Free Press Journal
  • Darren Criss

    ‘Glee’s’ Darren Criss to star in romantic comedy ‘Smitten!’

    Los Angeles: “Glee” star Darren Criss has been roped in to star in the upcoming romantic-comedy “Smitten!” The indie movie will be be screenwriter Barry Morrow’s directorial debut, who won an Oscar for the screenplay for “Rain Man”, said The Hollywood Reporter. Criss, who is best known for his portrayal of Blaine Anderson on the musical comedy-drama series “Glee”, will be seen in first feature film role since the popular musical comedy series ended. “Smitten!” is an enchanted fable,

  • Amarnath Yatra

    4 Amarnath yatris die; toll rises to 22

    Srinagar: Four more pilgrims died due to cardiac arrest enroute to the 3,880 metre-high cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas, taking the death toll in the ongoing yatra to 22, officials said today. 47-year-old Satpal Gogyal, a Delhi resident, suffered cardiac arrest at Panjtarni along the traditional 45-km Pahalgam-cave route in Anantnag district last evening, the officials said. They said 29-year-old Amandeep, a resident of Punjab, died near the holy cave due to cardiac arrest. 60-year-old Ram

  • Marathi producer, family attacked over consuming non-veg food

    Mumbai: A Marathi theatre producer has filed a police complaint against residents of a housing society in north Mumbai alleging they attacked his flat two days ago and assaulted his family over cooking and eating non-vegetarian food. The incident, reported from suburban Dahisar, comes after another person was denied a flat in Malad on the grounds that he was a non-vegetarian. Congress MLA Nitesh Rane said he supports the Dahisar resident Govind Chavan, 48, who has lodged the

  • Government keen on starting work on super specialty hospital: CM N Rangasamy

    Karaikal: Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangasamy has said government was keen on commencing construction works for the Rs 38-crore super-specialty hospital project. Speaking at an Iftar party held here last night, the Chief Minister said government was paying special attention to improve healthcare facilities at Karaikal. “Super-speciality hospital construction works will begin next month and the Government has earmarked Rs 38 crore for the project,” he said. He said Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda had agreed to set

  • US housing starts rise sharply

    Washington: The US department of commerce said that housing starts, an economic indicator that reflects the number of privately-owned new houses on which construction has been started in a given period, has risen sharply. According to the department, privately-owned housing starts were at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1,174,000 in June, up 9.8 percent from the revised May figure and also 26.6 percent higher than the year-ago level, Xinhua reported on Friday. The

  • Chris Mpofu

    We have nothing to lose, so we can express ourselves: Chris Mpofu

    Harare: Having lost the ODI series 3-0 and trailing the two-T20 series against India 0-1, Zimbabwe pacer Chris Mpofu has said that his team is set to give it all in the second and final Twenty20 International tomorrow, as they have nothing to lose. After four straight losses during India’s visit, Zimbabwe can only hope for a consolation win in tomorrow’s match. “(Victories) are going to come as time goes on. It’s hard when you’re

  • US firm paid USD 976,000 bribe to win Indian water project

    Washington: A New Jersey-based construction management firm has been charged with bribing Indian officials several crores of rupees to win two major water developmental projects in Goa and in Guwahati. The bribery of USD 976,630 for a Goa project by Louis Berger included that to a minister, the details of which have not been disclosed by the Department of Justice. Yesterday, the company agreed to pay USD 17.1 million criminal fine to resolve charges that

  • Sonia Gandhi

    Sonia Gandhi greets people on Eid, Navakalebar Rath Yatra

    New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday greeted the people on the occasion of Navakalebar Rath Yatra and Eidd-ul-Fitr.
    Extending her greetings on the occasion of Navakalebar Rath Yatra, Gandhi said she hoped “Bhagwan Jagannath’s blessings will bring peace, progress and prosperity to all of us”. The new millennium’s first Nabakalebar Rath Yatra which commenced from the Puri temple in Odisha on Saturday will conclude at Shree Gundicha temple, covering a distance

  • Nelson Mandela

    Nelson Mandela shining beacon of democracy: Narendra Modi

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Nelson Mandela Day on Saturday, paid tribute to the former South African president, whom he described as a “shining beacon of democracy”.  “Remembering the apostle of peace, a shining beacon of democracy and a champion of equality, the beloved Madiba on Nelson Mandela Day,” Modi said. Mandela, an anti-apartheid revolutionary, was the president of South Africa between 1994 and 1999. In 2009, the United Nations

  • Philippine massacre widows ‘cannot forgive’ warlord suspect

    Manila: Widows of victims of the Philippines’ worst political massacre said Saturday that they could not forgive a powerful clan warlord who was one of the main suspects in the case, after he died in hospital. Andal Ampatuan Sr., patriarch of the powerful Ampatuan clan, was among 100 people on trial for the killings of 58 people, including 32 journalists, in the conflict-wracked southern province of Maguindanao in November 2009.

  • Rohan Bopanna, Saketh Myneni

    Rohan Bopanna – SakethMyneni team tamed by Kiwis, India trail 1-2

    Christchurch: World No. 10 Rohan Bopanna and Saketh Myneni suffered a shock straight set mauling at the hands of Artem Sitak and Marcus Daniell as India were left trailing 1-2 against New Zealand in the Asia/Oceania Davis Cup Group I tie, here today. Bopanna, a Wimbledon semifinalist in doubles, and Myneni lost the crucial doubles rubber 3-6 6-7(1) 3-6 even as the hosts continued to surprise the Indians.

  • Abhishek Banerjee

    Mamata’s nephew stirs fresh controversy, claims TMC Govt. killed Kishenji

    Kolkata : Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee has stirred a fresh controversy with his remark that (Maoist) leader Koteswar Rao alias Kishenji has been killed during the tenure of the TMC Government in West Bengal. “During the four-year rule (of the Mamata Banerjee-led government), only one person has died (in Jangalmahal). He is Maoist leader Kishenji. By killing him, the Mamata Banerjee government has proved that people will have the last

  • Pushkaram

    Pushkaram: Necessary steps in place for holiday weekend rush

    Rajahmundry (AP): The necessary arrangements are in place to handle the heavy flow of devotees that is expected at bathing ghats for Godavari Pushkaram in view of two consecutive holidays, Andhra Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister N Chinnarajappa today said.

  • Pakistan Ceasefire

    Pakistan provokes India again, another ceasefire violation in Nowshera sector

    Nowshera (J-K) : In yet another ceasefire violation by Pakistan, there was unprovoked firing from the other side of the border at two posts in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nowshera sector along the Line of Control. According to reports, the Pakistani forces fired over 180 rounds last night. No casualties have been reported. This is the fifth ceasefire violation by Pakistan in the last three days. Further details are awaited.

  • MH17

    Memorials for MH17 victims as calls grow for justice

    Nieuwegein (Netherlands): Relatives of those killed when flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine exactly a year ago joined emotional memorials as calls mounted for a UN-backed tribunal to prosecute those responsible for the tragedy. All 298 passengers and crew — the majority of them Dutch — died on July 17 last year when the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was downed over rebel-held east Ukraine during

  • Pakistan ISIS flag in Srinagar

    Pakistan, ISIS flags waved during protest over Geelani’s detention in Srinagar

    Srinagar: Pakistan and ISIS flags were waved in Srinagar on Saturday during the protest over hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s detention. The police personnel had to fire tear gas shells to disperse the protestors, who pelted stones at the men in uniform, to vent their ire over Geelani’s house arrest. Geelani and several other separatist leaders have been put under house arrest in the city. According to reports, Geelani was not allowed to

  • Karim Benzema, Rihanna

    Rihanna taking romance slowly

    Los Angeles: Singer Rihanna and her beau Karim Benzema are reportedly taking their relationship slowly, but have an amazing connection and a lot of respect for each other. The 27-year-old singer started dating the Real Madrid soccer player in June after first connecting with him via Twitter last year. A source close to the “Stay” hitmaker told that she appreciates how Benzema, 27, understands her busy schedule and has no problem

  • Westland chopper deal Achilles heel in UK-India ties’

    London: A mutli-million-pound contract for India to purchase 27 Westland 30 helicopters was described as the British government’s “Achilles heel” in relations with India following Indira Gandhi’s assassination in October 1984, according to newly-declassified UK government documents. According to the documents at National Archives, senior members of the Margaret Thatcher government feared a change in India’s stance over a deal struck by the former Indian Prime Minister.

  • Wildfire, California highway

    Wildfire sweeps across California highway

    Los Angeles: A fast-moving wildfire torched at least 20 cars and five houses as it swept across the main highway between Southern California and Las Vegas, the media reported on Saturday.  The fire, swept by desert winds, burned on both sides of Interstate 15 on Friday, the main highway between Southern California and Las Vegas, Fox News reported. Both north-bound and south-bound I-15 were closed as a result of the fire. The