Free Press Journal
  • Mahinda Rajapaksa

    Mahinda Rajapaksa to enter polls fray to run for parliament  

    Colombo: Ending months of speculation, Sri Lanka’s vanquished former president Mahinda Rajapaksa today announced his return to electoral politics, saying he will lead an opposition faction during the general elections in August. Flanked by a handful of his former ministers, Rajapaksa, 69, told his supporters that he was heeding to their demands to return to politics after he was defeated in the January presidential polls after spending a decade in power. “We cannot reject the

  • Supreme Court

    No compromise in rape case over wedlock: SC

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday held that there can be no compromise in a rape case in the name of promising wedlock. An apex court bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said that any compromise promising wedlock between a rape accused and the victim compromises the dignity of the woman. The court said that such a compromise lacks sensitivity on the part of those promoting a settlement.

  • Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi

    Lakhvi exempted from in-person appearance in 26/11 attack case

    Islamabad: A Pakistani anti-terrorism court today exempted the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attack Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi from appearing in-person after the LeT operations commander cited “serious threats to his life.” “The trial court (Anti-Terrorism Court Islamabad) has exempted Lakhvi from in person appearance in the court on security grounds,” Raja Rizwan Abbasi, Lakhvi’s consel, told PTI after the hearing. “The court has admitted Lakhvi’s application after the report of Islamabad Inspector General that he (Lakhvi) is facing

  • Mark Zuckerberg

    Just feel emotions and I’ll know it: Mark Zuckerberg

    New York: Is it possible for us to be able to directly share emotions, thoughts and sensory feedback with each other, just as we currently share text, photos, and videos through social networks? Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg believes it is possible. In other words, if you just feel love or repulsion for a person at the other end, the person would know it without your texting it. “You’ll be able to think

  • Kiren Rijiju

    On PM direction, Rijiju rushing to landslide-hit Darjeeling

    New Delhi:  Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju is visiting Darjeeling to assess the ground situation after massive landslides claimed at least 22 lives and caused heavy damages in the hilly West Bengal district, following a directive from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Two NDRF teams, comprising around 100 personnel, have also been dispatched for rescue operations in landslide-hit areas of Kurseong, Kalimpong and Darjeeling sub-divisions of the district.

  • Uttar Pradesh has 8 fake universities, says UGC

    New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh has the largest number of “fake” universities in the country at eight, followed by six in Delhi, the University Grants Commission (UGC) said on Wednesday. It said the country has 21 such bogus universities.

  • Earthquake

    5 aftershocks recorded in Nepal

    Kathmamndu: Five mild aftershocks have been recorded in Nepal in the last two days as the country was still reeling under the impact of the deadly temblor that struck two months ago and claimed nearly 9,000 lives. An aftershock measuring magnitude 4 was recorded at 3.33 am today with epicenter located at Sindhupa lchowk district,near the Tibetan border. Another aftershock measuring magnitude 4 was recorded at 9.12 am with epicenter located at Dolakha district, according

  • Sonia gandhi

    Lalit Modi drags Sonia, Varun Gandhi in escalating row

    New Delhi: Levelling fresh allegations, Lalit Modi today sought to drag Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and BJP leader Varun Gandhi in the escalating row involving the controversial former IPL chief. Modi alleged that Varun had met him at his house in London and offered a deal to “settle” matters with Sonia Gandhi, a charge dubbed by the BJP MP as “baseless” and “nonsense”.

  • Japan Toyota Motor

    US Toyota exec in Japan resigns over drug arrest

    Tokyo: Japan’s Toyota Motor said today that American Julie Hamp, its most senior female executive, has resigned after being arrested for suspected drug law violations. “Toyota Motor Corp (TMC) received notification from Ms. Julie Hamp of her intent to resign her position of managing officer,” the company said in a statement yesterday. “TMC has accepted her resignation after considering the concerns and inconvenience that recent events have caused our stakeholders.”

  • subhash kapoor

    ‘Guddu Rangeela’ not based on Manoj-Babli case: Subhash Kapoor

    New Delhi: Filmmaker Subhash Kapoor says his upcoming film “Guddu Rangeela”, about two bumbling criminals, is not based on the Manoj-Babli honour killing case and the issue just forms the backdrop of the movie. The “Jolly LLB” director wanted to set the film in Haryana and decided to include the incident in his story.

  • Deols should promote their films well, SRK told Dharmendra

    Mumbai: Legendary actor Dharmendra says superstar Shah Rukh Khan had once advised that Deols should promote and market their films well to grab eyeballs. At a time when B-town celebrities leave no stone turned while promoting their films, Deols have always maintained a low profile which seems to have affected the outcome.

  • Syria Kobane Attack

    Video shows Syria rebel group executing 18 IS fighters

    Beirut: A Syrian rebel group operating around Damascus has executed 18 alleged members of the Islamic State group in a video mimicking the extremist organisation’s own productions. The video, which emerged overnight, shows fighters from Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam) wearing the orange prison clothes that IS victims often sport. The IS prisoners however are wearing black clothes and chained together wearing ankle and hand shackles with metal balls attached.

  • David Beckham

    David Beckham gets minion tattoo

    Los Angeles: Former footballer David Beckham has got himself inked with a tattoo of a Minion on his arm. The new inking was chosen by his daughter Harper.

  • 2015: After tepid first half, Bollywood pins hope on its Khans 

    New Delhi: With just one blockbuster – “Tanu Weds Manu Returns” in its first six months, it’s been a low-key 2015 for the Bollywood box office. Content turned out to be the mainstay, as proven by the success and appreciation fetched by entertainers like “Dum Laga Ke Haisha”, “Piku” and “ABCD 2”, but hopes are high from the second half, especially from Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan’s films, trade experts say.

  • Russia’s highest court OKs early parliamentary vote in 2016

    Moscow: Russia’s highest court has given the green light to holding next year’s parliamentary vote several months earlier. Lawmakers in the Kremlin-controlled parliament in June gave tentative approval to a bill that would move up next year’s vote by three months, a tactic that has been decried as an attempt to weaken the opposition. The Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday that holding the election three months earlier does not contradict Russia’s constitution. The ruling cleared the final

  • Suicide bomb attack

    60 killed as suicide bombers attack army checkpoints in Egypt

    Cairo: At least 60 Egyptian soldiers were today killed as militants launched simultaneous attacks on army checkpoints, using suicide bombers and heavy weapons, in the restive north of the Sinai Peninsula, officials said. Army and police are currently chasing the attackers with ground and air forces, they said. The attack, which took place in Sheikh Zuweid city of North Sinai, included suicide car bombings and heavy weapons that damaged large parts of the checkpoints,

  • Japan working towards protecting environment by recycling waste products

    Tokyo: Protection of environment is the main thrust of modern times. And, Japan is contributing its best to protect the environment by recycling the waste. In Japan’s Saitama region, ORIX Corporation operates a waste processing facility that enables 100 percent recycling. “ORIX Group was started as a leasing company. We conduct a wide range of leasing businesses and we process large amount of end-of-lease items appropriately every year. From this experience, we accumulated knowledge

  • HC seeks govt’s reply on martyr status to farmer who hung self

    New Delhi: Delhi High Court today sought the city government’s response on its cabinet’s decision to accord “martyr” status to a Rajasthan farmer who had allegedly hung himself at an AAP rally here in April. “What do you say,” a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath asked the counsel for the Delhi government, after a copy of the cabinet decision was placed before the court by a petitioner advocate

  • Mukesh Kumar Meena

    ACB chief Meena’s powers curtailed by Kejriwal govt

    New Delhi: AAP government has curtailed the powers of Lt Governor-backed Anti-Corruption Branch chief MK Meena, asking him to only look after training work and monitoring of cases undergoing trial till the High Court decides on the validity of his appointment.

  • Lalit Modi

    Lalit Gate: BJP slams Congress for raising baseless issues

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday criticised the Congress for coming up with a baseless issue over former IPL boss Lalit Modi’s alleged job offer to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s husband, Swaraj Kaushal, saying it had been done on a personal capacity.