Free Press Journal
  • Wood you believe who’s here?

    American actor Elijah Wood at a press conference in Mumbai on Thursday.  Woods, who is also a DJ, is in India on a tour with his group, Wooden Wisdom.

  • Elevated road proposed to connect E. Freeway and Girgaum Chowpatty

    Mumbai: The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has proposed an east-west elevated road over Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Road, connecting Eastern Freeway (near P D’mello road junction) and the proposed coastal road (near Girgaum chowpatty). MMRDA has floated tenders to appoint a consultancy firm that will carry out the feasibility study for the proposed elevated road.

  • Government cancels Greenpeace’s FCRA licence

    New Delhi: In a fresh crackdown on Greenpeace, the government on Thursday cancelled its registration under Foreign Contribution Regulations Act (FCRA) for allegedly working against the country’s economic progress but the NGO said it will not be deterred by the attempt to “silence” its campaign. The Greenpeace India’s registration has been cancelled under FCRA, a senior Home Ministry official said tonight.

  • High Court upholds privacy of innocents

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday said while there was a “laudable intention” behind the recent police raids on hotels in Malwani following complaints of a prostitution racket operating there, innocent persons cannot be harassed and their privacy should not be invaded. A division bench of justices V M Kanade and Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi was hearing a petition filed by Khar resident Sumeer Sabhar- wal, terming the raids as  “illegal, intrusive and

  • Even Steve Waugh bats for dumping Test toss!

    Sydney: Australian cricket great Steve Waugh has backed calls from fellow former Australian Ricky Ponting and West Indies legend Michael Holding for cricket chiefs to rid Test cricket of the toss. Under Ponting’s proposal, suggested during the recent Ashes series in England, the away side would choose who bats first in order to counteract any advantage the hosts may gain from preparing a pitch that suits them best. Waugh said he was

  • AIFF to discuss road map for troubled I-League today

    Panaji: Faced with the prospect of two teams shutting shop, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has convened a meeting of all I-League clubs in Mumbai today to discuss a road map for the troubled national league whose future is in doubt. AIFF President Praful Patel has called the meeting with the I-League owners even as there have been reports of two Pune FC and Bharat FC – all set to shut

  • Not sure if I‘m worth the record amount

    Manchester: English Premier League (EPL) giants Manchester United have created a splash in the football world by signing him for 80 million euros ($89.8 million), but young French striker Anthony Martial is not sure whether he is worth the huge amount. The 19-year-old travelled to Old Trafford from French club Monaco on transfer deadline day for a fee that made him the world’s most expensive teenaged sportstar. “I don’t know if I

  • Indian-League 2nd Div qualifiers from today

    New Delhi: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Thursday launched I-League’s second division qualifiers for the 2016-17 season, aiming to widen the football map of the country and strengthen its structure. The decision was taken by AIFF’s I-League core committee here. As part of the plan, participants from all its state associations were invited to take part in the qualifiers, a statement said. The state associations will be allowed to nominate

  • Confidence is high after Incheon Asiad display: Harinder Pal Sandhu

    Mumbai: Top player Harinder Pal Sandhu singled out the Indian men’s squad’s superb gold medal winning team effort at the 2014 Asian Games as a major confidence-booster for the players on the Professional Squash Association (PSA) tour. “That performance has boosted the confidence of all of us. That gold medal win helped us a lot,” the 27-year-old Sandhu told reporters.

  • Bandh_strike

    Even trade unions need to move on

    There were two strikes in Mumbai on Wednesday—by taximen and by industrial workers — but the city felt the impact of only one. And it was not even a proper strike—it was just random violence, what used to be called goondagiri, unleashed to terrorise not only those who wanted to get back to work but also those who avail the services of the taxis. The other, a massive all India effort involving

  • Jammu and Kashmir High Court orders probe in funds scam involving Abdullah

    Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court ordered CBI probe into an alleged multi-crore scam in the state Cricket Association during the tenure of former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah as its President. While giving the order, a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Bansi Lal Bhat came down heavily on the state police which has been probing the case since 2012, saying “lack of will to dig out the

  • Hamid Ansari

    Thus spake Ansari

    Whether or not Vice-President Hamid Ansari should have spoken for his co-religionists is a matter of debate, given that he occupies an office which is supposed to be above the fray, but what he said was largely unexceptionable. He was the main speaker at the golden jubilee session of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat in New Delhi last Sunday.  Depending on how you see it, asking the Muslims to shed the partition

  • Mulayam Singh Yadav

    The Bihar marathon has begun

    The alliance stitched up by Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar against the Bharatiya Janata party seems to be in disarray. The exit of Samajwadi party under the leadership of Mulayam Singh Yadav has placed this under the spotlight, but the fact remains that the first jolt was delivered by the CPI(M) and the CPI that had actually helped put the larger coalition together under the leadership of Mulayam Singh. However, along the

  • Saira Shankardass shines in John Connon win

    Mumbai: Striker Saira Shankardass hammered home four goals to power The Cathedral & John Connon, Fort to an emphatic 7-0 win against Arya Vidya Mandir, Bandra in a girls’ under-16 Div-I match of the MSSA Inter-schools football tournament played at the Schools Sports Centre ground, Azad Maidan on Thursday. Saira’s teammates Muskaan Mehra, Nazah Mistry and Shamika Bhandarkar scored a goal each to complete the margin of victory. In another match, St.

  • India to take up currency devaluation issue at G20

    New Delhi: Ahead of the meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors in Turkey, India said that competitive devaluation of currency is a major threat to stability in the global economy. “The recent devaluation of major currencies followed by currency depreciations in a large number of Asian emerging markets raises the risk of competitive devaluations. “Competitive currency devaluations, at a time when global demand is sluggish, is a major threat

  • Bombay Gym down Mithagar

    Mumbai: Bombay Gymkhana recorded a comfortable 3-1 win against FC Mithagar in a Second Division match of the MDFA (Mumbai District Football Association) League – 2014-15, played at the St. Xavier’s ground, Parel on Thursday evening. Strikers Amir Sohal Bawa, Vihan Chadda and Rohan Poojara netted a goal each for the Gymkhana side, while Kunal Ghosh Roy pulled one back for the losing outfit. In another match, Air India Western Region and

  • Crisil: New base rate norm to hit banks profit by Rs 20k cr

    New Delhi: The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) new draft guidelines on calculating base rate on marginal cost of funds will significantly impact profitability of banks and could hit them with a one-time Rs 20,000 crore in profit, ratings firm Crisil said. Equating new base rate to Rs 20,000 crore profit hit for banks, Crisil Ratings in a note said under the new calculus, the base rate could be lower by around

  • Investors chase bargains; Sensex jumps 311 points

    Mumbai: Snapping a three-day losing streak, Indian markets staged a pullback rally on the back of frantic buying as the benchmark Sensex index soared by 311 points to close at 25,764.78 amid upbeat global cues. With Chinese markets shut for public holiday, global markets heaved a sigh of relief amid lower volatility, prompting traders to cover short positions in the domestic equity market. Stocks markets in China were closed on Thursday and

  • Mudra Dhainje, Harsheel Dani emerge champs

    Mumbai: Favourite and top seeded Manasi Gadgil of Pune, bagged double crown by  winning the women’s and mixed doubles finals, while third seeded Mudra Dhainje and Mumbai Suburbs  Harsheel Dani won their respective women’s and men’s singles titles on the final day of the the Safal Group-Maharashtra State senior badminton championships, organised by Sports United at Chembur Gymkhana, here last night. Athletic built Manasi first paired with Vaishnavi Iyer in their 21-16,