Free Press Journal
  • LG Jung orders inquiry into Tihar jailbreak

    New Delhi: Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday ordered a magisterial inquiry into the escape of two undertrials from Tihar Jail. A release from the Raj Niwas stated that District Magistrate (South West) Ankur Garg will conduct the inquiry, with a focus on the factors and circumstances leading to the incident; a comprehensive review of the security set-up of Delhi prisons; fixing responsibility for the lapses leading to the incident; and remedial

  • Mukesh Kumar Meena

    HC notice on plea to restrain ACB chief

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday issued notice to the central government on a plea seeking to restrain Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) chief Mukesh Kumar Meena from interfering in the activities of the anti-corruption department.

  • No mention of Lalitgate on Mann ki Baat because Bada Modi is shielding Chhota Modi: Congress

    New Delhi : The Congress on Monday claimed that Narendra Modi had failed to address the Lalit Modi controversy on the recent edition of his Mann Ki Baat programme because the Prime Minister was ‘shielding’ the former IPL chief. “When the UPA was in power, the BJP used to take jibes at Dr Manmohan Singh for keeping silent. Yesterday, when the Prime Minister did the Mann ki Baat programme, the entire country expected

  • Hyderabad court rejects petition on governor

    Hyderabad: The Hyderabad High Court today dismissed a petition seeking orders to the central government to direct the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana governor to implement section 8 of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act.

  • AAP’s move to appoint party MLAs as parliamentary secretaries draws flak

    New Delhi: AAP’s move to appoint 21 party MLAs as parliamentary secretaries is “unconstitutional” and an attempt to elevate them to the status of ‘super MLAs’ for maintaining party unity, Congress leader Ajay Maken said today. Terming the Delhi Legislative Assembly Members (Prevention of Disqualification) (Amendment) Bill, as an act of corruption, the Delhi Congress Chief asked AAP legislators to follow the “example set by Sonia Gandhi” in resigning as an MP when

  • Taliban ambush kills 11 Afghan soldiers: officials

    Herat: At least 11 Afghan soldiers were killed in a Taliban ambush in western Afghanistan, officials said today, as security forces face their first fighting season without NATO combat support. “The Taliban ambushed a convoy of soldiers in Karukh district of Herat, killing 11 Afghan army soldiers last evening. The soldiers were riding in pickup trucks,” Ehsanullah Hayat, spokesman for the governor of the western province of Herat, told AFP. Najibullah Najibi, a spokesman for the army in

  • Devendra Fadnavis

    Devendra Fadnavis leaves for US on official visit

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today left for a week-long official trip to USA where a series of meetings with trade, commerce and industry houses are lined up. According to an official from the Chief Minister’s office, a delegation led by Fadnavis includes Industries Minister Subhash Desai, Chief Secretary Swadheen Kshtriya, Principal Secretary in Chief Minister’s office Pravin Pardeshi among others. Their meetings are scheduled with companies like Microsoft, General Motors, Google, Amazon and Citibank. Fadnavis

  • FRANCE-ATTACK

    France attack suspect admits to decapitating boss

    Melbourne: The Islamist extremist who carried out an attack on a U.S. gas plant in France has reportedly admitted to killing his manager beforehand, a source said. Yassin Salhi, who has been linked to a militant in Syria, told detectives that he had killed Herve Cornara in a parking area before arriving at the factory Saint Quentin-Fallavier, 30 kilometres south of Lyon, reported ABC News. One of Salhi’s work colleagues said that he had

  • MERS South Korea

    South Korea cautiously reports no new MERS cases or deaths

    Seoul: South Korea reported no new cases of MERS or deaths from the virus for the first time in nine days today, but officials warned there was no indication yet that the outbreak had been brought under control. The number of those infected with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome remained unchanged for two days in a row at 182, the health ministry said. The death toll also remained unchanged from 32 yesterday. It is the

  • Israel navy seizes ship seeking to break Gaza blockade: army

    Jerusalem: Israeli naval forces boarded and took over an activist vessel seeking to break the Gaza blockade, and were escorting it to an Israeli port early today, the military said, saying that the navy did not use force. “In accordance with international law, the Israeli Navy advised the vessel several times to change course,” it said in a statement. “Following their refusal the Navy visited and searched the vessel in international waters in order to prevent their

  • Kumbhmela

    Girish Mahajan reviews arrangements for Kumbh mela

    Nashik: Maharashtra Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan reviewed the works going on for the Kumbh mela to be held here next month.  He also met Shri Panchdasham Juna Akhada’s general secretary Mahant Harigiri Maharaj who had on Saturday threatened to boycott the mela while expressing disappointment over the arrangements for the event, especially constructing of sheds and toilets. Mahajan, who is also the Guardian Minister of Nashik, met him yesterday at Trimbakeshwar, about 30 kms from here. The seer

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    Shiv Sena slams HC order banning erection of pandals on roads

    Mumbai: Criticising the recent Bombay High Court order which stated that denying permission to erect temporary pandals on roads and foothpaths is not a breach of fundamental right to religion, the Shiv Sena today said that the verdict appears to have come from a Pakistani court. While hearing a PIL filed on noise pollution during festivals, Bombay High Court had last week ruled that no citizen can claim fundamental right to worship God or offer

  • Jim Yong Kim

    World Bank welcomes signing of agreement on AIIB

    Washington: World Bank President Jim Yong Kim today welcomed the signing of the articles of agreement by the founding members of the China-led USD 100 billion Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). “I congratulate all founding members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank on the establishment of the new development institution today,” he said in a statement. “More funding for infrastructure will help the poor, and we are pleased to be working with China and others to help

  • Mizoram officials reach Hampsapara relief camp

    Aizawl: Mizoram government officials reached Hampsapara relief camp in North Tripura district to conduct verification of bonafide residents of states among the Brus lodged in the camp from today, a state home department official said. Any Bru coming forward and identified as the resident of Mizoram would be repatriated from Monday next, Additional Secretary, Home, Lalbiakzama said. Earlier, not a single Bru appeared before the Mizoram officials at the Kaskau and Khakchangpara relief camps in North Tripura

  • ‘Paris deal should reflect differentiated responsibilities’

    New York: The developing countries’ bloc of Brazil, South Africa, India and China have underscored that the ambitious Paris Agreement on climate change to be adopted later this year should “fully reflect” differentiated responsibilities of developed and developing countries. Developed countries should take the lead by undertaking ambitious emission reduction targets, ministers from the BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India, China) bloc said as they met for the 20th Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change here

  • Amitabh Bachchan

    Wish I could be just away from all: Amitabh Bachchan

    Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who has carved a special place in audience’s heart in his over four decades long career, says he sometimes just wants to cut off from the world and immerse himself in the world of solitude. The 72-year-old actor expounded on his feeling in his blog after he was captivated by the crowd gathered for his weekly fan session. Fans gather outside Jalsa, his house here, almost every Sunday

  • Afghan minister postpones Pakistan, visit citing ‘security issues’ at home

    Karachi : Following a spate of bombings in Afghanistan, Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ulomi has reportedly postponed his Pakistan visit, citing ‘serious security issues’ at home, the ministry has said. The ministry added that the visit will place at a ‘suitable time’, reported The Express Tribune. An Afghan diplomat in Islamabad said that new dates will be worked out in consultation with Pakistani officials. The news came as Taliban continued to advance through Afghanistan’s Kunduz

  • Two undertrials escape from Tihar: Congress asks Delhi Govt., Centre to take action

    New Delhi: Expressing shock over reports of two undertrials lodged in Tihar Jail escaping through a tunnel they had dug under the perimeter wall, Congress leader Tom Vadakkan on Monday said the Delhi Government and the Centre must initiate action on this matter. “It is shocking that prisoners dig a tunnel in the high security Tihar Jail in Delhi. The state government and the Centre must take action,” he said. Two prisoners scaled one

  • Nawaz Sharif,

    Pakistan PM Sharif set to visit Karachi today

    Karachi : Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will visit Karachi today to preside over a high-level meeting on the chronic law and order situation in the city, a spokesperson for the PM Office said. Sharif will be presented with a report on why Karachi suffered power outages when it was provided 650MW from the national grid and K-Electric also generated electricity on its own, reported the Dawn. K-Electric has been at the centre of

  • Iran nuke talks set to go past June 30 deadline

    London : Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has reportedly flown back to Tehran on Sunday night to discuss a final bargaining position on his country’s nuclear programme as the June 30 deadline to hammer out a final deal looked set to be postponed. Zarif’s departure from Vienna followed a fresh round of weekend talks with his counterparts from the US, UK, France, and Germany. The European ministers were to return to their