Free Press Journal
  • LBT

    LBT abolished for most traders in Maharashtra

    Mumbai: Starting today, the Local Body Tax (LBT) has been abolished for most traders in 25 of the municipal corporations in Maharashtra, including those of Thane, Pune and Kalyan-Dombivali. With this the ruling BJP has fulfilled one of its poll promises, that was instrumental in bringing it to power in the state.

  • Indian Teachers, ISIS, Libya

    Libya abduction: Telangana govt urges foreign ministry for native’s release

    Hyderabad: Telangana government today asked the External Affairs Ministry to take steps to ensure the release of Balaram who has been kidnapped in Libya allegedly by Islamic State (IS) terror group. As per the directives of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, Telangana chief secretary Rajiv Sharma has written to the External Affairs ministry in this regard, a release from the CM Office said. The CMO here and Telangana Bhavan officials in Delhi are obtaining details on the incident and are in touch

  • Alastair Cook

    Alastair Cook insists England to reclaim Ashes post Birmingham victory

    Wellington: England skipper Alastair Cook has called his team to reclaim the Ashes despite the absence of its star bowler James Anderson in the remaining matches of the five-match Test series. Cook asserted that it was disappointing to lose the fast bowler for the upcoming Test, especially after seeing Anderson’s brilliant record at Trent Bridge, stuff.co.nz reported. He, however, said that it would provide an opportunity for someone else to show something special.

  • Jaluddin-Haqqani

    Taliban denies death reports of Jalaluddin Haqqani

    Karachi: The Taliban has denied reports of the death of Jalaluddin Haqqani, the founder of Haqqani network which is an allied militant group. The reports had come a day after the Taliban confirmed that its leader Mullah Omar had died.

  • India A vs Australia A

    Australia A beat India A by 10 wickets to clinch series 1-0

    Chennai: Australia A defeated India A by 10 wickets in the second unofficial Test on Saturday, thus clinching the two-match cricket series 1-0. The Cheteshwar Pujara-led side failed to put up any fight as they crashed to 247 after starting from their overnight score of 267 for six.

  • Ajay Maken

    Ajay Maken slams AAP party over not forming Lokpal

    New Delhi: Congress Leader Ajay Maken on Saturday slammed the AAP party over not forming the Lokayukta. Speaking to ANI he said, “Tomorrow in Delhi’s 14 districts we are organizing a dharna in which we demand for the formation of the Lokpal.” He pointed out that the “shocking fact is that the AAP party which was formed over the Lokpal issue left the govt within 49 days saying they were not allowed to form the

  • Ghulam Nabi Azad

    BJP raking up Hindu terror issue to polarise country: Congress

    New Delhi: The Congress on Saturday said the NDA government was trying to rake up the Hindu terror issue in a bid to divide and polarise the country. “The comment of the then home minister is being quoted out of context. It is a deliberate attempt on the part of the government, it is the deliberate attempt on the part of the BJP for various reasons – to divide the country, to take

  • Swati Maliwal

    DCW writes to Delhi police chief on crimes against women

    New Delhi: The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Saturday wrote to Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi seeking information about the number of complaints of crime against women. In the letter, DCW chief Swati Maliwal sought information on the number of complaints, including that of rape and molestation in the city, especially in the Anand Parbat area.

  • Sania Mirza

    Sania Mirza recommended for Khel Ratna

    New Delhi: The Sports Ministry today confirmed that Wimbledon doubles champion Sania Mirza has been recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna but made it clear that the final decision rests with only the Awards Committee. Sania won her career’s first ever women’s doubles Grand Slam title with Swiss partner Martina Hingis in June. She also became world number one before winning the Grass Court major.

  • Venkaiah Naidu

    Rs. 50,000 crore earmarked for 100 smart cities: M. Venkaiah Naidu

    New Delhi: Union minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said Rs.50,000 crore have been earmarked by the government to develop 100 smart cities in the country, adding that each selected city would get central assistance of Rs.100 crore per year for five years. Naidu, the union urban development minister, was speaking at an international seminar on sustainable and inclusive urban development organised by NITI (National Institute for Transforming India) Aayog, the Institute for Human

  • NITISH Kumar

    Special status for Bihar to be key assembly poll plank

    Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal-United (JD-U) will rake up the issue of centre’s denial of special status to the state as one of the top agendas to counter BJP in the upcoming state elections, several party leaders said. They said this will become a hot topic in the run up to the elections, scheduled for later this year and will be used as an effective means to counter the Bharatiya

  • Gold

    Gold, silver rebound on good buying, global cues

    Mumbai: Gold prices rebounded smartly at the bullion market here today following good buying by stockists as well as local consumers amid bullish global cues. Silver too witnessed higher speculative and industrial offtake after its overnight fall. Standard gold (99.5 purity) climbed by Rs 250 to close at Rs 24,890 per 10 grams from Friday’s closing level of Rs 24,640.

  • Mahesh-Bhupathi

    Czech team to come full strength, India need miracle: Mahesh Bhupathi

    New Delhi: The Indian Davis Cup team needs to pull off a miracle of sorts if it has to advance to the elite World Group, says Mahesh Bhupathi as the veteran doubles exponent revealed that Czech Republic will field a full strength team in the next month’s Play-off tie, here. World number six Tomas Berdych and multiple Grand Slam winner Radek Stepanek had skipped their last tie against Australia but Bhupathi, who is in touch with Tour players, says they will

  • flight MH370

    Expectations high as suspected MH370 wreckage arrives in Paris 

    Paris: Expectations are high among investigators who are hoping to unlock the mystery of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 as a piece of plane wreckage found on Reunion island arrived in Paris on Saturday for official analysis.

  • terrorist

    Taliban releases audio of new leader

    Kabul: The Afghan Taliban on Saturday released an audio tape of Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor, who was elected the new leader of the insurgent group earlier this week.

  • Rafael Nadal

    Rafael Nadal cruises past Cuevas to reach Hamburg semis

    Hamburg: Spanish tennis top seed Rafael Nadal has booked a spot in the semi-finals of the bet-at-home Open here with a comfortable 6-3, 6-2 victory over Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas. A day after struggling at this clay court event against 22-year-old Czech Jiri Vesely, a match in which he lost his own serve four times en route to a hard-fought 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) victory, Nadal on Friday was broken only once in rolling past

  • Five dead in Azerbaijan car crash

    Baku: At least five people were killed in a car accident in Azerbaijan on Saturday, the ministry of emergency situations said. The incident happened on the highway that connects the capital city of Baku with Quba town, Xinhua reported. An Opel carrying five people smashed into a Mercedes that was parked along the roadside. The incident, one of the most deadly car accidents in the country, is being investigated.

  • Syria Kobane Attack

    25 Syria rebels killed in failed Aleppo attack

    Beirut: At least 25 Syrian rebels were killed in a failed attack on a makeshift army base outside the northern city of Aleppo, a monitoring group said today. Nine regime forces were also killed in fighting that erupted after several rebel groups launched the attack yesterday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Three senior rebel commanders were among 25 fighters killed, said the Britain-based monitor.

  • Hyundai

    Hyundai sales up 5% in July

    New Delhi: Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) today reported 5 per cent increase in total sales at 50,408 units in July. The company had sold 48,014 units in the same month last year, HMIL said in a statement. In the domestic market, Hyundai sold 36,500 units last month as compared with 29,275 units in July 2014, up 24.7 per cent. However, the company’s exports declined 25.8 per cent to 13,908 units as against 18,739 units in the same period last year.