Free Press Journal
  • Nepal, tremors

    Two mild earthquakes hit Nepal

    Kathmandu : Two mild earthquakes measuring 4.1 and 4.2 on the Richter Scale today jolted Nepal, but no damage was reported. The first tremor was recorded at around 6 am (local time) with epicenter located at Gorkha district, 150 kilometers west of Kathmandu. Another aftershock with epicenter at Sindhupalchowk district, 100 kilometers east of Kathmandu, was felt early today, according to the National Seismological Centre. A total of 384 aftershocks with 4 or more magnitude have been recorded after

  • Ashok Gajapathi Raju

    New Civil Aviation policy in advanced stage of finalisation

    New Delhi: The new civil aviation policy, which is in the advanced stage of finalisation would provide a long-term road map for the sector’s growth, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said. “Government is in the process of developing a comprehensive Civil Aviation Policy which shall provide a long term road map for the aviation sector…the growth of aviation and tourism industry also has significant ripple effects on other segments, particularly in the

  • shooting

    Three killed in shooting incidents in US

    Houston : Three persons, including a policeman, were killed today in separate shooting incidents in the US, a day after a disgruntled gunman killed two TV journalists, highlighting the growing cases of gun-related violence in the country.

  • Sebi

    Sebi reconstitutes Takeover Panel

    New Delhi: Capital markets regulator Sebi has reconstituted its Takeover Panel, which looks into the applications seeking exemption from the mandatory open offer that an acquirer needs to make to minority shareholders. The panel, comprising independent experts, makes its recommendations to Sebi on such applications after which the regulator gives an opportunity to concerned parties before passing an order.

  • Maha govt pursuing deal, but Marathi TV channel says it wants to buy Ambedkar house

    Mumbai: A Marathi TV news channel has claimed that it is in talks with a UK firm for buying the London house where Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar had resided for a time even as the Maharashtra government is in advanced stages of purchasing the property for turning it into a memorial. “Associate Director, Goldschmidt and Howland (estate agent) in London, Adam French, has asked us to come up with an offer for the house,”

  • Govt mulls two per cent cess on air tickets

    New Delhi: Fliers may have to shell out more with the government mulling to impose a two per cent cess on air tickets as part of the new civil aviation policy, which is in the advanced stage of finalisation. The money raised through the cess would be utilised for viability gap funding of domestic carriers operating flights to regional and remote areas. Sources said the Civil Aviation ministry is looking at levying two

  • India can replace China as driver of global growth: Jaitley

    New Delhi: Seeing an opportunity in the recent turmoil in global equity and currency markets, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said India, with 8-9 per cent growth rate, can replace China as the driver of world economy. The country has already laid down a “red carpet” for businesses which want to invest here, he said, committing to push ahead with the government’s reforms agenda.

  • Suicide bombing, Iraq

    2 Iraqi army generals killed in IS suicide bombing

    Baghdad: An Islamic State suicide bomber killed two army generals today as they led forces against IS positions in the turbulent Anbar province west of Baghdad, military officials said.

  • Terrorist arrested,

    Pak terrorist’s arrest: ‘Chilly grenades’ makes him panicky

    Srinagar: He panicked and begged for mercy after army commandos fired ‘chilly grenades’ and teargas shells into a cave to flush out the terrorists who were holed up there since last night. Sajjad Ahmed was subsequently arrested and he identified himself as a resident of Muzzafargarh in Pakistan’s Punjab province. The 22-year-old was one of the five terrorists who had crossed over from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and hid in the cave after army detected

  • Junaid Hussain

    ISIS’ top hacking expert killed in US drone strike

    Washington: Junaid Hussain, a top Islamic State jihadist recruiter and an expert British hacker, has been killed in a US drone strike in Syria, according to a media report.

  • Four taken into custody in connection with triple murder

    Coimbatore: Four persons have been taken for interrogation in connection with the murder of three persons by an armed gang at Chintamani Pudur here last night. Three persons were hacked to death by sickles and other lethal weapons, after waylaying them in a car around 8. 30 PM yesterday.

  • Yusuf Raza Gilani

    Pakistan court orders arrest of ex-PM Gilani in corruption case

    Karachi: A Pakistani anti-corruption court here today issued non-bailable arrest warrants against former prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and former trade minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim for allegedly minting money by approving subsidies to fake companies.

  • US-Iran nuclear deal not a good agreement: Israel envoy

    Bengaluru: Israeli Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon today said the imminent nuclear deal between US and Iran is not a good agreement, but could have been better if Iran ensured that it does not continue its policy of destabilisation and promotion of terrorism in the region. “I would not be the first to tell you that we don’t like the agreement. It is not a good agreement. We thought a better agreement could

  • Over 300 Chinese students flunk postgraduate exam

    Sydney: Over 300 Chinese students flunked an examination of a masters degree programme at the University Of Sydney in Australia, a media report here said.

  • Bill to amend Lokayukta Act drops HC CJ from selection panel

    Lucknow: Amidst the ongoing tug of war between the UP government and the Governor over appointment of Lokayukta, the state legislature today passed a bill amending the Lokayukta Act by dropping HC Chief Justice from the selection committee. The Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta and Up-Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill, 2015, also seeks to make the panel a four-member body of Chief Minister, Leader of the Opposition, Speaker and a retired judge.

  • Venkaiah Naidu

    12 crore people to become citizens of Smart Cities

    New Delhi: There are about 12 crore people in the country who will be the direct beneficiaries of the Smart City project. The total population of these proposed 98 Smart Cities is about 12 crore accounting for 35 per cent of country’s total urban population as per the 2011 census, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said while releasing the list.

  • Purple potatoes, Colon Cancer

    Purple potatoes may prevent colon cancer

    Washington: Compounds found in purple potatoes may help kill colon cancer stem cells and limit the spread of the cancer, Indian-origin scientists have found.

  • Transgenders

    ‘Despite SC order, transgenders still feel discriminated’

    New Delhi:  Transgenders continue to face social exclusion and find it difficult to get official documents including ID cards even after the landmark Supreme Court verdict recognising the ‘third gender’, participants at a recent conference said. Several participants said the apex court verdict of April 15 last year was not being implemented in several states and felt that the society still misunderstood transgenders.

  • Ex-army men orop

    OROP row: ‘Nothing can be more insulting’, say ex-servicemen

    New Delhi: The ex-servicemen, who are staging a protest at the Jantar Mantar here over the implementation of the One Rank, One Pension scheme, today said it is extremely unfortunate and insulting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government is not accepting their demand.

  • 184 districts identified for focussed healthcare: Narendra Modi

    New Delhi: 184 poorest performing districts of the country have been identified for focused attention in terms of healthcare, involving infusion of resources and conduct of specific programs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here today. Listing out achievements and strides made by India especially in materal and child health, he exuded confidence that India would reach close to achieving the millennium development goal of reducing under-five mortality rate.