Free Press Journal
  • Ex-army men orop

    Ex-servicemen will wait for Parrikar’s OROP declaration

    New Delhi: The ex-servicemen delegation on Saturday said they would take note of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s address first, before deciding on their next step on one-rank-one-pension (OROP) scheme issue. The delegation who met Defence Minister Parrikar said that government has broadly accepted the concept of OROP.

  • RBI’s defence of rupee depletes forex reserves by $3.40 bn

    Mumbai: The central bank’s attempts to arrest the rupee’s fall, strengthening of the dollar and a rise in global crude oil prices dipped India’s foreign exchange (Forex) reserves by $3.43 billion to $351.92 billion in the week ended August 28.

  • No new relief till IAEA verifies Iran steps on nuclear deal: US

    Ankara: Iran will not be given new relief on sanctions till the IAEA verifies that the country has implemented key measures related to the nuclear deal, according to a senior US official. US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told Japanese Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso that sanctions imposed on Iran related to terrorism and regional destabilisation would remain in place.

  • Etihad named founding member of UAE-India Business Council

    Dubai: UAE’s national carrier Etihad Airways has been named as one of the founding members of the UAE-India Business Council. “India is a crucial market not only for Etihad Airways but the UAE itself and therefore we welcomed the opportunity to become a founding member of the UAE Business Council in India,” James Hogan, Etihad Airways president and chief executive officer, said in a statement yesterday.

  • US asks China to fast-track reforms, refrain from devaluation

    Ankara: As the world leaders expressed concern here over slowdown in China dragging down the global economic growth, the US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has told his Chinese counterpart to ensure that the currency is allowed to move freely as per market forces. In a meeting with Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei here at the G20, Lew said he was closely monitoring China’s recent economic policy actions, including the shift in its exchange

  • santhara

    82-year-old woman dies after performing ‘Santhara’

    Bikaner (Raj): Amid the controversy over ‘Santhara’, an 82-year-old woman, who publicly resumed the Jain religious ritual of voluntary fast unto death after the Supreme Court stayed ban on it by the Rajasthan High Court, passed away here today. Badni Devi, who was on fast for over one month, breathed her last at 8 AM.

  • Vasco da Gama players attacked by fans

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian football club Vasco da Gama’s centre-back Rodrigo was injured during a fan attack on the team’s bus here. Vasco’s players were stepping off the vehicle to enter their hotel in downtown Rio when they were mobbed by about 30 fans on Friday, according to an eyewitness, reports Xinhua.

  • Philippines braces for worst El Nino

    Manila: The Philippine government have instituted measures to mitigate the effects of the worst El Nino weather phenomenon which is expected to hit the country later this year, the media reported.

  • OROP

    Govt announces OROP but veterans reject key provisions

    New Delhi: Government today announced acceptance of the long-pending demand for ‘One Rank One Pension’ but the ex-servicemen who have been on agitation rejected the key details of the decision and said their 84-day long stir will continue. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar announced here that the government has decided to implement OROP under which there would be revision of pension every five years as against two years demanded by the ex-servicemen.

  • Ashraf Ghani

    Afghanistan’s mixed signals over talks with Pakistan

    Islamabad: Afghanistan Presi­dent Ashraf Ghani conveyed mixed signals to Pakistan on resumption of bilateral talks that were disrupted last month after terrorist attacks in Kabul. After Pakistan’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz’s meeting with Ghani it was not clear if a thaw in ties was in the offing or the tensions would persist, Dawn online reported.

  • Criminal escape case: 12 policemen suspended

    Jaipur: Twelve policemen, including the SHO of Parbatsar Police Station in Nagaur district, were suspended for “dereliction” of duty after three criminals, including gangster Anandpal Singh, escaped from their custody in Nagaur. “SHO Parbatsar Police Station (Nagaur) Anil Pandey and 11 constables were suspended last night. They were found responsible for Thursday’s incident in which three criminals managed to escape from police custody while returning from Didwana court to Ajmer Jail,” IG Ajmer

  • clean ganga

    ‘Need to grasp cultural, social aspects of Ganga to clean it’

    New Delhi: Observing that the right path is is not being adopted for rejuvenating river Ganga, noted water expert Rajendra Singh today said that cleaning up the river is not possible without understanding it’s “cultural and social aspects”. The Magsaysay award winner said that, “… without cultural and social understanding about Ganga, you cannot make it clean Ganga. On the one hand, (you require) science, technology and engineering and on the other hand,

  • J&K to bifurcate CAPD dept into separate directorates

    Srinagar: In its efforts to provide better services to the people, Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to bifurcate Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) department into separate directorates. “It gives me immense pleasure to announce that the CAPD department will be split into separate Consumers Affairs Department and Public Distribution Department, which will have separate directors,” CAPD Minister Choudhary Zulfkar Ali told reporters here.

  • Nitish Kumar

    Nitish slams Modi govt over not implementing OROP

    Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today slammed Narendra Modi government at the Centre for failing to implement ‘One Rank One Pension’ despite 15 months of its tenure, and described the agitation by ex-servicemen as an “unfortunate situation”.

  • OROP protests

    Government to form committee for equalisation of pension issue

    New Delhi: The government is considering appointing a committee under a judge to go into the issue of equalisation of pension, a leader of the ex-servicemen group fighting for One Rank One Pension said after a meeting with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. Maj Gen Satbir Singh (retd), Chairman of Indian Ex-Servicemen said the government while accepting the concept of the OROP, was still insisting on pension revision every five years and that is

  • RSS, BJP, BJP-RSS meet, Siddharth Nath Singh, opposition

    New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party national secretary Siddharth nath Singh on Saturday said that the BJP has taken inspiration from RSS ideology and certainly follows the right direction. “Whenever praise comes from the RSS, it is a matter of pride for us,” Singh said.

  • New gene discovery could improve wheat production

    New York: Researchers have discovered a new wheat gene that helps the plant adapt to different climates and maximise grain production. The newly characterised VRN-D4 gene and its three counterpart genes which were earlier identified are crucial for understanding wheat vernalisation, the biological process requiring cold temperatures to trigger flower formation, the study said.

  • China blast, Cars

    Monument to be built on Chinese blast site

    Beijing: A monument will be built on the site of the deadly explosions that rocked China’s Tianjin city last month, authorities announced. Tianjin plans to build a 24-hectare park on the site of the blast and the monument will be given pride of place, Binhua New Area Planning and Land Resources Administration said on Friday.

  • US Stock

    US stocks tumble

    New York: The US stocks suffered big losses on Friday as investors tried to digest the closely-watched jobs data amid global sell-offs. The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 272.38 points, or 1.66 percent, at 16,102.38, reports Xinhua. The S&P 500 slipped 29.91 points, or 1.53 percent, at 1,921.22. The Nasdaq Composite Index dropped 49.58 points, or 1.05 percent, at 4,683.92.

  • Oil price down

    Oil prices fall amid ample supplies

    New York: Oil prices have dropped amid ample supplies of global crude. The West Texas Intermediate for October delivery moved down 70 cents to settle at $46.05 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while Brent crude for October delivery decreased $1.07 to close at $49.61 a barrel on the London ICE Future Exchange.