Free Press Journal
  • IMF paints grim picture of Nepalese economy

    Washington: Painting a grim picture, the IMF today predicted a down slide in Nepal’s economy, which was hit by a massive earthquake early this year and facing unrest and disruptions to economic activity owing to protests by the minority groups over the new Constitution.

  • US Congress lets ‘discriminatory’ outsourcing H-1B fee lapse

    Washington: In a breather for Indian IT firms, the “discriminatory” USD 2,000 H-1B fee mostly imposed on them has now lapsed in a Republican-majority US Congress. The charges, often called outsourcing fee, had forced Indian IT companies in the last few years to pay millions of dollars towards protecting the US-Mexican border from illegal immigration.

  • NASA captures Pluto’s moon Charon in stunning detail

    Washington: NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has returned the best colour and the highest resolution images yet of Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, which show a surprisingly complex and violent history.

  • Govt test shows 12.5% food items contain unapproved pesticides

    New Delhi:In a major health hazard, the government has found residues of pesticides in a significant number of vegetables, fruits, milk and other food items collected from various retail and wholesale outlets across the country. Samples collected from organic outlets were also found having residues of pesticides.

  • Jazbaa

    Sanjay Gupta really liked me for the looks – Debutant Priya Banerjee on her presence in Jazbaa

    Priya Banerjee, a participant in Miss World Canada who was also declared as Miss Photogenic, debuted in the world of films with a Telugu release Kiss (2013). Two years and three films later, she is now gearing up for the release of her first ever Bollywood flick Jazbaa. She is sharing screen space with none less than Irrfan, Shabana Azmi and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in her debut affair that has Sanjay Gupta at the driver’s

  • How binge drinking leads to alcohol addiction

    Washington: A malfunctioning enzyme may be behind why people who love to binge drink on weekends or at parties are at a higher risk of alcohol addiction, scientists from Stanford University reported.

  • Coal allocations: Manmohan denies giving ‘undue preference’ to Birla

    New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has told CBI that he did not try to “influence” anybody, nor was there “any undue haste” in awarding the Talabira-II coal block to HINDALCO which was initially refused. He also told CBI, investigating the case, that he had neither promised, nor gave any assurance to industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla about allocation of the block in Odisha to his firm HINDALCO.

  • 3-D printing techniques to help surgeons carve new ears

    Washington: Researchers have used 3D printing techniques to create a low-cost paediatric rib cartilage model using a new material, which could be employed by surgeons to practice carving out new ears.

  • Airstrikes, Jordan

    Children among dead in Russian strikes on Syria: monitor

    Beirut: Two children were among at least seven civilians killed in air strikes carried out by Russian warplanes in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, a monitoring group said today, citing witnesses.

  • Saudi haj disaster toll rises higher with Iran’s 465 dead

    Tehran: The death toll in the Saudi haj disaster rose sharply as Iran announced 465 of its pilgrims died in last week’s stampede and crush, nearly doubling its earlier count and likely further straining relations between the two Mideast rivals.

  • Brazilian player refuses to sign with Santos

    Rio de Janeiro: Young Brazilian footballer Thiago Maia has refused to sign a new deal with Santos amid speculation linking him to Atletico Madrid. The Brazil under-20 international has impressed as a regular starter for the eight-time Brazilian Serie A champions this year, reported Xinhua news agency. According to the Uol news portal, the midfielder rejected a new contract offer worth $30,000 a month plus bonuses. Maia’s current deal with Santos expires

  • Flight connections between Cuba, US increase

    Havana: Flight connections between Cuba and the US continue to increase, and negotiations for re-establishing direct flights between the two countries are still going on.

  • 10, including gunman, die in US college shooting

    Washington: At least nine people were killed and another 20 wounded today when a gunman went on a horrific shooting spree at a US community college before he was shot dead by police, in yet another carnage that prompted President Barack Obama to voice outrage over lax gun-control laws.

  • Tokyo Stocks

    Tokyo shares end flat

    Tokyo: Tokyo shares ended almost flat in the morning session on Friday as investors remained cautious ahead of the monthly US jobs data to be released later in the day. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average inched up 3.56 points (0.02 percent) from Thursday to 17,725.98, reported Xinhua news agency. However, the broader Topix index of all first section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange edged down 0.29 point (0.02 percent) to 1,442.45.