Free Press Journal
  • Bank following Islamic principles opens in China

    Beijing: A first-of-its-kind bank following Islamic principles was opened today in Xining, capital of China’s northwestern Qinghai province, to provide customised services to Muslims. The Jianguo Road Branch of Xining Rural Commercial Bank began operation as Muslims celebrate Eid-ul Adha tomorrow.

  • Israel allows unrestricted Eid prayers at Al-Aqsa mosque

    Jerusalem: Israel today took several steps, including barring all non-Muslims from entering the Al-Aqsa mosque, to allow unrestricted Eid prayers at the sensitive site, amid mounting international pressure on Premier Benjamin Netanyahu to ease the restrictions on Muslim worshippers. The site holy to both Jews and Muslims will remain close for Jewish visitors during the festival. The site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, has been a flashpoint for violence in Israel-Palestinian conflict

  • Goa giving financial support to “extremist” Sanatan, says AAP

    Panaji: Goa unit of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today alleged that the state government was providing financial support to the “extremist and dubious” organisation Sanatan Sanstha, by giving advertisements to its mouthpiece.

  • Soon, flexible braces for kids with curved spine

    Washington: Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, are developing a spine brace with sensors that provides more flexibility than the braces currently in use for children suffering from scoliosis, a sideways curvature of the spine. Some six million people in the US suffer from scoliosis. These include approximately 2 to 3 per cent of adolescents who are diagnosed each year with idiopathic scoliosis, which is usually identified during puberty and progresses until skeletal maturity.

  • Karna

    Don’t blame karma for poor health!

    New York: If you tend to blame karma for illness, chances of you having poor physical and mental health are higher, suggests a new study. “In general, the more religious or spiritual you are, the healthier you are, which makes sense,” said Brick Johnstone, neuro psychologist and professor of health psychology at University of Missouri in the US.

  • brain

    Brain circuitry that encodes time and place identified

    Washington: Researchers at MIT have identified a brain circuit that processes the location and timing of our memory. This circuit, which connects the hippocampus and a region of the cortex known as entorhinal cortex, separates location and timing into two streams of information.

  • How anti-materialistic people become materialistic

    New York: If you read a report whose message is that people consume too much, would you be inclined to curb your own consumption? If you happen to be anti-materialistic, then such a report may actually prompt you to spend more, says a new study. According to the study, people who place a high value on materialism are likely to reduce their consumption after reading such a report.

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    Govt to amend I-T Act to exempt fgn firms covered by DTAAs

    New Delhi: In a big relief to foreign firms, government today said the Income Tax Act will be amended with retrospective effect to exempt from MAT the overseas companies that are covered under double taxation avoidance agreements. Foreign companies that do not have a permanent establishment in India will be exempt from paying minimum alternate tax (MAT) on profits from April 2001.

  • Ashok Gajapathi Raju

    Unused airports across India to be operationalized: Raju

    Kolkata: The government wants to develop strategies to operationalized unused airports in the country, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju today said. “There are around 31-32 airports in India which are not active today. There is one in Coochbehar (in West Bengal) also. We want to develop strategies to operationalize them,” Raju said after a meeting with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

  • Rupee down

    Rupee plunges to 66.16 vs dollar, down 18 paise

    Mumbai: Hit by month-end dollar demand from importers, the rupee today dropped by another 18 paise against the American currency to close at 66.16, extending losses for the fourth straight day, amid mixed global cues. Sustained foreign capital outflows also affected the market. Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth a net Rs 1,330.12 crore yesterday, as per provisional data released by the stock exchanges.

  • Shahrukh Khan with Kajol

    I was star-struck by SRK, Kajol: Varun Sharma

    Mumbai: Actor Varun Sharma, who will be seen sharing screen space with superstar Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in “Dilwale” says he is living his dream. Sharma made his acting debut with Farhan Akhtar’s home production “Fukrey” where he played the role of Choocha. “There are no words to describe the feeling. I am living my dream right now. I feel blessed to be sharing screen space with Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol

  • riots

    SP, BJP in blame game over riot report; BSP, Cong mount attack

    New Delhi/Lucknow: BJP and Samajwadi Party were today locked in a blame game over the Muzaffarnagar riots inquiry report while Congress and BSP attacked the two parties, demanding strict action against those indicted for the communal violence. While BJP dismissed allegations of involvement in the violence, party MLA Sangeet Som, who is also an accused in the riots, rejected the report of Justice Vishnu Sahay Commission and claimed that there was “sufficient proof”

  • Lokpal Bill

    SC to hear plea on appointment of ‘Lokpal’

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court today agreed to to hear a PIL seeking appointment of anti-graft ombudsman ‘Lokpal’ and tagged it with a pending plea on the issue. A bench comprising Justices T S Thakur and V Gopala Gowda said it would be tagging the fresh PIL filed by NGO Youth For Equality with pending plea of another NGO ‘Common Cause’ and send it to the appropriate bench. The fresh plea has sought

  • HC issues notice to former judge on social worker’s complaint

    Nagpur: A social worker has moved the Bombay High Court seeking a CBI or CID inquiry against one of its retired judges D K Deshmukh for alleged acts of omission and commission following which notices have been issued to respondents. Nagpur bench of the Bombay High court yesterday issued notices to various respondents–Deshmukh, Union home secretary, state home secretary, Maharashtra State Higher and Technical Education Department Secretary, Pravesh Niyantran Samiti (PNS), and Registrar

  • Samit Patel recalled to England Test squad

    London: All-rounder Samit Patel has been recalled to the England Test squad for next month’s tour of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to play Pakistan as a replacement for the injured Zafar Ansari.

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    Jundal tells court he wants to shift to Delhi from Mumbai jail

    New Delhi: Suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorist Abu Jundal, an alleged mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, today told a Delhi court he should be shifted here on completion of trial in an ongoing case in the western metropolis and the case here should not be conducted through video conferencing to enable him consult his lawyer.

  • Mars Orbitor, Mangalyan

    Mangalyaan turns one, ISRO celebrates birthday

    Bengaluru: India’s globally acclaimed Mars mission completed one year today with Indian Space Research Organisation releasing the Mars Atlas to mark the feat of the Orbiter whose life is now expected to last many more years. It contains a compilation of images acquired by Mars Colour Camera (MCC) and results obtained by other payload in a form of scientific atlas.

  • Manohar Parrikar

    Parrikar asks NCC to participate in ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’

    New Delhi: Batting for a cleaner and healthier futrure, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today asked the over 10 lakh-cadet strong National Cadet Corps (NCC) to joint the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’. If each cadet resolves to pick up 1 kg of non-biodegradable waste then the NCC can remove three million kg of waste, Parrikar said at an NCC function here.

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    Neha Dhupia to replace Esha Deol as the judge of Roadies

    The gorgeous Neha Dhupia is all set for her small screen role as a judge. She will be replacing Esha Deol on the judging panel of the popular reality show ‘Roadies’. A lot of unpleasant speculations about Esha’s exit surfaced which were defended by her mother Hema Malini on Twitter by expressing her gratitude towards the channel on giving Esha a great opportunity and responsibility. She said, “Thank you MTV for selecting Esha

  • Vijender Singh

    Ahead of pro debut, Vijender makes gym his office

    New Delhi: To make up his mind for the professional plunge was no big task but to be in perfect shape for the grind, star Indian boxer Vijender Singh is toiling 8 to 10 hours a day as he gears up for his much-awaited debut bout on October 10 in Manchester.