Free Press Journal
  • Ranchi Rays, Hockey

    Ranchi Rays retain Jackson for $95,000

    New Delhi: Hockey India League (HIL) defending champions Ranchi Rays on Friday retained their captain Ashley Jackson of England for a whopping $95,000 for another two seasons.  The Rays retained six players in total — three Indians and three foreigners — for the 2016 and 2017 seasons of HIL. Jackson’s compatriot Barry Middleton was retained for $67,000 while Australian defender Fergus Kavanagh will be at the Ranchi-based team for $60,000.

  • Marcelo Bielsa

    Marseille coach Bielsa denies contact with Mexico

    Marseille: Olympique Marseille’s Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa has said he is committed to stay with the club, rebuffing reports suggesting his willingness to be the next coach of the Mexican national team. “I never spoke to anyone from the Mexican national team. That was just a rumour,” the coach said in his first press appearance of the season on Thursday, reports Efe.

  • Anirban Lahiri

    Hit by spasms Anirban Lahiri cards disappointing 77 at WGC

    Akron (Ohio): Anirban Lahiri, coming in after a short break following events in Europe, was hit by back spasms early in his first round as he carded a 77 in the World Golf Championships-Invitational.

  • Modi, jaya

    Retrieve Katchatheevu: Jayalalithaa to Narendra Modi

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to protect the fishing rights of Indian fishermen and to retrieve the Katchatheevu islet from Sri Lanka.  Jayalalithaa presented a memorandum with various demands to Modi, who went to her residence after launching the National Handloom Day and India Handloom brand here.

  • Swine flue

    66 die due to swine flue in June-July: J P Nadda

    New Delhi: As many as 66 people have lost their lives due to swine flu (Influenza-A H1NI) in the last two months, which was more than the toll during the same period last year, Lok Sabha was informed today. Health Minister J P Nadda said the June-July period also saw 740 swine flu cases being detected across the country. He said during the same period last year, 45 people had lost their lives out

  • images

    Cases of sexual offences against children rising

    New Delhi: A rising trend has been observed in the number of cases of sexual offences against  children in the country, government today informed Lok Sabha. “As per available information, a total of 8541, 12363 and 13766 cases of rape of children below 18 years of age were registered in the country during 2012, 2013 and 2014 respectively,” Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said in a written reply. She said

  • Narendra Modi, Jayalalithaa

    PM Narendra Modi meets Jayalalithaa over lunch

    Chennai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa over lunch at her Poes Garden residence here, a significant development seen in the backdrop of NDA’s push to garner support for its key economic reforms bills in Parliament which is witnessing a logjam.

  • Pratap-Singh-RAne

    Bribery scam: Rane compares Goa Crime Branch to ‘Gestapo’

    Panaji: Against the backdrop of two Congress leaders on police radar in Louis Berger bribery case, Leader of Opposition in Goa Assembly Pratapsingh Rane today compared the state Crime Branch to be acting like Nazi German police ‘Gestapo’.  “There is some kind of Gestapo. There has been some leakage of information which is defaming our members,” Rane alleged during the ongoing Assembly session when the House assembled for the day. Gestapo was

  • J P Nadda

    Nestle not forthcoming on high MSG levels in Maggi: J P Nadda

    New Delhi: With Maggi continuing to be off the shelves in the market place, government today said its manufacturer Nestle was “not forthcoming” on giving reasons for the high MSG levels found in some of the packages.

  • Narendra Modi

    Modi asks actors, youths to popularise handloom

    Chennai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged movie stars, youths and others to use handloom products to give a much needed boost to the sector. “If movie actors decide to use only handloom and handicraft products in one out of their five movies, then those movies will automatically attract good viewership,” Modi said. Modi said film industry plays a major part in popularising fashion.

  • Sebi

    Sebi board to discuss SIT suggestions on black money fight

    New Delhi: As it continues its fight against suspected illicit funds being routed through stock markets, Sebi has initiated an internal study of suggestions made by the Supreme Court-appointed SIT on black money and the matter would be discussed by the regulator’s board later this month.

  • Sonia Gandhi

    BJP slams Sonia, Rahul after attack on Swaraj

    New Delhi: BJP today hit back at Sonia and Rahul Gandhi after their attack on Sushma Swaraj, who was called an “expert in theatrics” by Sonia, with the ruling party taking a dig at dynastic politics. BJP fielded Union Minister Smriti Irani to defend the External Affairs Minister as well as Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and attack the top Congress leaders on a day the verbal duel between the two parties

  • Sensex down

    Sensex down 100 points while Nifty nears 8,560

    Mumbai : The 30-share Sensex of the Bombay Stock Exchange (Sensex) registered a drop of about 100 points by Friday afternoon due to losses recorded by BHEL, Coal India, SBI and Cipla. Reports said that the 50-share National Stiock Exchange (Nifty) index was nearing 8550 points. BHEL’s announcement of less than satisfactory quarter one results was cited as one of the main factors for the shares-related drop at the BSE. BHEL said in a statement

  • Gold, Silver

    Gold, silver rebound on global cues, jewellers buying

    New Delhi: Snapping its four-day losing streak, gold rebounded by surging Rs 190 to Rs 25,170 per 10 grams at the bullion market today, taking positive cues from overseas markets amid fresh buying by jewellers. Silver also recovered by Rs 330 to Rs 34,130 per kg on increased offtake by industrial units and coin makers. Bullion traders said besides better trend in global markets, fresh buying by jewellers and retailers at prevailing levels mainly supported the uptrend. Gold

  • French hostage

    French hostage freed in Yemen

    Paris: A French woman who was taken hostage in Yemen in February has been freed, a media report said on Friday. In a statement issued by the French presidency, Isabelle Prime, 30, was freed on Thursday night, BBC reported. No details of her release were provided. Prime was working as a consultant on a World Bank-funded project when she was abducted on February 24 while travelling to the capital Sanaa.  Her translator Sherine

  • floods

    Sri Lanka condoles loss of lives in Myanmar floods, hopes for quick recovery

    Colombo : The Sri Lankan Government has condoled the loss of lives in the devastating floods that took place in Myanmar, hoping for a quick recovery of the nation. According to the Colombo Page web site, the Sri Lankan Foreign ministry has issued a statement iterating “solidarity and support” to the Myanmar Government “at this time of grief”. The widespread floods, triggered last week due to heavy rains, have left 81 dead, the Myanmar’s

  • Rijiju downplays Tiger Memon’s threat, says India will tackle any situation

    New Delhi: Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Friday downplayed reports of 1993 Mumbai blasts mastermind Tiger Memon threatening to take revenge for his brother Yakub’ sexecution, saying the government and the people of this country are capable of tackling any situation. “India is a strong nation. The intention of our government is very clear. The Indian Government as well as the people are capable enough to tackle any

  • Mullah Akhtar Mansour

    ‘Father of Taliban’ backs Mullah Mansour as group’s chief

    Peshawar: Amid growing dissent within Taliban ranks over succession following Mullah Omar’s death, an influential Pakistani cleric known as the “Father of the Taliban” has endorsed the nomination of Mullah Akhtar Mansour as the group’s supremo.

  • Smriti Irani

    Congress slams Smriti Irani and says ‘will be ready with answers and speech’ soon

    New Delhi: Congress leader Renuka Chowdhary on Friday hit back at Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani for taunting her party’s top brass over their comments on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, saying the grand old party has never refrained from discussions and would speak at length in Parliament in due course of time. “Anyone can give a speech. We will prepare the speech. Let them speak. And, we haven’t refrained from speaking in Parliament.