Free Press Journal
  • Sikh who removed turban to help wounded boy felicitated

    Wellington: A Sikh from India who removed his turban to help a seriously injured young boy was on Friday recognized for his act of “outstanding compassion and empathy”, a media report said. Harman Singh received a certificate of appreciation from the Counties Manukau District Commander for his bravery.  His “outstanding compassion and empathy” in the situation was to be commended, New Zealand Herald quoted Counties Manukau Police as saying. Last month, Singh broke religious

  • Greece debt crisis

    Greece debt crisis may disrupt its food and wine trade, warn experts

    Bergen County (United States) : Greece’s beleaguered agriculture sector may take another hit as the uncertainty over the crisis-stricken country’s fate threatens to disrupt the food and wine trade, experts have said. While noting that there was a lot of ‘speculation and even more tension’, Incofruit-Hellas president George Frangistas said that with banks shutting down and political pressure mounting, normal trade cannot go on, reported CNBC. He added that imports had already ground to

  • Kiren Rijiju

    Air India flight row: Rijiju says it was ‘false news’, confusion created by news channel

    New Delhi : Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Friday rubbished charges of delaying a Delhi-Leh Air India flight last month and said it was ‘false news’. “That issue is over. It was all false news. Nobody was de-boarded because of me. So, it was wrong news. I have seen the video. Instead, the Air India authority was explaining me that it was not my fault and the whole confusion

  • Ryan Harris

    Ryan Harris’s Ashes absence no worry for Jeff Thomson

    London: Australia fast-bowling great Jeff Thomson has said the expected absence of Ryan Harris from the tourists’ attack for the first Test against England in Cardiff next week won’t hamper the team’s Ashes chances. He also played down suggestions that Australia would have the edge over England following a 5-0 Ashes win on home soil in 2013/14, adding that if anyone might have “scarring” it would be the Australians given they had not won

  • Earthquake

    3 killed in 6.5 magnitude quake in China’s Xinjiang

    Beijing: Three people were killed when a 6.5 magnitude earthquake jolted China’s northwestern Xinjiang province today. The earthquake hit Xinjiang’s Hotan Prefecture, the China Earthquake Networks Centre (CENC) said. State-run Xinhua news agency said three people had been killed in the quake. Following this, the local administration has issued a level-II emergency response to the quake. The quake rocked Pishan County at 9:07 am with its epicentre monitored at a depth of 10 kms, the CENC said. Li

  • sand mining

    Probe conducted into dealings of 82 mining leases in Goa

    Panaji: In a major step towards recovering the money involved in illegal mining in Goa, a team of chartered accountants constituted by the state government has submitted details about 82 of the total 118 mining leases. The team was constituted by then Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to pin-point the exact amount illegally traded by various mining firms between 2005-2012, when the scam was unleashed. The Justice M B Shah Commission, which probed the scam, had estimated

  • Rafael Nadal

    ‘Good loser’ Rafael Nadal vows to carry on

    London: Rafael Nadal insisted he has no intentions of quitting tennis despite slumping to a fourth successive Wimbledon humiliation. The 29-year-old Spaniard, who was Wimbledon champion in 2008 and 2010 and runner-up in 2006, 2007 and 2011, was humbled 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 by dread locked German Dustin Brown, the world number 102, in the second round.

  • No intention to surround India in ‘string of pearl’ bases: China

    Shanghai: It’s not possible for China to surround India in a ‘string of pearls’ bases as has been stated by some commentators, according to a top PLA naval official.  Senior Captain Wei Xiao Dong, chief of staff at the Shanghai Naval Garrison said that there was no reason for India to “show concern or worry about” Chinese navy vessels, including submarines, visiting countries like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh or others.

  • Jasjit Singh Kular

    Jasjit’s success brings hockey village Sansarpur back in focus

    Antwerp (Belgium): Young player Jasjit Singh Kular’s fine show in the ongoing World League Semifinals has brought a village on the outskirts of Punjab’s Jalandhar city back into the focus of the hockey fraternity. Jasjit hails from a small village Sansarpur, on the fringe of Jalandhar city that used to be the hub of Indian hockey in its heydays. Known as the hockey village among the sports buffs, Sansarpur was a tiny hamlet that provided

  • Netherlands, Women Hockey

    Netherlands, South Korea women set up title contest in HWL

    Antwerp (Belgium) : World champions The Netherlands outplayed Australia 5-1 to set up a title clash with South Korea tomorrow in the women’s Hockey World League Semifinals at the KHC Dragons Stadium here. Asian Games champions South Korea prevailed 4-2 in the shootout over New Zealand after their semifinal was tied 1-1 in regulation period.

  • India, Women Hockey

    Indian women one win away from presenting Olympic credentials

    Antwerp (Belgium): Indian women go into tomorrow’s hockey encounter with Japan in the World League Semifinals with the focus on enhancing their claim for Olympic qualification after a gap of 36 years.  India are eager to cover most angles in the qualification race by winning this playoff for the fifth position against Japan which they reckon should get them into the Olympic Games for the first time since Moscow in 1980.

  • Two STF officers probing MPPEB scam receive threats

    Bhopal: Two senior officers of the Special Task Force (STF) investigating the high-profile MPPEB scam have claimed to have received threats allegedly from some influential people involved in the racket. “Yes they (STF top officers) had made a representation to me regarding some threatening calls to them like “hum dekh lenge” (will see you)…I have forwarded their grievances to the Madhya Pradesh High Court which is monitoring the probe into the scam, Special Investigation

  • Devendra Fadnavis, Satya Nadella

    Maharashtra CM seeks Microsoft support for smart city project

    New York: Terming his meeting with India-born Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella as “very productive” and “insightful”, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said the software giant will extend support for a digital village and smart city in the state. Fadnavis, who is on a week-long visit to the US, met Nadella in Seattle yesterday. He tweeted a picture of him with the Microsoft CEO and said “Had a very productive meeting and insightful discussion with @Microsoft

  • Rajat Gupta’s appeal to quash insider trading conviction fails

    New York: In yet another setback for India-born former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta, a federal US judge has rejected his appeal to overturn his two-year sentence and conviction on insider trading, rejecting his plea that there was “insufficient” evidence of him receiving “personal benefit” in exchange for providing tips. District Judge Jed Rakoff said in a 9-page ruling issued yesterday in the Southern District Court that Gupta’s argument that the evidence of personal benefits

  • Bobby Jindal

    Bobby Jindal falls in line on same-sex marriage

    Washington: One week after the US Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples can marry nationwide and states cannot ban such marriages, Louisiana’s Indian-American governor Bobby Jindal has finally fallen in line. The Republican presidential candidate had held off on abiding by the top court’s ruling until a lower federal court ordered the state to do so Thursday, leaving him no legal path to maintain the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.  After the

  • John Kerry

    India, Pakistan ties important to us: US

    Washington: Reiterating that relations between India and Pakistan are important to it, the US has expressed the hope that New Delhi and Islamabad would work on issues between them and reduce tensions.  As US Secretary of State John Kerry mentioned a couple of weeks ago after a call with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif “relations between India and Pakistan are important to us,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters Thursday.  “It’s

  • Sensex

    Sensex gains 88 points in early trade

    Mumbai: A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), on Friday was trading at 88.54 points or 0.32 percent up during the morning session. The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also trading at 23.25 points or 0.28 percent up at 8,468.15 points.  The Sensex of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 27,973.12 points, was trading at 28,034.34 points (at 9.25

  • Devendra Fadnavis

    Co-passengers come out in support of Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis

    New York: Two passengers travelling on the same US-bound Air India aircraft from Mumbai as Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis have come out in his support, saying he did not delay the flight even as he has threatened legal action once he returns to India. An angry Fadnavis had tweeted yesterday that he would file for defamation once he was back in the country over the controversy of his delegation delaying the Air India

  • rupee against dollar

    Rupee edges up 11 paise to 63.40 against dollar

    Mumbai: Continuing its winning run for the fourth straight day, the rupee strengthened by 11 paise to 63.40 against the US dollar in early trade today at the Interbank Foreign Exchange market on sustained selling of the American currency by exporters. Forex dealers said a weakening dollar against other currencies overseas on disappointing US employment data and ahigher opening in the domestic equity market supported the rupee. The local currency had gained 10 paise to close