Free Press Journal
  • Asiya Andrabi

    DeM Chief Andrabi booked for hoisting Pakistani flag

    Srinagar: Chief of radical women’s outfit Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Asiya Andrabi, was booked for hoisting Pakistan’s flag on the neighbouring country’s Indepe dence Day in Kashmir, police said. “A case FIR no 84/2015 under Section 13 of Unlawful Activities Act has been registered against Andrabi,” a police official said.

  • Zee Media to foray into English news broadcasting

    New Delhi: Zee Media Corporation Limited (ZMCL) today announced plans to foray into English news broadcasting. The company, part of the Essel Group, has appointed Rohit Gandhi as Editor-in-Chief of English news broadcast and related content with effect from August 17, ZMCL said in a statement. Gandhi will be heading the operations of all initiatives in this space and report to Zee Entertainment MD & CEO Punit Goenka, it added.

  • Facebook increases investments in Indian small businesses

    Hyderabad: Facebook India today said it is increasing its investments in small businesses in the country with the first of many Small Business Boost events. “There are 1.49 billion people on Facebook, which is half of the estimated three billion people who use the Internet worldwide, Head of Economic Growth Initiatives for Facebook India”, Ritesh Mehta said.

  • China, coal mine blast

    Sodium cyanide traces found in waters near China blasts site

    Tianjin: Minute traces of sodium cyanide have been found in waters near China’s Tianjin port indicating that it has spread to the sea, even as experts raced against time to clear the area of toxic chemicals stored at a warehouse ravaged by blasts that killed at least 114 people. Minute traces of cyanide have been detected in waters near the Tianjin port, the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said acknowledging that it was spreading

  • Boko Haram leader denies death reports

    Abuja: Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has said he is alive and still the chief of the Nigeria-based jihadist group, according to a new audio recording released on Sunday. “The global media reported that I am dead or I am sick and have lost influence in the affairs of religion,” Xinhua quoted the self-claimed Shekau as saying in the eight-minute Hausa-language recording.

  • Brand new cars parked in Tianjin port are seen badly damaged at the site of the massive explosions in Tianjin.

    Port operations return normal after Tianjin blasts

    Beijing: Operations at the Tianjin port in China have returned to normal following warehouse blasts on August 12 that claimed at least 114 lives, the port authority said on Monday. Port operations and ship traffic were partially suspended following the huge explosions at a warehouse for hazardous chemicals, Xinhua quoted an official as saying.

  • Mohammed Naved Yakub

    NIA allowed to lie-test Udhampur attack accused

    New Delh: A Delhi court on Monday allowed the NIA to conduct a polygraph test on Udhampur terror attack accused Muhammed Naveed alias Usman. District Judge Amarnath, during in-camera proceedings, allowed the National Investigation Agency’s plea seeking permission to conduct a polygraph test of Naveed, a Pakistani national.

  • Criminal wanted in several cases held in UP

    Muzaffarnagar: A criminal wanted in over a dozen cases of murder, loot and extortion was arrested by Babri police at Shamli here, police said today. The accused, Sachin, was arrested yesterday by a Babri police team led by SHO Yusuf Khan, SP Vijai Bhushan said here. He was wanted in 12 cases of murder, loot and extortion, and carries a reward of Rs 12,000 on his head, police said. Sachin was arrested when his gang was allegedly planning a loot,

  • Supreme Court

    SC notice to Centre on plea seeking contempt agst AAP, AIADMK

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court today sought response from the Centre as to whether it has set up a three-member ombudsman to regulate advertisements given by various governments and authorities in pursuance of its decision on the issue.

  • Fire in high-rise office building near CP

    New Delhi: A fire broke out in a high-rise commercial building on K G Marg in the heart of Delhi today, though no casualty has been reported in the incident. The building, Ansal Bhawan, houses several offices and the fire broke out at the mezzanine level between its basement and the ground floor. The incident was reported at around 11.45 AM, a Dehi Fire official said.

  • GRP, police personnel injured in brickbatting by passengers

    Barasat (North 24-Parganas): At least six GRP and police personnel were today injured in brickbatting by two groups of passengers when the security forces tried to remove them from the tracks at Khardah station during a protest against Railway’s decision to convert four coaches of a ladies special train to general compartments. Seven persons were also arrested, police said. The trouble started this morning when male and female passengers launched seperate sit-ins on

  • Churchill Alemao arrest

    Bribery case: Court rejects Churchill Alemao’s bail plea

    Panaji: A local court today rejected the bail plea of Goa’s former Public Works Department Minister Churchill Alemao arrested in connection with the Louis Berger bribery case. District Judge B P Deshpande rejected the bail application of Alemao. Alemao was arrested on the night of August 5 by the state Crime Branch. He was the state PWD minister when officials of the US-based company Louis Berger allegedly paid bribes to win consultancy for

  • Syria crisis

    Toll in Syria regime raids near Damascus rises to 96: monitor

    Beirut: The toll in a deadly series of Syrian government air raids on a rebel-held town outside Damascus rose to 96 people early this morning, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said regime warplanes yesterday had conducted at least 10 air strikes on Douma, most of them hitting a popular marketplace.

  • South Korea, Army

    S Korea, US begin military drill despite N Korea threats

    Seoul: Tens of thousands of South Korean and US troops kicked off a large-scale military exercise today simulating an all-out attack by North Korea, which has condemned the joint drill as a “declaration of war.” The annual Ulchi Freedom exercise, which the defence ministry said would run through August 28, is largely computer-simulated, but still involves 50,000 Korean and 30,000 US soldiers.

  • Maggi

    Apex consumer court accepts case against Maggi

    New Delhi: The apex consumer court on Monday accepted the government’s Rs.640-crore suit against Nestle for its alleged unfair trade practices pertaining to Maggi instant noodles and posted the next date of hearing for Sep 30. The bench of the National Consumer Disputed Redressal Commission, presided over by Justice J.K Jain and Justice B.C. Mehta, also wanted to look into the findings of fresh test reports of the popular instant noodles by

  • explosives

    Explosives seized, two arrested

    Kozhikode: A huge cache of explosive materials used for quarrying was seized today from a car in Mukkam in the district and two persons arrested in connection with it. About 250 kg of ammonium nitrate, 1500 detonators, 400 gelatine sticks and 700 metres of fuse wire, were seized from the possession of Mehaboob (39) and Haris (36), both belonging to Mukkam, the police said.

  • Tihar warder suspended following inmate’s murder

    New Delhi: Warder of the high-security enclosure at Tihar jail, in which a prisoner was allegedly murdered last week, has been suspended on charges of dereliction of duty, a senior prison official said today. The warder, Joginder, was supposed to be on duty till 10 PM but he allegedly left around 9.55 PM, without waiting for the other warder to come and officially relieve him for the day as per protocol.

  • Indian u-19 football team to participate in Asian event

    New Delhi: A 17-member Indian under-19 football squad will participate in the FAM-FRENZ Asia Champions Trophy starting August 19 in Malacca, Malaysia. The Indian colts have been clubbed in Group A alongside Frenz United A, Felda United FC (both Malaysia) and Chonburi FC (Thailand). The teams will play on a home and away basis and the top two from the group stage will progress to the knock-out rounds. The Indian contingent will take on Felda United FC in their first game.

  • ‘Appoint regular CVO of unblemished credentials at AIIMS soon’

    New Delhi: Deploring the “non-serious”approach of the Union Health Ministry towards tackling corruption cases at the AIIMS, a parliamentary panel has recommended appointment of a regular Chief Vigilance Officer of “unblemished” credentials in the premier institute here. A department-related Parliamentary Committee on Health and Family Welfare has also asked the Ministry to play a “proactive” role in ensuring expeditious investigations into all the corruption cases at AIIMS New Delhi and produce an up-to-date

  • Bhadarwah-Doda road remains closed for 15 days; locals suffer

    Bhadarwah (JK): The locals and tourists in the mountainous town of Bhadarwah continue to face inconvenience as the authorities fail to fully restore Bhadarwah-Doda road closed for the past 15 days due to landslides triggered by heavy rainfall. Incessant rains in the region, which further triggered landslides, led to closing of the road in Doda district since past few days.