Free Press Journal
  • India has 60.4 pc people without access to toilet: Study

    Kochi: Around 60 per cent of Indians do not have access to safe and private toilets, a new study has claimed. A report titled ‘It’s No Joke – State of the World’s Toilets’ by WaterAid states that “If all 774 million people in India waiting for household toilets were made to stand in a line, the queue would stretch from Earth to the moon and beyond.”

  • Nitish Kumar

    Stage set for oath ceremony of Nitish Kumar

    Patna: An array of personalities, mostly from the non-BJP stable, that could indicate possible future political alignments, will be present at the swearing in ceremony of Nitish Kumar, who is set to take over as Chief Minister for the third straight term tomorrow. The stage is set for the ceremony at the Gandhi Maidan here that will be attended among others by ally Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister H D Devegowda,

  • Citizenship row: Rahul Gandhi dares govt to act against him

    New Delhi: Hitting back over BJP leader Subramaniam Swamy’s allegation questioning his nationality, Rahul Gandhi today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “throwing mud” on him through his “cronies” and dared the government to “jail” him if he is guilty. Addressing a Youth Congress gathering on the occasion of the 98th birth anniversary of Indira Gandhi, he also accused the RSS and the BJP of throwing mud on his family members ever since

  • Online prostitution: Kerala govt to probe Kiss of Love protest

    New Delhi: Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala today said the government would investigate whether the controversial ‘Kiss Of Love’ protest, held in the state last year, was used as a shield for sex trade or other such unlawful activities. His statement comes a day after six people, including Rahul Pasupalan and his model wife Reshmi R Nair, organisers of last year’s ‘kiss protests’, were arrested in connection with an online prostitution case in

  • hema Malini

    Increase cost for building good quality toilets: Hema Malini

    New Delhi: Stressing on the importance of toilets in every village, especially for women, BJP MP Hema Malini today said the cost for building good quality lavatories should be increased to Rs 25,000. “The quality of toilets constructed in the village adopted by me in Mathura was so poor that it was crumbling. When I asked the Pradhan of the village he said it was what he could do with Rs 12,000. A

  • BSE

    Market shapes up, Sensex bounces 359 pts on Fed bets

    Mumbai: Marking a spectacular recovery from two-month lows, the benchmark BSE Sensex today vaulted over 359 points — its biggest single-day gain in nearly seven weeks — tracking strong Asian markets on expectations that the US Fed would proceed with caution on more tightening. A firm trend prevailed in Asia after the minutes of US Fed meeting showed that it’s ready for a December lift-off provided subsequent actions are strongly tied to consistent

  • Saradha Scam: Kolkata HC ask Mitra to surrender; cancels his bail

    Kolkata: Calcutta High Court today cancelled the bail of Trinamool Congress leader and former minister Madan Mitra, accused in the multi-crore rupees Saradha chit fund scam, and asked him to surrender. Allowing a petition by CBI pleading to cancel the bail granted by a lower court on October 31, a division bench of Justice Nishita Mhatre and Justice Tapas Mukherjee asked Mitra, to surrender immediately after receiving a copy of the court’s order.

  • Chandrababu Naidu

    Complete primary assessment of crop loss: AP CM tells officials

    Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today directed officials to complete the primary assessment of the crop loss caused by heavy rains in three districts of the state. Naidu has asked the district collectors and agricultural officers to immediately complete the process of enumeration of crop loss through a video conference, an official release stated today.

  • Indian-fishermen

    Sri Lankan Navy allegedly detains 14 Indian fishermen

    Rameswaram: The Sri Lankan Navy detained 14 fishermen on Thursday for allegedly violating the International Maritime Boundary Line, claimed an Indian fishermen’s union. The fishermen were detained while fishing near the Sri Lankan coast.

  • Ch’garh: BJP pips Cong to bag Mayor post in Birgaon civic poll

    Raipur: The BJP today won the post of Mayor in the newly-formed Birgaon Municipal Corporation in Chhattisgarh pipping its nearest rival Congress. However, the main opposition Congress in the state has put up a good show in contest for corporators, clinching 20 out of 40 wards of the corporation followed by the BJP who managed to bag 13 while independent candidates emerged victors in rest of the seven.

  • Kashmir Security

    600-700 rebels being trained in Pakistani Kashmir: Army

    Jammu: About 600-700 guerrillas are being trained in terrorist camps in Pakistan-held Kashmir, a senior army officer said on Thursday. Lt Gen R.R. Nimbhorkar, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the army’s White Knight Corps, said the training camps were functional in Pakistani Kashmir.

  • Former sarpanch sentenced to five yrs jail in a murder case

    Thane: A 40-year-old former village sarpanch has been sentenced to five years rigorous imprisonment while two others were awarded three years prison term by a court here in a 2012 murder case. Sessions Judge V V Bambarde sentenced former sarpanch of Kevani village in Bhiwandi taluka of the district, Ramnath Patil to five years rigorous imprisonment after finding him guilty of killing a youth, Sandesh Patil, on August 15, 2012.

  • Arun Jaitley

    Jaitley vows corruption-free governance, reasonable tax rates

    Jaipur: Seeking investments to boost growth, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today vowed a corruption-free governance, reasonable tax rates and non-discretionary allotment of natural resources to make it easier for companies to do business in India. He asked the states to compete among themselves to provide most investor-friendly environment, saying ease of doing business is not merely a slogan.

  • Sheena case: Court records driver Shyam Rai’s statement

    Mumbai; Shyamvar Rai, arrested driver of prime accused Indrani Mukerjea in connection with the sensational Sheena Bora murder case, has recorded his statement before a court here. “The court recorded Rai’s statement under the provisions of Section 164 of Criminal Procedure Code, which unlike a police statement is admissible in court,” a CBI official said.

  • Difficult to beat Real Madrid at Bernabeu: Barcelona’s Suarez

    Barcelona: Barcelona striker Luis Suarez believes that his side is not the favourite to win Saturday’s “Clasico” football match at the Santiago Bernabeu, although they lead the La Liga standings. “You never know what might happen. You could be on your best form but then nothing goes quite to plan,” Efe quoted Suarez as saying in a press conference on Wednesday. “Everyone knows that it’s not easy to beat Madrid at the Bernabeu,”

  • ISL: NorthEast United, Mumbai City look for much needed win 

    Guwahati: After suffering humiliation in their previous matches, NorthEast United FC and Mumbai City FC both will be craving for a win when they face off in an Indian Super League (ISL) football match at the Indira Gandhi Stadium here on Friday.

  • Louis Van Gaal

    Van Gaal jokes he rakes in money for no work!

    Manchester: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said in a light-hearted manner that he only delegates and earns a lot of money at the English football club. The 64-year-old has several assistants who do the work for him at Old Trafford. The Dutchman said that unlike old times the coach does not have to do much work now.

  • Rafael Nadal

    Nadal always a favourite: Andy Murray

    London: World No.2 Andy Murray, who was beaten by Spaniard Rafael Nadal at the tennis World Tour Finals, has said the Spanish player is “always among the favourites” to win the titles. No.5 Nadal defeated Murray 6-4, 6-1 here on Wednesday, reports Efe.

  • DDCA gets `conditional nod` to host India-SA fourth Test

    New Delhi: Removing the final stumbling block to host the fourth Test between India and South Africa at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, the Delhi High Court on Thursday issued a directive to the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) to deposit a sum of one crore rupees as entertainment tax with the state government in two installments.

  • IAAF suspended Russia under pressure, says sports minister

    Moscow:Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has said the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) decision to suspend the membership of Russian Athletics Federation (RAF) was made under pressure. “The decision was made under pressure. But everyone should understand that this is not a problem of Russia but a problem of world sports,” Xinhua quoted Mutko as telling the Russian State Duma, the lower house of parliament, on Wednesday.