Free Press Journal
  • Price rise major hurdle in MDM implementation in Kendrapara schools

    Kendrapara (Odisha): Price rise happens to pose a major hurdle in effective implementation of midday-meal (MDM) scheme in government-run schools in Odisha’s Kendrapara district. This trend has come under sharp focus as primar school teachers here brought the abysmally low fiscal allocation to the notice of UN World Food Programme (WFP) authorities.

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    Study highlights key hindrances to organic farming

    Kota: Despite the government’s constant efforts to promote organic farming, only 16.3 per cent farmers of Rajasthan use organic inputs, while fear of less production and unavailability of organic inputs form the major hindrances to the chemical-ridden farming.At least 97.6 per cent of farmers of the state are aware about the hazards caused by chemical-based farming inputs but “fear of less production, transition period and unavailability of organic inputs” in the market discourage

  • Underworld don Chhota Rajan

    I did not surrender; want to go back to India: Chhota Rajan

    Bali (Indonesia): Dismissing reports that he had surrendered to police, underworld don Chhota Rajan today said he wants to go back to India, where he is one of the most wanted criminals. “I did not surrender,” he told reporters when asked about speculation that he had given himself up to police after facing threats to his life from rival gangs, including one from Dawood Ibrahim and under a deal with Indian intelligence agencies.

  • Arun Jaitley

    Special status demand no longer relevant: Arun Jaitley

    Patna: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today dismissed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s pitch for special status for Bihar saying it is no longer relevant after the constitutional award by the 14th Finance Commission for sharing of tax resources between the Centre and the states. “Special status ka daur samapt ho chuka hai (the era of special status in over),” Jaitley told a press conference here.

  • Sachin did not know how to make double, triple tons: Kapil Dev

    Dubai: Former India captain Kapil Dev says the iconic Sachin Tendulkar “did not know how to make double hundreds, triple hundreds and 400 though he had the ability” to scale such peaks and was “stuck in the Mumbai school of cricket”. “Don’t get me wrong, but I think Sachin didn’t do justice to his talent. I always thought he could have done much more than what he did,” Dev was quoted as saying

  • Dhoni should continue as captain till next World Cup: Virender Sehwag

    New Delhi: Virender Sehwag, who has recently called time on his international cricket career, has backed under-fire skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to stay on as India’s limited overs captain till the next World Cup. Replying to queries about Dhoni, Sehwag said: “He should continue as captain till the next World Cup. If he does so, he can leave behind a good World Cup team. And if he retires… you can imagine, even now

  • Man City

    Man City thrash Palace 5-1 to reach League cup quarters

    London: Man City displayed an imperious form as they swept aside Crystal Palace 5-1 at Emirates Stadium to reach the quarterfinals of the Capital One Cup. Forward Wilfried Bony scored a header to put his side ahead in the 22nd minute before midfielder Kevin De Bruyne doubled the lead in the 44th minute.

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    RBI sets rupee reference rate at Rs 65.1515 against dollar

    Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India today fixed the reference rate of the rupee at 65.1515 against the US dollar and 71.2497 for the euro. These rates were 65.0408 and 71.7530 respectively, yesterday. According to an RBI statement, the exchange rates for pound and yen against the rupee were quoted at 99.3626 and 53.93 per 100 yens, respectively, based on reference rates for the dollar and cross-currency quotes at noon. The SDR-rupee rate

  • I’m best man for FIFA, insists banned ‘knight’ Platini

    Paris: European football supremo Michel Platini insisted that he remains the best man to lead scandal-hit FIFA despite currently being suspended from the sport. The French legend, one of seven candidates to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, believes that his experience as a player, coach and administrator far outstrips any of his six rivals.

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    Interest on rupee denominated bonds to attract 5% tax

    New Delhi: The Revenue Department today said 5 per cent witholding tax will be imposed on income from off-shore rupee denominated bonds issued by Indian corporates. In order to provide additional source of funding, the Reserve Bank of India has recently permitted the corporates to issue rupee denominated bonds outside India.

  • Chance for young hopefuls to push for India call-up

    Mumbai: The two-day tour warm-up game against Board President’s XI, commencing here tomorrow, offers the touring South African cricketers a decent chance to get into the groove for the longest version of the game after their successful run in the T20 and ODI series against India. The match, to be held at the Cricket Club of India’s Brabourne Stadium, equally provides opportunities for young hopefuls from the home team to showcase their skills

  • ramcharan

    Ramcharan in Bollywood film with Salman Khan

    After Telugu superstar Ramcharan Teja’s disastrous Bollywood debut in Zanjeer there are rumours that Ramcharan would this time do an action film co-starring his Bollywood mentor Salman Khan.

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    The Bajirao Mastani – Dilwale standoff, who will blink first?

    December 18 is the day when Sanjay Leela Bhansali clashes with Shah Rukh Khan at the box office. Bhansali’s epic historical Bajirao Mastani and the new Shah Rukh Khan starrer Dilwale are all set to spar on the same Friday in December.

  • Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan to complete shooting in Dubai

    With a further embargo by a political party being imposed on the presence of Pakistani artistes in Mumbai at least two major producers in the thick of their latest projects, find themselves in a major dilemma. The political party has specifically mentioned two major Pakistani stars Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan who are working in films produced by Karan Johar and Farhan Akhtar. The two Pakistani artistes have been pointedly pulled up

  • narendra modi

    India to seek permanent solution to food security issue at WTO

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today pitched for a permanent solution to the food security and agriculture subsidy issues at the Nairobi WTO meet, to be held later this year. While addressing the inaugural ceremony of the third India Africa Forum Summit, he said India and Africa also seek a global trading regime that serves development goals and improves trade prospects.

  • Yes-Bank

    Yes Bank Q2 profit up 27% to Rs 610 cr

    Mumbai: Private sector lender Yes Bank today posted a 26.5 per cent jump in net profit to Rs 610.41 crore for the second quarter ended September 30. The bank had recorded a net profit of Rs 482.54 crore in the corresponding quarter last fiscal, Yes Bank said in a statement. The total income of the bank also increased to Rs 3,995.34 crore during the quarter from Rs 3,337.97 crore in the corresponding period of 2014-15 fiscal. During the quarter, the gross

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    Just Dial Q1 net up 47% at Rs 46 crore

    New Delhi: Local search engine Just Dial has reported a 47.03 per cent surge in its net profit at Rs 46.30 crore for the quarter ended September 30, on rise in income. The company had clocked a profit of Rs 31.49 crore in the year ago period. Total income from operations rose to Rs 171.27 crore in the July-September quarter of the current financial year from Rs 147.40 crore in the year ago period, the company said in a regulatory filing

  • Silver

    Silver futures slide by Rs 674 per kg

    New Delhi: Silver prices plunged by Rs 674 to Rs 37,158 per kg in futures trade today as speculators reduced their exposure, tracking a weak trend overseas. At Multi Commodity Exchange, silver prices for delivery in December contracts traded sharply lower by Rs 674, or 1.8 per cent, to Rs 37,158 per kg in business turnover of 3,298 lots. Similarly, the white metal prices for delivery in far-month March 2016 contract slumped by Rs 670, or 1.74 per cent, to

  • Gold rises

    Gold futures slide as Fed hints at rate hike in Dec

    New Delhi: Gold futures today fell 0.98 per cent to Rs 26,808 per 10 grams as speculators reduced their bets amid a weak global trend. In futures trading at Multi Commodity Exchange, gold for delivery in December fell Rs 271, or 0.98 per cent, to Rs 26,808 per 10 gram, in a business turnover of 1,909 lots. Similarly, metal prices for delivery in far-month February 2016 declined Rs 156, or 0.94 per cent, to Rs 27,039 per 10 gram in 33