Free Press Journal
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    Australia holds anti-terror summit

    Australia: A national meeting on counter-terrorism and violent extremism was held in capital Canberra on Thursday with the participation of Australia’s federal, state and territory chiefs of police, security, intelligence and education agencies. The meeting was called urgently by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the wake of the shooting and killing of Curtis Cheng, a veteran police accountant, outside Sydney’s Parramatta Police Station on October 2 by 15-year-old Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar,

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    Apple faces $862.4 mn payout for using BITS graduates’ technology

    Washington: Apple faces the prospect of paying out damages to the tune $862.4 million for using without permission patented technology developed by a Wisconsin university team including two Indian-Americans. Gurindar Sohi and Terani Vijaykumar, both electrical and electronics engineering graduates of Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, were part of a four member team that developed the technology.

  • A bowler who could out-think batsmen: Tendulkar on Zaheer

    New Delhi: Iconic Sachin Tendulkar and limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today led the bandwagon of former and current cricketers praising Zaheer Khan, who ended his international career today.

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    China imposes 1-year ban on ivory imports as hunting trophies

    Beijing: Under pressure from international animal activists, China today announced a one-year ban on imports of African ivory acquired as hunting trophies in the country’s latest effort to fight wildlife poaching and trafficking. The State Forestry Administration (SFA) said in a statement that it would stop approving imports until October 15, 2016.

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    Larger brain size doesn’t guarantee higher IQ

    London: Men may have larger brains than women but that does not make them more intelligent than the members of the fair sex, says a new study that found a very weak association between brain size and IQ. “Brain volume plays only a minor role in explaining IQ test performance in humans,” said one of the researchers Jakob Pietschnig from the Institute of Applied Psychology of University of Vienna in Austria. The

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    Refueling on Moon best shot to take humans to Mars

    Washington: As the world anxiously awaits for the first human mission to Mars, researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a model that suggests refueling on the moon on way to Red Planet will minimise the mass and streamline cargo by 68 percent.

  • Zaheer would be a great bowling coach for India: VVS Laxman

    New Delhi: Terming Zaheer Khan’s ability to read a match situation as “one of the best” among contemporary Indian cricketers, former India batsman VVS Laxman feels that the just-retired left-arm pacer would prove to be a “great bowling coach” because of his vast knowledge on the subject.

  • Next round of FTII talks in Delhi on Oct 20

    Pune: Fresh talks to end the over 100 day impasse at FTII will be held next week when a delegation of the students protesting against the appointment of actor Gajendra Chauhan as Institute Chairman will meet MoS for Information and Broadcasting in Delhi.

  • Thoughts after watching Talvar: Can Bollywood Really Get “Real”?

    A couple of years ago, while I was watching Shoojit Sircar’s Madras Cafe, I was repeatedly being distracted by its desperate but futile attempts at covering the names of  the real life characters. It was hardly a secret. The film was based on some of the best known events and entities of the 90s and everybody knew it. Changed names only diluted the impact of what could otherwise have been a hard

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    Geeta identifies family, to return to India soon

    New Delhi: Geeta, a deaf-mute Indian woman living in Pakistan after accidentally crossing the border more than a decade back, will be back in India soon. “Geeta will be back in India soon. We have located her family. She will be handed over to the family only after the DNA test,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today. According to sources, Geeta has identified her father, step-mother and siblings from a photograph sent to

  • High-stress job can increase your stroke risk

    Beijing: Having a high stress job is linked to an increased risk of stroke, especially in women, a new study has warned. “Having a lot of job stress has been linked to heart disease, but studies on job stress and stroke have shown inconsistent results,” said Dingli Xu, with Southern Medical University in Guangzhou, China.

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    Insomnia risk in women higher during menopause transition

    New York: Risk for developing insomnia goes up significantly in women during the transition period to menopause, says a new study. Insomnia symptoms are likely to get worse and more prevalent in the later stages of perimenopause, the findings showed.

  • Facebook now lets you filter out painful memories

    London: Social networking giant Facebook has introduced a filter to prevent reminding you inadvertently of a photo or friendship you would rather forget. Now, the social network will allow you to specify the individuals or dates you do not want it to remind you of through its “On This Day” feature, The Telegraph reported.

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    China approves $10 bn in infrastructure projects

    Beijing: China’s top economic planner on Thursday announced that it has approved the construction of six infrastructure projects, with an estimated investment of 68 billion yuan (about $10 billion).

  • Syria army pushes offensive in central Homs

    Beirut: Syrian regime forces backed by Russian air strikes launched an offensive in the central province of Homs today, Syria’s state media and a monitor said. State television, citing a military source, said the army had begun a military operation in north and northwest Homs province “with the goal of restoring security and stability to the villages and towns in the area”.

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    Maintain U’Khand’s special category status: Rawat to Centre

    Dehradun: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat has asked the Centre to maintain the state’s special category status and provide financial assistance to it in the ratio of 90:10 in centrally sponsored and externally aided projects. Making the demand at a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi yesterday, Rawat said withdrawal of special status from the state as recommended by the 14th finance commission will cause financial losses to the state which is still battling the effects of the 2013

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    BMW launches two sports cars X5 M and X6 M

    Chennai: German luxury car maker BMW has launched two performance sports cars — X5 M and X6 M at Rs 1.5 crore and Rs 1.6 crore, respectively — from its xDrive stable. These variants are available as completely built units and are open for booking from today, BMW Group India President Philipp von Sahr told reporters here after launching the cars here. He said M series are some of the most powerful performance portfolios from the world’s largest premium car maker. These

  • Foodpanda launches 6 week long cuisine festival

    New Delhi: Foodpanda, India’s largest online food ordering platform announced its cuisine festival that will commence from this week. The customers can enjoy the festival from October 12 to November 22.

  • FinMin wants CBI to fast-track BoB fraud case

    New Delhi: The Finance Ministry wants CBI to expeditiously complete the probe in the alleged funds transfer case of Bank of Baroda so that the offenders could be brought to the book and the exact amount in the fraud is known. “We want CBI to complete investigation expeditiously. As of now, we don’t know whether the amount involved is Rs 6,000 crore,” a top ministry official said.