Free Press Journal
  • Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponnappa

    Shuttlers Jwala-Ashwini storm into Canada Open final

    Calgary (Canada): Commonwealth Games silver medallist pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa stormed into the Canada Open badminton tournament final after claiming straight sets win over Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto in their women’s doubles event in Calgary. Jwala and Ashwini, who won the 2011 World Championship bronze, overcame the Japanese duo 21-17, 21-16 in a thrilling semi-final contest that lasted 30 minutes. The third seeds Indian pair will take on top pair

  • India likely to rest key players for Zimbabwe tour

    New Delhi: Taking note of the fatigue factor, India are likely field a second string team for the tour of Zimbabwe and senior players such as skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni might be given a break when the selectors meet here tomorrow to pick the squad for the limited-overs series. The Indians have just finished a disappointing tour of Bangladesh, losing the ODI series 1-2, completing seven months of continuous cricket. In this backdrop, selectors may give

  • Portugal to meet Sweden at European U21 championship final

    Prague: Portugal swept Germany and Sweden beat Denmark in the semifinals of the European Under-21 Championship to set up a final clash on Tuesday.  In Saturday’s matches, Portugal humiliated Germany 5-0 in the eastern Czech city of Olomouc to reach their first final since 1994, while Sweden eased past Denmark 4-1 in Prague to make it to their first final since 1992, when they won the tournament, reported Xinhua news agency.  Portugal

  • Paraguay stun Brazil to reach Copa semis

    Concepcion (Chile): Brazil’s penalty shoot-out jinx struck again as Paraguay sent them crashing out of the Copa America in a stunning repeat of their 2011 upset of the five-time world champions. Striker Derlis Gonzalez was the hero for Paraguay, slotting a second-half penalty to level the match at 1-1 before then stepping up to rifle home the decisive spotkick to clinch a 4-3 win in the shoot-out yesterday.
    It marked another bitter defeat for Brazil, who went

  • IPL-6 spot fixing case

    IPL-6 spot fixing case: Court to pass order on charge tomorrow

    New Delhi: A Delhi court is likely to pronounce tomorrow its order on framing of charges in IPL-6 spot fixing case in which suspended cricketers S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila, Ankeet Chavan and others, including underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his aide Chhota Shakeel, are accused. Additional Sessions Judge Neena Bansal Krishna had on May 23 reserved for tomorrow the order on framing of charges in the case and had asked the counsel appearing for

  • Students

    Students learn better in informal environment

    New York: Students tend to learn and perform better in an informal environment rather than in a rigid classroom atmosphere, reveals an experiment.  A Baylor University sociologist who reshaped “test day” in his class — transforming it with balloons, streamers, treats and music — found that students in “learning celebrations” scored higher than students who took standard-style exams in previous semesters. Each “celebration” includes 30 to 40 multiple-choice questions, with classmates featured

  • Brain

    Brain scans to help people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

    New York: Researchers have found that brain scans can predict who responds best to certain treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in the long term. OCD is characterised by recurrent, intrusive, and disturbing thoughts (obsessions)and/or stereotyped recurrent behaviour (compulsions).  Left untreated, OCD can be profoundly distressing to the patient and can adversely affect their ability to succeed in school, hold a job or function in society.

  • People in Tunisian resort hold march after deadly beach attack

    London : People in the Tunisian resort town of Sousse have held a march through the town expressing sympathy with the relatives of the victims who were killed in Friday’s deadly terror attack. According to the BBC, those killed in the attack were mostly tourists. The crowds gathered late on Saturday at a hotel were also targeted by the attacker on Friday. In wake of the terror attack, Tunisia had announced its decision to

  • Sushma Swaraj

    ‘Thailand an important pillar of India’s Act East policy’: Sushma Swaraj

    Bangkok (Thailand): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday said that Thailand is an important pillar of India’s Act East policy and a valued partner. “Thailand is an important pillar of our Act East policy and a valued partner. Our Government is working on the simple 3C mantra – Commerce, Culture and Connectivity,” she said while addressing a business delegation meeting. Swaraj, who is presently in Thailand on a two-day official visit, further said

  • MERS South Korea

    MERS toll reaches 32 in South Korea

    Seoul: South Korea on Sunday reported one more death, due to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), taking the toll to 32, the health ministry said. The total number of people infected remained unchanged at 182 since Saturday, Xinhua reported, citing the ministry of health and welfare.  With the latest death, the fatality rate has risen to 17.6 percent.  The country’s MERS outbreak has abated recently as only one case was discovered on

  • Taiwan park fire leaves 516 injured

    Taipei: The number of injured in a recreational water park blaze, caused by large amount of flammable powder explosion in Taiwan on Saturday, swelled to 516 on Sunday morning, authorities said. No death was reported. A total of 194 people were severely wounded, with no death reported yet, reported Xinhua citing New Taipei city health bureau.  The fire broke out in Taiwan’s New Taipei city late Saturday at the main stage of a

  • Voting

    CPI national council to discuss Bihar polls

    New Delhi: The upcoming Bihar elections will be one of the key issues which the CPI national council will discuss during its three-day meet beginning Tuesday. Besides Bihar polls, the CPI will hold parleys on plans to increase its mass base, implementation of organisational decisions taken at the Congress and on ways to oppose the Centre over its “anti-farmer” and “anti-labour” reforms mainly, party sources said. “It (Bihar election issue) will come up for discussion. We will

  • Narendra Modi

    World must see glimpses of ‘Incredible India’: Narendra Modi

    New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the world must see the glimpses of ‘Incredible India’. Addressing the ninth edition of his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme, Prime Minister Modi expressed his delight with the great response of the people across the nation who had shared pictures with him using #IncredibleIndia. “During the last #MannKiBaat, I had asked you to share pictures from across India using #IncredibleIndia. Response was great,” Prime

  • Sushma Swaraj

    Sushma Swaraj meets Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn

    Bangkok : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met Thailand’s Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in Bangkok on Sunday. Ministry of External Affairs official spokesperson Vikas Swarup took to twitter to share the information. “A very special connection. EAM @SushmaSwaraj calls on HRH MahaChakri Sirindhorn who has long standing links w/ India,” he posted. Swaraj is currently in Thailand on a two-day official.

  • bribe

    Clerk arrested for accepting bribe

    Muzaffarnagar (UP): A revenue clerk was arrested by an Anti-Corruption Team for allegedly accepting bribe of Rs 10,000 near here, police said today. Mahendra Singh was arrested by the team led by DSP Prakash Kumar for taking the bribe from a farmer, they said. The clerk had demanded the bribe from Parvesh for making a correction in the revenue record, they said.

  • Amit Shah

    BJP plans major outreach in Tamil Nadu, Shah to visit

    New Delhi: Seeking to project itself as an alternative to Dravidian parties, the BJP has planned a major outreach programme in Tamil Nadu ahead of next year’s Assembly polls, with party president Amit Shah likely to visit the state soon. Tamil Nadu has elected only Dravidian governments in the last nearly 50 years. During his visit, dates of which have not been finalised yet, Shah will reach out to a cross section of voters,

  • Funerals in Charleston for slain members of black church

    Charleston (US): Funerals for three more victims of a deadly shooting during a Bible study group in South Carolina were held at the historic black church where they were killed. The services for Cynthia Hurd, Tywanza Sanders and Susie Jackson were at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, 11 days after a gunman entered the church and opened fire on a Bible study group. Police contend the attack was racially motivated.

  • Earthquake

    5.6 magnitude quake hits Assam

    Guwahati: A moderate intensity earthquake, measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale, hit Assam early Sunday, the India Meteorological Department said. There was no immediate report of any loss of life or damage to property. The temblor occurred at 6.35 a.m. in Kokrajhar town.

  • Molestation case

    Appropriate anti-sexual harassment laws in place at DU?

    New Delhi: Even as the St Stephen’s college has been rocked by an alleged incident of molestation of a research scholar by a professor, DU’s Gender Studies group has claimed the university does not have proper rules in place to deal with complaints of such nature. The Gender Studies Group (GSG) is an independent, non-funded, university-wide students group which was established in the 1990s. Teachers from various departments act as mentors to the group which takes

  • Sitaram Yechury

    Can cooperate with Congress on issues but no alliance: Sitaram Yechury

    Kolkata: The CPI(M) is ready for issue-based cooperation with Congress but ruled out any alliance outside Parliament saying it will have “nothing to do” with a party which still follows neo-liberal policies. “What we are saying is on specific issues we can unite with other political forces in Parliament and outside Parliament, against the policies being brought out by the Modi government. Outside Parliament, we went to the President along with the Congress on this land