Free Press Journal
  • Congress questions FM’s U-turn on MAT

    New Delhi Reiterating its Vice-President Rahul Gandhi’s description of the Modi government as ”suit boot ki sarkar”, the Congress has raised several questions about Union finance minister Arun Jaitley’s decision to withdraw the provision of minimum alternate tax on capital gains by Foreign Institutional Investors. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that when the issue came into focus Jaitley had made three very pertinent observations.

  • Chambers: One-day strike cost Rs 25k cr to economy

    New Delhi : As a nationwide strike of trade unions hit banking and other services on Wednesday, business chambers pegged the loss to the economy at a staggering Rs 25,000 crore and said such “disruptive” actions can hit India’s image as an attractive business destination. Stating that labour law reforms are crucial and important to create a conducive environment for investments and employment generation in the country, industry body CII said the process of

  • Coalscam: Manmohan Singh knew all, ex-CM Koda tells court

    New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was aware of all aspects of the process of allocation of a coal block to Naveen Jindal’s firm, ex-Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda told a special court on Wednesday. Koda, who has sought summoning of Manmohan Singh as an accused, said if there was any conspiracy in the allocation of the Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block in Jharkhand to the Jindal group, it could not have

  • New tech transforms cellphone into microscope to spot malaria

    Washington:  A new low-cost technology that transforms a cellphone into a powerful, mobile microscope could significantly improve malaria diagnoses and treatment in developing countries, scientists say, reports PTI.

  • SEBI to regulate commodity derivates market from Sept 28

    New Delhi : The government notified the merger of commodities market regulator Forward Markets Commission (FMC) with Securities and Exchange Board of India with effect from September 28. “Forward Contracts Regulation Act (FCRA) 1952 gets repealed and Regulation of Commodity Derivatives Market will shift to Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) under Securities Contracts Regulation Act (SCRA) 1956 with effect from 28th September, 2015,” the Finance Ministry said in a statement.

  • In love? Drop an e-mail and woo your girl

    New York: If Cupid’s arrow has hit you finally, it is still better to express your feelings via an e-mail than leaving a voice message or a WhatsApp post with the girl you are in love with, says an interesting study, reports IANS. According to researchers from Indiana University (IU), in this digital age, an email can be more effective in expressing romantic feelings than other platforms. “The bottom line is that

  • BMC fined Rs 200 crore for not depositing I-T dues

    Mumbai; The Income Tax department has fined the BMC Rs 200 crore for alleged non-payment of taxes deducted at source since 2006. If BMC corporators, who are members of the standing committee, are to be believed, this is due to the negligence of one accounts department officer. As per procedure, the civic body’s accounts’ department collects all BMC employees’ taxes and submits the dues to the Income tax department every year.

  • Andy Murray subdues volatile Nick Kyrgios

    New York: Nick Kyrgios ranted, showboated and even appeared to take a mid-match nap but it was 2012 champion Andy Murray who prevailed in their US Open clash 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1. In the tournament’s most eagerly-awaited first-round duel, third seed Murray claimed his fourth win in four meetings against the sport’s new bogeyman and third in three Grand Slam matchups this year. The British star, who has made at least the

  • Have learned to keep my mouth shut, says Nick Kyrgios

    New York: Controversial Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios said he has learned to keep his mouth shut at times after the controversy surrounding his recent on-court comments. A couple of weeks ago, Kyrgios had jibed at Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka during a match in Montreal saying: “Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell you that, mate. “The 20-year-old was given a suspended 28-day ban and fined $25,000 by the Association of Tennis Professionals

  • Roger Federer in favour of centre courts with roofs

    New York: Roger Federer is all in favour of the roof which will tower over the cavernous Arthur Ashe Stadium at next year’s US Open — just don’t ask him to discuss it mid-match. The five-time US Open champion believes the retractable roof may play into the hands of the top players as it eliminates the effect of outside factors, the tournament falls in line with the Australian Open and Wimbledon with

  • Ishant Sharma’s behaviour pathetic display of aggression: Bishan Singh Bedi

    New Delhi: Terming Ishant Sharma’s verbal duels with the Sri Lankans a “pathetic display of aggression”, former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi has said Test skipper Virat Kohli needs to control his own belligerence and be a role model for his players. Ishant played a vital role in India’s series clinching win in Colombo, bagging eight wickets in the match to join the 200 wicket-takers club. But his continuous verbal duels on

  • India has photos, details of Pakistan terrorist’s kin, friends

    New Delhi: Preparing to nail Pakistan’s lie, India has gathered substantial evidence, including the phone number and photographs of close relatives of LeT terrorist Mohammad Naved Yakub who was caught during Udhampur attack and is expected to ask Islamabad to hold a probe on that basis. Twenty-four pages of a 39-page dossier prepared by India are devoted to the photographs and Google Maps locations of Naved’s residence, his relatives’ houses and the

  • Sri Lankan off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal reported for suspect action

    Colombo: Sri Lanka off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal has been reported with a suspected illegal bowling action during the third Test match against India, an ICC statement said on Wednesday. The match officials’ report, which was handed over to the Sri Lanka management, cited concerns about the legality of the 22-year-old’s bowling action, the statement said.

  • NAMO government’s Smart Cities project ignored villages, says Akhilesh

    Allahabad: Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today claimed that the Modi government’s ‘Smart Cities’ project has ignored villages while his administration in Uttar Pradesh is focusing on “planned development of both rural and urban areas”. “Our government will offer full cooperation to the Centre in its efforts to develop smart cities in Uttar Pradesh. Though the endeavour appears as incongruous as wearing a tie while donning kurta and pyjama.

  • Will stick to my methods and work hard: Rohit Sharma

    Colombo: India batsman Rohit Sharma said he would prefer to stick to his style of play and aim at working harder in the nets to become a better player. “I have zero expectations outside. What happens outside is not going to help my cricket. What is going to help my cricket is me working hard, doing what I have been doing in the nets and getting better as a player everyday. And

  • Captain Virat Kohli goes by gut feeling, not conventional wisdom

    Veturi Srivatsa: From whichever angle India’s Test series victory in Sri Lanka is seen, a new name crops up as a game-changer, making it a truly collective effort of the team. The series was gripping right through and the credit for much of the entertaining stuff must go to the Sri Lankan authorities for providing great pitches which gave both the teams enough to seize the opportunities.

  • Congress slams plans to recast Nehru Museum

    New Delhi: Amid reports that the Modi Sarkar has worked out plans to undo the present character of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) and to recast it as museum of governance reflecting contemporary India, including the initiates proposed by prime minister Narendra Modi, there has been a strong reaction from the Congress party. Condemning the move party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that this is an effort by the Modi-led BJP

  • Ban on Gujarat mobile internet services lifted

    Ahmedabad: The Gujarat police lifted the ban on mobile internet services from midnight of Tuesday-Wednesday, a day earlier than what was originally planned, officials said here on Wednesday, reports IANS. The ban on mobile internet had been imposed last Tuesday (August 25) when the Patidar Anamant Andolan Samiti (PAAS) had organised a mammoth rally of around a million Patel community members seeking caste-based reservations in education and jobs.

  • Delhi cops move High Court against trio

    New Delhi: After miserably failing in trial court, police moved the Delhi High Court  challenging the clean chit given to all the accused, including India’s test discard S Sreesanth and two other cricketers Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, in the sensational 2013 IPL-6 spot-fixing case. Delhi Police filed an appeal against the trial court’s July 25 verdict which said investigators had failed to gather “all necessary ingredients to establish a prima facie

  • Militant behind recent killings gunned down, Armyman dies in J&K

    Srinagar: A militant believed to be responsible for a number of recent killings and targeting of mobile installations was on Wednesday gunned down in Baramulla in an encounter during which an armyman also lost his life. The encounter in Rafiabad area, about 50 kms from here, started at around 7 AM after security forces launched a search operation following a specific information about presence of militants, police said. During the search operation,