Free Press Journal
  • Lalita Shivaji Babar

    Lalita Babar finishes 8th, Tintu Lukka qualifies for Olympics 

    Beijing: In two contrasting performances, India’s Lalita Babar finished a creditable eighth after leading for the major part of the women’s 3,000 metres steeplechase race as compatriot Tinku Lukka failed to qualify for the women’s 800m semi-finals but managed a 2016 Rio Olympics qualification berth at the World Athletics Championships here on Wednesday.

  • Gold

    Gold, silver drop on selling, global cues

    Mumbai: Gold prices dropped further at the domestic bullion market here on sustained selling by stockists and investors coupled with subdued local buying interest, also mainly triggered by a continuous fall in International markets. Silver also dipped on persistent speculative selling amid poor industrial demand.

  • Gurdaspur Terror Attack

    Gurdaspur terrorists came from Pakistan, Government gets conclusive proof

    New Delhi: The three terrorists, who carried out the Gurdaspur attacks, had come from Sargoda in Pakistan, and a pair of shoes recovered from the slain terrorists bore ‘Cheetah’ mark, a popular brand in that country. According to the dossier prepared by India for handing over to Pakistan during the now-cancelled NSA-level talks, independent experts analysed the two GPS devices recovered from the slain terrorists, who killed seven persons in Gurdaspur on July 27. The experts have found that on July 21,

  • china stocks

    Shanghai shares end down 1.27 per cent despite rate cut

    Shanghai: Shanghai stocks closed down 1.27 per cent in volatile trading today, extending days of falls despite a central bank interest rate cut aimed at supporting the flagging economy and share market. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 37.68 points to 2,927.29 on turnover of 461.8 billion yuan (USD 72.1 billion). It surged up to 4.29 per cent and was down as much as 3.85 per cent during the day. The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China’s second exchange, dropped

  • BMC Mumbai

    HC hails BMC’s move to set up system for pothole complaints

    Mumbai: Appreciating Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) move to set up a grievance redressal mechanism to enable citizens to lodge complaints about potholes, the Bombay High Court today asked the civic body to give a wide publicity to this measure. “No authority can dispute that there are large number of potholes in the city (Mumbai) and other districts of the state. There has been a failure on the part of the authorities to perform their duties. Now that a grievance redressal mechanism has

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    Annual tomato battle paints streets of Spanish town red

    Bunol (Spain): Thousands of half-naked revellers pelted each other with tomatoes today in the town of Bunol in eastern Spain, bathing the streets with red goo in the annual “Tomatina” battle. A string of trucks laden with 170 tonnes of tomatoes rolled through the town’s narrow streets, as teams on board distributed their load to surrounding crowds for people to throw at each other during the hour-long festivities. The iconic fiesta — which celebrates its 70th anniversary and is billed at “the

  • Aung San Suu Kyi

    Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar rebels shouldn’t sign peace deal in haste

    Yangon: Myanmar’s opposition leader has warned armed ethnic minority groups not to rush into signing a nationwide ceasefire deal, a position that pits her against President Thein Sein, who has made reaching a deal before November’s general election his top priority. Talks between more than a dozen rebel groups and the government have been on-again-off-again for more than 18 months.

  • Airtel 4G

    Airtel ramps up 4G presence; acquires Augere Wireless

    New Delhi: Country’s largest mobile operator Bharti Airtel today acquired wireless broadband firm Augere’s India operations, a move that will help the firm to augment its 4G presence in the country. The company did not disclose the deal value. With this acquisition, Bharti Airtel’s 4G services will now be available in over 300 cities and towns.

  • Hardik-PATEL

    Patel agitation will intensify, police indulged in violence: Hardik Patel

    Ahmedabad: Patel community leader Hardik Patel today warned that the agitation for reservation will intensify in coming days even as he accused the police of trying to “derail” the stir at the behest of political establishment and indulging in violence. “Police are acting against us on the directions either from Central or state government,” the 22-year-old convener of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) said in an oblique reference to the BJP which is leading governments at Centre and Gujarat. However, the young

  • Somdev Devvarman

    Somdev, Saketh fall at first hurdle in US Open Qualifiers

    New York: Somdev Devvarman and Saketh Myneni could not cross even the first hurdle at the US Open Qualifiers as both the Indian Davis Cuppers lost their openers after winning first sets against their respective rivals, here. Somdev, who has been struggling for a long time now on the Tour, lost 7-5 5-7 1-6 against the Slovakian 20th seed Nerbert Gombos. Saketh also had a one-set advantage but ended up losing the first round contest 6-4 4-6 1-6 against Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

  • Chanda Kochhar

    Chanda Kochhar confident economy can tide over China-driven crisis

    Mumbai: Attributing the ongoing market carnage to global cues, ICICI Bank chief Chanda Kochhar today said the country has many positives like high forex reserves, and low current account and fiscal gaps, which can help it weather the ongoing volatilities. “What we are seeing today is the volatility caused by global factors. I would say that at this point in time, we must remember that we are better placed to weather this volatility,” Kochhar, the managing director and chief executive of the

  • Raj Thackeray

    Court directs police to probe sedition charge against Raj Thackeray

    Hisar (Punjab): A local court has directed the police to start probe into a sedition case registered against MNS chief Raj Thackeray here three years ago while dismissing police’s plea of cancellation of the FIR since the speech over which the case was registered was made in Maharasthra. Additional District and Sessions Judge Sudesh Kumar Sharma gave the directions yesterday on a review petition of the police which was seeking scrapping of the FIR registered on September 7, 2012 in Hisar.

  • smartphone

    Stay away from smartphones if you are depressed

    Washington D.C.: A new study has revealed that depressed people, who look for solutions through electronic interactions like smartphones, often tend to make their lives worse. Prabu David of the Michigan State University’s College of Communication Arts said that using a mobile phone for temporary relief from negative emotions could worsen psychological conditions and spiral into unregulated and problematic use of mobile phones.

  • Peace accord between NSCN and GOI

    Naga groups hopeful about Centre-NSCN (IM) agreement

    Kohima: Various Naga groups have expressed hope that the recently signed agreement between the Centre and NSCN(IM) will lead to an acceptable settlement of the vexed Naga issue. At the 8th Naga People’s Consultative Meeting with the collective leadership of the Isak-Muivah-led NSCN, the participants hoped that the signing of the ‘Framework Agreement’ on August 3 will lead to an “acceptable and honourable settlement of the Indo-Naga issue.” The meeting, which resolved to uphold the resolutions of the previous Naga People’s Consultative Meetings,

  • Sanath Jayasuriya

    Kumar Sangakkara irreplaceable for Sri Lanka: Sanath Jayasuriya

    New Delhi: Sri Lankan cricket legend Sanath Jayasuriya on Wednesday said recently-retired wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara is “irreplaceable” for the team. Sangakkara played his last match for Sri Lanka in the second Test against India that concluded on Monday. The prolific left-hander is only second to Indian great Sachin Tendulkar to score maximum runs across all the three formats. While the 37-year-old has 28,016 runs, Tendulkar accumulated 34,357 runs during his illustrious career.

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    Army to take out flag march in Ahmedabad

    New Delhi: The army is being deployed in violence-hit Ahmedabad and a flag march will be carried out soon, an army spokesperson said on Wednesday. “Army has been requisitioned for controlling situation in Ahmedabad city. They are preparing to move troops out soon to do a flag march through the affected areas,” the spokesperson said. A state-wide shutdown was observed in Gujarat on Wednesday, a day after a Patidar mega-rally was held here

  • Sony xperia-c5-ultra

    Sony rolls out Xperia C5 Ultra smartphone with dual 13MP cameras in India at Rs 29,990

    Washington D C: Sony has launched the Xperia C5 Ultra smartphone in India at a price of Rs 29,990. According to the Techradar, the mobile has a very unique front facing LED flash to go with the 13MP camera on the front and features a large display panel on board. The company has used borderless display in the Xperia C5 Ultra.

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    Congress holds PM Narendra Modi responsible for Gujarat violence

    New Delhi: Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit on Wednesday held Prime Minister Narendra Modi responsible for the violence in Gujarat over an agitation demanding job reservation for the Patel community. “CM of Gujarat Anandiben Patel is directly responsible for this but even more responsible than her is the Prime Minister because everyone knows the Prime Minister is running Gujarat like puppets,” Dikshit told ANI.

  • Rahul Gandhi

    Narendra Modi should act on his promises: Rahul Gandhi

    Jammu: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of centralising decision-making, and said he should act upon his promises. “Modi promised OROP. Our ex-servicemen, our soldiers are on a hunger strike. The prime minister should take action,” said Gandhi, who is on a three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir. He said Modi had promised to remove corruption and fixing the economy and “he should start”.