Free Press Journal
  • Steven Smith

    Steve Smith named Australia’s new Test captain

    Sydney: Batsman Steve Smith was today named Australia’s new Test captain to replace Michael Clarke, who announced his retirement after his side’s drubbing in the current Ashes series, Cricket Australia said.

  • Decline in WPI, CPI and growth in IIP together provide room for rate cut: ASSOCHAM

    New Delhi: Welcoming the decline in Wholesale Price Index (WPI) for July 2015, the ASSOCHAM today said that drop in WPI, together with fall in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and the rise in Index of Industrial Production (IIP) presents a strong case for the Reserve Bank of India to consider an interest rate cut to push growth ahead of the central bank’s scheduled policy review meeting.  “A sustained inflation decline seems

  • Sena takes a dig at Rahul; slams Cong for wasting Parl session

    Mumbai: The Shiv Sena today accused the Congress of derailing the monsoon session of Parliament over the Lalit Modi issue and sought to tell party Vice President Rahul Gandhi that if issuing interpol ‘notices’ could have served the purpose, then many terrorists and criminals staying in Pakistan would have been brought to India long back.

  • SUVs drawing attention of consumers in India

    New Delhi: With the augmentation of ‘utility vehicles’, the automobile industry of India is changing significantly. These vehicles, which are lightweight, equipped with advanced technologies, stylish body, fuel efficiency and space fall in the affordable domain and have attracted the Indian buyers. Business watch follows the new trend of “SUV” cars on Indian roads. Sport utility vehicles (SUVs), off-road capable cars and multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs), which were a rare sight on India’s

  • united-nations

    South Sudan lifts aid blockade: United Nations

    Juba: South Sudan’s army has lifted a more than a month-long aid blockade into rebel areas, the UN said today, warning of a “dire situation” as fighting continues despite ongoing peace talks.

  • Thousands clean Haridwar’s ‘kanwaria’ mess

    Haridwar: Some 5,000 activists linked to a spiritual group cleaned the main Ganga ghat, the railway platforms and the roads linking them of tonnes of garbage dumped by ‘kanwarias’.

  • Huawei Honor smartphones to come with panic button

    New Delhi: Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei on Friday said its “available online only” smartphone brand Honor will be the first smartphone to adhere to the government’s directive of including a panic button or SOS feature. According to the company, four of its smartphones — Honor 6 Plus, Honor 4X, Honor 4C and Honor 6 — will come embedded with an SOS feature.  “Our research and development unit in Bengaluru has nearly

  • Gold extends gains for 7th day on seasonal demand, global cues

     New Delhi: Rising trend in gold continued for the seventh straight day as prices rose by Rs 10 to trade nearly one-month high at Rs 26,200 at the bullion market today on sustained buying by jewellers amid a firming global trend. Tracking gold, silver also extended its rally for the eighth day and gained another Rs 30 at Rs 36,130 per kg. Bullion traders said persistent rise in gold prices was mostly

  • North Korea denies role in mine blasts that maimed 2 S Koreans

    Seoul:  North Korea is denying that it planted land mines that injured two South Korean soldiers last week and prompted Seoul to restart propaganda broadcasts across the border for the first time in 11 years. North Korea’s powerful National Defense Commission said today it “makes no sense” that it buried mines on the southern side of the border because it only uses such devices for defense. Investigations by Seoul and the US-led UN Command blamed

  • Mumbai ACP Fateh Singh Patil

    Mumbai Ad.CP Fateh Singh Patil shunted after Mumbai hotel raids

    Mumbai: Days after controversial police raids on hotels in north Mumbai led to accusations of moral policing, Additional Commissioner of Police Fateh Singh Patil, who was incharge of the area and was probing the incident, has been shunted out and posted in Nanded district of Maharashtra. The state government, however, said the transfer was not connected to the raids on hotels at Madh Island and Aksa beach in which nearly 61 people were

  • Suicide

    Minor boy commits suicide over molestation charges

    Mumbai: A 17-year-old boy allegedly committed suicide in Satara district of western Maharashtra, after being accused of molesting a girl, police said today. “The boy went into depression and took the extreme step. He was one of the four persons against whom the relatives of the girl, a minor, had filed police cases,” a senior police official said from Faltan in Satara district.

  • Maha govt staff body asks members to live within means

    Mumbai: Maharashtra State Gazetted Officers’ Federation, the organisation representing state government officers, has asked its members to ‘live within their means’ as a measure to curb corruption. “Spirituality and a hunger for being studious and sportive can help do away with evils like corruption which otherwise can easily take grip of the empty minds,” chief secretary Swadheen Kshatriya said while addressing a gathering at an Anti-bribery Sensitisation programme here.

  • Colbert, Jackman to host 2015 Global Citizen Festival

    New York: Actor Hugh Jackman and comedian Stephen Colbert are tapped to serve as emcees for the upcoming Global Citizen Festival. The “Late Show” host and “The Wolverine” actor are scheduled to host the event held on September 26 at Central Park here, reports aceshowbiz.com.

  • ixigo acquires budget travel community Indian Backpacker

    New Delhi: Mobile travel search marketplace ixigo on Friday said that it has completed the acquisition of all intellectual property of Desi Backpacking Travelers, which runs IndianBackpacker.com – a community for budget travellers. Financial details were not disclosed. As a part of the deal, Akshay Chhugani, founder and CEO of The Indian Backpacker will also be joining ixigo as head of traveller communities. Aloke Bajpai, co-founder and CEO, ixigo said: “As a

  • Tatas to increase AirAsia India stake to 41%

    New Delhi: In a significant move, Tata Sons will hike its stake to 41.06 per cent in low cost carrier AirAsia India. The airline, which is facing stiff competition, is also set for top management reshuffle with CEO Mittu Chandilya expected to be elevated as Managing Director in addition to his current responsibility. “We are in the process of subscribing to the capital of AirAsia India which will take up our stake

  • Rihanna

    Rihanna unveils new tattoo above her ankle

    New York: Singer Rihanna was spotted stopping by a tattoo parlour here and was later seen sporting a new body art above her right ankle. The 27-year-old wore a simple white long-sleeved top, ripped sweatpants, and platform lace-up shoes, reports aceshowbiz.com. The latest addition into her extensive body art collection was simply ‘1988’.