Free Press Journal
  • Local Train, Churchgate

    Suburban train rams into dead end at Churchgate; woman hurt

    Mumbai: A local train today rammed into the dead end at Churchgate railway station here, leaving a woman seriously injured and disrupting suburban train services on the Western line. The fast train coming from Bhayander rammed into the dead end on platform no.3 of Churchgate station at around 11.25 AM when the motorman could not stop the local. As a result, the first coach of the train jumped onto the south-end concourse of the platform and was seen lying in a tilted

  • Yes Bank plans $1-billion ADR issue next fiscal

    Mumbai: Mid-sized private sector lender Yes Bank has said it would prefer raising money through an ADR issue under its USD 1-billion capital infusion plan next fiscal and stressed that the court order in a case involving its promoters will not impact these plans. “The aspiration is to do an ADR (American depository receipts) issue. It will be our first such issue. It helps the profile of the bank and more diverse investors can come

  • Union Bank looks to raise Rs 2,500 cr via QIP next month

    Mumbai: Days after it got shareholders’ approval to raise around Rs 3,700 crore, state-owned Union Bank of India has said it’s planning to mop up Rs 2,500 crore through qualified institutional placement (QIP) next month. “We may look at raising Rs 2,500 crore through the QIP route towards the end of the next month,” the bank’s chairman and managing director Arun Tiwari told PTI.

  • Internet

    Faster internet soon to become a reality

    New York: In a major breakthrough that can make the internet superfast and cheap, researchers have successfully increased the maximum power — and therefore distance — at which optical signals can be sent through optical fibres. The advance has the potential to make the internet superfast by increasing data transmission rates for the fibre optic cables — which serve as the backbone of the internet, cable, wireless and landline networks. A long-standing roadblock

  • Airstrikes, Pakistan, terrorist

    Drone strike kills five militants in Afghanistan

    Kabul: Five militants were killed following an airstrike by International Forces in eastern Afghanistan’s Nuristan province, an official said on Sunday.  “NATO-led forces’ unmanned planes targeted a hideout in Mardish area of Want Waygal district on late Saturday, killing five militants and injuring three others,” the official told Xinhua news agency.  A local Taliban leader named Ghulam Ullah was among those killed in the attack, the official added.

  • Mahinda Rajapaksa

    Rajapaksa plans to return to politics as PM: top aide

    Colombo: Sri Lanka’s former president Mahinda Rajapaksa plans to return to mainstream politics as the Prime Ministerial candidate of the main opposition party, his close associate Kumar Welgama said today. “He will be the prime ministerial candidate of either the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) or the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA),” Welgama said. President Maithripala Sirisena, who is the leader of both the groups, has resisted calls to allow 69-year-old Rajapaksa to contest.

  • One dead, eight rescued after boat goes over US dam

    Washington: One man died and eight other people were rescued after their boat went over a dam in the state of Maryland, US media reported. The incident on Lake Linganore left four people desperately hanging onto the dam for their lives, NBC news said, citing Frederick County Fire and Rescue Services Division Captain Kevin Fox. The four were rescued, along with three more who were pulled from the dam’s spillway by helicopter and another who was

  • Sex

    ‘Sleep sex’ now prevalent in bedrooms

    London: Not just sleepwalking or talking, there are some people who are having “sleep sex” as they hit the sack, a British survey has revealed.  The condition is called “sexomnia” where a person engages in sexual activity during sleep. According to the study by Guy Meadows of The Sleep School and Bensons for Beds, Britain’s leading bed supplier, one in 10 Britons has sleep sex.  “One of the most interesting aspects was

  • French attack suspect begins to talk as ‘selfie’ emerges

    Paris: French authorities were transferring the man suspected of beheading his boss in an alleged jihadist attack to Paris today, as it emerged he sent a macabre “selfie” of the decapitation. Anti-terror police will grill the suspect, Yassin Salhi, a 35-year-old father-of-three, as they search for clues and a motive for Friday’s attack on a gas warehouse near France’s second city of Lyon.

  • Kuwait Shiite mosque bomber was Saudi national: ministry

    Kuwait City: A suicide bomber who carried out a deadly attack claimed by the Islamic State group on a Shiite mosque in Kuwait was a Saudi national, the interior ministry said today. In a statement carried by the official KUNA news agency, the ministry identified the attacker as Fahd Suleiman Abdulmohsen al-Qaba’a. The ministry said that Qaba’a entered the country through Kuwait Airport at dawn on Friday, the same day of the bombing. IS claimed

  • Google smart contact lens

    Google smart contact lens to measure sugar levels?

    New York: Google is reportedly developing a smart contact lens that will measure a wearer’s glucose levels by testing their tears. In a patent application, Google showed off potential designs for how it could package a smart contact lens.  Google has previously said it is speaking to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about potentially testing its lens, and that general availability of the contact lens is most likely at least

  • Earthquake

    EarthQuake hits Assam and Bengal, two injured

    Guwahati/Kolkata: A 5.6-magnitude earthquake on Sunday left two people injured in Assam’s Kokrajhar district. The temblor also hit north Bengal but there was no report of any injury or damage to property.  The quake, having its epicentre about 20 km north of Assam’s Basugaon town, occurred at 6.35 a.m. and had a depth of 10 km, said the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) in Guwahati.  “A wall collapsed in Kokrajhar district due to

  • M Hamid Ansari

    Hamid Ansari replies to RTI query on Yoga Day within two days

    New Delhi: In a record of sorts, the office of Vice President Hamid Ansari has responded within two days to an RTI application seeking to know the reason for his absence from Yoga Day celebrations held here last Sunday, saying he was not invited for the event.  Public authorities are expected to respond to RTI appplications within 30 days but such alacrity in sending replies is rarely witnessed. Responding to an RTI query dated June

  • Prakash Javadekar

    Government to come out with sustainable sand mining policy: Prakash Javadekar

    New Delhi: The Centre will soon come out with a national policy on “sustainable” sand mining to ensure that the ecology of rivers was maintained and they remain alive, and to curb the instances of flooding. Union Minister for Environment and Forests Prakash Javadekar said the policy, a draft notification of which is expected to be out in next two weeks, aims at making major mining and other such practices more sustainable to ensure ecology of

  • AAP protest, Punjab

    AAP to hold protest march demanding resignation of ‘tainted’ BJP leaders

    New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will hold a protest march in the national capital tomorrow, demanding the resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and HRD Minister Smriti Irani. The protest march will take place from Jantar Mantar to the Parliament. The BJP, which has been defending Sushma Swaraj despite opposition demands that she be sacked for helping Lalit Modi, has been hit with another worry when

  • Lalit Modi

    CPI targets PM for shielding Raje, Lalit Modi

    New Delhi: Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Atul Kumar Anjan on Sunday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s image is getting tarnished with the move to shield External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over the controversy surrounding former IPL chairman Lalit Modi. “If Vasundhara Raje has been given a clean chit then all the proofs point towards the relationship shared between Vasundhara Raje and Lalit Modi. Shares

  • Narendra Modi

    Congress dubs ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme as political propaganda

    New Delhi : The Congress Party on Sunday dubbed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme to be a political propaganda and said the ruling dispensation at the Centre has failed to live up to the expectations of the people. Congress leader P.C. Chacko disapproved Prime Minister Modi’s statement that the government led by him is functional. “Today Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme that it is a working

  • Kashmiri youths joining militancy; funds flow from Gulf

    Srinagar: Large inflow of hawala funds from gulf countries and more Kashmiri youths getting sucked into militancy are dangerously stoking terrorism in the Valley in a fresh test for security forces in their anti-militancy operations. This assessment has been made by security analysts with former Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) Chief A S Dulat summing up the situation to say, “there are dark clouds on the horizon and some things seem to be not

  • Bajaj Allianz

    Bajaj Allianz launches weather-based crop insurance

    Nagpur: Private insurer Bajaj Allianz has launched a weather-based crop insurance scheme for orange crops in Nagpur, Hingoli and Washim districts of Maharashtra. The index-based insurance policy will cover losses incurred by orange fruit-growing farmers due to deviation in weather conditions and has been approved by Central and the State government, a company release issued here said. The company has also launched a campaign to create awareness about the scheme in three districts. The losses would be assessed

  • Richa Chadda

    Want to do big budget films if my role is substantial: Richa Chadda

    Mumbai: Actress Richa Chadda says she is open to doing big commercial films if her role is substantial. “I was getting offers from big companies, but I don’t want to do it just for the heck of it. I get offers from big banners every month, but I don’t do it if they are not worth it. It has to be a strong role, not repetitive. I feel it is good to be part of big