Free Press Journal
  • Govt to disburse Rs 1.22 lakh cr loan under MUDRA by March

    New Delhi: The government targets to disburse Rs 1.22 lakh crore loan to micro and marginal businesses under MUDRA scheme by the end of the current fiscal, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today. Launching a mega credit drive under the MUDRA scheme at a PNB event here, Jaitley said till now as much as Rs 24,000 crore has been disbursed under the scheme to about 37 lakh small entrepreneurs.

  • Govt asks ARAI to submit Volkswagen probe report by Sep 30

    Mumbai: Days after the US ordered a probe into German carmaker Volkswagen for allegedly flouting emmission norms, the Heavy Industries Ministry has asked the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) to investigate any possible violations of norms and submit a report by September 30.

  • Network18 Group CEO shifted as advisor to chairman

    New Delhi: Weeks after Rahul Joshi was appointed its CEO of News and group editor-in-chief, Reliance Industries-owned Network18 today announced shifting of Group CEO A P Parigi. “AP Parigi, Group CEO, Network18, will move to a new role as Advisor to (company) Chairman (Adil Zainulbhai),” Network18 said in a statement.

  • Nashik Kumbh mela

    Seers take ‘shahi snan’ at Trimbakeshwar

    Trimbakeshwar (Maha): Seers and devotees today took ‘shahi snan’ (royal bath) at Kushavartatirthi pond here on the third ‘parvani’ (auspicious day) of the ongoing Kumbh Mela. Today was the last ‘shahi snan’ at Trimbakeshwar, which marks the culmination of all royal baths at the ongoing religious congregation.

  • Cong alleges ‘biggest’ mines scam in Raj; seeks Raje’s ouster

    New Delhi: Congress today alleged a scam of Rs 45,000 crore in the allocation of mines in Rajasthan and demanded the immediate resignation of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje along with a Supreme Court-monitored CBI probe into the matter. Months after the party led a clamour for her sacking over the Lalit Modi row, Congress held Raje “guilty” for the allocation of as many as 653 mines in alleged contravention of Centre’s policy.

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    Haul of explosives recovered in Bastar

    Raipur: A huge haul of explosives weighing 1,750 kgs, suspected to be delivered to naxals, was seized from two separate places in insurgency-hit Bastar district today, police said. Seven persons have been arrested in this connection, they said. Two consignments of explosives, including 1,000 kg of ammonium nitrate and 750 kg gelatin, were recovered from two different places in the district, Bastar Superintendent of Police Ajay Yadav told PTI.

  • Mirwaiz Omar Farooq

    Mirwaiz urges Indo-Pak leadership to resolve Kashmir

    Srinagar: Moderate Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, who has been put under house arrest, today urged the leadership of India and Pakistan to initiate a “meaningful” and “result-oriented” dialogue to resolve the protracted Kashmir issue “once for all”. Addressing an Eid congregation over phone from his residence at Eidgah in downtown, he said there was no option for both India and Pakistan but to address the Kashmir issue in accordance with the

  • AIADMK, DMK engage in heated exchange over prohibition

    Chennai: Amidst a growing chorus for prohibition in Tamil Nadu, the ruling AIADMK today said DMK did not have the “moral right” to talk about the dry regime, a comment which sparked heated exchange between the arch rivals in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.

  • Rahul Gandhi

    Rahul shows neither interest nor talent, Varun shows both 

    Rahul Gandhi’s photos adorn the shoulders of mainstream newspapers but he is in Aspen, Colorado, apparently to attend a conference. BJP spokesman Sambit Patra made a valid point: Rahul has never attended such intellectually challenging seminars in India. Why such enthusiasm for an event at Aspen?

  • Power

    AAP takes credit for static Delhi power tariff

    New Delhi: Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday claimed credit after the power regulator announced that electricity tariff for domestic consumers in the capital won’t be raised. “AAP has shown yet again that honest intent combined with corruption-free governance can deliver cheapest services,” party leader Dilip Pandey told the media here.

  • Mohan Bhandari

    Veteran TV actor Mohan Bhandari passes away

    Mumbai: Noted television actor Mohan Bhandari, known for playing a progressive father in “Saat Phere – Saloni Ka Safar”, died here last evening after a long battle with brain tumour. Mohan, who was in his early 60s, breathed his last at his residence here. He is survived by his two sons and wife. TV producer Manish Goswami, who worked with the veteran actor on shows like “Parampara”, “Karz”, “Kitty Party”, “Abhiman” and “Tanhaiya”, said

  • Teesta Setalvad

    FCRA violation case: CBI moves SC for Teesta’s custody

    New Delhi: CBI has moved the Supreme Court seeking custodial interrogation of social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband, charging them with failing to cooperate in the probe in a case of alleged FCRA violation by misusing foreign funds received by them and posing a threat to communal harmony.

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    CAG orders audit of steps to deal with dengue in Delhi

    New Delhi: Alarmed by spurt in dengue cases in the capital, Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Shashi Kant Sharma has ordered audit of the preparedness of the Delhi government and local authorities to deal with mosquito menace.

  • Patel Community Agitation

    Solve Patel stir through dialogue: Shiv Sena

    Mumbai: Linking RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s call for a review of the reservation policy with the Patel quota stir, Shiv Sena today said the BJP government in Gujarat as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi would have to face “consequences” if a solution is not found to the issue by having a re-look at the quota system. The Sena, a long-time ally of the BJP with a penchant to take digs at its

  • Kourtney Kardashian shares cute pic of son on Instagram

    Washington DC: Kourtney Kardashian has proved that her little son Reign Disick is undoubtedly the cutest by sharing an adorable snap of him on social media. The 36-year-old TV personality took to his Instagram page to share the picture of her nine months old son, in which the he is seen looking back at the camera showing his cute face, E! Online reports. The ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ star, who was on a

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    Apple under fire for factory conditions as iPhone launched

    Hong Kong: A labour rights group marked the launch of Apple’s latest iPhone today with a report accusing one of the smartphone giant’s Chinese suppliers of exploiting factory workers. Hong Kong-based Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) say Lens Technology, which makes touchscreen glass, used forced overtime, withheld wages and risked workers’ health after a months-long investigation into three of its factories.

  • Bollywood has a unique, interesting image abroad: Elli Avram

    New Delhi: Swedish-Greek actress Elli Avram, who has been trying her luck in Bollywood, feels the Hindi film industry is happy accepting non-Indians, and has built a “very unique, positive and interesting image” abroad.

  • Arun Jaitley makes a pitch for voice reforms in World Bank

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has underlined the need for voice reforms in the World Bank with a view to according greater say to emerging economies in the activities of the multilateral lending agency. The Minister raised the issue of voice reforms and increase in capital base of the agency at a meeting with the visiting World Bank Managing Director Sri Mulyani Indrawati yesterday, a Finance Ministry statement said.

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    Facebook rebrands Internet.org as Free Basics

    New Delhi: Social networking giant Facebook on Friday said that it was rebranding its free internet sharing platform Internet.org to Free Basics which would help distinguish between the broader Internet.org initiative, and the app and website that currently provide access to Free Basic services.