supreme Court, the National Assembly of Afghanistan as a legislative body would continue to serve till announcing the result of the next parliamentary elections,” an official statement issued late Friday night said. The date for holding parliamentary elections would be

  • Nikki Haley

    Nikki Haley seeks death penalty for US church shooter

    Washington: As the white young man who killed nine people at a historic US black church faced a court, many victims’ families forgave him, but South Carolina’s Indian American governor Nikki Haley sought the death penalty for him.  Dylann Storm Roof, 21, who is reported to have confessed to Wednesday night’s horrific massacre at at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, with vague plans “to start a race war”

  • Vladimir Putin

    Vladimir Putin says Russian economy stable despite sanctions

    St. Petersburg: Western sanctions have not crippled the Russian economy, President Vladimir Putin said in a speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. “I would like to point out that at the end of last year we were warned — and you know this well — that there would be a deep crisis. It has not happened,” he said on Friday.  “We have stabilised the situation, put out the negative vibrations

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    Tour de France might not show in 2016 UCI calendar

    London: The Tour de France could be withdrawn from 2016 UCI calendar as the Tour owner Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) is reportedly understood to be worried about the lack of progress in governing body UCI”s reform program. A source close to the UCI management committee has claimed that ASO has sent a letter to the organisation saying that they would withdraw from the 2016 calendar if the reform does not go forward, with their major concern

  • MERS, Virus

    South Korea reports no new MERS deaths or cases

    Seoul : South Korea today reported no additional deaths and no new cases from its MERS outbreak, raising hopes the country is winning the battle to contain the deadly virus. The number of fatalities remained unchanged at 24 and that of confirmed cases stayed put at 166 over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said. It was for the first time in 16 days that no new cases were reported, it said. Six more patients

  • Barkha Shukla dubs sexual harassment case against St. Stephen’s prof. as ‘shameful’

    New Delhi: Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Barkha Shukla Singh on Saturday dubbed the alleged sexual harassment case filed against a professor of St Stephen’s College as ‘shameful’ and called for an investigation over the matter. “It is a prestigious college and it is shameful if anything such has happened. This matter should be investigated properly and the guilty should be punished” said Shukla. The Delhi Police has registered a sexual harassment case

  • PM wishes Jharkhand governor on her birthday

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday extended birthday greetings to Droupadi Murmu, the first woman governor of Jharkhand. “I convey warm birthday greetings to the governor of Jharkhand, Droupadi Murmu ji,” Modi tweeted.  Murmu was on May 18 sworn in as the governor of Jharkhand. A two-time BJP MLA from Odisha, she was a minister in the Naveen Patnaik cabinet when the Biju Janata Dal ruled the state with the

  • Congress, BJP slug it out for Garoth bypoll

    Bhopal: The upcoming by-election to Garoth seat in Mandsaur district is crucial for Congress which is struggling hard to revive its fortunes in Madhya Pradesh after suffering successive defeats in Assembly, Lok Sabha and local bodies polls since 2003. The bypoll, scheduled to held on June 27, is necessitated following the death of BJP MLA Rajesh Yadav. Though Congress tried to corner ruling BJP by targeting Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in one of the

  • Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete

    Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete calls on President Mukherjee in New Delhi

    New Delhi : Tanzanian President, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, called on President Pranab Mukherjee here on Friday. He was accompanied by his wife Salma and Tanzanian delegates as the two leader sat for discussions at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Later the visiting guests were welcomed to a banquet where they met India’s Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind

  • Yeddyurappa

    FIRs against Yeddyurappa, Kumaraswamy in denotification case

    Bengaluru: The Karnataka Lokayukta today filed FIRs against former chief ministers and BJP and JDS leaders BS Yeddyurappa and HD Kumaraswamy in an alleged illegal land denotification case. According to RTI documents, Kumaraswamy and Yeddyurappa have been made, respectively, the number one and number two accused in the case. Both former chief ministers are accused of denotifying a prime plot to benefit Kumaraswamy’s relative. The CID had held a preliminary inquiry on the findings of a Comptroller

  • Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports

    NSDF spent Rs 6.1 cr on 31 athletes between April to June

    New Delhi: The National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) has released assistance to the tune of Rs 6.1 crore in last two months for the training of 31 top athletes as well as eight sporting institutions for conduct and participation in tournaments held at home and abroad. According to a media release issued by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, in the period between April 1 to June 17, this year, the above mentioned fund has been released. Out of the 31 athletes preparing

  • Government makes elaborate arrangements to deal International Yoga Day

    New Delhi: The Central Government has made elaborate arrangements to deal with any emergencies arising out of prevailing heat wave conditions during the International Yoga Day on Sunday. More than 35,000 people are expected to perform various asanas here at Rajpath.According to reports, the Union Health Ministry has set up dedicated health posts with adequate number of doctors and para-medical staff with necessary equipments across Rajpath. The entire venue has been divided into various

  • Sowjanya Bavisetti surprises by downing Xinyu Gao

    Sowjanya Bavisetti surprises by downing Xinyu Gao in ITF Women’s Tennis tournament

    New Delhi: Six seed Indian Sowjanya Bavisetti caused the biggest surprise as she defeated top seed Xinyu Gao of China in the quarter-finals of the USD 10,000 ITF Women’s Tennis tournament in Anning. Tied one-set all, Bavisetti won the match 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 by easily claiming the third set. Bavisetti will now face seventh seeded Jia-Qi Chen in the semi-final, who defeated fourth seeded Chinese Di Zhao who retired after losing the first set.