Free Press Journal
  • Sheena Bora case: CBI to take over the investigation

    Mumbai: In a new twist, the Maharashtra Government today decided to hand over the sensational Sheena Bora murder case to the CBI to ensure that investigation is carried out without any prejudice or interference. The decision was announced at a press meet here by Additional Chief Secretary (Home) K P Bakshi, after 10 days of flip-flop over the supervisory role of former Mumbai police chief Rakesh Maria, who was unceremoniously removed from the

  • Safety clinics to promote safe use of LPG cylinder in Mumbai

    Mumbai: In order to check incidents of LPG cylinder blasts, which pose a threat to lives and property, LPG provider companies here have planned a series of awareness camps and workshops to apprise residents with precautions and safety measures in cylinder use. R K Tiwary, Chief Regional Manager of Mumbai LPG Regional Office of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), told PTI, “In Mumbai city, half of the population lives in slums and there

  • Govind Pansare

    Congress government sought ban on Sanatan Sanstha: Chavan

    Mumbai: With the Sanatan Sanstha coming under scanner following the arrest of one of its activists in Govind Pansare murder case, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan today said the previous Congress-led government in the state had urged the UPA government at the Centre to ban the right wing outfit in 2011, but the Home Ministry did not act upon it.

  • Crane, Mecca

    Muslims flock to hajj despite deadly crane collapse

    Mecca: Pilgrims from around the world have begun massing in Saudi Arabia for the hajj, one of the biggest gatherings on the planet, undeterred by a crane collapse that killed 108 people, including 11 Indians, at Islam’s holiest site. More than 1.2 million faithful have already arrived for the annual hajj, which begins on Tuesday against a backdrop of increased jihadi violence, a surge of the deadly MERS virus and with the kingdom

  • Rape case

    No corroboration needed if rape victim’s statement reliable:HC

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has upheld the conviction of a 23-year-old man for raping a minor girl while observing that if the statement of a rape victim is trustworthy and reliable, further corroboration is not needed. A division bench of Acting Chief Justice V K Tahilramani and Justice A S Gadkari on September 16 held that the conviction and ten-year sentence awarded by a sessions court to Pandurang Lalasaheb Yadav, a resident

  • Pak summons India diplomat over civilian killing

    Islamabad: For the second time this week, Pakistan today summoned India’s Deputy High Commissioner here and lodged a protest over killing of three Pakistani civilians in alleged firing by Indian troops across the LoC. Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh was summoned to the Foreign Office and was told that “intentional targeting of innocent civilians is highly condemnable,” a Foreign Office spokesman said in a statement.

  • Narendra Modi, XI Jinping

    Modi thanks Xi for birthday greetings

    Beijing: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today thanked Chinese President Xi Jinping for greeting him on his 65th birthday and said he looks forward to work with him for strengthening Sino-India relations. “I thank President Xi Jinping for his kind wishes on my birthday. I warmly recall my meetings with him and look forward to working with him to further strengthen India-China ties,” Modi said in his message on the Chinese microblog Weibo.

  • Indian-American groups to protest against Modi’s US visit

    Washington: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US next week, several Indian-American groups have decided to stage protest rallies against him. Under the banner of Alliance for Justice and Accountability (AJA), these organisations will hold a peaceful protest rally outside the SAP Center in San Jose on September 27, where Modi would be addressing a full crowd of some 18,500 people with thousands others expected to be watching him live

  • RBI

    Space for rate cut by RBI, says SBI chief

    Singapore: State Bank of India (SBI) today said that there is a space for rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) at its next policy later in the month as the possibility of food prices going up in coming months is negligible. “I do still believe that there is a space for rate cut in India. How much is difficult to state at this point of time,” SBI chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya

  • 30 people, including 13 terrorists, killed in attack on Pakistan airbase 

    Peshawar: An army officer was among the 30 people killed when heavily armed Taliban guerrillas stormed a sprawling Pakistan Air Force base and attacked a mosque inside it. Thirteen terrorists were also gunned down in the brazen terror attack. The audacious attack took place less than a year after over 130 children were killed at an army school in this capital city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The terrorists wearing explosives-laden jackets and armed

  • UNSC reforms must be implemented within fixed timeframe: Modi

    United Nations: Describing the Security Council as a product of “circumstances of a bygone era”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told UN chief Ban Ki-moon that the Council must include India to make it more representative and the reforms must be implemented within a fixed timeframe. “…whatever we seek to do as the United Nations, from dealing with the transformed security environment to ensuring the effective implementation of the post-2015 Development Agenda, our

  • robert vadra

    ED registers money laundering case in Bikaner land grab case

    New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered a money laundering case arising out of a land grab case in Bikaner in Rajasthan involving a firm allegedly linked to Robert Vadra. “A criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) has been registered by the ED. It will soon issue summons and question the accused involved including some unknown private entities,” agency sources said.

  • GBS, GMS may help gold imports fall 5% in nxt 12-18 mths: ICRA

    Mumbai: Gold imports are likely to decline by up to 5 per cent over next 12-18 months due to the proposed launch of Gold Bond Scheme (GBS) and Gold Monetisation Scheme (GMS), rating agency ICRA said today. The overall impact of the GBS and GMS schemes is likely to bemoderately positive on Indian gold imports over the medium term with imports expected to decline by 3-5 per cent over the next 12-18 months,

  • Sensex up

    Renewed rate cut hopes give Sensex a 255-pt lift

    Mumbai: Markets gained for the second day as the benchmark BSE Sensex rallied 255 points to close at nearly three-week high of 26,218.91 while the NSE Nifty hit the 8,000-level on rate cut hopes after the US Fed decided to hold off on raising rates. Furthermore, the rupee rebounding 74 paise to 65.72 against the dollar (intra-day) and a mixed trend in global markets buoyed sentiment. The 30-share barometer started off on a

  • Sayed Kirmani sees 10-over-a-side contest in future

    Hyderabad: Former India wicket-keeper Syed Kirmani today said the days of ten-overs-a-side contest making a foray into international cricket is not far away as it would make the game even more interesting. Kirmani noted that initially only Test matches were played and it was only in 1975 that 60-overs-a-side version was introduced, followed by 50-overs-each and then came the new “very exciting” format of T20.

  • Butt apologises to Afridi for spot-fixing fiasco

    Karachi: Pakistan’s disgraced cricketer Salman Butt has tendered a personal apology to his former captain Shahid Afridi when they crossed paths at the national cricket academy in Lahore. According to eye witness accounts Butt, who was the Test captain in England in 2010 when the spot-fixing scandal broke out, yesterday evening approached Afridi at the NCA where the Pakistan squad bound for Zimbabwe is presently training.

  • dengue virus

    ‘Cartography’ of dengue virus rewritten

    Washington D.C: An international consortium has rewritten the ‘cartography’ of dengue virus. The consortium of laboratories worldwide that are studying the differences among dengue viruses has shown that while the long-held view that there are four genetically-distinct types of the virus holds, far more important are the differences in their antigenic properties – the ‘coats’ that the viruses wear that help our immune systems identify them.

  • 260m-yr-old pre-reptile may be first to gait uprightly

    Washington D.C.: As per a new study, pre-reptile may be the earliest known to walk upright on all fours. The analysis of the bones of Bunostegos akokanensis, a 260-million-year-old pre-reptile, found that it likely stood upright on all-fours, like a cow or a hippo, making it the earliest known creature to do so.

  • Jayaram stuns Sasaki to seal semifinal spot at Korea

    Seoul: Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram notched up a stunning three-game victory over higher-ranked Japanese Sho Sasaki to reach the men’s singles semifinals of the Korea Open Super Series badminton tournament here today. Going into the match with a 1-2 head-to-head record, Jayaram eked out a 21-19 16-21 21-16 win over world number 26 Sasaki in a match that lasted one hour and five minutes.