Free Press Journal
  • Drought

    Drought-like situation in 12 Odisha districts 

    Bhubaneswar: Odisha Revenue Minister Bijayashree Routray on Wednesday said that 12 districts in the state are facing a drought-like situation and have suffered more than 33 percent crop loss. The minister said that as per the ‘eye estimation’ reports received from the 12 district administrations, 33 percent paddy crop has been affected in 107 blocks. The districts which have suffered crop loss due to scanty rainfall are Balasore, Boudh, Jajpur, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Keonjhar, Khurda, Mayurbhanj,

  • Netaji Files

    Process to declassify Netaji’s files to begin on Jan 23, says PM Narendra Modi

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the process of declassification of files relating to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose would begin on his birth anniversary on January 23. “Process of declassification of files relating to Netaji will begin on 23rd January 2016, Subhas Babu’s birth anniversary,” tweeted Prime Minister Modi after meeting with 35 family members of Netaji’s here on Wednesday. “Will also request foreign Governments to declassify files on Netaji available

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    India concerned over escalation in Israel-Palestine violence

    Jerusalem: Denouncing any form of violence, President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday voiced concerns over the growing escalation in conflict in Israel and Palestine and said disputes must be resolved peacefully. Raising the issue on more than one occasion during his three-nation, six-day visit, the president said India was distressed at the recent violence. “India condemns all forms of violence. We have always advocated a peaceful resolution of disputes.”

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    Chikki supplied to students not sub-standard: Maharashtra Government

    Mumbai: Denying allegations that clay particles were found in chikki (a sweet snack) being supplied to students of state-run schools, Maharashtra government today told the Bombay High Court that a laboratory test of its sample did not reveal presence of any such inedible material. “No clay particles were found in a sample sent to a reputed government lab in Ghaziabad,” state government counsel Srihari Aney said during the hearing of a petition which alleged that sub-standard chikkis were being supplied to students

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    Mumbai City FC release midfielder Andre Moritz

    Mumbai: Indian Super League (ISL) franchise Mumbai City FC announced they have released midfielder Andre Moritz from their squad on Wednesday. “We would hereby like to announce that due to some personal emergency which requires him to go back home immediately, Andre Moritz will not be with us to play for the rest of the Hero ISL 2015,” Indranil Das Blah, CEO, Mumbai City FC, said in a statement. “Upon his request, we

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    Bonds advance, call rates finish higher

    Mumbai: Government bonds (G-Secs) advanced on good buying support from banks and corporates and the overnight call money rates also finished higher due to fresh demands from borrowing banks amid adequate liquidity in the banking system. The 7.72 per cent government security maturing in 2025 rose to Rs 101.1125 from Rs 101.07 previously, while its yield inched down to 7.55 from 7.56 per cent. The 7.88 per cent government security maturing in 2030 went up to Rs 101.24 from Rs 101.15,

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    Delhi chemists join nationwide protest against e-pharmacies

    New Delhi: Over 6,800 chemist shops across Delhi and adjoining areas remained shut as druggists today joined the nationwide strike by All India Organization of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD) demanding action from the Central government against “illegal” online sale of medicine. The AIOCD, which has eight lakh member chemists across the country, opposed the Central government’s move to regularise online sale of medicines, said its president J S Shinde.

  • Sensex

    Lame results, inflation trends subdue markets; Sensex down 67 points

    Mumbai: Firming up of food inflation, disappointing quarterly results and weak global cues subdued investor sentiments and led to a barometer index of the Indian equities shedding 67 points or 0.25 percent on Wednesday. Initially, both the Indian bellwether indices were impacted by negative macro data coming out of China. The cascading effect of negative Asian markets soon subdued sentiments here.

  • Cafe Coffee Day

    Anchor investors buy Rs.334 crore equity share of Coffee Day

    Bengaluru: Coffee Day Enterprises on Wednesday said it has allotted 1.03 crore equity shares worth Rs.334.27 crore to 17 anchor investors. The company, which operates food and beverages outlets Cafe Coffee Day, said it has allotted 1.038 crore equity shares at Rs.322 per share aggregating to Rs.334.27 crore to 17 anchor investors. The company made the disclosure under the regulatory norms after initiating its Initial Public Offering (IPO) exercise.

  • Akal Takht condemns police action on Sikh protesters

    Amritsar: The supreme temporal body of Sikhs Akal Takht today condemned the killing of two youth during the clash between Sikh protesters and police over alleged desecration of a holy book. Akal Takht head Gurbachan Singh asked the Punjab government to take strict action against the “errant and wayward policemen” who clashed with the “peaceful” Sikh protesters at Faridkot.

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    Rupee recovers 15 paise to end at 65.03 vs US dollar

    Mumbai: Snapping its two-day losing streak, the rupee today regained 15 paise to close at 65.03 per dollar on fresh selling of the American currency by banks and exporters on the back of weakness in greenback overseas. The rupee resumed higher at 65.11 per dollar as against yesterday’s level of 65.18 at the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) market and firmed up further to 65.00 before concluding at 65.03, showing a gain of 15 paise 0.23 per cent. The domestic currency had

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    Clashes: Amarinder condemns police firing, hits out at Badal

    Chandigarh: Congress Deputy Leader in Lok Sabha Amarinder Singh today strongly condemned the killing of two persons in “police firing” near Kotkapura while they were protesting against the alleged desecration of a holy book. “Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has virtually lost control over things and the state is drifting towards anarchy,” he alleged in a statement here.

  • PM’s silence provoking communal incidents: Left

    Kolkata: The Left Front in West Bengal today attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over recent incidents of communal violence in the country saying his “silence” over the issue was “provoking” such incidents.

  • Feast on the most lavish Durga Puja bhog this season

    A culinary feast that has been an essential part of the Bengali culture is the Durga Puja bhog. It is nothing but a rich platter of some lip smacking authentic Bengali dishes offered to Goddess Durga. The beats of dhaak, and the sound of shunkh fill the atmosphere of pandals with an essence of spirituality. According to Hindu mythology, Bengal is the maternal place of Goddess Durga and this is the time

  • Arvind Kejriwal

    Kejriwal bribe remark: plea seeking summoning of EC’s record

    New Delhi: An advocate, who has filed a criminal complaint against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for allegedly exhorting voters to take bribe from Congress and BJP and vote for AAP in the last assembly polls, today moved a Delhi court seeking to summon record from Election Commission. In his plea, the complainant has sought summoning of the poll panel’s record pertaining to the notices issued by it to Kejriwal on the issue earlier

  • Cabinet clears revised cost for Myanmar-northeast sea-road route 

    New Delhi: The union cabinet on Wednesday approved the revised cost estimate for a multi-modal transit transport project passing through Myanmar that will provide an alternate access route to India’s northeastern states.

  • Lalu, Sharad hit out at PM for his Dadri lynching comment

    Patna: The Bihar poll scenario today got galvanised following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on the Dadri lynching episode, with the leaders of grand alliance hitting out at him saying that his terming of the incident as unfortunate was too little and too late. Reacting sharply, RJD president Lalu Prasad said, “What kind of breaking of silence is this ? … Its like beating someone and then saying sorry … This is no

  • Ticket aspirant to get married to field wife in civic polls

    Kollam: A ticket aspirant to the local bodies poll next month in Kerala has decided to take the wedding route and field his better half on learning that the constituency from where he was planning to throw in his hat had been reserved for women.

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    Politics of hate, violence will not succeed: Ramesh Chennithala

    Thiruvananthapuram: Targeting CPI-M and BJP in Kerala, Congress today said results of the coming civic polls would be a verdict against “politics of violence and hate”. “Hate politics practised by BJP-RSS and politics of violence by CPI-M will get a fitting reply from people in the civic polls to be held on November 2 and 5,” Home Minister and former KPCC President Ramesh Chennithala said at a meet-the-press programme here.

  • HC posts petitions challenging beef ban law to Nov 16

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today posted on November 16 for final hearing a batch of petitions challenging the beef ban law in Maharashtra. A division bench of Justices A S Oka and V L Achiliya, before whom the petitions came up for hearing today, was informed by acting Advocate General Anil Singh that the Maharashtra Cabinet has recommended appointment of senior counsel Shreehari Aney as the Advocate General and hence, he would