Free Press Journal
  • AP govt orders ‘Yagnas’ in temples to propitiate rain gods

    Hyderabad: With about 40 per cent deficit rainfall during the monsoon season in parts of the state and shrinkage in sowing area, the Andhra Pradesh government has directed the Tirumala Tirupati Devastanam (TTD) to “perform Yagnas” in temples to propitiate the rain God. Citing ancient “Sastras”, the government said these yagnas were performed for the general welfare of society, to increase fertility of soil, to invite rains, welcome peace and health for society.

  • Tobacco, Smoking

    Chhattisgarh govt plans to impose ban on tobacco sale

    Raipur: The Chhattisgarh government is planning to impose a blanket ban on sale of tobacco in the state. Health and Family Welfare Minister Ajay Chandrakar, during a meeting with senior department officials, yesterday directed to prepare an action plan for prohibiting sale of tobacco, a government official said here today.

  • Digambar Kamat

    Bribery case: Kamat gets bail, CM says police free to take call

    Panaji: In a relief to former Goa chief minister and Congress leader Digambar Kamat, a local court today granted him anticipatory bail in the Louis Berger bribery case even as Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said he will not come in the way if police sought his permission to appeal against the order in higher court. Kamat, who had earlier given interim protection from arrest, was granted anticipatory bail by District Judge B P

  • Syed Ali Shah Geelani

    Will respond appropriately if Aziz meets Kashmiri separatists

    New Delhi: Irked over the invitation to Kashmiri separatist leaders to meet Sartaj Aziz when he is here on August 23 to hold talks on terror, government will “respond appropriately” if the Pakistanis go ahead with the meeting with them.

  • Female Viagra

    First ‘female Viagra’ approved in US

    Washington: The first drug to treat low sexual desire in premenopausal women, dubbed “female Viagra”, has been approved in the US, but with a warning about potentially dangerous side effects such as severe low blood pressure and fainting.

  • Arun Singhal is UP’s chief electoral officer

    Lucknow: Arun Singhal, a 1987-batch IAS officer, has been appointed the chief electoral officer of Uttar Pradesh, officials said on Wednesday. His name was cleared by the Election Commission and communicated to Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan this week.

  • Nitish condemns arrests of FTII students

    Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday denounced the arrests of FTII students in Pune as “worrying signs for those who care for” democracy.

  • Myanmar emergency

    Myanmar extends emergency rule in strife-hit region

    Yangon: Myanmar has renewed a state of emergency in a restive northern region bordering China, state media said today, extending army control over the area during crucial November elections.

  • Bangkok Blast

    Bangkok blast to hurt Cambodian tourism

    Phnom Penh: The Bangkok bomb blast will affect the Cambodian tourism industry because Thailand is the main gateway for international tourists to the country, Tourism Minister Thong Khon said on Wednesday.  “Generally, there are some spill-over effects on our tourism industry because about 40 percent of the international tourists enter Cambodia through Thailand,” he said. “We hope the situation in Bangkok will return to normal soon.” After the Bangkok bomb blast, security

  • Sheila Dikshit

    Delhi government’s response sought on CNG fitness scam

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought the Delhi government’s response on a public suit challenging its decision to appoint a commission of inquiry into the alleged multi-crore rupee CNG fitness scam. A number of officials of previous the Sheila Dikshit-led Delhi government are under the scanner in the scam.

  • UAE business delegation to visit Mumbai to boost economic ties

    Dubai: In a bid to strengthen economic ties with India, a UAE business delegation will visit Mumbai for four days to open up new areas for greater commercial engagement in trade and investment. The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) delegation will arrive on Monday to highlight internationally recognised platforms for stimulating trade and investment. “Dubai needs little introduction to India, but the continued evolution of DIFC is opening the door to new markets

  • Making toys

    Toy makers urge government to help promote indigenous products

    Kolkata: All it will take for Indian toy makers to capture a major pie of a Rs.13,000 crore ($2 billion) opportunity is a little push from the government by way of promoting indigenisation to replace the flood of imports largely from China, Taiwan and Italy, manufacturers say.

  • Ericsson Bangalore

    Ericsson to hire 82 engineers for Bengaluru R&D centre

    New Delhi: Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson plans to hire 82 engineers for its R&D centre in Bengaluru this year as the company looks to develop technologies for next generation networks. Bengaluru is a major R&D centre for Ericsson which employs a 550 strong workforce, working on solutions for India as well as for global markets.

  • Raffi Freedman-Gurspan

    First openly transgender official hired for White House

    London : The White House has hired a full-time transgender member of staff for the first time, officials have confirmed. According to the BBC, Raffi Freedman-Gurspan has started working as an outreach and recruitment director for presidential staff. A senior White House official said that her commitment to transgender rights reflects “the values of this administration”. It is US President Barack Obama’s latest move in support of LGBT rights

  • Sachin Tendulkar

    Carnival Motion partners 200 Not Out for Sachin docu-feature

    Mumbai: Carnival Motion Pictures, part of the Carnival Group, today said it has tied up with 200 Not Out, which is producing a docu-feature on legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, after bagging the rights from World Sports Group. Carnival Group in a statement said its multiplex chain Carnival Cinemas will leverage its existing network, including the recently acquired Big Cinemas, and distribution expertise to release the film in over 3000 theatres across the world.

  • E Cigarettes, Teens

    e-Cigarettes can trigger smoking in teens

    New York: While electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are generally assumed to be less harmful, new research has found that teenagers who use these cigarettes are more likely to smoke conventional cigarettes, cigars and hookahs over the next year compared with nonusers.