Free Press Journal
  • Churchill Alemao arrest

    Louis Bribery case: Alemao, Wachasunder get bail

    Panaji: A special court here today granted bail to former Goa PWD minister Churchill Alemao and former project director Anand Wachasundar in the Louis Berger pay-off scandal, where the US firm has been charged with bribing Indian officials with several crores of rupees to win two major water developmental projects in Goa and Guwahati. The Rs 1,031-crore project, funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), was approved when Digamber Kamat government was in

  • Arvind Kejriwal

    AAP questions PM’s silence on return of Akademi Awards

    New Delhi: AAP today termed as “dreadful” the Prime Minister’s “complete silence” on the return of Sahitya Akademi Awards by many leading writers even as it condemned the blackening of the face of Sudheendra Kulkarni by Shiv Sena activists, saying it tarnished India’s image. Senior AAP leader Kumar Vishwas hoped that the world of arts and culture would tide over this “hour of challenge” and bounce back stronger as “history” shows.

  • Lalu, Nitish ask Modi to flay RSS chief on quotas

    Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD leader Lalu Prasad on Monday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to refute RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s suggestion on reviewing job quotas for Dalits and OBCs.

  • Rupee up

    Rupee ends marginally lower at 64.75 vs USD

    Mumbai: The rupee ended marginally lower by one paise to 64.75 against the American currency on mild dollar demand from banks and importers. The domestic currency opened lower at 64.82 per dollar as against Friday’s closing level of 64.74 at the Interbank Foreign Exchange market on initial dollar demand from banks and importers.

  • A three course fasting food trail to try this Navratri

    As the nine day festival of Navratri approaches, a wave of cultural integration is witnessed. Colourful lehengas, garbas, dandiyas and traditional dhol music, as people from all corners of the society come along in celebration. These nine days are signified by worshiping the nine avatars of Goddess Durga. This is accompanied by keeping a fast, as a form of offering to the goddess. In order to make this fast simpler and a

  • Rushdie backs authors, 7 more return Sahitya Akademi awards

    New Delhi: Booker Prize winning author Salman Rushdie today joined the growing chorus of protests by leading writers against spread of “communal poison” and “rising intolerance” in the country even as seven more authors decided to return their Sahitya Akademi awards. “I support Nayantara Sahgal and the many other writers protesting to the Sahitya Akademi. Alarming times for free expression in India,” he tweeted. 88-year-old Sahgal, niece of Jawaharlal Nehru, was among the

  • L K Advani

    Sena attack on Kulkarni widely condemned, cause for concern: Advani

    New Delhi: The paint attack on BJP’s former strategist Sudheendra Kulkarni was today roundly condemned by political parties with its stalwart L K Advani saying it reflected “growing intolerance” in the country that is cause for concern and Congress dubbing Shiv Sena as “Desi Taliban.” As condemnation of the attack by Sena activists poured in from across the country including from the civil society, the Centre voiced its disapproval calling it “unjust.”

  • Modi uses Bihar minister’s sting video to attack Nitish, Lalu

    Jehanabad: Latching on to a sting video of a senior JD-U minister allegedly accepting bribe, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today attacked rivals Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad, accusing them of “insulting” the legacy of Jayaprakash Narayan, who fought against corruption. Addressing an election rally in Jehanabad, hotbed of Bihar’s caste politics, Modi also reminded the electorate about those in power when the firebrand OBC leader Jagdev Prasad, popularily called the ‘Lenin of Bihar’

  • Eight die in Myanmar landslide

    Nay Pyi Taw: A day after a landslide swept two villages in Myanmar’s Kayah state killing at least eight people, rescuers continued to search on Monday for those missing, said official sources here. Triggered by heavy rainfall on Sunday afternoon, the landslide buried 30 houses in two villages in the mountainous region, Xinhua news agency reported. Rescue work was underway with the opening of relief camps in schools and hospitals to accommodate

  • 5.2-magnitude quake jolts Tibetan prefecture in China

    Beijing: A moderate earthquake measuring 5.2-magnitude on the Richter scale today jolted a Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in China’s Qinghai province, officials said. The quake struck at 6:04 PM (local time) with a depth of about nine km, the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC) said. No casualties have been reported yet, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

  • Coal scam: Court to hear arguments on charges from Dec 7

    New Delhi: Arguments on framing of charges in a coal scam case in which Congress MP Vijay Darda and six others, including ex-Coal Secretary H C Gupta, are accused, would begin before a special court in December. Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar posted the matter for arguments after the counsel appearing for the accused informed the court that scrutiny of documents supplied to them by CBI was complete.

  • Sourav Ganguly says Pele’s presence in India holds great importance

    Kolkata : Former Indian skipper and Atlentico de Kolkata co-owner Sourav Ganguly has expressed his delight over Pele’s visit to India, saying the latter’s presence in India, and particularly in Kolkata, is what holds great importance at this stage.

  • Floyd Mayweather

    Floyd Mayweather will soon get replacement for his burnt Jeep

    Washington D.C: Seems like Floyd Mayweather is done with mourning the death of his custom Jeep that got burned to death as he has got an even pimper version of the car on the way. Previously, it was revealed that the 38-year-old boxer lost four car in a trailer fire in Arizona including two Rolls-Royces, a Bentley and the brand new Jeep, he picked up in Miami back in July, reports TMZ.com. However, the

  • Viswanathan Anand

    Viswanathan Anand loses two more; needs a miracle in World Rapid

    Berlin (Germany): Former world champion Viswanathan Anand suffered two more losses at the hands of Rauf Mamedov of Azerbaijan and Denis Khismatullin of Russia and will now need a miracle for a turnaround in fortune at the World rapid championship here.

  • Mufti Mohammad

    JK CM calls for promoting alternative system of medicines

    Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today called for giving a level-playing field to the alternative system of medicines and integrating it effectively into the state’s public health services. “I hope you will put your heads together and strategise to again make homoeopathy a viable and trusted health care option in the country,” Sayeed said while addressing the delegates at the Global Conference on Unani Medicine here.

  • dengue

    3,077 fresh dengue cases in last 1 wk; total crosses 10K-mark

    New Delhi: Over 3,000 fresh dengue cases have been reported in the last one week, taking the total number of people down with the vector-borne fever in the city this year to a menacing 10,683. Among the total number of cases reported till October 10, this month alone has seen at least 3,077 people affected by the deadly virus.

  • Chandrababu Naidu

    PPP model may drive new AP capital’s development

    Hyderabad: The Centre would help in raising essential administrative buildings like legislature for Andhra Pradesh, while a Master Developer would pitch in for development of the capital city, a top state government official has said. “It will largely be a PPP arrangement except those buildings which are going to be built with the help of the Union Government like the legislature… The Union Government is bound to provide these according to the (Andhra

  • Nitin Gadkari

    Transparency, audit to bolster highways sector growth: Gadkari

    New Delhi: A transparent decision making process, coupled with decentralisation of power and a performance audit, is set to bolster the growth of country’s highways sector, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said today. “A quick and transparent decision making process, backed by decentralised power structure and a system of performance audit would go a long way in ensuring that departments are able to achieve the development work that they set out to do,” the

  • President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday afternoon after his wife’s last rites.

    President Pranab Mukherjee arrives in Palestine

    Ramallah: President Pranab Mukherjee arrived here today for an overnight visit, the first by an Indian Head of State to Palestine, which comes amidst heightened tension between Israel and Palestinians in recent weeks which has led to heavy casualties. Mukherjee flew in from Amman to Israel’s Ben-Gurion airport in Tel Aviv and drove down to the Palestinian Authority (PA) territory where he has a packed programme before returning to Israel tomorrow for a three-day visit. Reflecting the complicated situation, the

  • sensex down

    Infosys ruins the day: Sensex slips 175 pts as IT stocks tank

    Mumbai: Market benchmark Sensex today settled 175.40 points lower at 26,904.11 after surging over 225 points in early trade following a downward revision in Infosys dollar revenue forecast for the ongoing fiscal, which triggered a massive sell-off in the entire tech basket. IT bellwether Infosys’ shares erasing all its early gains ended 3.88 per cent down after it cut dollar revenue guidance for the financial year 2016 despite posting 9.8 per cent rise