Free Press Journal
  • Accenture names Carrel-Billiard as Global Technology R&D MD

    New Delhi: Global consulting and technology services major Accenture has appointed Marc Carrel-Billiard as managing director of its Global Technology R&D unit. Carrel-Billiard will oversee the Accenture Technology Labs, a statement said today. Accenture’s global technology R&D unit explores new and emerging technologies and has offices in Silicon Valley, California; Sophia Antipolis, France; Arlington, Virginia; Beijing, China and Bengaluru, India. Carrel-Billiard will also direct Accenture Open Innovation, the group that works with startups, venture capitalists, leading academic organizations and corporate R&D groups. He will also

  • Congress condemns invoking of NSA against Ajay Rai

    Lucknow: Congress today strongly condemned the imposition of National Security Act (NSA) on its MLA Ajay Rai in connection with the violence in Varanasi during the Pratikar Yatra on October 5.

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    Government to build Kalam memorial in Rameswaram

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid tributes to former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and said a memorial for him will be built at his birthplace Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu.

  • Pak raising Kashmir at UN is ‘clear interference’: India

    United Nations: India has strongly dismissed Pakistan’s raising of the Jammu and Kashmir issue at multiple fora in the UN, asserting that the references are “totally out of context” and constitute a “clear interference” in its internal affairs. India also asserted that Kashmir is, has always been and will remain an integral part of India. In one of the Right of Replies exercised by India to respond to comments by Pakistan’s envoy to the UN, First Secretary in the Indian Mission to the UN

  • China to increase retirement age to tackle demographic crisis

    Beijing: China is set to gradually postpone its statutory retirement age in an effort to manage the looming demographic crisis, putting heavy pressure on the pension and social security systems. China’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security is set to publicise a reform plan on postponing the statutory retirement age, Minister Yin Weimin said.

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    Japan restarts second reactor despite opposition

    Tokyo: Japan today restarted a second nuclear reactor after a shutdown triggered by the 2011 Fukushima crisis, as the government pushes to return to a cheaper energy source despite widespread public opposition. Utility Kyushu Electric Power said it restarted the number-two reactor at Sendai, about 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) southwest of Tokyo at 10:30 am (0130 GMT).

  • Sacrilege of Sikh holy book: Shutdown in Punjab areas

    Chandigarh: Commercial and other establishments in some places in Punjab remained shut on Thursday following a bandh call given by some Sikh organisations to protest against the desecration of the Sikh holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib, and the violence on Wednesday that left two people dead and several others injured.

  • Britain refuses to grant Assange safe passage for checkup

    Quito: Britain has refused Ecuador’s request to give Julian Assange safe passage for a medical checkup after he had a sharp pain in his right shoulder, Quito’s top diplomat has said. The WikiLeaks founder has been holed up in the Ecuadoran embassy in London since 2012, seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden.

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    Myanmar signs peace accord with eight armed groups 

    Nay Pyi Taw: The Myanmar government on Thursday signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA) with eight out of the 15 ethnic armed groups involved in the peace deal, signalling an end to nearly six decades of civil conflict. The signing at the Myanmar International Convention Centre was witnessed by local and international observers.

  • Heavy air pollution in 80% of Chinese cities: Greenpeace

    Beijing: Pollution in nearly 80 per cent of Chinese cities surveyed by Greenpeace “greatly exceeded” national standards over the first nine months of this year, the advocacy group said today. The average level of PM2.5 particulates — small enough to deeply penetrate the lungs — in the 367 cities tested was also more than four times the maximum recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), Greenpeace said.

  • Sri Lankan ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa appears before commission

    Colombo: Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa appeared before a Presidential Commission on Thursday to make a statement over allegations that his party failed to pay state media during his failed bid for another term in office. Rajapaksa is accused of using state media to promote his presidential election campaign ahead of the January polls, without paying for this, Xinhua reported.

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    Roger Federer’s Grand Slam record motivates Djokovic to perform well

    Johannesburg : World number one Novak Djokovic believes that beating Roger Federer’s record of 17 Grand Slams is not an impossible job, insisting that it is something that motivates him to keep performing well. Expressing his love towards Tennis, the Serbian defending champion said he hopes to continue his good run and sustain the present level of dedication for the sport, Sport24 reported. Djokovic, who recently became tennis great after clinching his 10th Grand

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    Bihar: Can BJP Continue 2014 Winning Streak?

    The first phase of Bihar elections for 49 seats saw a voter turnout of 57%, according to Election Commission of India. There are two reasons that assembly elections in Bihar, scheduled to be held in five phases from October 12 to November 5, will be crucial for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

  • Missile man, gem of nation: PM Narendra Modi

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called the late former president Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam a ‘rashtra-ratna’ (Gem of the nation) before ‘rashtrapati’.

  • Not all is well between Salman Khan and Sooraj Barjatya in the Prem paradise

    Is the legendary Sooraj Barjatya-Salman Khan duo is going through a rough patch again? The inseparable friends who did Salman’s three back-to-back blockbusters Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Koun and Hum Saath Saath Hain parted bitterly after the black-buck incident in which Salman Khan along with some other members of the cast, were accused of shooting a rare animal.

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    Law on the sale of medicines inadequate: Girish Bapat

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Food and Civil Supplies minister Girish Bapat has said the current law is inadequate to check the sale of medicines without doctors’ prescription but asserted that the government is committed to check the malpractice.

  • SC stays 2014 amendment banning dance bars in Maharashtra

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court today stayed the operation of 2014 amendment in the Maharashtra Police Act that had banned dance performances at bars and some other places, paving the way for reopening of dance bars across the state.