Free Press Journal

    Mumbai: In an unprecedented action against corrupt practices, the State Public Works Department (PWD) has suspended 22 engineers and blacklisted 19 contractors’ firms for submitting forged bills and forged test reports in connection with repair and construction of govt buildings in Mumbai during the period between September 2011 to March 2014. All engineers are associated with PWD Andheri division. The contractors’ firms are all co-operative labour societies, which have been blacklisted by the government

  • Test cricket is no child’s play: R Ashwin

    Colombo: R Ashwin said that he has focussed more on Tests during the last one year as he has come to terms with the fact that longer format is no “child’s play”. “The last 10-12 months I have been more focused on Test cricket. I came to terms with the fact that Test cricket is no child’s play. I wanted to be serious about every aspect of the game and be as

  • Virat Kohli is a pro-active skipper, says Sunil Gavaskar

    Colombo: Lauding Virat Kohli for leading India to a historic series win against Sri Lanka, legend Sunil Gavaskar said that the young captain has shown early signs of great leadership with his “pro-active” approach. India humbled Sri Lanka by 117 runs at SSC to register a series-clinching win against the hosts, their first series victory in the island nation since 1993. “He is very pro-active Test skipper, that’s so important. He is

  • Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic ease into second round

    New York: Serena Williams launched her quest to win the US Open and complete a calendar Grand Slam by overwhelming 86th-ranked Russian Vitalia Diatchenko. The three-time defending champion won 6-0, 2-0 after only 30 minutes when Diatchenko retired with a left foot injury, advancing Williams into the second round at Flushing Meadows. The 33-year-old American chases the first calendar Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988 and a 22nd career major title


    Indian Test captain Virat Kohli (L) celebrates after  defeating Sri Lanka by 117 runs in the third and final Test in Colombo to win a series on Lankan soil for the first time since 1993.

  • Fuel price cut not enough, fumes Congress

    New Delhi: Calling upon the NDA government to maintain the retail prices of petrol and diesel in sync with the international price of crude oil, the Congress has observed that the recent reduction of Rs 2 and Re 0.50ps per litre respectively for petrol and diesel has been inadequate. Briefing mediapersons, Congress spokesperson Ajay Maken said that last year when the NDA government entered office crude oil was selling at $ 108.05 per barrel

  • Ishant Sharma pays for ‘breathing fire’at Sri Lanka

    Colombo: India’s pace spearhead Ishant Sharma was  suspended for one Test match for breaching ICC’s Code of Conduct during the third cricket Test against Sri Lanka where he got into repeated altercations with opposition players. Ishant will thus miss India’s first Test against South Africa at Mohali from November 5. Sri Lanka’s Dinesh Chandimal has been handed a suspension sentence of one ODI for making deliberate physical contact with Ishant while Lahiru Thirimanne and

  • V-P Hamid Ansari under attack

    New Delhi : Vice President Hamid Ansari is once again the target of a vilification campaign by the BJP and the Sangh Parivar over his pitch for “affirmative action” for Muslims. In a grim reminder of the Ram Madhav vs Ansari controversy, another BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya directly attacked the Vice President for his ”prejudiced stand” towards a ”particular community”. Vijayvargiya alleged that Ansari’s views were unbecoming of his position as a constitutional

  • Trade union strike may hit PSU banks

    New Delhi: Essential services like banking and public transport may be impacted on Wednesday with ten Central trade unions going ahead with their one-day nationwide strike, even as the government appealed to them for calling off the agitation, which BJP-backed BMS and NFITU decided to boycott. While these ten unions claim to have a combined membership of 15 crore workers in public and private sector, including banks and insurance companies, several outfits representing informal

  • Mohammad Naved Yakub was seen off by top LeT men at LoC: Dossier

    New Delhi: When Mohammad Naved Yakub, the Pakistani terrorist caught during Udhampur attack, and his three associates sneaked into India on June 2, two top LeT commanders came all the way from Islamabad to see them off besides handing over arms and ammunition. According to a dossier prepared to be given to Pakistan during the now-cancelled NSA level talks, Naved, after completing four months’ training at Daura-e-Lashkar camp in Muzaffarabad in PoK on May

  • Hardik patel set to organise ‘reverse’ Dandi march

    Gandhinagar: After an unprecedented dance of destruction that left ten people dead ,the Patidar quota stir leaders in Gujarat now seek to advance their objective through Gandhian means. The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) now intends to pursue it’s objective through peaceful means.”We propose to undertake a ‘Dandi’ yatra and peaceful fast to press for  our demand to include Patels in the OBC category,said a spokesperson of  the Samiti.  “Our stir from the very

  • Government initiates steps to address call drops row

    New Delhi: With Prime Minister Narendra Modi voicing concern over call drops, the government has initiated pro-active steps to address the problem, with regulator TRAI being asked to seek details from telecom operators about their infrastructure and capacity to provide effective services. The TRAI will soon ask telecom companies to disclose information related to their services which would be publicised so that customers are aware of capacity of their operator and enable them to

  • Ignoring Rajnath Singh cost L C Goyal Home Secretary job

    New Delhi: Ignoring political bosses and changing portfolios of senior officers in the Ministry without the knowledge of Home Minister Rajnath Singh cost L C Goyal the post of Union Home Secretary, highly-placed sources said. Goyal, who was ousted from the high-profile job on Monday, is said to have ignored Singh’s advice on many occasions. However, when contacted, Goyal told PTI that he had nothing to say beyond what he had said on Monday,

  • Clerics urge Muslim bodies for reforms in ‘triple talaq’

    Kanpur: Stating that the practice of triple talaq was causing immense problems in Muslim society, a body of clerics has written to the All India Muslim Personal Law Board and Islamic scholars to build consensus on making a three-month period mandatory before finalisation of divorce. In letters to AIMPLB and clerics of Deoband and Barelvi sects, the Sunni Ulema Council claimed that in seven Islamic countries, including Pakistan, Sudan and Jordan, the mandatory condition

  • Election Commission likely to announce Bihar poll dates soon

    New Delhi: The Election Commission is likely to announce the schedule of the high-voltage Bihar Assembly polls later this week or early next week. Sources in the poll panel said the schedule is likely to be announced later this week. If not this week, the schedule could be announced “early” next week.

  • NSA talks fiasco stalled Geeta’s return, says Pakistan

    New Delhi: Geeta, the deaf and mute Indian girl stuck in Pakistan for more than a decade, would have been in India had the Indo-Pak NSA-level talks not been cancelled. Pakistan had made an offer to India of sending Geeta in a special plane along with its National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz when he was to come here to hold talks with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval on August 24.

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    ‘Troubled past behind Indrani Mukerjea’s extreme behaviour’

    New Delhi: As reports about the alleged parental abuse of Indrani Mukerjea – the mother and the prime suspect in the murder of her daughter Sheena Bora – during her childhood emerge, experts say that effects of extreme negative parenting may have crept deeper into her personality, turning her into a cold-hearted person. “With many failed relationships behind her, Indrani may have developed a maladaptive coping mechanism.